Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pregnancy Journal: 19 Weeks

This week has been a tough one. I'm not going to lie and say that having a husband that's been out of town more than he's been in town this summer isn't wearing on me. I'm not making this up. I counted. Since May 20th, he's been away from home 36 days and home 28 days (ridiculous). That's not even counting the 7 days he was away at the beginning of May for some man beach time. This hormonal (and slightly more emotional) pregnant girl is over it. I'm pretty sure that Patrick is exhausted too though. Words cannot even begin to describe how ready we are for Monday night when he returns home.

Size of baby:
Baby is now the size of a mango at about 6 inches long and 8.5 ounces. It is still kicking around in there and at times I can feel it really strong. Last week I mostly only felt it when I was lying down, but this week I've felt it while sitting too.

Size of me:
I feel like I'm getting big and that baby really started to pop out this week. I guess you can be the judge when you see the pictures. I'm still only up 7 lbs though. I feel like I've gained a bunch more than that.

I'm also a little sick of taking these pictures against a blank wall (with terrible lighting) so maybe we will start changing this up a bit for some variety. Plus, my camera is really blurry and I can't figure out why. We might need to look into purchasing a better one especially with a baby on the way.

Pregnancy symptoms:
My back has felt way better this week. I rested it for a few days, took Tylenol, slept on a heating pad, and stopped my zumba for a bit. It seems to have done the trick. I've still had some occasional heartburn that usually hits me late afternoon before I leave work. My chest continues to grow along with my midsection and I guess I'm going to have to bite the bullet and purchase a couple more bras here pretty soon. I still have one breast that likes to leak and I'm probably going to have to start wearing a pad on that side. It frustrates me, but I guess I should be happy that my body is doing what it's supposed to do. Also, I'll add that I've been more weepy than ever before. Seriously, I think I've cried at least 5-6 times this week. Oh, and thanks mom for putting up with one of those episodes over the phone. Love you! I've found that it really doesn't need to be anything serious to make me cry. For example, I was watching a show on TLC today where a lady was moving out of her house after 35 years. She started crying and before I knew it I was too.

I can definitely say that I crave salty things rather than sweet things. I've been wanting popcorn really bad lately, but haven't caved and purchased any yet. There aren't any real aversions that stick out in my mind at this point. Apples with peanut butter have become one of my favorite snacks this past week too.

Most exciting thing from this week:
I finally got a little bit of nesting instinct (or maybe it was just boredom with Patrick being gone). I'll have to show those pictures later though. Let's just say that our guest bedroom looks a little empty right now.

Most looking forward to:
Besides Patrick getting home on Monday, I'm looking forward to my anatomy scan on Thursday. We will get the official word on the gender of this little baby. Can't believe we're about to hit the 20 week mark! I mean, halfway... really?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pregnancy Journal: 18 Weeks

Size of baby:
The size of a sweet potato according to the bump. Holy cow... that sounds big! This sweet potato is 5.6 inches long and 6.7 ounces. He or she is yawning, hiccuping, and swallowing in there. No wonder I've started sporting a bigger bump this week.

Size of me:
I'm starting to feel more and more pregnant every day. Buttoning certain pants became completely uncomfortable this week so I started trying to use one of those bella bands. I'm not sure that I like it or that they work all that great. Maybe I'm not using it correctly. I can't decide if I should wear it all the way up, doubled over around my unbuttoned pants, or half under and folded over the top of my pants. I feel like I'm most comfortable with it all the way up, but then it gets really hot. My other issue is that it rides up my back so it ends up not holding the back of my pants up. Any other moms out there had a good experience with these things? If so, please tell me how you wore it.

18 weeks and 1 day
and those are maternity shorts

Pregnancy symptoms:
Let's see... heartburn, backaches (possibly pulled a little something at work), leg cramps, a little round ligament pain, mood swings, a growing chest and middle, and a little fatigue.

I don't feel like I was very hungry this week which may explain why the number on the scale hasn't really moved from last week. I'm still eating pretty normal stuff except for one unusual item. Cucumber and tomato salad has been one of my favorite side dishes. I never really ate much of either prior to pregnancy, but I'm loving it right now.   

Most exciting thing from the week:
I've officially started feeling this little one kicking, punching, and rolling around in there! I had actually been feeling it for a couple of days without realizing it. I kept thinking it was muscle spasms or twitches. It wasn't until I was at work ultrasounding (yes, yet again) that I put two and two together. I watched the baby kick on the screen and felt it at the same time. It was awesome. Now that I know what it is I notice the movement more. It's also easier for me to feel it when I'm lying down. For the record, that would be 17 weeks and 4 days that I knew for certain I was feeling our baby kick.

Most looking forward to:
I'm ready for next Monday when Patrick is home from his last out of town trip for the summer. He's been gone more than he's been home and it's wearing on me. It really stinks that his last trip has to be the longest. 10 days? Really? I'm over it. I'm also starting to wonder how this is going to work in the future with a little one at home. I guess we'll figure it out as we go!

If you think about it, pray for Patrick and the rest of the Belize team this week. They are helping with some building/repair work for a school as well as leading a VBS all week. I haven't gotten to talk with Patrick yet, I've just received a couple of texts (it's cheaper internationally). They arrived safely, got some good rest, and are hitting the ground full force in the morning.

Sweet boy...
At least I've got my Hurley bear to keep me company. He's missing Patrick too though.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Pregnancy Journal: 17 weeks

Can't believe I'm already 17 weeks. This feels like it is flying. I'm sure it won't at the end, but for now I'm really wondering where the pause button is on this thing! I've felt the return of some energy this week which came in handy since Patrick was in New Orleans all week on a mission trip. I worked Monday and Tuesday, celebrated with friends and family for the fourth, my sister came in town to visit Thursday, and Patrick finally returned home to me Friday night after I worked another shift. I'm glad that he is going to be home for an entire week before leaving for Belize on Saturday.

Size of baby:
Baby is now the size of an onion at a little over 5 inches and about 5.9 ounces. I'm definitely feeling more pregnant this week, so our little one must be growing! Our baby has been working on developing strong bones this week so it can kick me a little bit better. No, I'm not really feeling it yet. There have been a few moments when I've been resting and thought for a second that maybe I felt something, but then again, maybe not. It's too hard to say at this point. I did get a pretty good picture of our baby and those growing bones this week.

16 weeks and 4 days.
That is a picture of the head, an arm, and fingers. I'm still in shock every time I look at our baby and see how much bigger it is getting. It really is amazing how quickly a baby develops. I'm in awe of God's design.

Size of me:
Apparently, our baby isn't the only one getting bigger. I had been feeling really chubby all week and slightly frustrated as dressing my new curves became a bit of a challenge.  Then Patrick snapped these pictures and I was like, "Oh, I look pregnant." He just laughed. For some reason I can look in the mirror and see nothing but chubbiness but then look at a picture of myself and see pregnancy. I'm just in that awkward in between stage where I don't need maternity clothes but I can't wear all of my normal clothes either.

17 weeks

I was also shocked by the number on the scale this week. I'm now up almost 7 pounds from my pre-pregnant weight and I didn't eat anything different this week. It seemed like a really big jump from last week, but I guess it's normal?

Pregnancy symptoms:
The girls are still growing (along with my middle) and they can stop whenever they feel like it as far as I'm concerned. My normal appetite is back. I feel kind of moody at times. Oh, and my fatigue is steadily disappearing. I guess I can't expect it to go away completely. I mean, I am growing another human being here. I suppose I should expect that to be exhausting at times.

There really hasn't been anything that different this week. I've been having either an egg or a slice of quiche for breakfast (my sister made me one and brought it to me), tomato soup is still my go to lunch along with some nuts, fruit, and yogurt. Dinner is still a toss up and will probably remain as such until the summer is over. When Patrick is gone, I usually eat raisin bran for dinner. It's really hard to cook for just me.

Most frequently asked questions:
Are you excited?- Um... duh! Of course we are overjoyed (and definitely a little scared) about becoming parents. We still have our moments when we are in shock, but for the most part we are giddy with excitement about welcoming this little person into the world.

How far along are you? Well, I guess the title of this post answers that question. This question mostly comes from people at church that I don't see very often and a few coworkers that are still just recently discovering the news.

Are you going to find out what it is? Well, we are and we did. As many of you know, I've ultrasounded this child just about every week. It's been a shy one and only given little glimpses here and there to where I wasn't very confident in the predictions. However, this past Tuesday, it was like our baby decided it was time to let mommy get a really good look. We're probably not going to make it a public thing until after our 20 week ultrasound though. You would think that we were trying to kill some of our senior high girls by not spilling the beans just yet. It's kind of funny.

Most looking forward to:
Wow... For once, I'm not even sure. I think I'm getting excited about this little bump that continues to grow. It's the first true physical reminder that I'm pregnant. However, other times I feel like I'll be okay if it doesn't pop out just yet. I'm looking forward to those first baby kicks, but completely freaked out by it at the same time. I've talked with one mom who said that she got a little nauseated the first time she really felt her baby move. I hope I don't have that response! All of these changes will just be evidence that this is real (something I've had a hard time wrapping my head around).

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Maternity Clothes

I have officially made my first baby-related purchases- maternity clothes. My sweet sister-in-law tipped me off that kohls would have a ton of their fall/winter stuff on sale right now. I ran in there thinking that I might pick up one or two things and this is what I walked out with.

I think I paid $5 for that dress. Pretty awesome, huh? I love a good sale- or clearance rack. It felt a little strange picking out these items and walking to the dressing room with them. I'm pretty sure I got a few curious looks from other shoppers. It was also really odd to put on a pair of jeans that have elastic for the waistband. I kept looking for the zipper and button. I had to use my imagination a little and pretend that I have a bigger baby bump. I'm pretty sure I'll wear all of the items I picked up. The best part has to be the money I saved. Yep, the receipt says $210.40 saved!

I know I'll end up spending some more dough on dressing this bump, but this gave me some encouragement that I don't have to spend a ton of money on a new wardrobe. It just seems silly to spend so much on something so temporary. Thankfully, I've already got several shopping bags full of borrowed maternity clothes. Thanks Mary Katherine for your generosity and for the shopping tip!

I'm starting to realize that my abdomen really is growing. It'll be interesting to compare pictures this week because I feel like there is a huge difference. I'm a mixture of emotions about the whole thing. I know I should embrace it, but I feel fat not pregnant. Most of my clothes became uncomfortable this week. I can wear all my shorts, but they just don't feel great because they dig into my stomach. The "girls" are still growing and I find that frustrating as well. I have to keep reminding myself that all of these changes are good and that they are for a very good reason.