Thursday, July 18, 2013

25 Weeks Pregnant!

Today I am 25 weeks and this little nugget is now the size of a head of cauliflower, woah that just seems so crazy to me! She's weighs about 1.5 lbs which could explain why I'm hungry more often now. She now knows which way is up and down in my tummy and her hair and fat are growing rapidly.

These past few days I've noticed my appetite increasing. This is something I have yet to experience until now. My appetite since being pregnant has pretty much been the same as before so I haven't really felt the need to eat more than I normally do. However, now I notice myself getting hungry about 2 hours after breakfast and right before falling asleep at night. My 10:30 a.m. snack has been wheat thins and cherries and at night I'll feel myself getting hungry but I'm too tired to get up and eat so I end up falling asleep and not eating anything. We eat dinner pretty late so chances are my food is still settling from dinner anyway. My favorite snack when I get home from work is still wheat crackers and cheese : ) The only thing I have changed diet wise since finding out I was pregnant is I’ve increased my carb and fiber intake. I use to moderate my carb intake based on my workouts and that’s pretty much went out the door since being pregnant because I know my body needs more carbs right now. Most of my fiber comes from fruit. I eat way more fruit now that I ever have. It’s pretty standard that I have blueberries, raspberries, cherries and a banana every single day. So far eating this way, along with working out, has really kept my metabolism going.

Last week I only got 4 days of working out in. We had a super busy week so my time was limited. The one great thing about being pregnant is not stressing over my workouts if I miss a day or two. I think I worked out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. I did cardio for 25 minutes all four days and then 30 minutes of lifting each day as well. For cardio I walked uphill (inclined at 10 and walked at 3.5) because my back was pretty bad last week so I thought running would be a bad idea. I also switched up my lifting and did full body workouts 3 days out of the week and legs on the 4th day. Each day I did 2 different chest workouts, 2 shoulder workout, 2 back workouts, a bicep and a triceps workout. I did supersets each workout and did 3 sets of 15 per each workout. I’m still lifting fairly heavy while I have the energy. I’m only a couple weeks away from the third trimester so I want to make sure and take advantage as much as possible. This week I’ve decided to switch up my routine again to keep my body guessing. I’m doing full body workouts (2 of each muscle group) but in a circuit. Tuesday was day one of circuit training and I was going into failure by the second round. I’m also getting 25 minutes of jogging in before lifting (I’m currently jogging at 6.0 on the treadmill. That seems to be the perfect speed without killing my back and lower stomach). I have to say these past two days have been the best workouts I’ve had in a long time. I’ve had so much energy during my workouts these past two days.

My 6 months doctor's appointment was a week late because my doctor was on vacation so I had it this week. At 25 weeks I've gained a total of 12 lbs so far, which is pretty average, I think. When the doctor went to listen to this little ones heartbeat she was moving around so much that all we could hear is her kicking noises. Shortly after, we found her heartbeat down near my pelvic bone. People think I'm carrying high, but it's really just the way my tummy grows because she sits very low, it's rare that she's ever above or even near my belly button. I have an ultrasound scheduled for next Friday, so excited to see our little girl again! August 5th is the dreaded glucose appointment. I'm so not looking forward to it.

This past weekend my husband and I bought all the furniture for the baby's nursery. We picked out everything a few months ago but because we were in limbo about our home situation we didn't want to purchase anything until we knew what we were doing. Last week we cleared out our spare room so we could start prepping the nursery. Once my husband had it all painted we were eager to go buy the furniture for her room. We went to Buy Buy Baby and purchased a beautiful gray glider chair. I was having the hardest time finding a glider to match her room and finally found the perfect one. I didn't want a glider with any wood and almost all of the ones we came across had a wood frame. So thankful for the lady at Babies "R" Us who recommended we check out Buy Buy Baby. We went back to Babies "R" Us after purchasing the glider and bought her crib and dresser set. Both my husband and I fell in love with Heidi Klum's Truly Scrumptious line and had our eyes set on this beautiful whitish/grayish crib and dresser. We looked at soooooo many different cribs and kept going back to this particular one. So of course we bought it : ) My husband doesn't want me posting pictures of anything until the room is complete. So once the room is complete I will share pictures with all of you. I'm so excited to see how the room turns out! We are also redoing our own room once the baby's room is done.

Our next few weeks are so busy. Aside from work we pretty much have something going on every single weekend. Once August arrives we will be just as busy! I have my first shower in August, a 4D ultrasound and maternity photos the beginning of September along with our big co-ed shower. I have a feeling these next few months of being pregnant are going to fly on by.

Although I'm not someone who loves being pregnant, I do have to say I love my husband for being so amazing during my pregnancy. I feel completely blessed that he is so interested in every aspect of my pregnancy. He makes me feel so special and so taken care of constantly. I don't have to ask a thing of him he takes care of everything with no questions asked. On top of that he gets excited to do all these things for both the baby and I. Every day I come home to something new he’s done to her room or to our room to make me more comfortable. Every night after dinner he makes me stay on the couch while he takes my plate away and washes the dishes. Not a day goes by without him asking me how I’m feeling and if she’s moving around. On Tuesday he texted me and said “I’m taking a half day at work so I can go pick up the crib and build it”. I came home and the crib was built and blinds were hung in her room. He also picked out two cute little outfits for her and hung them in her closet. God had truly blessed me with an amazing husband. I haven’t had to do much to prepare for this baby (other than carry her in my belly lol) because he’s done it all for me. I cannot wait to experience parenthood with this man.

How far along: 25 weeks

Weight Gain: 12 lbs, so I’ve gained 5 lbs in the last 6 weeks.

Stretch Marks: None

Belly Button: In, I’m sure it will go flat by the last month.

Wedding Rings On/Off: - On

Movement: Her movements are big but I don’t feel her as often as I did a month/month ½ ago. I wonder if she’s running out of room in there already and waiting for my stomach to expand some.

Feeling: Content and a little anxious now that her room is partially done. It’s so weird to think we are only a few months away from it just being the two of us. This little girl will forever change our lives and that empty crib won’t be empty for too much longer.

Cravings: No cravings. I more so want fresh fruit and salads as often as possible.

Symptoms: Really tired by 9:30 at night and super tired when waking up in the morning but my energy levels are up during the day so I guess I can’t complaint. I’m also starting to get short of breath after eating big meals or walking to and from my car. I feel like my lungs are starting to get crowded. Not liking that feeling and I know it has only begun.

Missing: Sleeping on my back, champagne, my body….sleeping close to my husband without a pregnancy pillow between us, blah!

Looking forward to: Completing the nursery and our room.

Sleep: Sleep is wonderful. My hips get cramped about ½ through the night so I have to switch sides often.

Here are a couple of updated belly pics.  We moved my closet room so lighting is horrible in the mornings.  The first picture was taken the night before right when I got home from work.  I think my stomach looks a bit smaller because all my food had settled from the day and also because the lighting is a bit brighter.  The second picture was taken this morning after drinking 32 ounces of water which could be why I look a little more popped out.