November 11, 2014

The weeks just fly by!

Here we go! I'm so excited to start my weekly pregnancy posts, FINALLY! 

First, since I haven’t made the official announcement yet…. It’s a girl!! We are going to have a little lady around here pretty soon, and we couldn't be more excited.

I have a separate log of sorts that I've been trying to keep for myself, so I've been writing some things there even if they didn't make it to the blog in a timely manner. I'll start things off with a pretty lame attempt from very early on at week 5:

JULY 2, 2014:
How far along? 5 weeks.
How much weight have you gained? None.
Any cravings? Just hungry most of the time.
What are you wearing? Same ol’ same ol’.
How are you feeling? Symptoms?  Astonished… A few little crampy twinges earlier this week but okay otherwise.
How’s dad-to-be? Excited and protective. 

{  My belly on 7/11/14. I hope to see you again someday, abs!  }
We felt the first movements at 18 weeks. We were cuddling on the couch in front of our first fire of the season, when I felt a tap somewhere on the inside that I was pretty sure could have been a baby movement. I told Tyler, and he placed his hand on my belly and shortly after we both felt it again! It was super exciting, except we weren't 100% sure that was really it... It wasn't until our 18 week ultrasound a few days later that we knew for sure. At the appointment, I could see her moving and feel her moving at the same time, and it was confirmed. Since then, we have felt her more and more as she gets bigger and stronger.

{  Belly as of 9/30/2014. It's poppin'!  }

NOVEMBER 3, 2014:
How far along? 22 weeks
How much weight have you gained? Approximately 10 pounds or so?
Any cravings? Nothing too intense this week, although citrus-y things have been sounding lovely and refreshing.
What are you wearing? My favorite work outfits are my leggings and sweater dresses because they are super comfy. In general, I hate pants. But I have a few pairs of maternity pants that I wear. I’ve given up on pretty much all of my normal pants.
How are you feeling? Symptoms?  I’m feeling good! For some catch-up information: The first trimester I was TIRED but very lucky because I did not suffer from any morning sickness. Now my energy is back to normal most of the time (although I still get tired more quickly than before). I have noticed that I have started sighing a lot more, especially when getting up, or bending over, etc. I think this is the beginning of starting to feel big.
Stretch marks? No.
Belly button in or out? In, but I can now see the bottom of it!
Sleep? Sleeping well, but I now use four pillows to stay extra comfy.
Best moment this week: Celebrating  a friend’s wedding. I love wonderful life events. Especially when I have a great excuse to tear up during the speeches… Oh, it’s just the hormones…
Worst moment this week:  Darkness at 5pm, more bare trees, and going back to work. I’d rather be out in the sun playing in the leaves!
Miss anything? I miss hot tubs. I’ve been taking warm baths, but we’ve stayed quite a few places with hot tubs lately and I’d kill to get in and relax!
Movement? Lots! Kicks and rolls of all sorts. We had a Dr. apt. today and when we were listening to the heartbeat we could hear her moving all over inside. The doctors are always commenting on how active she is when we are in, so I think that’s a good sign!
Excited for anything? To get started on the nursery! I’ve been trying to pick out curtain fabric as a jumping off point.
How’s dad-to-be? Still excited of course! He’s been doing a lot of reading, and last night he put together a check-list of everything that we need to get done before baby arrives, so he is preparing.

{  I got to be pregnant on the beach in Galveston, TX! 11/1/2014  }

NOVEMBER 8, 2014:
How far along? 23 weeks.
How much weight have you gained? Still approximately 10 pounds, maybe a few more.
Any cravings? No, my appetite has taken a chill pill. I am still enjoying a variety of foods, both healthy and unhealthy though!
What are you wearing? Still my maternity pants and regular shirts, although the shirts are starting to get short on my belly. I have to wear long undershirts to make sure they cover my maternity pants and even then, the short shirts might be looking a little silly soon.
How are you feeling? Symptoms?  I’m feeling pretty good physically. My belly has been a little sore this week, but I think it’s just round ligament pain (I’m assuming that’s what it is?) and possibly a little acid reflux. I know of all these things, but when I experience them for the first time, I’m never sure if I am classifying them correctly. So I’m really just guessing that what I was feeling was acid reflux, but don’t hold me to it! But other than that, no physical complaints. I’ve been a little down this week and more moody than normal. Also, a little overwhelmed by all the things we’d like to get done before baby comes (and ideally before my third trimester hugeness and exhaustion kicks in!)
Stretch marks? Nope!
Belly button in or out? In. 
Sleep? Tyler is out of town this weekend, which normally means I don’t sleep as well. But last night I slept with five pillows plus a body pillow and got to take up the entire bed! I slept pretty wonderfully.
Best moment this week: Was there one? I think it was going to our first birthing class. We didn’t learn much new information from the class content itself, but I had a lot of questions that I wanted to ask that were specific to our hospital, so I got answers to those which makes me feel a lot better about our hospital choice!
Worst moment this week: After our doctor appointment on Monday we stopped to grab a bite to eat at Quiznos, and it wasn't until we got back to Edwardsville and Tyler was dropping me off at my car that I realized I forgot my purse there! Darn pregnancy brain. (Although, I've been known to do it not pregnant too.) I had to get to yoga, and Tyler had to get to hockey, so we couldn't go back to get it until the next day. 
Miss anything? Cold cuts. You tell a girl she can’t have something, and then all she wants is a Turkey Tom from Jimmy Johns. I really didn’t even like them that much until I couldn't have it.
Movement? She kicked me so hard at work yesterday that I made a noise because she surprised me, so yes she’s been moving around like crazy.
Excited for anything?  The Holidays! I’m not ready for them yet, but I can’t wait! I have my Christmas lights ready and waiting to go up, and I’ve literally been daydreaming about my Thanksgiving meal for months now. So excited!
How’s dad-to-be? He has a LOT going on right now, so he is very busy and stressed. But the little one still gives him something to smile about. 

{  Tyler was out of town, so I had to do my own bump photo...  }

I turn 24 weeks tomorrow, and baby is forecasted to be the size of an ear of corn... Stay tuned....


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