Monday, May 4, 2015

25 Week Update


The last two weeks have gone by in the blink of an eye.  They're the kind where you know you've been busy, but can't even remember what you were so busy doing.  One thing's for sure - I've been growing.  I feel pregnant, I look pregnant, my "normal" clothes definitely don't fit now, and my belly measurement expanded by several centimeters.

I did take a day off this week to celebrate 10 years since Michael and I went on our first date!  I was an 18 year old freshman in college finishing up my final exams when Michael asked me out on a date (he was 20).  Something about him drew me in and all I wanted to do was get to know him more.  Ten years later, I'm so thankful God allowed our paths to cross.  I'm so thankful we ended up together, matured together, and made it through some difficult seasons.  He means more to me than words can express and I know he will be just as great a dad as he is a husband.



To celebrate, we ate Argentinian food (empanadas and steak sandwiches), got fro-yo, shopped, went to a midwife appointment.  It was great : )  As we sat and ate our frozen yogurt, there was a family sitting next to us celebrating ten years too - their daughter's 10th birthday.  And I thought it was cool, because about ten years from now, we will be celebrating our daughter's tenth birthday!



We had a nice weekend too.  Getting all sorts of baby preparations done, reading a baby book, making a registry, went to a church picnic...  Oh and we recently got a new foam mattress (hallelujah!!!!!) My back pain is almost 100% gone now and my tailbone pain has significantly decreased. Sleep (and what you're sleeping on) is important.

How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: at least 15 (not gonna lie --- it freaks me out)  
Maternity clothes? Nothing but maternity now (if I want to actually be comfortable).
Stretch marks? I don't think so.  I'm oiling up after my showers with Squalane oil from Rinse.  So far so good.
Sleep: Muuuuch better now that I have a good mattress.  Whew!
Best moment this week:  Celebrating 10 years with Michael : )
Miss Anything? Being able to bend over like normal to put shoes on hahahaha.  
Movement: Kicking all the time.  I can see my belly move now.
Food cravings: I'm not specifically craving stuff, but the last two weeks I greatly enjoyed potato salad and burgers, Fruitful O's cereal with almond milk, homemade tomato basil soup, and I made chocolate balls!  Plus veggies and hummus, green smoothies and eggs and toast haha.  I am a good eater.
Anything making you queasy or sick: red pepper doesn't sit well.  However, chipotle pepper is just fine.  Weird.
Have you started to show yet: Yea, but when I walk my dogs, I still get a few honks ; )  
Gender: still a girl!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? flattening
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: happy!  I have a lot to be thankful and happy about.
Looking forward to: going to the lake, going to the beach, my brother's wedding!  All this month!!!!  Gonna be fun!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

23 Weeks Update


How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +13 lbs (?)  I am growing alllllll over.  
Maternity clothes? yes!  Although some of the things I've purchased just didn't quite work out : (  I need to figure something out because even my yoga pants are tight.
Stretch marks? No, but I am itchy.
Sleep: Not good.  I have back pain.  A new mattress is on the way and I am so excited.  Ours is 25 years old.  Kind of gross I know...
Best moment this week:  Getting pretty close to deciding on a name : )
Miss Anything? I say this every week - I miss feeling fit and trim.
Movement: Kicking away!
Food cravings: I eat a lot of produce and sprouted grains.  We had Chick fil a breakfast the other morning.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: no, but I had bad indigestion yesterday.  That's never been a problem for me before.
Have you started to show yet: Yep : )
Gender prediction: it is a GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? ... flat?  Haha... not in or out.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, thankful, anxious, and more energetic.
Looking forward to: Our new mattress and vacation next month.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

22 weeks update

I am doing a terrible job of keeping up with this!  I don't know how there are so many mom bloggers who keep their blogs up to date.  Today I am already 23 weeks, but here's my update for week 22.

How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: about 12 lbs
Maternity clothes? yea, I am to the point where it's just not comfortable to wear normal clothes anymore.
Stretch marks? Not yet, feeling itchy though.
Sleep: Sleep was a struggle this week.  Our mattress needs to be retired,  I've been waking up with back pain and we're about to buy a new one.
Best moment this week:  Saw my belly move this week when she kicked!  Got to have dinner with a dear friend, and although my back has been killing me, I keep laughing at everything.  I've just been really happy!
Miss Anything? I miss feeling fit.  I don't feel very attractive sometimes, but I know it's completely worth it.
Movement: Strong kicks : )
Food cravings: nothing crazy.  I love eating healthy and satisfying food.  Eggs, toast from sprouted grain bread, green smoothies, homemade popcorn, 85% dark chocolate, chicken salad, strawberries, grapes, etc etc etc....  I love eating!
Anything making you queasy or sick: no, so thankful.
Have you started to show yet: Yes, I am showing.  People say my bump is little, but I am measuring on track.
Gender prediction: it is a GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: This next chapter in life.  A lot of changes ahead.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

21 Weeks Update


How far along? 21 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: about 10 lbs
Maternity clothes? new bra (check), maternity dress (check)... maternity denim shorts (on their way)
Stretch marks? Not yet, using Squalane oil and Body Bliss from rinsesoap.com : )
Sleep: Hasn't been the best lately, but I can't complain.
Best moment this week:  We found out that we're having a baby GIRL!  We got to see her on the ultrasound and I think she has my nose and Michael's lips.  She hid her face the entire time, so that's all I could see.
Miss Anything? Energy to work out and just get things done.
Movement: Yes!  Kicks are getting bigger and bigger.
Food cravings: chicken fajita nachos with peppers, onions, tomatoes, guac and all the cheese and sour cream.
Anything making you queasy or sick: no!
Have you started to show yet: I think it's safe to say yes.  I can still hide it with certain clothes, but the belly is quite big.
Gender prediction: it is a GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In, but I think I may have an outie by the end.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy : )
Looking forward to: thinking about and planning girl stuff!

19 weeks

How far along? 19 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: at least up five pounds or more.
Maternity clothes? need new bra, no maternity clothes yet.
Stretch marks? Trying to prevent them,
Sleep: I love it and want more of it.  Had a melt down the other night because we had been out and about for too long/too late and I was beyond exhausted,
Best moment this week:  Michael felt the baby kick!
Miss Anything? felling slim/fit.  Nothing on my body is very small anymore haha.
Movement: Yea yea yea
Food cravings: just large portions, dark chocolate, Mexican food always sounds great, big salads!
Anything making you queasy or sick: no!
Have you started to show yet: yes from the side.  From the front, it can be disguised.
Gender prediction: we find out soon and I will be thrilled with either gender.  After spending time with little kids at church, sometimes a girl seems more fun.  Boys just want to destroy everything and play Ninja Turtles.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In, but it's not as "in" as it used to be.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, thankful, excited and nervous.
Looking forward to: my next appointment at the doctor and my (soon to be) sister-in-law's bridal shower.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

18 Weeks Update

My sweet friend Anna took some photos of me!














How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +5 lbs
Maternity clothes? still rockin' leggins and jeggings.  They're getting tighter though.  I'm just trying to make it to the warm weather so I can wear dresses.  Also starting to feel like I have thunder thighs.  I think I'm just not used to the weight gain, but I know it's healthy and normal.
Stretch marks? No, I bought some oil for it.
Sleep: Sleep is great, I just can't seem to get ENOUGH.  Needing more than 8 hours.
Best moment this week: Took some early maternity photos with my lovely photographer friend, Anna!  Finally something not taken at the gym haha.
Miss Anything? bladder control haha.  I'm only just 4 months along, but sneezing is a problem.
Movement: I'm feeling it.  It's very subtle.  Sometimes it still feels like I'm imagining it.
Food cravings: larger servings in general.  "Real" food.... not just snacks or desserts.
Anything making you queasy or sick: no, but I had a tummy ache this morning.  Very uncomfortable : (
Have you started to show yet: Yes, from the side.  From the front, I can pass for bloated.
Gender prediction: Cannot wait.  Girl?  I really thought boy in the beginning.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, thankful, excited, and easily exhausted.
Looking forward to: doing "centering" with other pregnant couples!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

17 Weeks Update



How far along? 17 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +5 lbs
Maternity clothes? nope, just jeggings and leggings! All day son!
Stretch marks? No, let's keep it that way!
Sleep: Sleep is pretty good other than the time change. I was super worried about sleeping on my back. Some baby advice apps tell you that if you lay flat on your back, you might cut blood flow off from one of your big arteries...but my midwife told me to sleep on my back and not worry.  Hallelujah!
Best moment this week: I heard the heartbeat for the first time and met my midwives!
Have you told family and friends: definitely
Miss Anything? deli meat
Movement: I think so!  Very faint.
Food cravings: sandwiches from the deli and dark chocolate is back on the menu!
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope! I'm very fortunate.
Have you started to show yet: yea! But only if I wear fitted clothes.
Gender prediction: i don't know! So excited to find out.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: HAPPY!
Looking forward to: finding out the gender and feeling real noticeable kicks!