Week 20 + Nursery Update

Hello, all!

Week 20 is coming to a close which also means I have less time to be pregnant than I have spent being pregnant!!! If that makes any sense!

I felt our baby boy move for the first time in the 18th week but now his movements are much easier to feel! My husband can’t quite feel them yet but he seems to be most active in the mornings (he had a 5am party the other night, mom really appreciated that one) and when we are going to bed. If I lay flat on my back and push around in my stomach I can feel him pretty well, last week I felt either his head or his butt which was really cool! I can’t wait for his kicks to be stronger (sure I will regret saying that) but I’m most excited for my husband to be able to feel him kicking around.

I also received my first maternity pants that I ordered from Destination Maternity  and they are heavenly! I know people say to not spend a lot of money on maternity clothes and I didn’t ;) I am a shopper of sales and these pants were BOGO which means for $50 (including shipping) I got two great pairs of pants that I love. I’ll probably wear them post-partum too, no shame in that stretchy waistband!

We had a doctor’s appointment today and a sonogram and got to see our lil guy. He must have known it was picture day because he was napping and had his legs tightly together so we couldn’t see his goodies! Stubborn like mom and dad–this is for sure because just a few hours later I can feel him moving around in my belly. We will have another sonogram at my next appointment because they couldn’t get a clear photo of his spine or diaphragm which my doctor said wasn’t anything major to be concerned about. My blood work has come back perfectly and everything else on him is developing just beautifully! He is up to a whopping 15oz! I can’t believe that he is almost a pound…which I am holding him accountable to in regards to my weight gain.

About that weight gain…this appointment I have gained 4lbs since my last which is just about right on track with the average of 1lb per week! I am in a much better place with my weight gain than I was a few weeks ago. I am pretty proud of myself for making those improvements (sorry but I’ve gotta toot my own horn sometimes). I am still doing well at eating at least 3 vegetables per day, but don’t feel guilty when I indulge in healthy fats (avocados, peanut butter, eggs). 13lbs weight gain at 20 weeks sounds better to me than 9lbs at 16 weeks for some odd reason. I have still indulged in dessert at family dinner last week and a giant frosted cookies from my husband but I don’t feel bad about it because I’m not eating those things every day. I haven’t even had pizza in over 4 weeks!

Current cravings–steamed rice and vegetables (I seriously want this every day), pickles, fruit, sparkling water and one craving I haven’t given into recently…fettuccine alfredo! I loved the stuff as a kid and had some on our unspeakable anniversary weekend but I think about it almost daily. Drool!

Now for the nursery! I am a Pinterest fiend and had a general idea of what I wanted for the nursery…mind you it is still a work in progress. We have three bedrooms upstairs in our house and one is the master, the other was the office and the third was essentially my closet room. My husband repainted my closet room and it now houses a new (smaller) desk, storage/craft cabinets, most of my clothes and functions as our office/dressing room/craft room etc. It’s amazing how much space there was in there when we got creative! The old office has turned into the nursery which has quickly become my husband and I’s favorite room in the house.

I am not really a ‘theme’ person when it comes to home decor, but the bedding we registered for is an adorable surfing monkey so if I had to name a theme, I would call it nautical.

Here is the before–

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As for wall color, we decided that we wanted something neutral. My husband calls the color we chose ‘Johnson County Taupe.’ I like neutral because it is easier to change out decorations and add whatever accent pieces we want. I’m not a huge fan of really baby-ish decorations and I’ll be in the nursery as much (if not more!) than our little boy. PS The walls look kinda yellow in some of the photos, I promise they are not yellow!

The during–

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I love this tan that we chose because it makes the room look so much bigger! I also fell in love with a very particular accent wall via my Pinterest inspiration and one Saturday morning while I was out, my husband surprised me and had the accent wall finished when I came home.

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I love this wall more than I can even express! Now that the paint has set, the blue looks more of a true navy and our main colors will be tan and navy with bits of orange and aqua. I love it! We bought the furniture from Nebraska Furniture Mart and are waiting a little while longer before purchasing a rocker.

Above the changing table/dresser I either would like t to put one of those large wall decals of a quote or a gallery wall, I haven’t made up my mind yet on that one. We have registered for white and navy curtains that we are replacing the closet doors with (so much easier to access!) and also putting the same curtains over the window so they will all match. I painted some of our old black frames navy blue and also picked up a great frame at Kirkland’s for around $3.

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It feels really good to have this main stuff out of the way! I am a total planner and knowing that we have this much accomplished already puts me at ease. This gives us plenty of time in the coming months to put more details into the room to make sure it is fully prepared for our little boy’s arrival!

Until next time!

Week 18

Where we last left off, I was sad and miserable because I wasn’t eating like I should have been.

Last week capped it off with pregnancy hell. Since the first trimester wasn’t terrible, I thought the second trimester would be wonderful and rainbows and flowers and I would have ALL the energy in the world! Or so, this is what I had been told.

I essentially spent last Tuesday-Thursday either on the couch or in bed. My nausea was out of control, I was dizzy and lightheaded, my stomach was hurting, my head was spinning and just as much as walking up the stairs left me winded. Maybe I just needed some rest, maybe our baby boy was having a growth spurt, but this mama was NOT feelin’ it. My appetite was also gone, so while I ate some vegetables, I added in some crackers and called it good.

Thursday night was when my bod started to pull it together (thank goodness)! Friday was much better than the rest of the week. I still took it pretty slow, but was feeling a lot better. So much better that I was craving coffee again! Before I got pregnant, I was a one-large coffee per day kinda gal. Scooter’s Coffee is my jam and I visited my trusty baristas every morning. At about 8 weeks (I don’t exactly remember), I couldn’t even think about coffee let alone drink it. However, week 18 was the magic week! I’m not back to drinking plain, normal coffee again (I can’t have all the caffeine…boo) so I am currently enjoying half-caf(feinated) iced Americanos with a bit of skim milk. This is seriously the best pick-me-up for the mornings, especially when I am dragging. Coffee + friends = m’jam

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This past weekend was my husband and I’s wedding anniversary (our first one)! Boy oh boy, did we celebrate. I’m not going to divulge everything we ate because that would be a tad embarrassing, but we certainly indulged. On Saturday night we went to Fogo de Chao for dinner. I had been wanting to go there for over a year and a half and we finally did it! Mygosh the food was so good and we left entirely too full. We went and caught a movie followed by a stop to get ice cream which is a very rare craving for me! Sunday was our actual anniversary and we enjoyed brunch and an afternoon at the city market picking up all of the vegetables we would be eating this week because we needed a serious detox!

My eating has been spot on this week and I am happily including eggs back into my daily diet. I couldn’t even touch them the first trimester which made me sad because they are soooo healthy for you. I am eating them every morning for the protein in my breakfast. My lunches are mainly vegetables. The other day I was pretending that my mashed cauliflower was mashed potatoes…a girl can dream! I haven’t been wanting meat too much, I am mainly getting my protein from almonds, eggs, Greek yogurt and peanut butter. Dinner always has a meat component because I have a manly husband who must always have something more than vegetables. Last night we had turkey tacos and tomorrow night is buffalo chicken salads…mmm!

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On Monday at the gym, I am almost certain I finally felt our little man move around! I was on the elliptical and it felt like there was a ball rolling around in my lower abdomen, it was so cool but also hilarious to me!

Feeling–HEADACHES. Every day like woah baby. Not loving them. Also very tired, I start yawning around 8:30pm and can barely keep my eyes open past 9:30pm.

Changes–our dog will not leave my side. For anything. She is always somewhere that she can keep me within eyeshot, even if I go to the bathroom or take a shower. I have a feeling she will be a very good big sister to her little bro! She is also confused by this baby stuff we keep bringing into the house.

Highlight– haven’t gained any weight since my doctor’s appointment! I’m still eating plenty, just making healthier choices. My stomach is also growing and I am thinking that I might eventually start to look pregnant.

Until the next update!

A Woe of Pregnancy

Today I had my 16 week (I’m actually 17 weeks) doctor’s appointment. Part of every appointment is weighing in, which I think is a sensitive subject for a lot of women.

In 17 weeks, I have gained 8-9lbs which I didn’t think was terrible. I brought it up to my doctor because it’s something I wanted to be conscious of. I don’t want to gain a lot of weight during this pregnancy and having had previous weight problems, I feel even more pressure to not gain too much. Not only for me, but because I don’t want to have  a difficult time later in pregnancy and I certainly don’t want to hurt our baby boy. My doctor hit me with the fact that she normally doesn’t like to see her patients gain more than 5lbs before 20 weeks, she said because at the end of the second and into the third trimester, women tend to gain more.

I am very aware of what is healthy and what is not–I have a strong background in weight loss and my degree is in public health for goodness sakes! My doctor told me to eat my veggies etc etc which annoyed me a little because I know this, duh. However unfortunately, I haven’t been wanting to touch a vegetable with a 10-foot pole since becoming pregnant. One of my proud moments this week was the fact that I have eaten three salads by CHOICE. Before I got pregnant I was a vegetable eating machine. After talking with my doctor today I have to put on my big girl panties and eat some freaking vegetables.

I left my doctors office feeling super defeated. I vented to my SILs and a close friend. Wah wah wah. I felt like a failure because I have gained too much according to my doctor. A TOTAL FAILURE. I should have done better, I shouldn’t have given into pizza, I shouldn’t eat so much fruit. Despite staying within my daily calorie intake I need to make a change for me and for this baby.

My husband was in the appointment with me and is taking it upon himself to keep me accountable.

Like the person I am, I have made a list of goals and a meal plan to follow that will be on my refrigerator until at least December. I am posting it here so I can be accountable to the general public if that even means anything.

My goals include–
-eat 4-6 small meals per day
-limit to 2-3 fruit servings per day
-eat at least 3 different vegetables per day
-allow myself one cheat/meal out per week

Example Meal Plan–
Breakfast– one piece of whole grain toast with peanut butter or almond butter and one serving of fruit
Morning snack– sliced cucumbers, peppers, baby carrots, or a salad
Lunch– protein plus fruit, or large serving of veggies (roasted, steamed, etc)
Afternoon snack– more sliced veggies, steamed veggies, air popped popcorn or fruit
Dinner– protein serving and lots of veggies

Obviously this isn’t a diet because I am not counting calories but rather just eating clean, which I need to do a better job at.

Some positives that I CAN be happy about–
My soda intake is now little to zero. I have fallen in love with sparkling water like La Croix or just club soda with fruit in it. I can’t handle the artificial sweet taste of soda and I know sparkling water is a much healthier alternative to soda.

I am still exercising 3-4 days per week by doing strength training and LOTS of walking. I’m thankful I’m not totally sucking in the exercise department.

I know pregnancy will have its ups and downs, especially with the ups and downs of my hormones.

I am thankful that tomorrow is a new day and I’m looking forward to having my vegetable intake out of control awesome.

Week 14

As promised, another (albeit random) pregnancy update. I didn’t write about week 13 because nothing really fun happened!

The main highlight of week 13 was my husband telling me that I had the ‘pregnancy glow,’ which was pretty exciting to hear.

As I am writing this, I just wrapped up week 14 and am a few days into week 15.

Thanks to advances in science, we were given the opportunity by my doctor to be tested for genetic disorders which include but are not limited to, Down Syndrome, Fetal X Syndrome, Tay-Sach’s and so forth. This type of testing would also tell us the sex of the baby, five weeks before the typical gender reveal at the 20 week scan. Most importantly, I am not a carrier for any genetic disorder that they tested for (thank goodness!) and my husband and I found out that we are having a baby boy!

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I cried when I got off the phone with the nurse–a happy cry! My husband and I had a feeling it was a boy, but to have it confirmed was so thrilling. It made this pregnancy more real, especially now we can refer to our baby as ‘he’ instead of ‘it’. My side of the family has had long run of girls (no boys) and my husband is one of three boys, with an adopted sister. I knew I would be happy with whichever sex our baby was, but I have always felt like I would be a better ‘boy mom,’ even though I know in the future we will have at least one girl, whether naturally or adopted. Years ago before I ever was dating my husband, I had prayed for cute little kids with blonde hair and blue eyes, and I always felt like I wanted a boy first. Funny how those prayers work, because we are getting a little boy and between my husband and I, our kid is more than likely to be a little blondie, blue-eyed boy.

As for pregnancy, I am feeling pretty good! It has been a humbling experience so far, like when I have to take 3-4 breaks while mowing the lawn for water and to cool down. I’m used to going a million miles an hour, so to have to stop myself and ‘go easy’ has been a piece of humble pie.

I still walk and get some form of exercise at least 4x per week. Yesterday I committed a good thirty minutes to deep stretching and some body-weight exercises which really helped my stiffness. This is something I am going to continue to help my body not become a ball of knots!

I also think I may have the beginnings of a ‘bump,’ and I can’t believe I’m sharing this picture with you guys!!

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It’s not a great picture thanks to my selfie inability, but it gets the point across.

Little victory for this week is that I am no longer disgusted by eggs! I had them twice this week which made me happy because they have vitamins and minerals that are really good for me and the babe. Another change–I am craving club soda more than actual diet soda. I used to love diet soda but have really cut back because I know it is not the best choice for me or for our baby. Lately, if I can get my hands on club soda with lemons & limes I am sooo happy. I could literally drink it all day.

Here’s my week 14 round up–

Cravings- pizza (still), grapes, mashed potatoes, club soda with lemons & limes

Feels- still having the headaches, am still feeling generally tired and my sinuses are way backed up. I read that pregnant women are more prone to this due to increased blood volume and everything is swelling, including my sinuses. This is probably my least favorite thing so far. Congestion, dry coughing and sneezing need to go.

Body- finally kind of showing, my back hurts if I slouch and I get tired sooner than I used to after doing various activities, especially outside (exercise, going to the pool, mowing, gardening, etc.)

Overall I am still very happy with how this pregnancy is progressing, I probably couldn’t ask for a better journey!