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Friday Update: Week 15

Week 15 already?! Geez, it feels like time is really cruising by. I remember back around week 6, begging time to move a bit faster so I could start telling people and showing. And now here we are, having done those things. Thank goodness there’s still a good chunk of time left. We’re not even halfway there yet!

PhotobucketThis week baby is 4 inches long, which is about as big as your standard incandescent light bulb (which you shouldn’t be using anymore but everyone knows how big they are!).

This week I’m a little frustrated with myself for my lack of exercise. I know how important it is to keep active: it’s good prep for the birth and it will help me recover and get back in shape so much faster.

But I’m so tired in the evenings! (And in the mornings I already struggle to get to work on time, so that’s out too.) I don’t mean, oh I’m pregnant and so tired! To be honest, I’ve always struggled to get going after work.

I need to find a good way to motivate myself. Maybe something like shopping or chocolatey treats! If I tell myself I can’t have something unless I exercised X number of times that week, that could be just the kick in the pants I need! We’ll see how that works this week…

Also, I need to shake it up a bit. Usually I just stick to my trusty elliptical machine, which we keep in the basement. It’s nice because it’s right there in our house and I can even watch Netflix on my phone while I do it! But it still gets boring. I have a prenatal yoga DVD that I should start using. The community center down the street from our house also does water aerobics; the pool is filled with a lot of white hair (if you know what I mean), but it’s low impact and it could be fun! If it really lacks excitement I could always just swim laps.

So we’ll see how those resolutions work this week. I’m hoping for the best!

Wrap-up time:

  • Total weight gain: 7 pounds!
  • Cravings: cheese. Since Mr. Handsome started with his nightly cheese and crackers plates I like, HAVE to have them now. Cheese is so tasty!
  • Coolest symptom: I still feel like there are tiny movements in there. I know they aren’t gas. I just have to wait a couple weeks to be sure I guess, then they’ll be stronger.
  • Lamest symptom: Really no new lame symptoms this week. And most of them (except last week’s, of course) have subsided.

Science time:

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). He or she is busy moving amniotic fluid through the nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in the lungs begin to develop. Your baby’s legs are growing longer than his or her arms now, and he or she can move all those tiny joints and limbs. Although your baby’s eyelids are still fused shut, he or she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, your baby is likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but taste buds are forming. Finally, if you have an ultrasound coming up, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to “hide the goods.”)

The Obsession Begins

How cute are these?!

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I don’t know much about cloth diapers (yet) but I do know that once people get started with them, they tend to get a little obsessed. What’s not to like? First off, they’re freaking adorable as all get out! I didn’t even pick the cutest ones (because they do get a bit pricey!).

Mr. Handsome got me an Amazon gift card for Christmas. I picked up a couple books (Hey, Who’s Having This Baby Anyway and Changing Diapers), both of which I will review in the coming weeks. After I carted the diaper one, a whole bunch of super cute cloth diapers came up as suggestions. Well I had some more gift card to spend and I’d never really seen one of these things up close, so I figured I’d procure some samples for myself.

I’m also hoping that their cuteness and size flexibility will also help to convince Mr. Handsome that cloth is the way to go this time. We went through a whooooole lot of disposables with Baby1 and it got expensive. I think we can do better this time.

Back to my naivete regarding cloth: I don’t know anything yet, but I will! I’ll post updates and my book review of Changing Diapers soon!

Tie Tuesday

Tie Tuesday time again! This week I discovered my growing size and had to retire a couple more pieces. Sad, but happy because that means I’m closer to busting out some of my newer stuff (in bigger sizes, of course). Yay!

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Gosh I was tired. Monday just hit me like a load of bricks this week. After having a 10-day “weekend” for the holiday break, a two-day weekend was sooo not long enough. If you recall last Friday I disclosed my lazy outfit secret: long sleeve tee and a scarf. Done.

I picked up some stretchy tees from Old Navy around Christmastime. They are coming in handy! They’re nice and warm and currently just long enough to not let my bump hang out.

My favorite stretchy jeans from Forever 21 also seem to come out on lazy days. I’m hoping they fit this belly for a long time because they’re the darkest ones in my closet and they skinny leg looks good with everything from flats to boots (no extra fabric to tuck in there!).

I think this scarf is from Target. It’s super soft.

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I put a little more effort into things the next day. However, I failed to really check the fit of my pants before I left for the office.

In the morning, these pants felt okay. Slightly snug maybe, but doable. But then even before lunchtime hit, I was feeling way constrained. When quitting time came around I was damn near miserable!

So my favorite work pants, from Banana Republic, natch, are now in the “box of unfittables.” I will miss them, but their absence will make my heart grow all that the more fond.

My turtleneck is from Target (I think. It’s a few years old, I hardly ever wear it but it’s been cold around here lately!)

The pearl necklaces were from my grandma – I wore the shorter one to my wedding (it was doubled-up choker style then though).

Purple belt is Forever 21 and the purple shoes are Steve Madden. I had to get some color in this outfit somehow!

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There’s the little bump sticking out! And ba-BAM, a bum to match too. Whoa, I didn’t really notice that one! Bless me…

The day after the pants debacle I needed something super comfy that I could “let it all hang out” in. A dress to the rescue!

I got this dress from Old Navy a few months ago. I knew I was pregnant at the time and I thought it would work because it looked a little “billowy.” Well it’s already a little tight. I think it will work for a couple more months but it might turn into more of a shirt/tunic pretty soon!

The belt and leggings are also from Old Navy. The belt is this stretchy wrap-around style some I’m hoping to get a lot of use out of because it will grow with me. Score for that!

My shoes are by Rocket Dog from Zappos (I picked them because they have this dog picture on the soles. Hehe).

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I got this green shirt from the Gap Outlet a few years ago. It, too, is getting a little short on the belly already, but I’ll use it while I can!

I picked up the necklace from Target the other day. I went there to get a totally different necklace that I spotted over the weekend and passed over at the time but then I could not get it out of my mind! Once I went back and saw it again, however, it lost its luster. Maybe I built it up too much in my mind. The trip wasn’t a total loss, though, because I picked up this other necklace. Yay!

These jeans are a few years old, too. I picked them up while I was in school from the Urban Outfitters that was just off my college campus. We had this awesome street full of shops just a minute away from my classes. Dangerous for the wallet, but convenient!

Shoes are Report from Zappos.

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I think I have a Forever 21 addiction. Who can blame me though, right? I mean, thier stuff is cheap (and if you take care of it and don’t wash it too much it will last at least a season or two, which isn’t bad for the price) and I can buy online. I have a small online shopping addiction, too. One of my resolutions this year is to do more in-store shopping. No resolution to do less shopping though. Huh.

This cowl-neck sweater, chainy bracelet and my favorite jeans are all from Forever 21. I’ve had this sweater for at least a year and it hasn’t even pilled or anything. I probably paid like $20 for it (there’s not much from Forever that I’ll spend more than $20 on).

These shoes were a total score at $15 from Ross. They’re even Report, which is one of my favorite brands. Ross is so hit-or-miss. I went today (cruising for accessories) and found nothing. You never know I guess.

That’s it for this week’s outfit post. Happy Tie Tuesday!

Nursery Ideas!

Yay! Creative stuff!

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long (a whole trimester!) to really get into nursery planning. Well, I guess I do know. We’re probably moving a couple months after Baby2 is born, so I didn’t want to let myself get too excited. But nursery planning is so much fun! So instead of holding back completely, I’ve decided to just keep my ideas flexible. I’m focusing on only getting the essential pieces of furniture (a crib and a dress that doubles as a changing table) and going for things that I can refinish after we move (trying to get a house of our very own this fall, instead of continuing to rent).

Even before we move, though, I know the basics of what I want. Mr. Handsome loves bright colors, and I’m a fan too. I’ve never really liked pastels. For Kiddo1’s nursery we did primary colors. Good for a boy, I think. I never took a picture of his room when it had a crib in it, but I did finally take a picture after he transitioned to a “big boy bed” when he was one or two (is it bad that I can’t remember?!).

The house we moved into already had yellow walls. They were a little lighter than we would have liked, but they were all cute and striped so we didn’t want to change it. It was close enough. Here’s what his room ended up like:

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The race car bed (that Mr. Handsome just HAD to have) kinda clashed with the Disney thing we had going, but still, not too bad, I think, considering we had NO money. We couldn’t even buy window coverings – I made the striped thing on the right out of plywood, leftover fabric and some found piano hinges. Resourceful! The top part is two pieces that open like shutters. The bottom piece is fixed because the window went all the way down to the floor and we needed something to keep Kiddo1 (then Baby1) from falling out from the second floor. Yes…

Anyway, so we like bright colors! And babies see bright colors and contrasts more easily. I’ve been playing around on Pinterest and came up with a board of color ideas. I’m thinking bright bolds like the box of Crayola markers in the “bold” colors: turquoise, magenta, goldenrod, electric blue, deep green, etc.

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These will be grounded by neutrals of black and cream. We have this black and cream chair that I’d really like to put in Baby2’s room at least until Baby starts running around because climbing on it could be dangerous (at that point we can move it back to the living room). I think it’d be awesome to have a black crib with cream sheets to match. Here’s our chair:

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It doesn’t have the pull thing for the recliner on the side – instead it’s on the inside of the arm, which is really convenient when you’re rocking! It’s a rocker/recliner so it’s perfect for baby! I think it would be better for a girl’s room, but honestly I don’t think it would be horrible in any child’s room for the first year.

As mentioned, I’m looking for a crib and dresser that can easily be finished after we move and settle in to a real nursery. I love modern furniture, which you can probably tell from the following board. There are a couple simple cribs at IKEA that I have my eye on. They could be taken apart and spray-painted pretty easily. I also like the IKEA cribs because they are fairly well constructed (don’t want it falling apart on baby now!) but inexpensive. With Kiddo1 we went right to a “big boy bed” after the crib, and pretty early, too. Once he could figure out how to crawl out of the crib there was really no need for it anymore (seems like that would be dangerous anyway!). So we don’t need a convertible crib or any expensive stuff like that. Anyway, furniture ideas:

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I’d love to find a dresser at Goodwill or on Craig’s List that I could refinish. Paint it a nice bright color and put on funky drawer pulls like that yellow one in the middle(ish). We used a dresser as Kiddo1’s changing table and it worked out so great. It can hold everything, pretty much: all the clothes, diapers, blankets, sheets, etc. And it can be used well after baby is no longer a baby, but a kiddo! Kiddo1 still has his dresser in his room.

Last, but not least, I’m after a big statement mobile-like piece. I’d like to have it hang from the ceiling, too. I think it’d be safer that way. Harder to clean, though! I’m looking for an idea with a lot of contrast and texture that will be a focal point for baby. I love these pics:

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The only things I’m staying away from, for the time being are wall paint colors (because we can’t paint in our rental and Baby2 will be in our bedroom until we move, the color scheme of which is all white) and wall hangings (because I have no idea what will work in our new, as yet imaginary, place).

With these limits in mind, I’m having a good time daydreaming. As things get a little more concrete I will post updates!

Book Review: The Nine Pregnancy Countdown Journal

For my first book review, I’m not reviewing a book. Right… Instead I chose to tell you about the pregnancy journal that I purchased. There are a lot of pregnancy journals out there and they’re all so different. I’m not saying this is the best journal, but it is the best one for me. Find the one that works for you.

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With that being said, here’s why this journal works so well for me: I need a topic. A jumping off point, if you will. If I’m to write every week about something that’s going on for nine whole months then I’ll get stuck in the same ol’, “um, I feel good I guess”-type of writing (I have to assign myself topics for this blog, too). This journal isn’t just blank pages: every week has a few simple lines that you complete. Usually it’s stuff like “what’s up with my bod, “my head,” and then something random like, “my better half” or “my friends.” Things I wouldn’t really think of unless someone asked me.

PhotobucketThere’s a page (front and back” for every week plus space for appointment updates, photos of yourself, headlines of the week, all kinds of stuff. At the end of the ninth month there are several pages to document the birthing experience and baby’s first picture, plus pages for reflection on the entire pregnancy experience. In the very back there are extra pages so you can log each and every check-up and ultrasound, if you want to.

I like that the journal is very well organized (OCD just like me) by month so when you look back at it later on when you baby is older (say, you’re pregnant again and want to remember the order of your symptoms in the first few weeks) you can flip right to the month you want. Plus it’s like a countdown of sorts; when I start a new month tab I do a little “happy dance” in celebration. I’m about to write in the first few pages of the fourth month (fourth month!) and it’s just amazing to see that there are three whole months down already!

This book is by husband and wife team David and Kelly Sopp (David does the design, Kelly writes the content). The graphic design is excellent (I did judge this book by its cover). I purchased the book on Amazon for about $12.

Next Review: A Child Is Born by Lennart Nilsson and Lars Hamberger

Friday Update: Week 14

Officially in the second trimester!

Depending on who you ask, the second tri starts at 12 weeks, 13 weeks, 13-1/2 weeks or the start of the 14th week. Whatever, it’s definitely official. There’s no arguing with me!

PhotobucketAlso, this is the third “13” reference in three posts: today is Friday, January 13th! A lucky day to start the second trimester! There will be one more Friday the 13th (in April), before my Friday, July 13th due date. It’d be nice to make it that long (a full 40 weeks this time!) however then I’d have to miss my friend’s wedding which is the next day. Baby’s got some decisions to make. Ha.

Anyway, actual baby stuff: baby is now 3-1/2 inches long, about the size of a Rubik’s Cube! Kiddo1 asked for one of these last Christmas (and we obliged the request). Over a year later and still none of us can figure it out.

However, this week what I feel like I am figuring out is this whole “pregnancy thing.” First trimester symptoms are behind me: I didn’t ever experience morning sickness, but I did have to get used to being super thirsty and hungry all the time and the frequent bathroom breaks (including about three trips from my bed to the bathroom each night). I’ve learned to give in to *most* of my cravings and not force myself to eat certain things or at certain times if I’m not up for it (because I’ll just give up halfway through anyway and end up wasting food). Also, my cravings for beer and wine have finally subsided… for the most part.

Back around week 6 or 7, when I’d already gone over a month without my blessed beer, I was missing it big time. I know, I know, I’m engaged in an activity (that being person-growing) that is so much more important and satisfying than beer could ever be. I get that. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t miss what I love so much but cannot have! Just the sight of it for a little bit there was nearly heart-wrenching. It’s been so long now though that I know I can make it through the next six months just fine. Beer can wait until I’m ready to pump ‘n dump!

I’m used to carrying around a little more weight and knowing I have no where to go but heavier – and being more than okay with that! I’m used to forcing myself to exercise, but forcing to a point, however. I know that if I’m completely not feeling it then I shouldn’t force it, but that doesn’t give me an excuse to be lazy!

Most of all, I’m slowing getting used to the fact that our little family of three will soon be a family of four. Eeek! I said slowing getting used to it!

On to the weekly standards:

  • Total weight gain: 6 pounds now. That’s one pound a week for the last two weeks! Part of me hopes that pace doesn’t keep up, although with 26 weeks left I guess it wouldn’t be too bad.
  • Cravings: salads. I want to eat all the lettuce and spinach that I possibly can. Which I’m sure is a good thing, as long as I don’t overdue the Caesar dressing. Also, Mr. Handsome has been making me cheese and crackers plates in the evenings and I love them. I love him.
  • Coolest symptom: I’m probably crazy and making stuff up, but sometimes I think I can feel the slightest little movement in there. If I lie really still at night I could swear I feel it. I must be patient.
  • Lamest symptom: Gross alert, gross pregnant lady stuff about to be disclosed. Normally I poop every day, in the morning, right on schedule. This week I’ve been on an every-other-day sort of routine, and it can happen at any time of the day. This is totally normal, I know (damn progesterone), but it’s still lame. Gross time, over.

Science time, courtesy of babycenter.com:

This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his or her thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, your baby’s facial muscles are getting a workout as tiny features form one expression after another. The kidneys are producing urine, which your baby releases into the amniotic fluid around him or her (this continues until birth). Your baby can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch your little one sucking a thumb. In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he or she measures 3 1/2 inches – about the size of a lemon – and weighs 1 1/2 ounces. The body’s growing faster than the head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, your baby’s arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his or her body. (The legs still have some lengthening to do.) And your baby’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy layer of hair, called lanugo, that covers the body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week – a sign that it’s doing its job right – and the spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel tiny punches and kicks yet, your little one’s hands and feet (which now measure about half an inch long) are more flexible and active.

To Do List

I love making lists.

Surprisingly enough, though, up until now I hadn’t made a formal “to do” list for things to complete before Baby2 arrives. That’s so unlike me! But alas, I have a list now and I will share it with you. These are only things directly related to the pregnancy/baby, but maybe I should start a fun list too? You know, stuff like “learn Spanish” or “cook a mean dinner in five minutes.” I’ll work on that.

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First Trimester
  • Research hospitals and choose a midwife, with birth plan in mind COMPLETE, and I’ll post about it in a couple weeks once my regular appointments begin
  • Start a pregnancy journal STARTED, and this Sunday I’ll post about the journal I selected
  • Start a photo journal STARTED
  • Find a social pregnancy group FORMED MY OWN
  • Download pregnancy apps for iphone DOWNLOADED (three!)
  • Schedule first appointment/ultrasound FINISHED
  • Write down questions for midwife QUESTIONS ASKED AND ANSWERED
  • Get on a kegel schedule SQUEEZING CONTINUES FROM TTC
  • Get on an exercise schedule (cardio) COMPLETE (although I’m struggling to stick to it, but I cardio it up when I can)
  • Plan meals/eat well A WORK IN PROGRESS (but I’ve made vast improvements over my pre-pregnancy habits)
  • Start a blog COMPLETE!
  • Decide whether or not to do the NT scan COMPLETE (and we declined)
  • Find some books about the next few months/year COMPLETE (and book reviews will begin on Sunday)
  • Start a name list BEGUN

A productive first trimester! I have a lot more work ahead of me though…

Second Trimester

  • Budget evaluation (let’s make adjustments now where needed)
  • More diverse exercises (yoga, swimming)
  • Research childbirth class and sign up
  • Evaluate maternity wardrobe
  • Prevent stretch marks
  • Check out classes such as bf, baby wearing, cloth diapering, etc.
  • Brush up my knit and crochet skills and start some projects
  • Research maternity leave policy
  • Dog training (stop jumping, door management)
  • Learn the gender!
  • Doula?
  • Register
  • Nursery Ideas
  • Living Will
Third Trimester
  • Finalize birth plan
  • Hospital tour, preregister
  • Plan for when labor starts
  • Plan for Kiddo1 and Max while we’re at the hospital
  • Find out what the grandparents’ travel plans are
  • Baby Gear, clothes
  • Baby book
  • Decide if we want pregnancy photos
  • Fill out cord blood donation paperwork/register
  • Install car seat
  • Pediatrician
  • Make some frozen dinners
  • Wash baby clothes, blankets/sheets, diapers
  • Set up nursery/baby spaces
  • Prep Kiddo1 for “culture shift”
  • Plan baby welcoming party for mid-August
  • Research c-sections and inductions, just in case
  • Birth announcement (email, mail?)
  • Familiarize myself with contraction-timing apps
  • Pack hospital bag
  • Trial run to hospital
  • Clean house/have cleaned

Yikes, third tri is going to be crazy busy! I’ve got to find a way to sneak some of that stuff up into second tri.

There you have it. I’ll update the list every now and then, as long as it makes me look productive, that is. Hahaha…