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Friday Update: Week 31

PhotobucketThis week baby is about 16 inches long which is about the length of a typical Milton Bradley (now Hasbro) board game box, like Sorry, Clue or Battleship. Kiddo1 has quite the game collection, built up over many years of me asking our families for toys that don’t have batteries.

Indigestion is still quite a battle this week, but only if I struggle to control myself! As long as I eat small meals I’m okay, but that’s so much harder than it sounds! I’m so hungry! And when the food tastes so good (as most foods are) I just want to eat the whole thing! Plus seconds! Also, eating small meals means I need to eat more often which is good and bad. Good because I get to eat (that’s always good!) but bad because I have to have food with me pretty much all the time because I never know when my stomach will cry for more.

On Monday, the hunger struck while I was leaving work which was most unfortunate because I had to pick up my son and then probably run some errands or something, I don’t remember because all I could think about was the hunger! We arrived home and I quickly scarfed down some cottage cheese and carrots but I still ended up having odd indigestion-like feelings and had to lie down on the sofa for awhile. WTF? How can I feel all indigestion-y if I haven’t eaten anything?!

On Wednesday I had it down, though. I ate my lunch in thirds at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30. That way when I left at 4:15 I could make it to pick up Kiddo1 and get all the way home. Then I had to have a snack when we got home and had to eat an early dinner. And some more snacking. If I have to start getting up in the middle of the night I’m going to freak out!

One bad thing about all this indigestion (or reverse indigestion?) that actually leads to good discoveries is all the Braxton Hicks contractions that the discomfort brings on. I had been lying down on my side and breathing through them, which does help a little. But on Monday I decided to kneel on the living room floor instead, with my head up on the sofa seat. To my surprise that worked a whole lot better! A few minutes of that position and the contractions were pretty much gone. Maybe all that stuff I learned from Active Birth is sinking in. Hmmm…

Anyway, let’s go through the weekly wrap-up, shall we?

  • Total weight gain: There’s got to be something wrong with my bathroom scale. It says that I’ve actually lost a pound this week. That can’t be true right? Normally I’d be all like, yay! but one is supposed to gain during pregnancy right? Well, I’m calling it even at 24 pounds gained rather than take a pound away. Baby2 gained half a pound this week!
  • Cravings: I suppose salads, I’ve had five or six this week. Good ones with spinach and other dark greens. I’ve tried to be really good about my carbs lately but I have had some moments of weakness. I can’t help myself!
  • Coolest symptom: This week I had the first experience of “escapism” kicks for this pregnancy. These are the kicks during which a body part protrudes slightly from my belly. I’m not sure what it was, a butt maybe, but something round was sticking out my right side and it was weird and funny. I love these kinds of kicks. I just gave her a little pat and a rub and gently pushed her back a bit. She moved around like crazy for awhile! I hope she isn’t running out of room already!
  • Lamest symptom: When I sit down, my boobs sit on my belly. I’ve got a little boob shelf going on. Also, it’s interesting that when I pass women who I don’t know, they stare at my belly. When I pass men they stare at my boobs (regardless of whether or not they know me). Yes, I am growing people, but I still have a face!
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): 215 minutes! I’m super proud of myself because I also fought a cold this week. I think the working out (combined with the six or seven cups of lemon tea for a couple days!) helped me get over the cold quickly. Also, I did a much better job at getting an even split between cardio and yoga (110 of cardio with water aerobics, biking and the elliptical; 105 of yoga) but I still need to work on getting in exercise on the weekends and I’ve neglected to do my arm routine all week. You win some, you lose some I guess.

Baby2, what’s new with you? Here’s an update, courtesy babycenter.com:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He or she weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. Your baby can turn his or her head from side to side, and his or her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath the skin. Your little one’s kicks and somersaults may be keeping you up at night. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Friday Update: Week 27

PhotobucketHappy Friday the 13th! It’s the second of three Friday the 13ths this year, the last one being Baby2’s due date. I feel like we’re quickly getting so much closer to it!

Baby is about 14-1/2 inches long this week – the height of my KitchenAid mixer! I love my mixer, even though I don’t use it often enough. Mine was a gift from Mr. Handsome about three years ago, I think for Christmas! I have made some yummy comfort foods with it, if I do say so myself.

This week my poor family could use some comfort – everyone except me has been sick, and that includes our dog!

Last week, Kiddo1 woke up complaining that he couldn’t hear out of one ear. I kind of assumed he slept on it wrong (is that an odd assumption?) so that he was exaggerating a bit… lately it seems like something is always hurting him. But the loss of hearing persisted so I took the day off last Thursday and took him to the doctor’s office.

Turns out, he had his second-ever case of Swimmer’s Ear (you can get it even if you haven’t been swimming!) so we got hooked up with some drops. He has to have drops in his ear four times a day for five days. We wrapped up the drop routine on Tuesday and he reports hearing and comfort restored. Hopefully everything will check out when we go back to the doctor on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Mr. Handsome has had a bit of a cold with a whole lot of cough. Let’s just say neither one of us slept very well earlier this week! It seems like Mr. Handsome has been fighting back colds for the last couple weeks. I feel bad for him but very lucky for myself since I haven’t picked anything up!

Finally, our pup, Max, has been sick too. Last week he stopped eating; he hardly ate anything at all for a few days. So I took him to the vet on Friday, the day after Kiddo1’s doctor visit. Ah, the vet’s office: Max hates it because they poke at him and I hate it because they take all our money! He was a bit dehydrated but otherwise nothing seemed wrong so they wanted to take X-rays. They were very concerned about him not eating. They also pumped him full of some electrolytes and fluids to get him re-hydrated. $600 later the diagnosis was Gastro-something-or-other and he was on a special diet for a few days.

He’s still not feeling 100% better, but at least his appetite has improved. We go back to the vet on Monday, too, so hopefully they’ll have more to tell us about what they think the problem is.

All through this I’ve felt pretty good, no sickness at least, but I had another round of crazy Braxton Hicks on Monday night. I ate a big dinner – I’m thinking the resulting indigestion probably brought them on. I wouldn’t call them painful, really, but the longer they lasted the more annoying they became, for sure. They started around seven. I started to drift in and out of sleep for awhile around then. I woke up on the couch at one and felt much better, so I guess I just had to wait it out. I drank a lot of water and, ahem, my dinner was digested and purged, so I hope that helped.

As annoying as the Braxton Hicks are, I kind of like the practice they offer me. I am super psyched about going for a drug-free labor and delivery, but there’s always that thought in the back of my mind that I won’t be able to do it. I suppose these contractions help me to practice some breathing and talking myself through. They aren’t all bad… I guess.

Other things about this week weren’t all bad either:

  • Total weight gain: I’m calling it 21-1/2 pounds because I don’t think 21 or 22 pounds is entirely fair. A whopping two pounds of that is all baby!
  • Cravings: Asparagus looks very yummy this week, perhaps because I’ve been seeing it front-and-center at all the food stores. It must be in season! I feel like my diet has been pretty good the last couple weeks. I’ve stayed away from ice cream and have made an effort (albeit a small one) to limit my carb intake.
  • Coolest symptom: Bump compliments are nice. I’ve never received so many “you’re so cute” comments in one week from random people before! Everyone I meet has been so sweet – and this whole time I was worried about unsolicited advice! I have such little faith in people…
  • Lamest symptom: The aforementioned Braxton Hicks were a bit lame. There are pros and cons, as noted.
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): I just barely made it this week – 210 exactly! I’m proud of myself because this week was crazy, what with the sicknesses and KIddo1 started soccer and a dance class this week, so I didn’t have a lot of free weekends. Also, I started water aerobics this week! I hope to write more about it in a few days, or maybe after I’ve had another couple of classes.

Here’s what’s new with Baby2, courtesy babycenter.com:

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with legs extended. He or she is sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing those little eyes, and perhaps even sucking on his or her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. The lungs are still immature, but they would be capable of functioning – with a lot of medical help – if your baby were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother your baby, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

Tie Tuesday

PhotobucketMonday

The funny look on my face is because of Mr. Handsome: he was telling me this story as I was trying to take my picture and he just would not pause even for a second! Once he gets rolling…

Here’s another shirt that you won’t see again. Look how short it is! It is from… wait for it… you’ll never guess… Forever 21. Shocking! I’ve had it for at least two years and it’s still holding up! I’ll be excited to see it come out of “the box” later this year.

These are my Urban Outfitter jeans. You can tell they are sitting lower because they look like they need to be hemmed. Getting a little bunched up at the bottoms! My Report wedges are not tall enough for them anymore. These jeans are relatively loose and will probably last another month or so, but if I have to wear my tallest heels in order to make them work then they might retire early. Heels aren’t as easy for me to wear lately. But I’ve got a secret heel trick…

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PhotobucketTuesday

I miss my heels. I don’t wear heels exclusively or anything, but I still really like the ones I have. Plus a pencil skirt just looks so much better with a good pair of heels.

So on Tuesday I pulled the ol’ flats switch-a-roo: I wore flats in to work for the majority of my walking (the lot where I park at work, when I arrive by 7:30, is a good few minutes walk from the door) then changed into my heels at my desk. I felt like I was cheating but my feet thanked me at the end of the day!

And oh my goodness this pencil skirt still fits! I was a little in shock when I tried it on. I could even push my belly out a good bit so I knew I wouldn’t be super constrained by the end of the day. It is on the boarderline of hem height for work now, in my opinion (because I have to pull it up over my belly) but with dark tights I think it still works.

This shirt is yet another Forever 21 find that I’ve had for I think at least three years. Like I’ve said before, their cheap clothes really aren’t so bad as long as you find them in a good fabric and don’t wash them too frequently (I usually change right after I’ve taken my picture after work so my clothes don’t get too dirty).

PhotobucketWednesday

This is the day I woke up with a head cold. I really wanted to feel good so I did my best to dress myself. This shirt has some sparkle detailing so I figured, with the blazer, it might help me feel better.

It didn’t.

But at least I tried! I’m pretty sure this shirt came from Forever. Really, I should only start noting items that didn’t come from that store. I think that will feel up some more commentary space.

This is my favorite black blazer from Banana Republic and my Rocket Dog flats.

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PhotobucketThursday

Gosh, I really wasn’t feeling it on Thursday, when my cold started to get bad. Even the camera was feeling off, as this image is blurry and I didn’t notice it until today.

So I went with my familiar lazy look because my head could barely focus on the morning routine, let alone dressing myself.

This is a Target long sleeve tee and a orange striped scarf from I have no idea where because I ripped the tag off but it’s probably Old Navy. Maybe.

These are Forever 21 jeans but not my favorite ones, that I wore Wednesday. They are longer and have a very loose waistband that I don’t even unzip. They should last well into this pregnancy.

My super comfortable Doc Martin boots finished everything off. I like that this is my go-to lazy combo. It’s easy, comfortable and not really that sloppy either. Yay!

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Friday I was so sick at this point that I stayed home from work and didn’t put on much but my lounging yoga pants and my college t-shirt. I’m feeling much better now and am back at work this week so I should have a full Tie Tuesday post next week!

Friday Update: Week 17

PhotobucketThat’s right: at five inches long, baby is about as big as a roll of toilet paper at week 17. A whole roll of toilet paper can fit in there?! No wonder I have to go to the bathroom all the time…

This week I felt a surge of energy return! I don’t know if it was all the exercising/yoga that I’ve been doing or just the fact that it’s about that time in a typical pregnancy when the first trimester energy drain subsides. Either way, I started to feel really good at the beginning of this week.

Then on Wednesday morning I woke up with a head cold. Boo! I’ve had such a great, sickness-free winter. I was kind of starting to take advantage of it, to be honest. I haven’t been taking my usual sickness precautions such as vitamin C, covering my ears outside (somehow this relates to colds for me), etc. I tried to consume lots of lemon tea (another one of my preventative remedies) on Tuesday to hold off what I already knew was inevitable, but to no avail.

This cold could be a lot worse than it is, though. I only really have a runny nose and the tension headache has been a constant for the last month or so anyway. I can’t complain. Plus, my energy level hasn’t dropped too much which has got to be a benefit of the exercise. Bonus!

Wrap-up time:

  • Total weight gain: 9 pounds.
  • Cravings: donuts and various breakfast pastries. There have been a lot of donuts/bagels in the office this week and I have indulged. It felt good.
  • Coolest symptom: Increased energy! Overall I’m feeling really good, despite the cold and below “lame” symptoms.
  • Lamest symptom: I still have the stabbing abdomen pain, although it is not as strong and is a daily, temporary occurrence. The headaches continue. Some lower back pain has kicked in too. That all sounds worse than it is, I swear.
  • Exercise this week: The goal is 210 minutes per week (that’s an average of 30 minutes per day). Last week I hit 135 minutes. This week’s total was 215 minutes! I did 35 of the elliptical and would have done more but my lower back was really giving me problems. The yoga made my back feel better so I did 180 minutes of that. I love it!

Let’s check in with baby’s development, courtesy babycenter.com:

Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord – your baby’s lifeline to the placenta – is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip) and is around 5 inches long from head to bottom. Your baby can move his or her joints, and sweat glands are starting to develop.