my pregnancy journal : 6

Thursday, July 23, 2015



How far along?
26 weeks and 4 days ;) I think it's very interesting I always know exactly how far along I am! Over 6 months now!

How big is the peanut?
I haven't been as on top of my babycenter.com weekly readings. Googling now... Ok he's 2 lbs and the size of a scallion?! Hmmm.. a scallion is not a very helpful visual! Aren't they skinny?!

Total weight gain/loss?
I have my next doctor's appt next week so I'll know but I feel like I'm sort of leveling out at the moment with weight gain. My guess is 17 lbs weight gain? I definitely feel more bloated and puffier.

Maternity clothes?
Wearing mostly dresses and yoga clothes, nothing new there.

Sleep?

Getting at least 8 hours a night, but feeling like I need more like 10 hours. I've been really tired the past couple days. I don't like that feeling, it makes me feel unmotivated and weird.

Best moment this week?
Getting the yellow crib in the mail and starting to prepare his room! Patrick and I combined our offices which is actually way cooler than I thought it would be (we work well together and I get inspired by him), and we're clearing out baby's room to build crib tomorrow and begin setting it up! Shit's getting real!

Symptoms?
Kicks galore! This little guy is active. Legs are still feeling swollen at the end of the day sometimes, but no visible swelling. I am loving how I haven't gotten a pimple since I got pregnant, and I could reallly get used to this body hair barely growing thing. I'm still running or hiking and doing yoga 5 times a week, but it's getting more challenging on some days. Today I just couldn't get myself to do it. I felt too exhausted. I added in 2 days of moderate circuit training (push ups/squats/12 lb weight exercises/lunges/etc) to my workout because my runs are becoming much more like run walks. I'm enjoying getting my heart rate up but stopping once my body tells me to. Overall I feel really good and most days I forget I'm even pregnant until I feel kicking and look down at my growing belly. :)

Food cravings?
I wish I had cravings, they seem like fun. I'm really liking drinking a big glass of organic 2% milk most days (today I added a squirt of chocolate syrup to it!).

Food aversions?
Love. it. all!

Labor signs?
None.

Belly button in or out?
In.

What I miss?
Not having to drink water pretty much constantly! I get unbelievably thirsty, it's kinda annoying! Overall feeling very blessed and lucky.

What I'm looking forward to?
Seeing the nursery all set up. His room is going to be beautiful! We got so many wonderful and thoughtful gifts at my baby shower in Connecticut 2 weeks ago and I can't wait to get them all arranged and ready in our sweet boy's room.

We're also really just looking forward to the little guy's life. He's got it all before him, and we have so much goodness awaiting us! Babyhood and him being our helpless guy, then growing into a fun little kid, becoming a wild teenager, and then becoming an adult that is our friend. It just feels like all good. Not that it will all be easy, but it will all be awesome in its own way.

Milestones?
I haven't had a doctor's appt in a bit, so nothing new to report so much. I did have a sweet dream about our boy last night in which he started walking at like 4 months! Gah! We were like 'Shit! Not yet please!' But he was pudgy and blonde and sweet and cuddly. It made me feel like I know him already. He's gonna be SO loved.

Bump?
Getting bigger! I have a feeling I won't get huge, but who knows, there's still time.

How are you bonding with your baby?
Patrick played us music on the guitar while I did yoga today. I felt like it was for me and our boy, so that was really sweet. I tell him I love him all the time during the day, meditate on him as soon as I wake up, and feel love for him when I'm loving on the dogs. The dogs will always be my precious babies, and they were the ones that taught me to love and care for someone that really needs you. So I've been trying to focus on my love for them so perhaps those loving feelings will transfer to our baby and the dog's little bro. ;) Those dogs are gonna love being big brothers.

my pregnancy journal : 5

Saturday, July 4, 2015





How far along?
24 weeks tomorrow :)

How big is the peanut?
Over a lb now, and a foot long!

Total weight gain/loss?
I'm not sure, but I would guess 15 lbs.

Maternity clothes?
REALLY need maternity shorts! Cute ones. They are really hard to find. Anyone have any suggestions? Still rocking my yoga clothes, but some of my Purushas with elastic in the waist are getting uncomfortable. I'm still wearing a lot of dresses from pre-preg, but they are MUCH shorter now because of my ass and stomach and boobs. Ha!

Sleep?

Still great. Love sleeping so much. Favorite part of my day! I've definitely been feeling more tired than usual, and it does feel harder to change positions while laying down. Also my legs feel more swelling at the end of the day so I put them up on pillows sometimes while sleeping, or Patrick will hold them in the air and move them around for me which is heaven.

Best moment this week?
It's pretty awesome to see him kicking from outside my stomach! I can just look down now when I feel some big kicks and see my stomach having a party! It's very cute! Also got a few baby shower gifts in the mail which continues to make things more real. I am so grateful to receive presents for the little one, each means SO much to me and I know I will think of who gave it each time I use it. I'm getting excited to set up his room too!

Symptoms?
So much kicking!!! Sometimes when I'm out in public and wearing something tight I feel like people must see the kicking! Speaking of being out in public, I've definitely noticed people taking more kindly to me and smiling and wanting to say something. There was this sweet woman in Whole Foods a week or so ago and she told me I looked 'sooo cute', which kinda meant the world to me. Anyone out there that wants to offer a compliment to a pregnant woman and isn't sure to say anything- PLEASE DO! Sometimes I just feel so un-cute and sticky and just FAT, so for a stranger to compliment me is so incredibly sweet. I ran into the same woman at Whole Foods this week and again she told me how cute I was. Again, she made my week. Thank you kind lady! What else... I think I am bigger all over, my body hair grows much more slowly (amazing!), and swelling in my legs.

Food cravings?
Nah, I don't think so. I'm trying to make sure I don't overdo it with sweets. And also trying to just eat more wholesome- lots of fruit, dairy, grains, meat, nuts. I could do better with eating more vegetables.

Food aversions?
No way!

Labor signs?
None.

Belly button in or out?
Still in! But it feels very tight and firm when I touch my belly button.

What I miss?
Saison beers, GOD. So good when it's hot out. Fitting into cute clothes. I miss feeling sexy and fit. But like I've said, none of that compare to carrying a child.

What I'm looking forward to?
I think I might get to go into a pool today at a BBQ so I'm excited about that! But a little self conscious about my body... Eh nothing I can do there. Looking forward to setting up his room!

Milestones?
I suppose a milestone for ME, not the baby, is listening to my body. It's weird to not push yourself in your work, your workouts, and day to day activities. It's pretty crazy that my body is now boss and I can't force anything. When I was running the other day I kept getting super intense cramps (not labor cramps, just trapped air), so I had to walk. And be ok with that. That's a challenge for me, to change my plans and give in to my body's requests. It's definitely a special time in my life, this whole being pregnant thing, and everyday I learn something new about my body and mind.

Bump?
I'm pretty sure I've officially crossed the threshold for people knowing I'm pregnant! Whoa! The bump is in clear view!!

How are you bonding with your baby?
The daily meditation with him is wonderful still. I need to work on singing more to him and playing his song. And playing music in general. But I've been super on top of my yoga practice and taking the time to connect to him mentally. Feeling his kicks all day is a constant reminder that, 'Hey! I'm here mama!' I'm just picturing a miniature Patrick in there, joking around and having fun. He's so precious already.

Happy 4th of July!

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