16 Week Bump and Update

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This week I’m super cranky thanks to it being the second week I’ve been snowed in. Both this week and last, schools and etc were closed tues-fri thanks to two snow storms in which we got 6-8 inches. For Hampton that’s a ton and the roads are terrible and it’s basically stupid to get in your car and drive until the weather warms up enough to melt the snow because you’re likely to get hit by someone who can’t drive in it. So many people are stationed here from all over the country that there are already a hundred different driving styles on the road, but in a storm, we’re stuck sharing the road with people who may have never experienced snow or even just the locals who aren’t used to it sticking. They cancel school far after the storm is over just bc they can’t handle removing the snow and just rely on the sun to take care of it. So, in order to protect the baby growing in my belly, I’ve been stuck at home, eating whatever we happen to have with high cabin fever for all but two days of the last 14. I didn’t even want to do this update, but it’s tradition! But damn, im hangry. And C. left for work Sunday so I haven’t had human contact in days.

Only two and a half more weeks and we move into our new house and we will be near people I know and love and hallelujah for that.

Total weight gain:
This week was weird. All week I was actually down .5 lbs from last week (so +3lbs total) and then suddenly I woke up Thursday morning a full and exact pound heavier. Apparently this is how I gain weight since that’s also what happened around 13 weeks. Since the pound was still there this morning, I’ll assume it intends to stick around, so total weight gain is now at 4 lbs! It’s really weird to gain a pound overnight while eating way less since my appetite took a nose dive for most of the week, but I don’t mind because duh, I’m pregnant. If this happens post-partum, however, I will burn things.

Symptoms and stuff:
The ligaments (I think?) in my inner upper thighs have been a bit sore this week, despite my not having done anything out of the ordinary. I guess that relaxin from all the progesterone is getting to more than just my abdomen. I think I got that right, but don’t quote me on it.
I haven’t felt the baby any more this week, or at least not the obvious popcorn popping feeling. It’s too soon to expect to regularly feel him or her, so im just happy when I do feel baby.
I think my uterus is up to just below my belly button, but I’ll know for sure where it’s hanging out when I see the OB next Wednesday.

We find out if the baby is a boy or a girl 3 weeks from today!! Hurrah!!

15 Week Bump and Update

15 weeks is such a nice number, somehow it’s being divisible by 5 makes it seem so much more substantial than those silly in between numbers… Seriously, what am I saying? I guess I was trying to say being 15 weeks feels special, but for absolutely no good reason other than that it sounds good. The starred paragraphs are a huge explanation and rant about eating while pregnant, marked so you can skip that if you’re not a pregnant woman wanting some damn real talk.

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Total Weight Gain: 3.5 lbs This Week: 0.0 lbs
**I was a bottomless pit of hunger this week and I swear I’m not exaggerating when I say that the only days this past week when I wasn’t physically hungry all the time (like hunger pangs, uncomfortable hungry!) was on the days when I ate MORE than 2400 calories. I honestly didn’t even want to include my little calorie count picture this week, because all over the Internet everyone says you only need 300 extra calories per day in your second trimester. I believed this and at first aimed for 2200 calories, that was a miserable failure, so I upped it to 2400. Was still hungry, but tried to stick to it because I believed the Internet over my own body. Well, my body was right and whoever picked “300 calories” was wrong because not only was i miserably hungry on those days, but I also didn’t gain a single ounce despite eating a ton more than usual this week.

**So the reason I risk embarassing myself with how much I ate this week is because I needed it, and I actually really needed more! I didn’t dare to trust my body because nowhere did i find anything saying that if you are 14 weeks or 15 weeks pregnant and so hungry despite eating “enough” then maybe you need to just eat more. I mean everyone says, “eat when you’re hungry, as long as it’s healthy and you really don’t need as much extra as you think”. Well, if I don’t need more than 300 extra calories, i CAN’T eat when I’m hungry, healthy or otherwise. Did some male non-pregnant doctor come up with that number? Where did it even come from? I am now going to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full, I’ll keep track of everything as I have been (in large part i do it to track nutrients and the carb/fat/protein ratio) and I’ll report it here. I want someone who is actually pregnant to talk about how much they are eating in an honest way, with numbers and corresponding weight gain instead of vague talk and contradictory statements about eating when hungry but also in moderation and also only healthy blah blah blah. So, I’ll be that person. As long as I’m gaining an appropriate amount of weight, I will eat when I’m hungry no matter how scary the calorie count looks. It’s been crazy to see what a difference there is between what “they” say I need and what im finding my body actually needs.

Okay, other things. I was so wrong when I said I might have felt round ligament pain before. Yesterday morning I had real round ligament pain and it was like scary painful and spanned an area of 6-8 inches! It was almost excruciating while moving, still painful while laying still and even hours later it was still tender to the touch. If I hadn’t read other people freaking out about the pain and wondering if they were losing the baby, I might have panicked myself. Except that it lessened over time, that’s a good sign that it’s not bad/serious. But yeah, RLP is no joke, holy painful!! Just another sign that baby is growing big time in there this week.

I experienced quickening this week, or baby’s first movements noticeable to me. I felt it at night before bed Wednesday and again while sipping coffee the next morning. It lasted longer than I expected and felt like bubbles popping against my uterus about two inches below and to the left of my belly button. I asked some of my pregnant and formerly pregnant friends and they confirmed my suspicions that it was the baby moving around! Some people mistake it for gas, or will tell you it’s gas, but I found it to be a more pronounced sensation than a gas bubble and the popping was way more frequent than you’d ever feel with gas unless you were in deep trouble. Also, I didn’t have gas before during or after the feeling (even in the 15 hrs in between the two occasions) so, hello baby!

More Symptoms (all long-standing, some never mentioned)I still need coffee to avoid headaches, my nose has been bloody for 8 weeks with no sign of letting up, and for about the same amount of time I burp so much. I burp when hungry, nauseous or full, it’s so much that C banned me from saying excuse me a long time ago. Luckily (I guess?)they’re just annoying little burps that I can almost hide, not big ole belches, but yeah, pregnancy is not sexy. Aside from the giant boob thing, I mean.

Less than two weeks and I’ll have my quad screening and hear the heartbeat again. The Fetal Doppler is still not allowed back in this house, so I’m anxious to hear baby again. I feel like Im not growing and was worried, but C says my belly IS bigger than it was two weeks ago, so I guess it is all starting to look the same to me, that’s why pictures for comparison are cool. Plus Ive seen with other people that it’ll look almost the same for weeks and then bam, big difference in a week’s time. I want to catch those times!

This has been so, so long. I won’t even apologize though because then I’ll just seem insincere the next time I ramble on for paragraph after paragraph.

14 Week Bump and Update

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Well, now I’m in the second trimester by anyone’s standard! Hoo-rah!
As you can see, I felt a real uptick in my appetite last week and also having company meant being out and about more and thus eating out more. I updated my app so it would stop telling me to eat 1680 cals/day. It would have been even worse if not for my love of the half sandwich and salad thing at Panera Bread. I think I’ve been lucky to have healthy cravings to balance out cravings like yesterday’s day-long yearning to eat only Wendy’s frostys. I had a jr. frosty (and a billion-calorie chicken sandwich) but I wanted MORE. In fact, today I might skip the sandwich and have a frosty for lunch. Nah, the moment has probably passed.

I did walk a lot more last week than usual, averaging 1.2 miles per day, with a high of 3 miles. It’s probably really sad that that was a lot of walking for me. Honestly, I aim for a mile per day and often fall short. My monthly average for comparison is .77 mi/day.

Total weight gain this pregnancy: 3.5 lbs

Symptoms and stuff: I didn’t realize that my uterus would be tender to the touch/press. Everyone on the baby boards talks about how they know it’s their uterus vs bloat because it’s hard when they press it, but never mentioned that it’s uncomfortable to press it. I am still boycotting my Doppler and may not use it again, it worries me. It will be so great when I can actually feel the baby moving and know it is okay, but I’ve seen a healthy jumping bean on ultrasounds now so I’m just keeping the faith. I get pains sometimes when I’m really moving around a lot which I think are round ligament pains. Headaches persist but are still not too bad with coffee.

13 Week Bump and Update

Bam! I’ve got a baby belly.

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The general consensus this week is that I’m visibly pregnant, though a stranger without access to a before picture might assume I’m chunky and built like a barrel.

Total weight gain is back to 2 lbs, im wondering if that will be taking off soon despite not increasing my average caloric intake or if I’ll just shrink elsewhere as my belly grows. Or I’ll get hungrier maybe.

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I did more walking this week because I’ve got family visiting and we’ve been trekking to national parks, so far one in Virginia and three in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Five more to go, maybe seven if I can stand it. I’ve been wanting to go to OBX anyway, so it was a good excuse and thanks to the frigid weather/offseason we stayed in a great suite in Kill Devil Hills over night for under a hundred dollars.

Of course I had to add to my vast Starbucks mug collection. This one is the first that’s just a state not a specific city, I guess that’ll work, though. Much to C’s chagrin I’ll be getting a Virginia mug before we move as well.

None of this has had anything to do with pregnancy. Let’s see… Oh, I’ve had round ligament pains this week thanks to the speedy expansion of all things baby, still staving off headaches with a bit of caffeine and I sat on the floor for a few hours yesterday and now I am stiff and sore and feel one hundred years old. I guess I also have to stop sleeping on my back soon wahhhhh. I love lying on my back when relaxing during the day and up until the moment I turn over to sleep at night.

Boy or Girl? Old Wives Tales

Since we won’t find out if im carrying a boy or a girl for 7 more weeks, I thought it would be fun to consult a bunch of old wives tales. Once we find out for real, it could be interesting to see which ones were right for me and which weren’t and maybe this post will help other waiting moms to bide the time.

Old Wives Tale #27: Legs

If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl.

-Girl, but I’m only 12 weeks!

Old Wives Tale #28: Moodiness and a Little Pecker

If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you. Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there’s a little penis inside you.

-Girl, just ask my husband.

If you eat the ends of bread, it’s a boy. If you eat the middle of the load, it’s a girl.

-I always eat the middle, nothing has changed there, so girl.

Old Wives Tale #31: Mom�s Beauty

It is said that the girl “steals the mother’s beauty”. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, you might just be having a little boy.

-Girl? I’ve had two big zits, so nothing over the top and my skin is sooo dry.

Old Wives Tale #32: Dream of Sex of Baby

If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.!

-Girl, again!

Old Wives Tale #33: Clumsy vs. Graceful

If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she�s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she�s having a boy.

-Neither? Or girl, I guess because no extra clumsiness.

Old Wives Tale #35: Side You Most Rest On

If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she�s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she�s having a girl.

-It really depends where im sleeping.

Old Wives Tale #36: Hands

When the pregnant woman is asked to show her hands, it�s a boy if she keeps her palms down and a girl if she shows her palms up.

-Girl

Old Wives Tale #37: Dad’s Weight Gain

If the dac-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’sa girl. If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy.

-Girl

Old Wives Tale #38: Breast Test

If a pregnant woman�s left breast is larger than the right breast, she�s having a girl. If the right breast is larger, it�s a boy.

-I’ll leave the answer to this one between my husband and I lol. Family reads this blog.

Old Wives Tale #40: What Do You Think?

71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #41: Morning Sickness

If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it�s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #42: Areolae

If your areolae (the part around your nips) have darkened, it�s a boy.

-another one for the husband and I to know. I’m leaving these for other mom’s even if I won’t answer.

Old Wives Tale #43: Protein

When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #44: Feet

Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant? If so, you just might be having a boy. If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you�re having a little girl.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #45: Hair on Legs

If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy.

-Girl

Old Wives Tale #46: Hands are Dry

If your hands are constantly dry, it�s a boy.

-Boy

Old Wives Tale #47: Urine

What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.

-Girl? I drink water and pee allll the time, so it’s hard to tell since its like water lol.

Old Wives Tale #49: Headaches

If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy

-BOY

Old Wives Tale #51: Baby Names

It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particularly baby.

-I can be a little type A, so we have already chosen a full name for either. It did take us much longer to agree on the boy name.

Old Wives Tale #4: Heart Rate

If the baby�s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.

-girl, but it’s only in the 150s which really makes me think boy since girls tend to be more like 160-170

Old Wives Tale #16: Mayan Tale

The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!

-Boy.

Final tally? It seems like most of the old wives tales compiled here point to a girl, except for my mother’s intuition which says boy. I know they’re just old wives tales, but I think it’s fun to know about them and see what they say. I’d love a little girl, too, I just don’t think that’s what im having.

12 Week Bump and Update

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I feel like this week my belly has started to make the transition from bloat/displaced organs to bump. It’s subtle but it looks to me less thick all over and more concentrated… Will this awkward stage where I look chunky be over soon? My uterus did finally rise above my pelvic bones this week, and it seemed to make a difference. It feels lately that that my belly is always sticking out, not just after I eat or at the end of the day, it’s like just kind of out there all the time, saying hi to everyone even though no one would guess baby so probably people who see me think i carb load and drink a lot of beer to have such a gut. Which is fine because in 197 or so days maybe I will even just do that. Okay not really right away and that sounds gross right now.

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Speaking of food, there’s where I was at this week. Baby and I were both fed, but not over fed. Or, not overfed by my standards. I aim for an average of 1900-2000. That’s actually a lot of food since I don’t have empty calories from wine or soda in there. I have one Gatorade or orange juice mixed with Perrier a day if I want and the rest of the day I drink loads of water.

Total Weight Gain: 3 lbs (it fluctuated between 2-3 but the average was 3 so I’ll go by that)

This past week I’ve taken to have one cuppa something caffeinated in an attempt to drive out the daily headaches. Also tried Tylenol (duh) and magnesium supplements in conjunction. The headaches are usually much more bearable after some combination of these things.

I already posted a lot this week, so Im surprised I even had this much to say. But there’s more! I saw the baby yesterday on ultrasound and got loads of cute pictures and some creepy ones because the poor baby is twelve weeks, some angles are bound to be creepy. Heartbeat was between 148 and 152 and im officially stating that I think it’s a boy. And now because mom guilt kicks in early, I feel bad for spying on my baby in the womb and then calling it creepy :( ahhh hormones!

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Blackberry Cobbler And Grocery Shopping

When I go grocery shopping, I like to try to buy according to what is on sale. And not 20 cents off sale, but a significant portion of the price… $1.00 off a $3.00 product or this week blackberries, 6 oz. for $1.25 instead of $3.00. This tactic has helped me to eat fresh healthy foods while pregnant without blowing the grocery budget. That salad I added to the other day’s post was composed from great produce deals and was satisfying and good for the baby and I.

I think when we move I’ll be smarter about it and find a circular online or at the store before shopping so that I can see what’s on sale and plan meals accordingly. The way I do it now, I can’t plan ahead other than just knowing I’ll eat blackberries or spinach in the next few days but I can’t meal plan ahead anyway thanks to this first trimester business. For now, in addition to my produce purchases, I buy sale cereal or soup or frozen food to hoard until I’m hungry and it sounds decent.

Tonight I decided to make blackberry cobbler since those lovely blackberries are too tart to eat on their own. I had all the ingredients except for sugar and shortening. Doesn’t that make my pantry sound so healthy?? It’s kind of a lie because sure, I don’t keep sugar around, but I do have cinnamon toast crunch, Chex mix and fruit roll ups in there.

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Anyway, I have always been a baker, even as a kid I would bake sugar cookies on snow days since my mom didn’t keep junk in the house, but we always had the basics needed for a simple no-frill cookie. I’ve even got a signature cookie, but I’ve never tried a pie or cobbler or really anything beyond cookies and the occasional cake. Im definitely hoping to keep expanding my repertoire of cooking and baking this year, with reasonably healthy dishes, so it was a perfect time to try my hand at a cobbler, which is actually really simple!!

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Moving and bumps and stuff

I am excited to say that we are moving in just under 8 weeks! Well, excited and anxious because oh my god, we JUST did this!! But this time we are hiring people to load a van and drive our stuff 800 miles and then unload our stuff, yay!! We don’t own that much, so it’s going to cost less than I expected, though it is not cheap by any means. And, oh yeah, we are in the process of buying a house. If all goes well with the inspection this week and subsequent appraisal we will be closing March 16th and moving March 21st.

Once we got that figured out, I made an appointment with an OB in Bangor, Maine (where we are moving) for my anatomy scan. We’re moving right after I hit 19 weeks, so my appointment is March 24 and I’ll be 19w4d. Since it’s right after the move I am optimistic that C. will actually be able to to be there!

In other news that isn’t really as news-worthy at all, I now have a bump in front view as well as side view! I am definitely not showing, haven’t popped, etc, but for people who know me and what I usually look like I am showing a little from the front and side now. And it snowed an inch or two here in hampton roads, which the cats were quite interested in. I let them check it out on the balcony and there are cute little paw prints in the snow now.

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11 Week Bump and Update

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total weight gain: 2.5

This past week I was hungry!! As you can see. And at 10w6d I found that while I could button my pants, they were quite uncomfortable. I still look pudgy not prego, but it’s obvious that this lime-sized baby and grapefruit-sized uterus are displacing some things because while most of me is the same, my belly is not cooperating with my clothes. And I managed to outgrow my size large sports bra already, though it’s been a tight fit since week 5 so I shouldn’t be too surprised.

Not much else pregnancy related this week. I’ve been frustrated at not being able to find the baby on the Doppler, or a little worried, but it’s hard for doctors to find at this point so I know it’s normal that I can’t find it. When I found it before the baby wasn’t moving yet, and this active fetus is much harder to pin down for me! I decided to put up the Doppler since I won’t risk overuse by trying for too long or every day and Im hoping having it out of sight will make it easier to wait for my next appointment at 12 weeks 5 days.

also this week, the ugly. Four straight days of headaches and only useless Tylenol at my disposal. I only bothered trying it once and of course it made no difference. And apparently I must always have a giant, awkwardly placed hormonal zit. This week it’s on my nose. The front of my nose. Last week’s hasn’t even fully faded so I have the nose zit and a red dot on my upper lip. So, yeah, glowing can replace this any time.

10 Week Bump and 9 Week Summary

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I’ve actually lost 2-3 lbs since 8 weeks, but you wouldn’t know it looking at  my gut. I’m still not showing in the sense that I’m not obviously pregnant, but C. and I can definitely tell a difference. And now a summary of my 9th week:

Weight gain this pregnancy: 2 lbs above ppw (ppw= pre-pregnancy weight)

Cravings?: soup and cold cereal. Specifically, waffle crisp, corn pops and chicken noodle soup. I don’t know if I’d call it a craving so much as these are foods that I’ve found to be not only tolerable, but good, multiple days in a row.

Aversions?: I walked out of the bedroom this morning and immediately said “Oh my god, what is that SMELL?!” C. had made PF Changs General Tso’s Chicken and it smelled absolutely awful to me and kinda started my morning on the lightly queasy side. So, I guess I still have my first trimester distaste for chinese food.

Hormonal Shit: I cried and laughed at myself for crying at the same time. I held my little orange cat and sang “You Are My Sunshine” to her multiple times because I was overwhelmed by how sweet she is. I want to scream everytime said cat uses my boobs as a launch pad.

Other: To celebrate being 25% through this pregnancy and having made it to double-digit weeks, I had my first cup of coffee this morning!! It was good and slowly sipped an savored.

Oh yeah, and on my week of eating: I need 300 extra calories a day, which I guess explains how I ate an average of almost 2000 cals a day and lost a pound this week.