Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pregnancy Update - Weeks 24 and 25

I can't believe I have less than 15 weeks left. Can.Not.Believe.It. Added a few extra comments near the bottom from the standard update this time too.

How far along/size of baby: I'm 25 weeks 4 days today. Baby is the size of a rutabaga or cauliflower. lol. These size comparisons are ridiculous! The baby, according to the apps, measures around 13.5 inches long and is about 1.5 pounds!

Left 2 pictures are 24 weeks/Right is 25 weeks

The 24 week pictures are actually the day before I turned 24 weeks but whatever. I just got back from a warm 5 mile run/walk and was happy I could still wear that shirt! So I wanted a picture. Haha!

Maternity clothes:  So we can take this one out right? lol. All bottoms except for maxi skirts are maternity. I don't have many items but I try to make due with what I have. Like my ill-fitting saggy butt jeans in my week 25 picture. Those jeans are a little too big but I don't have many jeans.  I have several casual shirts I bought but my work shirts are still mainly my regular non-maternity wear. It's getting harder to wear these items though and I will definitely need something else soon.

Sleep: (Same as last update) Still the same. I was never a great sleeper and everything wakes me up. I've been sleeping with the snoogle and I think it definitely helps me sleep better. When I don't, I definitely have hip pain and just more uncomfortable. It helps keep my hips and body more in line so my back and hips aren't as sore.

Best moment of the past 2 weeks: Sooooo... right after my last blog post, I had some really large kicks and my husband has now been able to feel them! I was SO EXCITED! You have no idea. I'm more excited than he is, I think. The baby also did some weird roll thing last week and he felt that too before I even said anything. But, the baby probably just sleeps a lot and I don't feel much that often.

Miss anything: Yes kind of. I wouldn't mind a drink of wine or beer or a margarita or something. And yes, I know some people say you can have a glass of wine. I choose not to. I don't need it and I will be fine without it. BUT...I was in the grocery store the other day and just wanted beer! Out of the blue. Not even good beer. And I rarely drink beer. So you know how the story goes. lol

Movement: Yes! As stated above! But I want more kicks! I know I'll regret saying that later. lol.  I've had a few strong kicks and they just make me laugh! I want more of those.

Symptoms: Some lower ligament pain every once in a while. I had a bit of nausea for about 1.5 weeks but nothing severe. I've been really lucky though.

Food cravings: No, not really. My hunger isn't too bad these days.

Anything making you queasy or sick: A little nausea as I stated before but not from anything specific.

Have you started to show yet: Another question that seems like it can be removed now!

Gender: BOY!!!!

Belly button in or out: In. My husband still teases me about getting an outie. "How's that belly button doing today?" He's such a funny guy. Not amused. lol

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Been feeling pretty happy these days.

Exercise: Still running 2-3 days a week although I really need to tell myself to go do it. I did a 10k last weekend but that is really my last "long" run. My motivation is lacking and my pace is just getting slower and slower. I'm typically running/walking a pace of 12:30-13:00 per mile these days. Far cry from my 9:30-10:30 pace pre-pregnancy. So my 3 mile runs take 40 mins now and it's exhausting. Plus bathroom breaks.

Also still a day of bike trainer, walking, whatever else I feel like doing. I try to get movement/activity in 5 days a week if I can at a minimum. I love going for a walk on a nice day!

Looking forward to: Figuring out what we will actually name the baby (this is a whole other story) and maybe figuring out nursery stuff. I'm a bit overwhelmed on all things baby related these days.

Other: I started my recap for my half marathon on April 1st but never finished it. I promise it will be up next week. Also did the 10k at the Illinois Marathon in Champaign on a whim. I finished and that's all that needs to be said! Ha!

Husband: Decided to add this in for a post. He's been great! I don't know if he actually reads these or not so I guess I'll see. Ha! But really, he helps me if I need it. He rubs my belly if I ask him to. It makes my lower ligament pain feel better. He will do some work around the house if I'm not getting to something. I get really tired sometimes and need to sit down. It seems he understands I'm going through things even if I'm not saying it. I still try to "pull my weight" but I have more weight to pull these days (lol) so it's not easy and he has been really great about it.

Doctor and weight - I will need to do an update on this but I will say there was a period of time I was SO hungry! I never had severe nausea or got sick and I was just so hungry for a period of time, that I gained a bit of weight in the month between January and February. My doctor did her doctor duties by telling me to watch that. So I've been mostly tracking my food during the week to keep my bad food habits slightly in check. Its definitely helped. But I also need to try not to feel bad about myself or my weight gain so I've been looking at it with a grain of salt. Every "body" is different. Every person gains weight during pregnancy differently. I think I might do a blog post just about this. I'm pregnant and I want to LOVE myself and my pregnant body changes. Eating healthy is always a good option. And I'm glad I started monitoring it at least somewhat. But I'm not going to restrict myself completely. If I want a burger and fries, I will have one maybe on a weekend. I still workout and I'm still doing good for myself and I'm healthy (very healthy according to my stats) and my baby is healthy and that's what matters to me. Love yourself. Right?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pregnancy Update - Weeks 22 & 23

How far along/size of baby: I'm 23 weeks 3 days today. Baby is the size of a grapefruit or papaya (or whatever else these apps say these days). The baby, according to the apps, measures around 11 inches long (or more) and now is about a full pound!

22 Weeks (Left) & 23 Weeks (Right)
I think I look SO much bigger in the 22 week picture. Maybe it's the shirt, maybe it's the day, I don't know. Also, I always take the photos on Sunday when my week switches over but I take them at all times of the day. Oh and the ugly yellow socks have made a reappearance in the photos! NOOOOOO!

Maternity clothes: Definitely wearing whatever maternity bottoms I can. I have a couple workout capris, one pair of saggy-butt jeans, and just bought 2 pairs of shorts and a pair of leggings. I still wear the normal maxi skirts to work also. I have made some casual maternity shirt purchases that I have been wearing but at work I'm just wearing my normal non-maternity stuff.

Sleep: Still the same. I was never a great sleeper and everything wakes me up. Now I just get angry when the dog or husband does something that wakes me up. lol. I also did purchase the snoogle and I think it definitely helps me sleep better. It helps keep my hips and body more in line so my back and hips aren't as sore.

Best moment of the past 2 weeks: Feeling kicks! They feel like small stomach twitches but they definitely have to be kicks (right?) and they have been getting stronger. Nothing felt from the outside yet.

Miss anything: Same stuff. Not enough to care really. lol

Movement: Yup. See above. It's pretty funny sometimes when I feel the kicks.

Symptoms: Calf cramps when I stretch out in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. They can be SO BAD! Some slight nausea lately but it's pretty minor.

Food cravings: Not a whole lot of cravings for anything.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Have you started to show yet: We should just take this question out now. My belly is so big (I think). Sometimes I think it looks bigger than other times.

Gender: BOY!!!!

Belly button in or out: In. I won't even get started on my husband's nonsense! lol

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy. Getting excited. But I'm really overwhelmed at how fast this is moving.

Exercise: I'm still doing the same 4-5 days. It's pretty easy workouts these days. 2-3 days of running (3-4 miles each time), 1 day of bike trainer. I did do the elliptical last Saturday. Some walking. My runs are generally between 12-13 min mile pace. I have done faster and slower but this is the general pace these days with lots of walking included.

Looking forward to: Feeling the kicks from the outside so my husband can feel it.

Other: I finished the half marathon on April 1st. I have been meaning to do a blog post but it hasn't happened yet. Soon!

Also, I was playing mad libs with my husband (remember those??) and was laughing my ass off...until I had the sudden urge to break down into tears. Not happy crying, but crying crying. Ugh. Hormones.