Thoughts on Pregnancy: 22 Weeks

21 Weeks and 6 Days

Have you ever just woken up one day and felt the complete overwhelm of something that you knew was happening but suddenly it kind of just hit you? The reality of it all? That happened to me on Monday morning at my appointment with my midwife. We went over the normal “entrance exam” information since I have just recently switched to them. I’m not sure what it was about that appointment but it was like a light switch came on as I got in my car. I am over half way done here and there is still quite a bit left to do! De-clutter every closet, clean the carpets, put together an entire nursery, sign up for my child birth classes….. AH.

It’s such a roller-coaster ride of emotions because of course I absolutely cannot wait to meet our son! But on the other hand – I am still mentally preparing myself for how completely life changing this is going to be. I’ve recently started watching a lot of birth videos and I have my “birth plan” mostly mapped out in my head, with the understanding that it could obviously go completely different than what I have planned. The videos are so emotional for me to watch. It’s so hard for me to imagine it all – it is hard for me to picture my body doing that. It isn’t scary because I know this is something I was made to do. But I can’t help but wonder how everything will go for me and I know that there really is just no way that I can know.

I’ve been doing my research on so many different things (epidurals, crib mattresses, etc.) and it has been interesting to kind of see myself form hard opinions about things. I have always had a lot of trouble listening to myself and not letting other people influence me. But this has been completely different. The great thing about having a baby is that there is no “right way” to do it. So we can all form the best plan for ourselves. I feel like I’ve been doing that from the beginning – continuing to do what I felt was right for me, no matter what anyone else thought (with doctor/midwife consent)! It feels good to know I’m not just following along blindly.

Some new things that I have noticed this week are: thicker hair and a weird sensation at the top of my stomach, basically right below my boobs. I didn’t expect to really be able to tell that my hair was getting thicker because it is so thick in the first place, but – holy volume! Also, it is growing like crazy. I would prefer it to slow down because my roots are peeping out faster and faster! As for the weird tingly sensation – Google tells me that the baby is either pressing on a nerve or I’m actually feeling my body stretching. I can’t imagine how many pinched nerves I’m going to have as he gets bigger, yikes! It’s not painful right now but I bet eventually he’ll find one that is!

How Far Along Are You: 22 weeks!
How Big Is The Baby?: At my 21 week ultra sound they told me that he weighed a little over 1 lb. So probably a little more by now! He is the size of a Papaya!
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: About 13 lbs. I weighed 153 lbs at my appointment on Monday.
Maternity Clothes: I feel like I’ve popped a little more. I’m wearing mostly maternity clothes at this point!
Stretch Marks: Still no signs of them. Though my pregnancy app told me that I could start seeing them this week. Crossing my fingers that I don’t!
Sleep: I’ve had wild insomnia. If I try really hard I can shut off my brain and go to sleep but the problem is that I don’t want to. The other problem is that I also don’t want to wake up in the morning…
Best Moment This Week: Hearing baby boy’s heartbeat at my appointment on Monday! She found it right away and said, “WOW. He’s active! 151 BMP!”
Movement: I’m feeling him a lot more often now! Still mostly late at night. Nate has felt him twice now.
Food Cravings: Yesterday afternoon I craved Strawberry Poptarts and eventually had to buy some out of the vending machine at work. I KNOW. So bad.
Food Aversions: Guacamole, pickles.
Labor Signs: Still have some time!
Belly Button In or Out: Magically still in. Or more like, flat to the rest of my stomach.
What I Miss: Mostly still unlimited cups of coffee and Aerial drops! And being able to bend over normally.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Baby’s crib arriving! We ordered it on Sunday at Babies R US, we just have to wait for it to come in!

365 Project 2015: Days 5, 6, and 7

365 Project 2015: Day 5

365 Project 2015: Day 5

Silly pregnant posing in my living room. Fun Fact: I almost fell in the record cabinet trying to sit on the edge! That’s what I get for being weird. =)
365 Project 2015: Day 6

365 Project 2015: Day 6

I saw on Instagram that it was national pop corn day, so I decided to pop some on the stove for a late night snack. Mmmmm.
365 Project 2015: Day 7

365 Project 2015: Day 7

I’ve been obsessed with taking bubble baths this week. My lower back has been hurting a bit and the warm water feels amazing! I traded my glass of wine in for a glass of orange juice – basically, I just enjoy drinking something out of a fancy glass.

Wearing A Little Bit of Spring

21 Weeks & 4 Days
I thought it was about time to get back to my roots around here and post an outfit! Getting dressed gets a little more challenging every single day. I can’t put off doing laundry quite like I used to. I did that all week and then on Sunday found myself sitting in my closet with one clean maternity top and not a single pair of pants to wear. I started digging through the mess (my closet is a giant disaster right now, I can admit it) and these floral jeans caught my eye. I wondered – can I still squeeze my butt into these? So, just for a laugh I decided – what the hell – I’ll try them on. And THEY FIT. They are low rise enough that they hit just below my growing bump. I *could* get them buttoned but I could also tell that as the day went on, I would deeply regret having them buttoned. So I grabbed a hair tie to keep them closed but also give me some extra room. It worked perfectly! Made me feel like a million bucks to be wearing some “regular” pants. Every time I went to the bathroom though I would try to just pull them down because I’m so used to elastic! Ha!
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Outfit Details:
Top: Kohl’s Maternity (a gift!)
Sweater: Thrifted
Jeans: Target
Flats: JCPenney
Necklace: The Front Porch
Earrings: Forever21

Sometimes I Ramble About Breakfast and Confidence

365 Project 2015: Day 4

365 Project 2014: Day 4

The weekend mornings that I make it out of bed for breakfast while it is still actually considered breakfast time are my favorite. I get so much more done and feel so much more productive. There was no part of me that wanted to leave my warm, heat-blanketed bed this morning – but I knew I had a busy day planned! I made it to Buti Yoga just in time, enjoyed my class, drove home, got ready, and headed back out for my Pure Romance party. It’s the first party I’ve had in a while. Looking back on it, I realize now that I was a lot more tired in the first trimester of pregnancy than I thought I was. I wasn’t sure if I was just over Pure Romance, just feeling lazy, or what – but I wasn’t interested. Now I can kind of look back and see that I was just .. newly pregnant. I’m glad I didn’t let it all go during that time!

If you would have told me a year ago that I would ever have the courage to stand up in front of a room full of women and discuss sexual health and why we as women need to take better care of ourselves, all while making it fun and entertaining – well, I would have just laughed in your face. The nerves are always there but my confidence is building with every party. And making $400 in 45 minutes? Well that is the icing on the cake!

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