It’s been an emotional week (as I discussed in my last post) and it was one where I felt more appreciation for my pregnancy and this baby than I have the other 13 weeks. God is so good to bless our lives with this little baby and we pray for it constantly that it will be born healthy and happy, just like Kye was!
Baby Growth: This week Blitzen is the size of a medium shrimp. Is it gross that I totally wish I could eat the shrimp in this picture that is totally supposed to represent my baby? Gah shrimp sounds soooooo gooooood. I wish Zach liked seafood more! He or she is about 3 inches long and weighs nearly an ounce. If it’s a girl then she already has more than two million eggs in her ovaries! Also Blitzen now has little fingerprints and his or her body is starting to even out with its head (which up until this point has taken up 2/3 of his or her body!).
I love seeing these pictures and seeing our baby look like a LEGIT baby now and not an alien!
Belly Picture: I didn’t plan to take this in Kye’s bathroom again (or I probably wouldn’t have worn pink…clashes with the orange don’tcha think?) but that’s how it worked out. I also don’t typically wear lounge clothes like this but Fridays are a day we often leave for trips so many of my belly pics will probably be in this kind of attire. Today I wore lounge clothes because I’m spending the day at Robyn’s while she rests to help her out and keep her company. I am LOVING the belly stickers and owe a BIG thank you to Baby Shines for doing them for me. Typically these type sets only come with one sticker every 4 weeks, but she’s able to do one for every week. Yay! Don’t forget to visit her store on Etsy, here.
Blah. I can’t STAND the way I look from the front…so chunky looking :(
The side view is SO much more attractive – I actually look pregnant!
My Symptoms: THANK THE LORD for Kelly Ford (great rhyme huh?). She responded to my post last week and helped remind me what to do about the intense headache situation. I can take 2 extra strength Tylenol. And it’s so funny b/c when I got my bottle down to take some…guess when it had expired? Dec of 2009…which means I haven’t taken any since I had Kye. She also told me I need to be drinking plenty of liquids b/c during the second trimester you can easily get dehydrated and that causes headaches. Makes sense. I still am downing a lot of strawberry koolaide and that totally counts b/c all it is really is colored sugar water 🙂 I had three days of migraines today and the Tylenol DID help. Whew. So glad!!!
Had my massage this week for our anniversary…I felt a little bad straight up lying to the girl about being pregnant but I did tell her that I’m a HUGE wuss (which is true) and to go very lightly on me. It was WONDERFUL. I made sure to drink plenty of water afterward and I really enjoyed myself, even though I was still sore the next day. Actually anytime I’m remotely active I feel sore. I did a lot of driving yesterday and my HANDS are sore. Is that a normal pregnancy thing? It’s so strange to me and makes me even more sleepy.
Skin is FOR SURE looking better. Nails are looking great too. I am SHOCKED at the difference a week can make with my belly. You may not be able to tell in pictures but I have a for sure belly now. No more hiding it! All my clothes still fit great but now I’m at the awkward I-don’t-look-pregnant-yet-but-I’m-chunky stage. Not very fun, but I do like glancing in the mirror and sticking out my belly. It makes me excited to be cute pregnant again soon 🙂
Overall I’m still very easily tired and am trying harder to limit myself. Of course the last couple days have been nuts and I’m paying for it now, but overall I’m cutting back on the going and doing. I try to only go and do 2-3 mornings a week (errands, playdates etc) and go out less in the evenings too. Next week is VBS and I’m helping with games so I’m for sure gonna be EXHAUSTED when I get home. I hope Kye has fun though!
Weight: I haven’t weighed myself for 2 weeks so I was SURE that I had gained. Like I figured I’d gained the 4 lbs I’d lost back. Um nope! I actually lost another 4 ounces (I know, that could just be poop or something but still, it’s a loss). So random? I’ve been eating MUCH more than before. Sure, I haven’t been stuffing my face but I’ve been eating 3 meals a day! How did I not gain? Plus I have a gut that for sure screams “I’ve gained weight!” If I’ve lost weight, yet gained belly…I wonder what part of my body is smaller???
Gender: When I was at Gap yesterday hunting for the deals I saw the CUTEST baby boy clothes and was sad that I couldn’t scoop them up (I mean they were SO cheap). For the first time since being pregnant I hoped that it’s a boy. Shopping for a boy is soooo sucky. It’s sooo hard to find cute stuff, especially on the cheap. But omg that awesome feeling of finding something cute and hunting for a good deal is so exhilarating! I was really feeling “girl” non-stop and I still do initially think it’s a girl when I think about the baby but now that my symptoms are more similar to Kye’s (really now that I have headaches, my food choices are still different) I’m not trusting that gut feeling as much. I need to get a poll going to see what all of you think 🙂
Maternity Clothes: They are all still sitting in the nursery…I WILL go through them at some point. I’m not in much of a hurry. B/c that room doesn’t need to be emptied out for awhile but we’re having family visit in July so it’ll be done before then 🙂 Heck, I’ll probably be wearing them by then!
Sleep: Still sleeping great. Still VERY worn out. I’ve noticed when I have a bad dream is when I tend to wake up with the headache…I wonder if worrying in my sleep can cause them? My headaches also move to my jaw and I’ll bet that I’m clenching in my sleep out of fear/worry too. I’m still, mostly, on my belly but am finding it more and more comfy on my side.
Cravings: Still sea food. Still milk. Still koolaide. Nothing really new, still not ice cream. I baked some cookies for Robyn and omg they are my fav home-made cookie recipe. I need to share it sometime! But since I made them I’ve been craving them! I’ve also had an ongoing craving for cocoa-no-bake cookies but haven’t broken down and made any. I get random cravings lately for Subway too.
What I miss: Is it horrible to already miss feeling attractive? I’m barely showing and I already miss feeling thin! I also miss having energy and I really miss feeling sexy for my husband. I hate that I’m like this when I’m pregnant but have no energy and feeling less than attractive doesn’t make my mojo very high either 🙁
Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: It was a hard week, especially with Robyn’s news. I think it’s just a blessing to be pregnant and I’m so thankful for that right now. While I don’t feel sexy, and I miss feeling attractive, I also DO like the little bump that’s starting. I like to look at it and think about how much bigger I’m going to get. I can’t wait to be showing enough where strangers ask how far along I am! Also this week Kye wanted to give the baby some stickers and he lifted my shirt (on his own) and put them on my belly, I thought that was cute.
Questions/Concerns: Semi-worried about how SORE I get so easily. It doesn’t seem “normal” to me. I mean why in the world are my hands hurting so much just from driving and cooking yesterday? Def. need to get some type of Bella Band or something…any suggestions on what to buy? I did try on my first pair of pants that didn’t fit today so the time for a Bella Band is drawing near!!!
Goals this week: Same as last week. ESPECIALLY getting the house cleaned. I mean you probably think my house is filthy the way I talk about it lately, but I promise you it’s not…it’s just clutter that needs to be put away. It bugs me to DEATH to see it unorganized but I’ve been in the bed around 9:30 which cuts an hour and half out of my night (typically used for blogging and such) so during the day I’m trying to catch up on that stuff. I know cleaning my house NEEDS to be more of a top priority but honestly blogging is very important too…these memories are things that will last forever while a clean house only lasts a couple hours, right? 🙂 Def getting it cleaned THIS WEEK and I’m a month behind on blogging so I need to step my game up there too. And I need to get going on this house…I have the stuff to decorate Kye’s room, I just need to do it!!!
I'm so happy I found your blog, I love reading that I'm not alone in my symptoms! it's makes it so much easier knowing feeling this crappy is actually " normal"