23 Weeks Update

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How far along? 23 weeks (and 6 days)
Baby is the size of: Grapefruit
Total weight gain: 13.5 pounds
Stretch marks: Nope. Still using my cocoa butter.
Maternity clothes: I am so glad the weather is pretty now so I can wear all of my spring/summer maternity clothes. It’s fabulous. I also may never go back to regular clothes.
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Best moment (s) this week: Seeing my best friend Abby for a much needed girls day. We had breakfast, then had to get jumped off by strangers because I’m an idiot and left my car lights on. We shopped while drinking cherry Icees and just caught up on life. We always have such a great time and it always seems like we have to say goodbye too soon. After our date, I went to a bridal shower for another friend, Danielle. It was small and intimate and a lot of fun. Great food and great company. I was very tired once I got home, but it was well worth it.
Movement: Yes. She’s starting to kick up a little higher now, although she primarily kicks down in my ovaries. You can also see her kicking from the outside now. Not every time, but if she kicks hard enough my stomach will bump. It’s pretty cool.
Food cravings: Nope. I’m still a skeptic over cravings.
Food aversions:  Eggs by themselves and mexican food.
Symptoms: Indigestion, low back pain, leg cramps, nose bleeding (although this only happens when I blow my nose and it’s just a little, not gushing or anything), the dreaded constipation again, tingling/sore nipples, and leakage. If any of this offends/embarrasses anyone, I don’t care. It’s life and it’s all a part of pregnancy. I write about the good, bag, ugly, and gross.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: Sleeping comfortably. I’ve hit the point this week where it’s hard to fall asleep at night because nothing feels comfortable. I also miss not feeling like a bloated cow every time I eat. My stomach gets so tight. By the night time I feel like I’m about to pop.
What I am looking forward to: I’m looking forward to getting some things done on little one’s room. My husband is the one who paints and does the heavy duty stuff around here now. He’s currently preparing for an art show so all his free time has gone into that or his freelance work. I’m getting really anxious because I feel like we are so far behind. I know we have a few months left, but I’m still freaking out a little.
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22 Weeks Update

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How far along? 22 weeks (and 6 days)
Baby is the size of: Papaya
Total weight gain: 13.5 pounds
Stretch marks: Nope. Still using my cocoa butter.
Maternity clothes: Oh yeah! It’s so nice wearing clothes that fit again.
Sleep: Aside from the few nights this week where I was up coughing my head off or hacking something up, sleep has been really good.
Best moment (s) this week: Seeing my cousin and her twins. I got to give them their birthday quilts I made for them. They were more excited about the candy and cupcakes I brought, but I know those quilts will get a lot of use. Their mom really appreciated them and it made me happy that I could do something so special for them. After the mini party, we had an impromptu maternity photo shoot which was nice. Nick and I probably would have never gotten anything like that done. It’s a good thing I have a talented cousin!
Movement: The movement has calmed down lately. I read that she’s now sleeping more each day and I can definitely tell. However, when she’s awake, she is a firecracker!
Food cravings: Nope. I did want a cupcake all week only because I have a Frosted Cupcake wallflower from Bath & Body Works in my office. I got to indulge this weekend when I took cupcakes to my two nieces. It was worth the wait.
Food aversions:  Eggs by themselves, the smell of coffee, and mexican food.
Symptoms: Indigestion, low back pain, leg cramps, and weird pains in my upper abdomen. I’ve also been sick again this week (I’m really not a sickly person I swear). I felt a tickle in my throat last Saturday which got progressively worse. By Tuesday I was coughing my head off to the point of vomiting. After not getting but about 2 1/2 hours of sleep Tuesday night, I decided to go to the doctor Wednesday morning. I was told I had bronchitis and put on another round of antibiotics. I’m not 100% yet, but I’m better than I was.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: Being able to bend over and shave my legs, or bend over in general without feeling like there is a ball in my stomach. It’s getting more and more uncomfortable. I also miss just being able to sit around without my belly being pushed up under my boobs. Sitting in general just gets uncomfortable after a while because my back starts hurting.
What I am looking forward to: Starting on little one’s quilt. I spent an hour in Joann’s Saturday picking out the fabric for it. Now I just have to buckle down, cut up all my pieces and start putting them together.
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21 Weeks Update

 

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How far along? 21 weeks (and 5 days)
Baby is the size of: Pomegranate
Total weight gain: 13 pounds
Stretch marks: Nope. Still using my cocoa butter.
Maternity clothes: Yes finally! As I’ve mentioned before, my cousins were generous enough to donate some of their old maternity clothes to me, and those items along with the few I bought the other day have given me a nice little collection. Today it was actually warm enough to wear them so I jumped on the opportunity. It was nice to have some breathing room and to have clothes that show off my belly quite nicely.
Sleep: Much better. I’ve started waking up less during the night, and even when I do wake up, I go right back to sleep, which is a big deal for me.
Best moment (s) this week: Spending time at my church small group on Friday. I signed up for the Project Pinterest small group. Each month we tackle a Pinterest project, and this month’s project was Easter themed. We made eggs by wrapping balloons in starch soaked embroidery thread. The other ladies also made eggs by pinning punched paper to styrofoam eggs, but I chose to work on a personal project while they did that. Personal projects are encouraged and welcomed. We are also encouraged to bring a Pinterest inspired dish for everyone to enjoy. You can’t have a get-together without good food. We sat around and ate, laughed and talked. It was nice to be in the company of other women for a change. I really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to next’s month’s project.
Movement: Yes and lots of it. She loves to kick me. She’s still kicking low though, so I’m anxious for when she starts moving up and I can see it in my belly.
Food cravings: I think cravings are honestly a myth, as well as enjoying food when you’re pregnant.
Food aversions:  I still don’t like eggs by themselves, but I’m going to remove broccoli, coffee and pineapple from this list, because this past week I’ve had all three and I was fine. I still don’t really enjoy the smell of coffee, and the only reason I drank it was to help with some uh… digestive issues, but I don’t think that warrants it being on the aversion list anymore. I don’t know about cottage cheese. I’d probably eat it just not when combined with pineapple.
Symptoms: Cramps, leg cramps, low back pain and…. constipation. I don’t know if I’ve addressed constipation on here before, if I have then you know that I really don’t care what people think. It’s a pregnancy symptom, one you may not be familiar with, but one that is very real and very uncomfortable. I’ve been dealing with it for the past 2-3 weeks and it is awful. I’ve been chewing fiber gummies, drinking a ton of water, and nothing. I know eating fruit and veggies also helps, but I’ve experienced such bad acid reflux from fruit that I’ve just tried to avoid it. This week, however, I’ve decided that acid reflux is the lesser of the two evils and I’m just going to have to pop Zantac, eat my fiber rich apples and pray for the best.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: Going to the bathroom. I would think that would be obvious.
What I am looking forward to: Finishing a project I started for little one’s room, and visiting my cousin and her two twin girls this weekend. Their birthday is at the end of the month and we won’t be able to go to their actual party, so I’ve decided to take them their presents early, along with some cupcakes and have a mini celebration with them. They are the most adorable little girls and have both stolen my heart. They will be 4 this year, and I’m so excited that my little girl will have two older cousins to show her the ropes. They played a major role in changing my mind about having children. I love being an Aunt, and I know that being a mother is going to be even more special.
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20 Weeks Update

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How far along? 20 weeks (and 6 days). HALFWAY THERE!
Baby is the size of: Banana
Total weight gain: 13 pounds
Stretch marks: Nope. Still using my cocoa butter.
Maternity clothes: We went shopping over the weekend for me some maternity clothes, and although I was really looking forward to this trip, I was rather disappointed with the maternity selections at some of the stores. Despite my limited options, I did manage to find two dresses, a pair of paints and two shirts. Those items, along with the clothes my cousins passed down to me should keep me clothed for a while. If this darn weather doesn’t stay warm enough though, I’ll be freezing because my winter clothes are getting too little and everything I bought and have is for spring and summer!
Sleep: Getting better. I’m over the pink eye, the sore throat and nasal congestion, so the only thing keeping me from sleeping soundly is my frequent trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night and cramping.
Best moment (s) this week: Coming home Thursday to find our cloth diapers waiting on our carport. I tore into that package and immediately began playing around. I got an amazing deal on Amazon and was able to get our entire stash for a great price. The second best moment this week was spending all day Saturday with Nick, having a breakfast date, registering at Target, buying maternity clothes,  and shopping for little one. And last, but not least, my parents came up Sunday and brought a ton of stuff for baby girl. A highchair, a potty chair, a crib mattress, sweet little clothes and socks, and bibs. It was like Christmas.
Movement: Oh yeah. Kicks are getting stronger every day. I can tell she’s a real tough cookie already.
Food cravings: Nah.
Food aversions:  Still eggs, coffee, broccoli, pineapple and cottage cheese. I’m also going to add any and all Mexican food. Every time I eat it it seems like a good idea but it always makes me sick. For this reason I am swearing it off for now.
Symptoms: Mostly just cramps this week and low back pain. I’ve noticed the cramps are more intense when I lay on my back, so for this reason I’ve started laying on my right and left side to sleep at night. Still feeling really full when I eat, but I’ve started paring down my meals. Sometimes I forget and get sick. I’m still learning.
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: The joy of eating. Eating was one of my hobbies. I love to eat. I love to try new foods. I’m southern and food is very much a part of our culture and I love it. Now, however, I just feel like I’d be fine if I never ate again. I also miss feeling comfortable in my clothes. Everything I own is too tight, and everything I bought I can’t wear until the weather warms up. I’m also a little self-conscious about my belly. It’s still not a firm bump like I want it to be, so I still feel like I just look like I ate too much rather than looking like I’m pregnant. But that could just be me being crazy.
What I am looking forward to: Getting to work on little one’s room! I bought fabric for her quilt (although not near enough), supplies for her crib mobile and some other little accents for her room. I’m in full on nesting mode and I’m loving it! I’m also stressing a bit because I’m halfway through my pregnancy and there is still so much to do!
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19 Weeks Update

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How far along? 19 weeks (and 5 days)
Baby is the size of: Mango
Total weight gain: 13 pounds
Stretch marks: Nope. Still using my cocoa butter.
Maternity clothes: No, but I’m an in desperate need of some. This weekend is the big shopping day! I can’t wait to have comfortable clothes again.
Sleep: It’s up and down again. I’ve been sick again this past week with a sore throat and nasal congestion so I wake up 3+ times in the middle of the night not being able to breathe. Even with my humidifier I’m still having trouble.
Best moment this week: Spending all day yesterday with my husband. The youth group at our church held a pancake breakfast yesterday morning to raise money for their mission trip to Jamaica this summer. I bought two tickets so Nick and I got a nice little breakfast date out of it. After that we came home, got back in our jammies and watched House of Cards. Later on, we had a late lunch date and sat outside enjoying the nice weather, then came home and took a nap together. Eventually we each had our own “me” time, but it’s nice having the weekends to spend together and to make memories before baby girl arrives.
Movement: Yes and lots of it. Nick actually got to feel a few kicks this week. I love being able to share that with him.
Food cravings: I’m still going to say no here. It’s more like I don’t want to eat anything because I always feel so full, so I eat more out of necessity than hunger or cravings.
Food aversions:  Still eggs, coffee and broccoli, pineapple and cottage cheese.
Symptoms: Low back pain, crampy legs, intense cramps in my ovaries and weird pains in my upper abdomen, nausea (but that could be do to the sinus drainage), frequent urination, and crazy dreams which interrupt my sleep. I’m also going to throw in sore throat and nasal congestion because I’ve been sick this week and nothing I’ve done seems to help. This is the second time I’ve been sick since I’ve gotten pregnant, and both times have been in the past 3 weeks!
Gender: Sweet girl
What I miss: Not being sick.
What I am looking forward to: Having an out-of-town day date with my husband this weekend, shopping for maternity clothes, and  buying fabric and supplies to start making things for my baby girl’s room!
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18 Weeks Update

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How far along? 18 weeks (and 6 days)
Baby is the size of: Sweet potato
Total weight gain: 13 pounds
Stretch marks: Nope. Still using my cocoa butter.
Maternity clothes: Going shopping next weekend!
Sleep: It was great until Wednesday night, the night before our gender ultrasound. Ever since then I’ve either been too excited to sleep or too full and sick.
Best moment this week: Finding out that baby Adams is a….
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We got to watch her for a long time on the screen and it was the best moment in my pregnancy so far. She was moving a lot because I drank half of a cherry coke before we went in. I didn’t want to risk not finding out the gender. She was bucking her little butt in the air and moving her arms and rubbing her face. It was so fun to watch. We got a lot of sonogram pictures this time as well. One of my favorites was seeing her tiny little hand balled into a fist. I’m guessing that’s what she’s using to punch me with. I don’t mind for now. I love feeling her move.
Movement: Yes! I love her little kicks and punches. I’ve noticed she’s more active during the week when I’m at work and not so much at home. She must take it easy like her mama on the weekends.
Food cravings: Still going to say no.
Food aversions:  Still eggs, coffee and broccoli, pineapple and cottage cheese. Although I completely blanked and ate a pineapple and ham pizza the other night. The pineapple didn’t bother me so much with the cheese, ham and sauce covering up the taste, so maybe I should take it off?
Symptoms: Low back pain, indigestion and acid reflux, and still having that really full feeling when I eat. The acid reflux has been bad to the point of making me sick enough to throw up. I really had to watch what I ate and drank this week.
Gender: A sweet baby girl! I’m thrilled. This whole time I’ve just had this feeling she was a girl. Around week 16 the feeling got stronger and I was convinced I was having a girl. It was such a great moment to finally have it confirmed.
What I miss: Drinking my pink lemonade. I drank it the other day and it gave me such bad acid reflux that I’ve sworn it off for now. I still have half a bottle left in the fridge. It’s back to just water for me right now.
What I am looking forward to: Decorating sweet girl’s room! I’ve already got my brother on a project for me and this week and weekend I plan to do a few crafts for her room. Next weekend when I get to go to Hobby Lobby I’m going to be in heaven.
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17 Weeks Update

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How far along? 17 weeks (and 5 days)
Baby is the size of: Onion
Total weight gain: 8.6 pounds
Stretch marks: Nope. Still using my cocoa butter.
Maternity clothes: I have worn 2 of the maternity dresses that were handed down to me. (One of which is pictured above on the far right. Also I have no idea why when I took the picture all those spots came up. It looks like I spilled water or bleach on myself!) Not because I really needed to, but because I wanted to change up my wardrobe. I’m sure it won’t be long now.
Sleep: Aside from being sick and having a stopped up nose for most of the week, my sleep has actually been a lot better. I’d say it’s the best week I’ve had in a while. Last night I slept without an aid and it was wonderful. Also, humidifiers are a great investment. I fully contribute my great sleep this week to the humidifier we bought.
Best moment this week: I’d have to say Friday morning when I felt tons of little flutters. Last week I thought I felt a few little taps, but I wasn’t 100% if it was the baby or just gas. Friday I could definitely tell it was the baby and it made me so happy.
Movement: Yes! Since Friday it’s been happening daily. Sometimes just a little, sometimes a lot. I love it. It really puts things into perspective to finally feel my baby moving. Everything else just doesn’t matter in comparison.
Food cravings: I’m still going to say no here, although last night I started thinking about cole slaw and insisted we buy some today at the grocery store. It tasted just like I imagined. So good! I have also been wanting a regular coke (which I have never liked in my entire life) after seeing the “sip stealer” commercial. I finally got a sip of regular coke today and it was also very good.
Food aversions:  Still eggs, coffee and broccoli, pineapple and cottage cheese.
Symptoms: Low back pain and indigestion mostly. I also am starting to feel really really full after I eat. I’m probably overeating, so I’m thinking I’m going to have to shift to smaller meals throughout the day rather than eating big meals.
Gender: Don’t know yet, but this week I’m feeling girl.
What I miss: Sandwiches. My husband eats them for lunch daily and the smell of them just makes me want to take a big bite. I’ve been avoiding deli meat completely thus far, but sometimes I really just want like a Subway or a Jimmy Johns sandwich.
What I am looking forward to: Finding out what baby Adams is! Only 4 more days! We’re down in the single digits people! I’m so excited that it’s so close, but I know this week will probably drag by until we find out. I’m just ready for my baby to have a name so I can talk to it and call it by it’s name.
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