It feels weird to actually be writing and posting this on the same week. Oh and sorry for the slew of baby posts that just went up. I tried to keep them off of FB and Twitter so as not to bombard you but anyone signed up for emails will have just been spammed. Please still love me. Also, I have updated the Baby tab with all my weekly updates.
This week the baby is the size of a peach! And is growing rapidly. Her/his crown to rump lenght is 2.5-3 inches and weighs between 1/2 and 1/3 of an ounce. Tiny bones are beginning to form in their arms and legs, the intestines are beginning to move from the umbilical cord to the abdomen and vocal cords are well under development. And because he/she can move it’s arms, they may be able to get their thumb in their mouth. Um how cool is that?? FYI I sucked my thumb until 5th grade! And I also had a blankie (which I kept until Chris and I moved in together).
What about me? My uterus has grown quite a bit and I think I can feel it. I’ve also been getting crazy round ligament pain/cramps while it stretches out. Today I didn’t even go to the gym because it was so uncomfortable. My pregnancy week by week book also goes into a lot of detail about breast changes but I feel like it’s too much to put in here. My boobs grew in the 1st few weeks but have stayed the same since about week 9 (sorry to my parents out there). I’ve also gained some weight. Per the scale this morning we’re at 142.2 pounds which puts me up 6 pounds to starting this pregnancy. Over the weekend I was up to 144 but I’m guessing that must have been water weight/bloat because I’ve been steadily at 142 for the past few weeks.
Clothes – I’m still in regular clothes but luckily its skirt season. Anyone who knows me can clearly see my bump but I’d guess most strangers on the street couldn’t tell. I’ve been pretty fortunate my whole life (thank you pilates) to have a flat stomach and any little curve is out of place for me. However, I wore some jeans out Saturday night and was not having fun. I started out the night with the the zipper zipped and just a little bit of the rubber band around the button trick but by the end of the night I’d stretched the rubber band all the way out and gave up on buttoning my zipper. Lesson learned here? I can probably go a few more weeks in my skirts and dresses but maternity pants are definitely on the horizon. My plan is to go check out the Gap and Old Navy over Hood to Coast weekend. My maternity “plan” is leggings with long tanks/tees and sweaters so I’m hoping to only have to pick up 1-2 pairs of jeans. Oh and last week I was at Target looking at skirts and checked out the maternity ones just because. The size small was way too big but oh so comfy.
How am I feeling? Honestly, up until today, still like garbage. Sunday sucked. The entire day I was nauseous and it was so bad at night I went to bed just to get over it. Yesterday was a little better and today I only felt significantly sick twice. Once when I finished my breakfast and once after my mid-morning snack. Normally I feel like crap after dinner but so far I’m holding strong. However, I’ve been fighting off a cold for a few days and I think it’s coming in full force right now. Chris has been pretty sick and I told him not to kiss me on the lips but of course my husband loves me so much he couldn’t do that (hahah) and here I am sick. A cruel twist of fate. I finally don’t feel like puking but now I can’t breath and have a sore throat. Lovely. Oh and I keep getting headaches. Every day. Not sure if it’s from my neck, this cold, or staring at the computer screen but it’s annoying and today I gave in and took my 1st “drug” of this whole pregnancy – 1/2 a Tylenol and that seemed to help.
Food? Getting better. I still hate most things but I’ve managed to work a few healthier options back in without dying. In fact, yesterday and today I had a salad for lunch! Dinner last night was shrimp tacos and tonight was BBQ chicken, Annie’s white cheddar pasta and grilled corn on the cob. Tomorrow is chicken stir-fry and that will be the real test. Early on red peppers highly grossed me out so we’ll see how I feel about them now. While I’ve hated water for most of this pregnancy I now can seem to power through it by drinking out of one of my venti Starbucks tumblers with the straw (must-have). Today I actually managed to get through 80 oz of water at work which is a big step. Oh and I finally don’t hate sweets quite as much. Not sure if this is good or bad coming from me and my major sweet tooth. I had fro yo over the weekend and yesterday my mom dropped off some chocolate chip cookies. I still don’t immediately crave a second one like I normally would but I also don’t feel sick after eating.
Workouts – um yeah, not much here. I went on an hour walk with my mom yesterday but today I just took Chance on the short 20 minute loop. These uterus cramps make it not exciting to do anything. Plus I’m trying to listen to my body and if things are hurting I feel like giving it a rest is best. Tomorrow I’m going to try pilates for the 1st time since May. So excited! Except for the fact that I seem to be constantly messing up my right shoulder/neck when I sleep so I hope pilates doesn’t make it worse.
And finally, best for last – the heartbeat! We had my 3 month check-up yesterday and got to hear the baby’s heart beat. 1st time just with the doppler on my belly and not an internal ultrasound. 158 strong beats per minute! Always cool hearing it. And we scheduled our 20 week anatomy scan. 9.27 we will officially know if this baby is a boy or girl!
And because I’d like to have some decent photos, here is me and Chance on our walk tonight.