Thursday, June 27, 2013

22 Week Update/Belly Picture

I forgot to do an update at 21 weeks. We have had something going on almost every weekend so I haven't had much time to catch up on much. It's hard for me to maintain posts on my page these days, hence the reason I hardly post anything anymore. I try and post picture updates as much as possible on Instagram though. These next few weekends are all busy too, ugh. I just want one free weekend!

Anyway, today I am 22 weeks (5 1/2 months) and this little belly has started to grow finally. Our little girl is now the size of a papaya and weighs about a pound. I swear she went through a growth spurt this past week because all of a sudden I work up one day this week and had a little belly. She still tends to sit very low, near my bladder. Right when I hit 5 months I started to have a hard time running due to how low she sits. My bladder would hurt and my back would just kill me. As some of you suggested, I purchased a belly band for running and it has been such a lifesaver! The one I bought is thicker around the back area so it supports your back and then it scoops down under your belly and kind of lifts your belly up. It makes a hell of a difference when jogging (I don't really run anymore I jog at 6.0) and I'm able to do 3 or 4 miles with no problems. Some days when I'm a bit tired I will walk uphill for 30 minutes and I've found that's just as effective as my jogging. I'm only doing cardio about 4/5 days a week and lifting about 5 days a week at this point.

I also have to let you all know that I finally bought one of those Snoogle pregnancy pillows you all told me about and HOLY COW that pillow is such a blessing! I was using a body pillow before buying that and it was just not working for me at all. I can honestly say I sleep 100% better with the Snoogle. I even use it at night when we are watching TV on the couch, it helps support my back so much! My husband often makes fun of me and says it looks like I'm sitting in a large inner tube ha ha. Speaking of sleeping, the other night I woke up to my right leg cramping so bad! My leg was so cramped I couldn't even move it. After about a minute of it being stiff and cramped I was finally able to relax my leg a bit. The next morning when i woke up my leg was sore from how cramped up it had got. Has anyone ever had this happen? Holy cow that hurt!

How far along: 22 weeks (5 1/2 months)

Weight Gain: The last time I went to the doctor I was up a total of 7lbs. That was about 3 weeks ago. I have another appointment on Tuesday so we will see how much I have gained since my last appointment. I feel like she's done a lot of growing since then so I expect to have gained a few more.

Stretch Marks: No stretch marks or cellulite yet. I'm hoping I have my mom's genes because she didn't get stretch marks or cellulite.

Belly Button: Still an in. I don't think it will pop out because I have a pretty deep belly button, but it's definitely stretching.

Wedding Rings On/Off:  On, please let me be one of those lucky people that gets to keep it on the whole pregnancy. I love my ring and would really miss it if I had to take it off due to swelling.

Movement: I always feel her after I eat, Josh get's to feel her every night before bed. She's getting stronger each passing week, those little love taps aren't so little anymore. She kicks hard sometimes and it always trips me out. I also feel big rolling movements from her, such a strange feeling. It's almost like the feeling you get when your stomach drops at the top of a roller coaster ride.

Feeling: A little overwhelmed right now, mostly because of our housing status. It's getting harder to show the house because we have been so busy this past month.

Cravings: People think I'm crazy but I really don't crave anything. There are a few things I can't eat so I resort to the same foods for breakfast and dinner, but nothing that I HAVE to have.

Symptoms:  The last two days I've gotten really tired after lunch and I've had two nights of bad headaches. This happens every couple of weeks or so.

Missing: Running like I use to, sleeping on my back/stomach and having a drink on a nice summer night with my husband. It's the simple little things I miss right now.

Looking Forward to: More baby shower planning, maternity photos and seeing our baby in 4D. We are 2 months away from all that, but I'm still excited : )

Sleep: I'm sleeping better than I ever have because I actually fall into a deep sleep now. Although I do wake up multiple time during the night to switch my sleeping position, I fall back to sleep within seconds. Before becoming pregnant I would wake up several times a night and not be able to fall back to sleep for at least an hour.

And for those who don't follow me on instagram, here is an updated belly pic:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

5 months Pregnant - Update

I forgot to do a 19 week update so I’m jumping straight into my 20 week update. Today marks 20 weeks (5 months, YAY - happy dance) baby girl is now the size of a banana weighing about 10.2 ounces and measures about 6.5 inches long. She moves around constantly. The little tapping I once felt now feels like a baseball rolling around on the inside of my stomach. It’s such a weird feeling. I could be having a horrible day at work and then this little one starts moving around like crazy and it brightens my whole day!

I had a 19 week checkup last week and the doctor said everything was looking great. She said I'm tiny and probably won’t gain much during my pregnancy. I'm guessing I will gain at least 25lbs regardless of what she thinks. We will see. My last appointment was a month ago and since then I have gained 4 lbs. That puts me at a 7 lb gain so far, although I'm pretty sure half of that has gone to my boobs and my thighs haha. Within seconds of her holding the Doppler up to me belly i could hear this little one loud and clear. I was able to record her heartbeat for my husband to hear : ) Next time I go to the doctor I will be nearly 6 months, I'm hoping she will schedule another ultrasound soon thereafter. We are planning on doing a 4D ultrasound when I'm near 32 weeks in September, I cannot wait to do that and have our whole family come see her too. We also have our maternity photo's scheduled for September 1, 2013 and our baby shower on September 22, 2013. September is going to be a busy exciting month and then the following month (fingers crossed) baby girl should be here!

Speaking of our baby shower, I need to start registering or at least making a list if things I want to register for. We plan on registering at Babies R’ Us and on Amazon. So far, the only thing I have picked out is her bedroom set (crib, dressers and crib bedding). My husband and I are buying her bedroom set and my mother-in-law offered to buy her bedding so none of those are things we need to register for. I also have the stroller/car seat set I want picked out but other than that I have a whole lot of looking around and learning to do. Please leave a comment below if there are any MUST have items I should have on my registry and any items that are not worth buying. I hear a ton of moms say that received a bunch of stuff that they thought they needed but ended up not needing. I would love to hear what some of that stuff is.

This past week I've actually started feeling pregnant. My back has been hurting when standing too long, running has gotten a tad bit harder within the last 2 days and sleeping involves a lot of tossing and turning all night long. I'm constantly having to switch sides or I get sore and uncomfortable. I can't wait until I can sleep on my back and stomach again. This pregnancy has been pretty easy this far so I really hope I continue down this path because I feel extremely lucky. I was sick with a bad cold last week and had two days of being really sick and completely drained and then a day later I was back to my normal self and feeling great. I’m still working out and staying active as much as possible and my eating hasn’t been bad either. I rarely get cravings and when I do, it’s not usually for bad food. My husband has been so incredibly supportive. He constantly reminds me how beautiful he thinks I am and offers to help do everything for me. I am so not a lazy pregnant woman and I think sometimes he wishes I was so that he could do more for me. Maybe when I get further along I’ll ask for help more often : ) The other day he said someone at work asked him how life was living with a complaining pregnant wife. Josh said he just laughed and said “I’m actually really lucky because she never complains about anything”. I'm just not a complainer, I'll suck it up and be tough before I start complaining and if I do complain then you know something is definitley wrong. Every night Josh asks me if I can feel the baby moving and if I do feel her move he wants me to let him know so he can feel her too. I love that he is so excited and involved. I feel extremely blessed to have an amazing husband by my side through all of this.

I've been debating on taking some kind of pregnancy classes/breast feeding classes and decided that I rather just go with the flow of things and not take any classes. I'm such an easy go with the flow kind of person and I feel our bodies were designed to do this so it's all just going to come natural. I rather learn as I go and not have a "plan" for everything. Afterall, nothing goes as planned anyway...

How far along: 20 weeks (5 months) Yay for being half way through this pregnancy. Man time sure is flying fast and there is still so much to do!

Symptoms: Feeling short of breath very easily. This was giving me a little bit of anxiety at first but I'm slowly getting use to the feeling. My back and feet also get really sore when standing for long periods of time, again, something I'm trying to adjust to. Before being pregnant I was the energizer bunny who never sat down! It’s hard to slow your role when you're kind of forced to.

Clothes: I don't want to talk about it haha. None of my old "going out" dresses fit any longer, I was hoping at least one would fit for an upcoming Vegas wedding we're going to attend. The sad part is my stomach isn't the problem, it's my thighs and butt that won’t allow any of my dresses to fit, sigh. I feel most comfortable in leggings/maxi dresses although my regular size 0 pants still fit with the help of a hair tie/belly band it's just not so comfortable bending over in them lol.

How I’m feeling: Aside from being sick this past week I feel pretty dang good. I’ve had a day or two of major back pain and so I know to rest those days but other than that I’m still running when I can, lifting and going about each day just fine.

Cravings: Crackers and cheese, mangos, BLT’s, tomatoes and cherries.

My Fears of late: Getting our house situation together before the baby gets here. We are in limbo right now with either buying another house or staying and adding on to our house, ugh! This has put a stop on starting our nursery : (

Movement: She's rolling around in there and her movements have become fairly big now. It’s crazy how big her movements got in a matter of a couple days. Both my husband and I can both feel her now. She tends to be most active every other day in the mornings and throughout the day. At night, she’s much less active which is weird because most people say their babies were most active at night.

Excited for: Baby shower planning progress! We have set a date of September 22, 2013 which is some time away but my mother-in-law is in charge of it and she’s already on top of everything! I cannot wait to see it all come together. We decided on a co-ed shower since my husband really wants to be involved as much as possible. I love that he is just as excited about everything as I am.

Missing: Being able to move around like I use to, I have to remember to slow down and be careful because when I move too fast it hurts! I also miss the nice skin I once had. I've never had skin problems until being pregnant. Now I breakout all the time and it drives me nuts! I thought I would be missing champagne by now, but the truth is the smell of it grosses me out. We went to a wedding this past weekend and there was tons of champagne around me and the smell had me feeling sick.