Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 18 Weeks


18w 2d

How far along? 18 weeks (I do these a week behind as a recap of the previous week, so I'm actually 19 weeks today.)

Total weight gain/loss: +1.1 lbs which brings me to 119.4 lbs.

Maternity clothes: Half the day, I'm in form-fitting 4s (no more 2s!) and dreading the evening mark where I bloat like no other. The other half, I live out of yoga pants, maternity jeans and PJ bottoms.

Stretch marks? Not yet... I'm dreading it! I've constantly asked Cristhian to check... and was desperate enough to ask S for his opinion.

Sleep: Honestly, it's gotten 100% better since Cristhian bought me the Snoogle. I can't believe the night and day difference it makes.

Best moment this week: Crissy and I got to see Lamby at my anatomy scan this past Friday. It was so extremely active! For whatever reason, Cristhian couldn't believe the sex results of the blood test (although confirming the likelihood of genetic deficiencies were more than acceptable...). To his glory, we reconfirmed its sex.

Worst moment of the week: I'll be in BIL's wedding in May 2nd- mind you, this wedding will take place roughly 4-6 weeks postpartum. This past Tuesday, two other bridesmaids and I tried on some dresses for the bride... and the other girls looked incredible! I, on the other hand, looked less than stellar; I felt shapeless and round. With that in mind, I know the dress will fit and look better once my handy dandy trust seamstress gets a hold of me. But at that point, I felt defeated; pregnancy does not look good on me.

Miss anything? It's not pregnancy-related, but I miss peace! My apartment is a wreck right now because we're packing and moving all our stuff!

Movement: Constantly! ESPECIALLY after meals and when I lay on my stomach!

Food cravings: Nup- sorry! I do enjoy Sour Patch Kids after supper though.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not at all, but I guess the scent of fish cooking isn't pleasant (although it never was even before I got knocked up)!

Have you started to show yet: Definitely! I look like a whale.

Gender Prediciton: It's less than two months 'til our baby shower! There, Crissy and I will ultimately reveal the sex of Lamby!

Labor signs: None yet

Symptoms: Acne is coming back! I have one new zit on my cheek that's super atrocious. Also, sciatica is an issue here and there.

Belly button in or out? Innie... slowly making its way as an outtie...

Wedding rings on or off? On!

Happy or moody most of the time? Sad (when thinking/prepping for BIL's wedding) and antsy!

Looking forward to: Meeting my new OBGYN!


Happy Halloween from our family to yours!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 17 Weeks


17w

How far along? 17 weeks (I do these a week behind as a recap of the previous week, so I'm actually 18 weeks today.)

Total weight gain/loss: -0.1 lbs putting me at a total of 118.3 lbs. I think I'll probably plateau ~118 for a few weeks. We'll see!

Maternity clothes: On casual days, I rotate between two pairs of maternity jeans and the largest t-shirts I can find. On days where I need to look professional, I'm lucky that my 4s still fit- they're just form-fitting. And although my breasts have yet to grow, my belly area is certainly giving me a run for my money!

Stretch marks? Not yet... I'm nearly done my bottle of Bio Oil and half way through my tub of cocoa butter. I've used each product nightly since 8 weeks and haven't seen any prenatal stretch marks yet- and my lower abdominal area has really grown! I recently ordered the Mustela Stretch Marks Survival Belly and Bust Duo to use after finishing the Bio Oil.

Sleep: It's hard to fall and stay asleep. Lately, I've been averaging 3-5 hours per night and I'm seriously wide awake and bushy tailed for the majority of the day. My body must be preparing me for baby's arrival with sleepless, interrupted nights.

Best moment this week: On Wednesday while shopping for a few gifts for Crissy's soon-to-be former coworkers, Lamby decided to graze its fist/hand across the center of my stomach. It HURT LIKE HELL, but it was incredible to witness. Cristhian couldn't even believe it and barely touched my stomach (although I placed his hand roughly against my tummy)!! Moreover, my bout with acne seems to have subsided. The little bumpies, for the most part, have gone away. I wonder how long this will last?

Worst moment of the week: Repeatedly waking up on my back and feeling completely sore from head to toe as a result. I need to bite the bullet and buy that damn Snoogle everyone keeps raving about. Also, I had one day of serious heartburn. I had it once prior, but consistently drank milk to ward off the feeling of dying. This time, it was so bad I had to take TUMS.

Miss anything? Sleeping on my tummy is a big woe. In terms of food, I miss cold cut deli sandwiches (paired with a yummy kale or spinach salad- a typical lunch circa ~15 years!). I don't crave it per se, but every now and then I miss the rigor of my past routine

Movement: Yes! This is especially the case when reading a bedtime story to Lamby. It's extremely active and very involved in story time.

Food cravings: I'm tired of putting nothing in here. So I'll say fresh, crispy, salty foods- namely salads. I don't have it daily, but really enjoy the times I do eat a crispy, salty salad.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Honestly, nothing!

Have you started to show yet: YESSSS!

Gender Prediciton: I really love how Crissy and I refer to Lamby by its (actual) nickname. It makes everything feel so surreal!

Labor signs: None yet, thankfully

Symptoms: So far- my breasts are fuller (although they're the same size, 28E), trouble sleeping and therefore waking in pain, sciatica (which, by the grace of God, wasn't an issue this week), "hairy" (the amount of hair is the same, it's just that the hairs are thicker in appearance!) belly, and a need to eat smaller, more frequent meals. Not sure if they're considered symptoms (since they're so minor compared to most pregnancies), but these are my woes.

Belly button in or out? IN!

Wedding rings on or off? ON!

Happy or moody most of the time? I've actually started to feel happy! No more neutral-ness for me! It could be due to our impending move back to the Bay State, but I'm definitely leaning towards happy.

Looking forward to: My anatomy scan is this coming Friday, 10/24. I'm very excited to see Lamby! It's been, what feels like, forever!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 16 Weeks


16w. ATROCIOUS picture sans makeup because I was feeling like CRUD!

How far along? 16 weeks (I do these a week behind as a recap of the previous week, so I'm actually 17 weeks today.)

Total weight gain/loss: +1.4 lbs so I'm 118.4 lbs. For someone who eats the same thing every dang day (for the past three and a half months), I'm surprised I've consistently gone up in weight. I saw my OBGYN on Friday, and she reassured me that the speedy increase in weight was perfectly fine. I'm sure I'll plateau sooner or later- I always do!

Maternity clothes: Yes! Since I've popped, regular pants have been seriously uncomfortable. I basically live in yoga pants, tights and my maternity pants. It's crazy!

Stretch marks? None yet...

Sleep: Initially falling asleep isn't so bad... it's falling back asleep that's the problem!

Best moment this week: Hearing Lamby's heartbeat!! It's so strong!!

Worst moment of the week: It's not really a low point, but it's the worst overall- I guess. Crissy and I babysat his nieces and nephew for the long weekend. I was the main caregiver since Crissy was busy for the majority of the morning and afternoon. I juggled three kids under ten- even one learning how to go to the potty. By the end of the night, my whole body was aching sore and I pulled my left arm (which was already tender from the damn flu shot)!! I hate being sore (when it's not because of working out)!!

Miss anything? Sleeping on my tummy!

Movement: Here and there I feel tiny kicks like I did at my NT ultrasound

Food cravings: NOPE! On that note, for the past couple of weeks, I've been able to eat anything I want- meat included. Cristhian thought that meant I would eat as I normally do, well, sorry buddy! I eat what I want and don't what I don't! I eat 95% vegetarian and 5% meat... every other day.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No, sir!

Have you started to show yet: YESSSS! It's insane how large and in charger my uterus has grown and stretched!

Gender Prediciton: The anatomy scan is next week!

Labor signs: Nope!

Symptoms: My tummy is getting hairier and hairier... YUCK! Plus, I've noticed this since I was 8w (I thought it would've gone away ages ago! Argh!), I've gotten tiny bumps on my forehead. I haven't had zits on my forehead since I was 10. What. The. Hell. Also, my areolas are definitely larger than they once were.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time? Neutral, but I did go through a day and a half of the pregnancy blues. Yuck!

Looking forward to: Anatomy scan!

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