20 Weeks – Halfway There

We’re halfway through the pregnancy, and I’m enjoying these updates.  Full disclosure – I had a full – on breakdown in the airport today.  I’m overwhelmed, I feel disgusting, my skin is really broken out, and generally, I did not feel like myself today.  Fair warning, please just know that this sort of feeling is not abnormal once in a while during pregnancy, and I think it will pass.

Baby is the size of a: Banana.  Last week was a mango, so I’m not really understanding how exactly that’s growth because I feel like bananas are really skinny, and mangoes are really fat.  Idk, interpret that banana however you’d like.

Due date: Sept 3rd, 2016

Total weight gain:  I have no idea.  Definitely on the higher end of the range I talked about last week.  Maybe 12-14 lbs?

Sleep:   Sleep is still okay, but I am waking up early every morning still to go to the bathroom.  I am struggling with this one.  I spent a lot of the weekend traveling, and I felt like I could not stop going to the bathroom.  So I’m fighting this battle when I’m out to stay hydrated and not have to go to restrooms constantly.

Best moment this week:  I went to Jersey, then into the City to visit some friends and family.  One of my friends was running her first half-marathon, so we went and made a day of it.  The race began in Central Park, and it was a positively beautiful day.  I am glad I went.

Food cravings:   Sparking anything.  I ordered a HUGE bottle of soda water while we were waiting at the race, and managed to down every single delicious drop.  (I definitely needed a bathroom break after that.)

Food aversions:  Meat is kinda grossing me out.  In the beginning of the pregnancy, I managed a few turkey sandwiches, and chicken sandwich here and there, but for some reason, the thought wasn’t doing it for me.  I’ve been dealing with a little bit of reflux, and I don’t know if that is somehow contributing.

Symptoms:  The constant bathroom thing!  It’s literally constant.

Looking forward to:  Sleeping in my own bed tonight.  I miss it.

ICYMI…

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You have to wait until the very very end of this post to find out.  No skipping ahead, okay?

Baby is the size of a: Mango.  I LOVE mango.  This is good.

Due date: Sept 3rd, 2016

Total weight gain:  Girl idk.  I’m gonna guess between the 10-12 lb range.  Sometimes I have a belly.  Sometimes not though when I haven’t eaten yet and that is super annoying.  I am very much in a stage when men are starting to think I’ve just gotten into the Cheetos.  It’s so funny, because most of these guys are too scared to ask.  And for good reason, I think.

Sleep:   Sleep has been a weird sort of thing for me.  I’ve been falling asleep ok, but I sort of get up around 3, 3:30 in the morning.  A few nights ago, it was a really terrible dream, and I just couldn’t get back to sleep.  I’m hoping to get a few hours tonight so I don’t want to curse at all during the day.

Best moment this week:  We found out the gender of the baby last Tuesday, and the anatomy scan was great.  It was so detailed.  I saw everything.  The baby’s brain, legs, bones.  The baby is pretty together, it just needs to do some growing.  It needs to be a little bigger than a mango for me to be able to hold it!

Food cravings:   Nah.  Whenever I think I really want something to eat, by the time I get it ready, I don’t really want it anymore!

Food aversions:  About the same.  Nothing super different.

Symptoms:  I pee just NONSTOP.  And you have to drink water or you’ll feel like shit.  But I pee day and night.

Looking forward to:  New York this weekend!  I am hopping on a plane and starting in New Jersey on Friday to see some family, and then Saturday evening/Sunday I am going to see the folks I group chat with on a daily basis from school.  I was gonna drive, but nearly fell asleep driving to DC, and decided to fly up.

So…want to know what we’re having?

It’s a…

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LITTLE BOY!  I’ll fill you in on Wednesday on the reveal.

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How far along:  18 Weeks

Baby is the size of a: Sweet Potato.

Due date: Sept 3rd, 2016

Total weight gain:  I weighed myself early last week and it’s looking to be close to about 10 lbs or so?  I can be super obsessive about the scale, either way, so I’ve made it a point not to weight myself obsessively every single morning.

Sleep:  Sleep is still good.  You guys are going to get tired of this refrain, but I wake up every morning with my urge to pee SO desperate, I nearly die.  My older running friends say that’s a thing as you age, so that’s something we all have to look forward to.

Best moment this week:  I managed to get active every single day this week due to the fact I was in a Fitbit steps competition all week with some folks I know.  I lost, came in second, but it kept me moving every day and hitting my goals.

Food cravings:  I had some nachos last night.  TOTALLY regret it though.  The beans/cheese are really too much for me, and I woke up feeling kinda crappy.  I can do more like nacho salad type things, but the nachos themselves just won’t work.

Food aversions:  The same.  Cooking meat, and fish are just not interesting to me.

Symptoms:  One really gross thing happened this week, and I will let that just be a really fun surprise should you find yourself pregnant.  And my boobs are enormous.  Absolutely enormous.  It’s unreal. Do they make this size?

Looking forward to:  Sunday.  I will officially be 19 weeks then, but we will get to find out if we are having a boy or a girl!  We are having a few people over to play yard games and to find out with us.  I am really really anxious about the scan – that’s where they pick up if anything appears abnormal, so that’s been bothering me the last few days.

In case you missed it (or care)!

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How far along:  17 Weeks.

Baby is the size of a: Turnip.  Turnip for what ::cue Lil’ John song::.

No seriously, I barely know what a turnip is.  This one is a little lost on me.  This other app I use says white onion.  So white onion.

Due date: Sept 3rd, 2016

Total weight gain:  I will weigh in this week.  I have not stepped on the scale in a long time, but my clothes fit okay.  Except my bras.  This week I’m putting in an order for a few new sports bras and going to Soma for a new real bra.  I can’t squeeze into these old ones anymore.

Sleep:  Sleep is good.  I am always waking up to go to the bathroom early on.  Even when I nap.  Which this week, was a crap-ton.  Seriously, I slept all day on Good Friday, and part of the afternoon on Saturday.

Best moment this week:  I went to Step after my class on Tuesday evening, ran on Thursday, and then ran again and cycled on Saturday.  My energy comes in waves.  I am learning to completely take advantage of these pockets of energy.  Which is why I’m writing on a Saturday night and not passed out.

Food cravings:  Nope.  Since I had a good long weekend of eats last weekend, I really chilled on it this week.

Food aversions:  Not really.  Smells are kind of ick to me .  I ate a bowl of veggies with my dinner, and left the bowl on the desk I’m working on.  The smell is irritating me.  And it’s just like snap peas.

Symptoms:  Still really profound pockets of fatigue.  But they are mixed in with some energy.

Looking forward to:  The usual.  I feel like I’m really caught up at work, so time to catch up more on reviews for my team and stuff.  Makes me feel like a real Beyonce when I can be pregnant AND work AND work out at the same time.  Doesn’t always happen.  But feels cool when it does.

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How far along:  16 Weeks

Baby is the size of a: Avocado.  Can I tell you something hysterical about this.  Two people have asked me what size it is.  When I’ve told them, they’ve asked what sort of avocado I mean.  I know it’s super ethnocentric, but generally, I feel that the apps are referring to like general Hass, non-organic avocado.

Due date: Sept 3rd, 2016

Total weight gain:  I’m thinking just over that 5-7lb range.  Generally, I have stayed off the scale, but have been great about food.  Lots of green things.  Lots and lots of soluble fiber.  And lots of snacking.

Sleep:  Sleep is great.  Again, I am getting up in the early morning, now when it’s still dark to go to the bathroom.

Best moment this week:  I went to DC to see some friends over the weekend.  Started great, ended somewhat disastrously.  More on that later.  But I love DC, and I really hope that we can move up here in the  next few years.

Food cravings:  I had a really bad-for-you breakfast on Friday.  An egg and cheese biscuit and hash browns as I was leaving for DC.  It was delicious, but as soon as I ate it, I was like k, I’m done with that.

Food aversions:  Still red meat.  Not sure that will change.

Symptoms:  I’m actually still struggling with the headaches and some fatigue.  When I was driving up here on Friday, I actually had to call Austin and pull over for a little while because I was afraid that I was going to fall asleep driving.  I got word last week from my new ob that I’m actually suffering from some issues with my thyroid and I started medication for that at the end of of last week.  I also am going to see my nutritionist who I started seeing even before I got pregnant for some words of wisdom on this. When I wasn’t pregnant, I’d simply rely heavily on more espresso, but when you’re growing an avocado, you have to find healthier ways to cope.

Looking forward to:  Being productive this week.  I’m hoping for a little less fatigue and less falling into bed at the end of the night and more maybe doing things that aren’t crossed of the to-do list at the end of the day.

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15 Weeks

How far along:  15 Weeks

Baby is the size of a: I have to check the app and come back to this question lol.  I, however, am the size of a small whale.  No I’m not.  My uterus just feels like it.

A pear.  Baby is the size of a pear.

Due date: Sept 3rd, 2016

Total weight gain: No clue.  Probably still in like the 5lb range.  I have a little bit of a belly and my chest is huge – to the point that I need a few new bras because I’m really really uncomfortable in some of the old, not as supportive ones that I used to be able to throw on for yoga.

Sleep:  Great.  I still need to get up to go to the bathroom early in the morning, but good.

Best moment this week:  Austin said I had a spark.  I think my energy has all but returned.  I taught a Step and then a Zumba class on Saturday back to back, and cleaned without the desperate need for a nap.

Food cravings: Nothing really.  I ate a salad today that was bomb, and I had to trick myself into eating it by saying “quick, make this salad before you change your mind!”.

Food aversions:  Just stinky cooking meat.  That makes me ill.

Symptoms:  None really.  I am feeling very fat, but no illness.

Looking forward to:  Getting done with the glucose test.  Because of a very poor family history with diabetes, both Type I and Type II, I have to be tested twice instead of the one standard test.  The test isn’t particularly fun or tasty, but whatever it takes to keep the baby healthy, right?

 

14 Weeks

Hi!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I miss you.  Lots of fun things this week!

Baby is the size of a: Large Lemon

Due date: Sept 3rd, 2016

Total weight gain: I have gained in total, 5ish pounds, but that really fluctuates depending on what I eat/drink.

Sleep: Not as constant.  I can get through the day without a nap.  My night time sleep is usually interrupted by a bathroom break in the early hours of the morning.

Best moment this week:  Definitely more energy.  I got through a pretty good workout on Friday with Jill, and it felt good to actually do something that I can draw some strength and energy from.  I also taught another Pump on Friday morning – so I feel like some of my mom fog is lifting.

Food cravings:  Not a whole lot. I would like some pickle chips.  But they’re too hard to acquire and hard on the stomach.

Food aversions:  Cooking meat.  The smell is so appalling to me.  I feel like I can particularly smell blood in red meat, which is so scary.

Symptoms:   Just tired, and a little lazy 🙂

Looking forward to: More blogging this week.  You guys into it?

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This isn’t turning into an annoying blog.  I promise.  But I figured that someone might like the update, and I might regret it if I didn’t update.  PLUS I feel like a lot of moms, especially ones that are further removed, get amnesia and try to act like they’ve never heard of whatever symptom you might be having.

12 Weeks

How far along:  12 Weeks

Baby is the size of a: Clementine.

Due date: Sept 3rd, 2016

Total weight gain: I’ve put on a few – like maybe 5ish the last time I checked?  My boobs are absolutely gargantuan.  I’m still waiting on a belly. So that folks aren’t just assuming that I’m bloated.  Like I care though.  I’m too tired to care.

Sleep: Constantly.  I could sleep any time of the day.

Best moment this week:  Zumba party – I felt great, and really felt a surge of energy.

Food cravings: I like pickle chips from Village Drafthouse.  But since they’re fried, they’re kind of a kiss of death.  One really really fun thing about pregnancy is that your digestion slows way down.  Food that may upset you a smidge in real life, really have an adverse affect on you while pregnant.  Beans and fried things do not feel good whatsoever.

Food aversions:  I’ve been veg for a while.  I have been eating some chicken and turkey, but it’s a little rough for me, because meat tastes pretty meaty.  But the smell of cooking meat is disgusting to me.  Red meat in particular smells bloody, and I think there’s a pretty good chance I won’t be eating that any time soon.

Symptoms: I’m just tired.  But like I said, I think that’s starting to lift.

Looking forward to: Catching up on things.  I always feel like there’s something else to be done.  I don’t think as long as I live, that I will ever feel caught up.  And more running, now that my energy is slowly seeping back in.