I refuse to feel guilty. …OK, I feel a little guilty. With my first pregnancy I took pictures every week, googled all things baby and would rest quietly until I felt a kick. This pregnancy is flying by, probably because I am so busy that I sometimes forget I’m pregnant until baby girl gives me a little thump for a reminder or I suddenly NEED to eat 12 olives.
I’m grateful, though, that I’m finally at a place where I feel GOOD. Looking back now, I felt worse this time for longer than I admitted to. I felt some sort of nausea every day until the past week, but since it kept getting better, I kept thinking I was over it. Now that I truly feel good, I realize how tired/nauseous/emotional I was for several months.
So let’s play catch up, shall we?
What Fruit are you? Ah, the infamous fruit question! Baby girl is an heirloom tomato this week, about 8.5 ounces and 6 inches crown to rump. She should be able to hear my voice now, so here come the monologues with myself when I have down time.
At our 18 week anatomy scan she was measuring right on schedule and weighed an estimated 8 ounces. While kicking up a storm her heart rate was 156, but while resting it was 135-140.
Due date: May 9, 2014 (Hailey was induced at 10 days past due, so I’m interested to see how this labor will develop. Luckily, I still have time!)
How far along: 19 weeks on the nose
Gender: It’s a girl!! And this sweet sleeper that my bro and sil gave to me hangs in our room and makes me smile every night. So tiny!!
Total weight gain/loss: Up 8.5 lbs. I was up 10 lbs at this point with Hailey. Not sure why there is a difference, but my game plan is the same: stay active, eat when hungry, try to focus on the good stuff, hydrate and enjoy sleep as much as possible.
Exercise: I LOVE that I feel good again because I feel like I’m able to work out a little harder than before. I’ve been averaging 3-4 workouts a week, plus chasing a toddler all day. I’m also on the lookout for maternity workout clothes- suggestions?
I usually do at least two strength workouts (I’m loving Jess’ prenatal circuits) mixed with cardio. I’ve returned to running (ok, jogging/wogging). I went 2.3 miles in 30 minutes, so I’m not breaking any speed records, but it feels really good to be out there! I’ve found my sweet spot is around the 12 minute mile (which it usually is when I’m not pregnant, too- ha!)
Stretch marks: No, and hoping I can avoid them again. Fingers crossed!
Maternity clothes: All maternity jeans and leggings, but still can wear regular tops, though I prefer maternity (they flatter the bump better). I need to find some long maternity tops that can be worn with leggings- any suggestions?
Belly button: In for now.
Sleep: Grateful that it’s so good! Daytime naps are at a minimum now, maybe once a week. At night I’m asleep by 9:30 or 10 and sleep solidly until my alarm goes off at 6:30. Really soaking in the good sleep right now.
Food cravings: Though my eating habits are largely back to normal (I post way to much of what I eat on instagram if you’re interested), I still find myself craving salt. I’ve eaten a ton of olives. Still loving soups and salads and oh, the craving for popcorn and Texas Pete has returned and is in full effect.
Symptoms: I’m honestly just enjoying the sweet spot of pregnancy right now. My energy is good, no nausea and a hearty appetite. My hips burn occasionally, but that and a growing belly is really all the symptoms I have.
Movement: Yes! I wish I had time to sit down and focus more on her kicks, but they usually catch me by surprise. They are still subtle at this point, feeling more like tiny thumps than kicks, but they’re there. I’m really looking forward to them getting stronger and more pronounced. Like any pregnant lady, they’re my favorite part!
What I miss: Not much to be honest. Except for out at a social occasion I don’t even really miss wine that much. I do feel the urge to want to become a better runner or really get into practicing yoga though. I love how my motivation surges when I’m not at a place to push myself. How convenient!
What I’m loving: Christmas time! I’m soaking up the music and lights and imagining rocking a new baby girl at this time next year. I’m also reveling in spending this time with Hailey. She’s at an incredible age right now and she makes me laugh. I’ve had fun having girl dates with her to see the singing bears, to Barnes and Noble and just being out and about.
What I’m looking forward to: Just enjoying this time right now of feeling good and being with family around the holidays!
Best moment this week: Just not feeling any more nausea and having my full energy back.
Words of wisdom: People really do say stupid things. Let the comments of ‘wow, you’re huge’ and ‘hopefully the next one will be a boy’ roll off your back. Baby girl and I are happy and healthy. That’s all that matters!
Any suggestions for affordable maternity clothes (long shirts for leggings) and affordable maternity workout gear?