Sunday, September 27, 2015

24 weeks = 6 months! & 25 weeks, too!

How far along? 24 weeks or 6 months!!!
Total weight gain/loss: +7 lbs
Food cravings: YES!!!  Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  It's out of control!  I've had one everyday of the work week.  And although I haven't had any this weekend, I have thought about them more than once.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not so much this week.  And I didn't get car sick once!  
Have you started to show yet?  Heck yeah!  And I love it, too!!  I'm at that point that anyone can tell I'm pregnant.  Which is good, because before I just looked like I needed to lay off the junk food!  I still look most pregnant at night.  And my belly is so hard by the end of the night.  It's just strange because in the morning it's so much softer.
Movement: I'd mostly been feeling Eden move when I'm laying down in bed or lounging on the coach, but this week I felt her moving around a lot while I was at work.  One morning this week she was a wiggle worm while I was teaching math.  I guess she was really into the lesson. :)  
Gender prediction: a sweet little girl!  
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting just fine!
Belly Button in or out? It's just a weird looking wide, round hole.  I'm predicting it's not going to pop.  
Happy or Moody most of the time: I felt good this week.  Pretty happy.  Nothing extreme stands out in my mind.  
Maternity clothes? My neighbor loaned me her maternity clothes this week.  They are super cute!!  It was fun trying everything on.  I've already worn a couple of the tops.  I also went to Old Navy after work one day this week to check out their maternity section.  I bought 7 tops and a pair of jeans. And I bought a super cute sweater online a couple of weeks ago and it came in the mail yesterday.  I'd completely forgotten that I had bought it, so that was a fun mail surprise.  I've got to stop buying though!!  But in my defense, I'm pregnant and you have to have clothes that fit!!  Plus, I plan on having more than 1 kiddo so I'll wear them again.
Stretch marks? Still stretch mark free!  
Sleep: My lower back has been aching a lot this week.  And getting comfortable at night is already hard to begin with, but throw in an achy back and just forget it.  I've started stuffing a pillow under my back to help relieve some pain.  It doesn't work that great, but it does help some.  
What I miss: I miss bending down without having pain in my belly.  It just hurts to lean over with a kid inside!  And I'm not even that big yet so I can only guess how much harder it's going to get.  It's all so worth it though.  
New Baby Items: Nothing new purchased for baby E this week.  
Exercise:  After being a bum for 2 weeks I finally got myself out and walking this week. 
What I'm looking forward to: Ordering some things for Eden's nursery!  But don't be fooled thinking the nursery is coming along.  We've still done nothing to the space.  Oliver is remodeling the bathroom beside Eden's room.  (All that's in the bathroom at this moment is a new tub.) We're not going to work on her nursery until the bathroom is complete.  I'm not really too stressed at this point with her room.  I think it's more anxiousness to see her space come together.  
Milestones: This week I hit a new milestone that I could have done without my entire life!  I woke up 4 times one night to use the bathroom.  That is just ridiculous and super annoying!!!  I really hope it was a one night thing and this doesn't continue as I get more pregnant!  
Best moment this week: Ollie was able to make it to my monthly OB appointment.  It was exciting that Ollie got to hear Eden's heartbeat.  Not so exciting is the glucose test I get to do next month.  

How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +6 lbs---->I lost a pound this week.
Food cravings: I'm still on my Pumpkin Spice Latte kick.  I just love pumpkin!  Anyone else obsessed with these things?!
Anything making you queasy or sick: One day this week I felt the worst I've felt my entire pregnancy.  I had terrible pain in my belly above my belly button and it wouldn't go away.  So painful!  I tried to push through at work with the kids, but it got so bad that I jut had to go home.  So after lunch I went home and spent the rest of the day in bed.  I woke up the next morning and was fine.  Weird, right?  A friend of mine suggested ligament pain and I think she was spot on.  I'm already nervous to experience labor pain and after how I felt that day I 'm totally getting an epidural!!!
Have you started to show yet?  You bet!
Movement: I felt her most this week when I was laying down.  
Gender prediction: pink pink pink!!
Wedding rings on or off? I'm still rocking those wedding bands.  I really hope that I will be able to wear them the whole time, too.  
Belly Button in or out? Same as last week.  Still an innie and nowhere near an outie.  
Happy or Moody most of the time: I was in a really good mood this week.  Everyone is so nice to you when you're pregnant.  Well except that person at the grocery store who was in too big of a hurry to stop and let me cross.  
Maternity clothes? Almost 100% of the time now.  I love wearing maternity clothes.  It's cool to me seeing my belly grow and getting show that bump off.  Plus another one of my neighbors loaned me her maternity clothes.  Like I said above, people are so nice to pregnant woman!!  I'm so grateful for everyone's generosity towards me!!  
Stretch marks? 25 weeks and still stretch mark free.
Sleep: Between what feels like a zillion bathroom breaks a night, an achy back, and having a hard time getting comfortable, I didn't have the best sleeps this week.  Oh well, this little lady is so worth it!  
What I miss: I miss a good night's sleep!!  
New Baby Items: YES!  We finally bought something for the nursery.  It will arrive this week.  I can't wait to rock Eden in this!!

Exercise: Not what it should be!!  I just need to get my booty outside and moving!!
What I'm looking forward to: Oliver has been working on Eden's bathroom the past few days and over the weekend we picked out the tile for the shower and the floor tile, too.  I can't wait to see it all come together.  
Milestones: I think passing the 6 month mark and knowing that the baby is going to be here before we know it.  
Best moment this week: I'd have to say all the positivity I've received from people about the baby.  This really is an exciting time!! :)  

Monday, September 14, 2015

23 weeks!!

Whoa! That belly is getting BIG!

How far along?
 23 weeks--but I'm just now getting around to typing this post and I'm actually 24 week 1 day today.  Yikes!
Total weight gain/loss: +6 lbs
Food cravings: I'm not too proud to admit that I ate pretty rotten this week.  Ollie and I ate out a lot and I didn't make the healthiest food choices. :/  No real food cravings this week though.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: Actually, all those rotten food choices made me feel pretty blah!  I've never really had indigestion before and so I'm not entirely sure what it feels like, but I'm saying that I must have had indigestion because I felt so gross!
Have you started to show yet?  Oh boy have I ever!  And even though I am showing and I don't feel that big, when I look at pictures of myself I look B.I.G.!  I look HUGE in this week's pregnancy picture!  Holy Whoa!  But it really doesn't help that Ollie and I went to a hibachi restaurant for dinner and I ate everything on my plate and then came home and took that picture. OINK.  In my defense though, I really didn't eat very much for breakfast or lunch.
Movement: All the time.  Last night she was doing somersaults when I was laying in bed. I absolutely LOVE all the movement.  I love my little sprout!! 
Gender prediction: Guess what?!  It's still a GIRL! 
Wedding rings on or off? On and currently getting a good soak in some jewelry cleaner.  One of my pet peeves is when I compliment a woman's wedding bands and she responds that they're so dirty.  I'm actually guilty of committing this pet peeve of mine!! So I try and clean them often.  
Belly Button in or out? I still have an innie but it's gotten really wide and round.  It never looked like that before.  It's weird and not very cute!
Happy or Moody most of the time: If you ask Ollie he'll tell you that I have been pretty grumpy and there is certainly some truth to that.  But everywhere else I feel like I have been happy.  
Maternity clothes? Yes.  My sister gave me some of her old maternity clothes over the weekend.  She's had them for 11 years!!!  We definitely got some good laughs when I tried on the jeans. (She wore smalls/mediums and I wear large so you can imagine how they fit!  Not to mention the wash of the jeans are so out of style!)  But a lot of the tops will be great for around the house.  
Stretch marks? None yet.  Phew!
Sleep: I've definitely slept better now that I am home from Alaska and sleeping in my own bed.  I'm still up 1-2 time nightly for the bathroom.  
What I missOh how I miss the days when I used to sleep though the entire night!
New Baby Items: LOTS.  My sister not only gave me her old maternity clothes, but she gave me lots of baby items, too!!  She gave me dresses, shoes, bows, headbands, and lots of other goodies.  And she called me last night to tell me she has FIVE bins of baby clothes for me, along with tons bibs and blankets.  She took really good care of her stuff and I am so very grateful for her wanting to give me her things!! 
Exercise:  I was a whole lot of lazy this week.
What I'm looking forward to: Starting the nursery!! 
Milestones: Ollie FINALLY felt Eden move for the first time!  I was so excited for him!  
Best moment this week: Ollie and I FINALLY registered!!!  I was going to do it without him, but he really wanted to be apart of it.  :)  He went a little crazy with the scanner gun though and so I had to delete some things later.  We're registered at Babies r Us and Target.  I tried to be practical and not go nutzo, but there is just SO MUCH STUFF for babies out there!!  Thanks to my sister I was able to take several things off our registries. :)  

Sunday, September 6, 2015

22 Weeks!

Hi everyone!  Long time, no post!!  I was super bummed that I was unable to post while I was in Alaska, but I got quite the rude surprise when I found out I have limited roaming data.  I have unlimited everything else on my phone so why would this be any different?! Well it was, and so I was always on the lookout for wifi, which was pretty limited depending on where I was.  I wasn't too happy about this, but I did get to download a really good podcast for the long Alaskan car rides before I lost internet.  (Not related to pregnancy, but it you're into murder cases, I highly recommend listening to the Serial podcast about Adnen Syed and the murder of his ex-girlfriend.  Good stuff! You'll be addicted and you're welcome!) Anyway, I'm back and here's a pregnancy update for you!!

How far along?
 22 weeks, 6 days (But of course my lazy bones is late to post and now I'm 23 weeks along.)
Total weight gain/loss: +5.5 lbs
Food cravings: YES!!   Strawberry milkshakes andddddd I know it's not good to drink much caffeine when pregnant, but coke.  I can't help it.  I crave it all the time.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: YES, riding in cars.  It’s been making me sick for weeks, but I just forgot to note it here.  I also get car sick when I drive too which to me is so unusual.  My car sickness was particularly bad while in Alaska because it’s a huge state with limited roads and to get from city to city you pretty much have to drive 5+ hours.  I finally broke down and bought some Dramamine.  What a lifesaver it was, too.  It's okay to take it while pregnant, I'd just prefer to take no meds if possible. 
Have you started to show yet?  Yup!  I haven’t popped yet, but by the end of the day you’d think I had based on how big I get throughout the day.  In the morning my belly’s back to looking pretty small. 
Movement: YES, and I can see my belly move, too.  Nothing crazy, but small pokes every once in a while.  Ollie is dying to see it but he’s not been around when she’s moving. 
Gender prediction: There's a sweet little lady named Eden in there!!
Wedding rings on or off? On.  I actually had Oliver and my rings re-dipped and cleaned today.  They look brand new.  Just the way I like them!!!
Belly Button in or out? It's still an innie, but it shouldn't be too much longer before that changes.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I'm happy.  I just got back from 12 days of exploring Alaska.  And lemme tell you folks, I AM TIRED!!!  We explored soooo many parks/cities/towns on this trip!! I had a really good time and so I'm HAPPY! 
Maternity clothes? YES YES and YES!  Today Oliver and I went shopping for clothes!  It was exciting to me!!  I still fit in my regular clothes, but I realized while I was in Alaska, that even though I can fit into my pants, the waist is super uncomfortable.    I got lots of goodies!!  :)
Stretch marks? None from pregnancy.  I did pick up a big tub of cream for my belly today.  Time to take potential stretch marks seriously! 
Sleep: Sleeping in a tent pregnant isn't my favorite.  I had to get up and use the restroom at least once a night which is a process when you're zipped up in a sleeping bag and you have to put on your hiking boots and wear a headlamp.  And if it's raining then it's even more annoying!!  And my hips were aching terribly every night I slept in the tent.  It was so painful.  I know it was 100% related to being pregnant because last year when I was camping in Alaska my hips never hurt once. I still loved camping though!  The rest of the time we were either staying in a cabin/hotel so I slept much better.  And in case you don't already know this, my little sister lives in a dry cabin and so I had to go out to the outhouse to take care of business.  So weird!!  Not fun, people!  I really missed having my body pillow with me.  I'm glad to be back home in my own bed with my own stuff! 
What I miss: Being able to do whatever I want.  While in Alaska I couldn't hike past a certain point on the coolest trail because it wasn't safe for me.  My little sis climbed up and took pictures and she said she was nervous walking back down  Also, my sisters wanted to take a guided tour where you actually walk out onto a glacier, but there was no way I was walking on ice 5 1/2 months pregnant.  Even if I am wearing crampons (for ice--kinda like cleats.), have hiking sticks, and am wearing a helmet.
New Baby Items: I bought Eden several goodies in Alaska.  I bought the cutest print to hang in her nursery, a book, and a sweet pink onesie with Alaska animals/cities on it.  My little sis also bought her a book for when she gets older.  Do y'all remember paper dolls?  Eden has Alaskan themed ones.  Thanks, Sis!
Exercise: I did tons of walking and hiking.  One day we hiked 16 miles and my legs were jello.  I was beyond tired!  The freeze dried beef stew I had for dinner that night never tasted better!
What I'm looking forward to: Hitting the 6 month mark next week!!!  And registering for baby stuff!
Milestones: Last week it was the first time I could actually see Eden kick from the outside.  And I guess buying maternity clothes was my milestone for this week. 
Best moment this week: Not pregnancy related, but when I got home yesterday afternoon after being away for almost two weeks, the reaction I got from my pups when they saw me was the best homecoming EVER!!!  They were SO EXCITED to see their mama!  I missed those stinkers!! :)