Baby Progress: Week 27

How far along? 27 weeks and officially in 3rd trimester

Total weight gain/loss: About 11 pounds I think? Last week I gained 2 so I guess I lost one of those. My weight has been fluctuating a bit so who knows.

Maternity clothes? Trying to cut back on maternity clothes purchases (I know, right when everything is just now starting to fit!), but I got this dress on sale from Target.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Heartburn. Maybe her hair is growing? (or old wives tale…or read this medical publication I found while Googling!) Also some pelvic and tailbone pain when I stand up after sitting for a while. Welcome to 3rd trimester, I suppose!

Sleep:  Sleep has been OK, I just feel like I need a nap midday and I can’t fall back asleep after my bladder wakes me up early. I might as well permanently turn off my alarm clock.

Best moment this week:
It was a super busy/hectic week with things going on around the house. The nursery furniture was delivered and insurance approved our roof replacement!


Worst moment of the week: Well our granite counters were supposed to be installed, but we ran into an issue where our gas cooktop doesn’t haven’t an individual cut off valve (and $175 later, we had a handyman come out and install one — ouch…). Omg seriously who does that? Pretty sure it is against code. So we are basically without use of our kitchen sink and cooktop all weekend. Good thing we’ll be doing lots of grilling out and eating out for memorial day. I just hate having my house be a disaster zone for an extended period of time!

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? All of this being sleepy lately really had me in the mood for a nice cold frappucino. I guess I could get decaf but it’s not the same!


Movement: Constant dance party in there it seems. It makes me even MORE skeptical of those “I didn’t know I was pregnant” shows. She is moving non-stop and keeping me up at night and waking me up in the morning!

Food cravings: I got on a healthy kick this week and ate a few grilled chicken salads and had lots of fruit. I guess summer weather will do that.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really.


Have you started to show yet: Yes, and getting more frequent comments from strangers. I had a coworker stop me in the hallway (I never really officially announced myself at work beyond the small team I’m on) and he was like “soooo, you’re expecting, right?”. And then he gave me some great advice about not choosing a weird celebrity baby name. No problem, dude :)

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out? Still kind of half flat-ish, and half outie?


Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
mostly, although I’ve been quite tired this week which tends to put me in a grouchy mood.

Looking forward to: Enjoying the 3-day weekend!

Baby Progress: 26 Weeks

How far along? 26 weeks, last week of 2nd trimester!

Total weight gain/loss: up 12 lbs

Maternity clothes? Got a few new things this week — a pair of denim shorts and a tank (that I can’t find online, but this one from Loft Maternity is very similar) from Macy’s/Pea in the Pod, and a simple black v-neck tee from Gap Maternity. This dress was also really cute on me, but was already a bit short in the front so I passed.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Just a tiny bit of heartburn at night.

Sleep:  Fine, nothing new. I’m wrapping myself in a comforter burrito to simulate the Snoogle experience.

Best moment this week:
Can’t think of anything in particular…


Worst moment of the week: Confirmed at my appointment this week that I’m still on pelvic rest for placenta previa, and she is currently breech. That explains all of the very low kicking at least! Still plenty of time for things to move around to where they are supposed to, so I’ll get another ultrasound at my next appointment. But doctor appointments tend to put me in kind of a funk.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Nah


Movement: She’s all over the place and you can definitely see movement from the outside.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No


Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out? On it’s way out. After eating I swear sometimes it feels like it’s going to fall off.


Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: It’s supposed to rain all weekend so I’m going to get to work on the nursery curtains. So really I’m looking forward to having those done, because I know it’s going to be a long and painful process!

Baby Progress: 25 Weeks

How far along? 25 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: almost 10 lbs

Maternity clothes? I wore this Liz Lange maternity dress from Target for the first time for our anniversary dinner (in my weekly photo below). Most of that line is huge on me, but this fit pretty well!

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Heartburn. I’m kind of surprised it hadn’t hit me sooner. Also fatigue (again) and occasionally being a little dizzy or light headed (maybe low blood pressure?)

Sleep:  Sleeping has been pretty good. Occasionally getting up 1x per night to go to the bathroom.

Best moment this week:
David and I had an amazing dinner celebrating our 6 year anniversary at Canoe. The weather was perfect and the food was excellent (even if I couldn’t try any of their famous smoked salmon…or wine).


Worst moment of the week: Nothing in particular, but just plain life is becoming a little overwhelming lately. I’m trying to find a good newborn photographer that isn’t a zillion dollars. We need to start looking at granite fabricators for the kitchen counters. We might be getting our roof replaced after a hail storm a few weeks ago. Gotta figure out what to do for Mother’s Day. Need to start looking at classes at the hospital for infant care, CPR, birth, and breastfeeding (and figuring out if we really need all of these?). All with less than 100 days to go now…

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything?
Here’s a new one — wearing cute high heeled (4”) shoes. I’d probably look ridiculous and fall over, so I don’t.

Movement: Still moving a lot, and now I notice more when she is in different positions. She was up higher over the weekend, and then went back into her usual super low spot a few days later.

Food cravings: Sugar I guess. Which I am trying to cut back on in the next few days before my gestational diabetes screening!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: Yes. I am getting comments from strangers almost daily now (which as an introvert is just so awkward) — anything from “it’s a girl, right?” from the cashier at the grocery store or another cashier at Target carrying on about how she hopes she will be “small like me” when she gets pregnant, but gains weight in her stomach first etc etc etc. I usually just smile and nod.

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out? It is definitely starting to show through some of my shirts…


Wedding rings on or off? On
, still fitting fine.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Knocking some things off of this to-do list…

Baby Progress: Week 24

How far along? 24 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: A little under 9 pounds

Maternity clothes? The usual stuff. My maternity jeans are reaching this annoying point where my belly is starting to push them down, but my belly isn’t big enough to hold the elastic up so they feel like they are falling down constantly or I just have saggy butt syndrome. Just another reason for me to just keep wearing dresses!

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Nothing really

Sleep:  My mind has started going a million miles a minute when I wake up so it’s nearly impossible to fall back asleep once I wake up.

Best moment this week:
Seeing college friends at the wedding over the weekend!
And calling in to the jury duty waiting list number and hearing the words that I did NOT have to report for jury duty this week!

Worst moment of the week: Traveling kicked my butt way more than I expected. Friday and Saturday were rough just from being tired and my whole body was just really uncomfortable. I think some of it was from the time zone change and still recovering from being sick, but it was lovely to get home and sleep in my own bed on Sunday night. And not smelling ALL OF THE SMELLS of random people and things on public transportation/airplanes.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Laying on my back.


Movement: She was going crazy on Monday when I was eating some candy. I guess she has a sweet tooth like her mom :)

Food cravings: Sweet stuff, but that’s not really unusual for me.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No. I was a little worried about getting motion sickness while on our flight last week, but I turned out to be fine even though we did have a bit of turbulence on the way there.


Have you started to show yet: Yes. I got my first unsolicited “how far along are you?” from a stranger and “you got something cooking in there?” from the dude making my tacos at Chipotle. This week’s belly photo brought to you via the hotel room’s entry instead of the usual nursery backdrop :)

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out? Neither? Ha.
It definitely sticks out when I do (incline) push ups.

Wedding rings on or off? On
, still fitting fine.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! But starting to feel like “oh sh*t I need to start getting stuff done…”.


Looking forward to: Our upcoming anniversary dinner! 6 years!

My dress is from Seraphine. Things like this with a tie in the back seem to fit me the best lately since a lot of stuff is still huge in the chest!

And a few more photos from the weekend. Please excuse David’s facial hair. It’s his “baby beard”.

Baby Progress: Week 23

How far along? 23 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 7 pounds total. I lost maybe 3 pounds during the week due to food poisoning (more below…) so yikes! I hope to get back up to my normal amount of weight gain soon since I’m probably already on the low side. My stomach is still recovering — I only ate half my dinner the other night and felt sick the rest of the night. :(

Maternity clothes? Just the usual maternity jeans, leggings, and workout pants. And those Liz Lange tanks, but really those are just extra long regular tanks IMO.

Stretch marks? No new ones.

Symptoms: Lower back pain, round ligament pain, and hip pain (and even some shoulder pain) from sleeping on my side.

Sleep:  I’m getting more used to sleeping on my side, but still have trouble getting completely comfortable.

Best moment this week:
My sister gave me a huge tupperware bin of baby clothes to go through. I only ended up grabbing up about half of it, but it has increased this baby’s wardrobe by about 25x. Yay!
Also, all of the major pieces for the nursery have been purchased (crib, dresser, and glider) so now we just wait for it all to come in, but it’s a huge relief to have that out of the way.

Worst moment of the week: I got an awful episode of food poisoning on Monday night (or Tuesday morning? 2:30am either way…) that left me pretty much wiped out the entire next day. Luckily I was able to begin to keep food down a few hours later otherwise I’m sure we’d be making a trip to the hospital for an IV. I have some really attractive broken blood vessels on my eyes from throwing up, so yeah. Worst moment of the week no contest.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Laying on my back, especially when it hurts.
On Monday, work was pissing me off and I could have REALLY used a large glass of wine. Instead, I drowned my sorrows in Oreos.

Movement: Yep, and it even has woken me up in the middle of the night and made me jump. Not too excited about getting woken up, but I might as well get used to it!

Food cravings: Nothing really — food has not been appetizing this week to say the least.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Ha.


Have you started to show yet: I feel like this one can be a YES now that I’ve reached the self-imposed milestone of “does my belly stick out farther than my boobs?”. And now we have a new background color for all of my weekly photos (since they are taken in the nursery).

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out? In


Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, when I’m not
puking my guts out :\

Looking forward to: Seeing old college friends at an out of state wedding this weekend! And baby’s 1st plane ride! :)

Nursery Progress

With the nursery starting off as a disaster, it has taken a while for it to become decent enough just to paint. For the last um, 3.5 years it has pretty much looked like some variation of this:

Aka dumping ground of random crap. A million holes in the wall that were halfway through being patched. And here it is now:

Don’t worry, most of the dumping ground of random crap has just been temporarily moved to another location (aka the nursery closet, and at least it’s more exciting random crap — baby clothes, new cooktop, and new faucet for our eventual kitchen countertop overhaul!), but so far we’ve:

  • Finished patching and sanding all of the imperfections in the wall (there were a LOT as you can see from the before)
  • Almost finished patching and sanding imperfections in the baseboards (a dog we were pet sitting decided the trim looked like a yummy chew toy?)
  • Replaced the carpet (Woo! Well WE didn’t do this ourselves, but we paid for it, haha)
  • Replaced the blinds. They don’t look that different, but the dog decided to use parts of the opening/closing cords as a chew toy. What is it with this room and dogs chewing things?
  • Replaced the fan. The old one worked, but it was a sight for sore eyes.
  • Painted! The color is Benjamin Moore Pleasant Pink, matched to Sherwin Williams.
  • Purchased a mirror for over the dresser/changing table. I will be refinishing it or repainting it — maybe a dark-ish gray to tie into the glider? (sneak peak of it sitting on the floor)

And what’s in the works/in progress:

  • Curtain fabric has been purchased, but I need to start making the curtains before I am too big to comfortably do this.
  • We ordered the nursery recliner, crib and dresser. They’ll all be here in the next 4-8 weeks or so.
  • David has specifically requested a certain song lyric/quote to be framed, so I’m on the lookout for something to mimic from Pinterest.
  • We are doing either initials or her 1st name over the crib, so I’m on the hunt for some letters.
  • The closet still needs to be painted, which I’d like to do in a contrasting color (maybe turquoise or magenta?). It needs some organizing functionality added as well since there is just 1 hanging bar for the whole space.

There’s so much more on the “to do” list for this room including other wall decor, lighting, accessories, maybe a little side table or small bookcase to sit next to the glider, etc etc etc but I’m just thinking about the “big things” for now.

Baby Progress: Week 22

How far along? 22 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up 9 pounds. I made an effort to eat a little more this week since I haven’t gained very much over the last few and ended up putting on 2 pounds this week! My weight finally matches what’s on my driver’s license since I got in shape early last year.

Maternity clothes? 2 new maternity purchases this week — a new dress for an upcoming wedding (this is some kind of sickness where I convince myself I can’t wear an old dress to a wedding, but I’m planning on wearing this one to my shower too so I talked myself into it), and compression socks (for the flight for said upcoming wedding). Cute, right?

Stretch marks? Nope. I am definitely feeling that growing/stretching sensation again though. I was telling a friend it’s like eating a big bowl of pasta and then immediately regretting it once you feel it start to expand in your stomach. Except all of the time.

Symptoms: I got nothing really, besides the stretching sensation. I think my acne is finally under control (I’m really afraid to type that out in the event that I jinx myself…)

Sleep:  I took 2 naps this week! Sleeping has been fine other than getting kicked right before I’m about to fall asleep…

Best moment this week:
Realizing I had cleavage for the 1st time in my life! Best part of pregnancy is the insta-boob job :-P
Ok ok, and hearing baby girl’s heartbeat at my appointment this week (going strong in the 150’s).

Worst moment of the week: Nothing really.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? A commercial came on the radio about oyster fest and I missed oysters for about 5 minutes, but nothing other than that.


Movement: All day err day, practically. I even saw movement for the first time this week when my laptop started bouncing while resting on my belly.

Food cravings: Lucky Charms and Oreos (double stuff, of course).

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: I mean, yeah I guess you could think I had an impressive beer belly, but…who knows. Sometimes I wonder if people at the gym are like “look at that dumb girl lifting weights instead of working off that belly on the treadmill”. I definitely feel bigger, but the random comments from strangers hasn’t started yet (thankfully).

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In, but it is getting very flat. I’m sure I’m going to have an “outie” very soon. Belly buttons are so weird.

Wedding rings on or off? On
and loose. We’ll see if I get any swelling after my flight next week.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Putting the 2nd coat of paint up in the nursery. And babysitting my super-cute niece!

Baby Progress: Week 21

How far along? 21 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 7ish pounds I think. I don’t think I gained anything since last week, surprisingly.

Maternity clothes? Mostly just my maternity jeans. I used the BeBand for the first time this week to wear the jeans in my photo below, and it was kind of annoying since you have to wear a longer top to completely cover it :\

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: None really. So weird to say that!

Sleep: I’m sleeping OK. I’m having a hard time falling back asleep early in the mornings, but I don’t think it’s really pregnancy related.

Best moment this week:
I am kind of surprised by how frequent and consistent her movement has been. It’s cool to feel her squirm around several times per day, pretty much everyday.


Worst moment of the week: Some friends of ours had their baby this week, about 3 months premature. I can’t even imagine. We had just gotten the invite for their baby shower.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Shopping for/wearing cute spring clothes.


Movement: Yep, she likes to make a habit of kicking right when I’m about to fall asleep!

Food cravings: Nothing really.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: Still in that sort of in between phase. It is getting somewhat awkward to do certain things like shave my legs, paint my toenails, pick up things off the floor, etc.

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Placing the order for the nursery furniture. Yay!

Baby Progress: Week 20

How far along? 20 weeks, officially halfway there!

Total weight gain/loss: A little over 7 lbs.

Maternity clothes? For work I am wearing mostly dresses and non-maternity pants. When I workout I am definitely in maternity workout capris and pants. I got frustrated shopping at Destination Maternity last weekend because a cute top I saw online was actually huge in-person, and the XS pants I tried on were still massive. I think I’ve also returned about 90% of the maternity stuff I’ve bought online. So I might as well just stop looking at maternity clothes at this point and try to find regular clothes that might fit? Honestly I am not even close to the point where I have nothing to wear, so it’s not a big deal, just annoying. I just like shopping!

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Nothing really. I feel lucky to have had an extremely easy pregnancy so far, which only makes me think I’m going to pay for it during delivery or with a crazy newborn!

Sleep: Sleeping has been fine. I am trying to transition to sleeping on my side (from my stomach) but I am just too comfortable. Not always getting up in the middle of the night to pee, so that’s been fun.

Best moment this week:
Feeling movement pretty consistently and catching up with friends that I haven’t seen in a while.
And hubby’s birthday! We have so many plans for his birthday and Easter I am exhausted just thinking about it all.

Worst moment of the week: Nothing really!

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? I miss some of my cute clothes. I’m trying to figure out what to wear for a wedding in a few weeks. I should be able to get away with a non-maternity dress I already own unless I go through a crazy growth spurt…


Movement: Yep, and both David and I have even felt some “kicks” from the outside, which was cool and kind of weird feeling.

Food cravings: Clementines I guess. I think I’ve eaten about 3 per day on average the past week.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Seeing gross things on TV like that stupid foot fungus commercial. I literally have to look away or change the channel.
Looking at my phone in the car when someone else is driving makes me a little queasy.

Have you started to show yet: Yes? No? I’ve gotten some comments that I don’t even look pregnant (ugh, thanks, STFU please as you’re just adding to my anxiety/insecurity) that make me almost feel like I need to go around and show people a photo of my pre-pregnancy abs just to convince them! So my official answer is…it depends on what I’m wearing, what angle you’re looking at me from, and if you knew what I looked like pre-pregnancy. But I definitely did a double take in the mirror this week, thinking, “whoa, when did that show up???”.

Gender:  Girl-y girl.

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Celebrating hubby’s birthday, and some family time for Easter.

Baby Progress: Week 19

How far along? 19 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: About 7 pounds

Maternity clothes? Still mainly in normal clothes and more non-maternity dresses, of course.

Stretch marks? Not yet, but at certain points of the day I literally feel like my skin/belly is stretching. I started using stretch mark cream just in case…

Symptoms: Still some back pain, but I modified some of my workouts this week to see if it would help. Less planks, less deadlift weight (boo), etc.

Sleep: Sleeping has been fine, surprisingly.

Best moment this week:
Feeling kicks and movement!
Also, getting the follow-up anatomy scan and everything looked great. We even got to see her yawn and swallow (yuck!).

Worst moment of the week: Nada.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Ugh, I’m going to go with clear skin, again. My forehead is a war zone.


Movement: I am pretty sure I am feeling movement now. It’s become more consistent so I feel confident in thinking, yes that’s actually the baby and not my imagination!

Food cravings: Nothing really.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: Yes, but still not extremely obvious unless you’re looking from the side. I got cat-called on the way out of the gym last weekend with “hey pretty mama!”, but maybe that was just that dude’s go-to choice of words for anyone. My choice of clothing makes a huge difference too. I definitely look pregnant in this week’s photo in a fitted maxi dress, but still just kind of “round” in day-to-day clothes.

Gender:  The ultrasound tech added “still a girl” to the crotch shot photo she printed out for us ;)

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Hmm, can’t think of anything at the moment. I think I’ve picked out a paint color for the nursery, so, painting???