Week 27 Bumpdate

How Far Along? 27 weeks, 5 days

Musings on the Weekly Photo: 

I officially hit the point on Sunday of feeling puffy and... wide. I can filter these pics within an inch of their lives but that sure isn't going to thin out mama's face, ha. So that's been fun getting used to. I definitely feel like I'm showing more in the last couple of weeks, which is exciting!

Sex: Our girl, CFK!

Maternity Clothes: Yes please, all of the time. I'm still making non-maternity maxi skirts work, and a lot of my summer dresses are transitioning for the cooler temps with my maternity leggings and tights (necessary thanks to the shortage in the front caused by the bump), but I live for the weekends when I can live in my maternity yoga pants and full panel skinny jeans from Old Navy. I was thinking that a lot my tunic tops would still fit from last fall... yea, trying them on as I'm rushing out the door at 7 months pregnant wasn't the best idea. After they were all thrown to the bottom of my closet in anger, I ordered a few tops during an Old Navy/Gap sale to get me through this stretch, mainly things I can wear both to work and on the weekends. Hopefully those are my last maternity purchases - comfy as they are, I know I won't wear them forever!

Baby's the size of...: A bunch of bananas, a Charlotte Royale cake, a camping lantern and a fennec fox. Those all seem very obscure to me! Another app says she is the size of a head of lettuce... Regardless, she's measuring in at about 15 inches and weighs over 2lbs!

Nursery: Lots of things are happening this weekend! We have Saturday plans for Brian to finish filling in the nail holes in the crown molding and paint that white, and freshen up the room and door trim with a bright white. Then I can finally start putting the room together! We have the rug rolled up in the office, and the dresser in the garage, and everything  baby-related that we've received as gifts stored away, so I'm excited to start moving things into the room and making it feel more cozy! Our big remaining To Do items are to measure for new blinds and curtains, and measure the corner space we have in mind for the chair. Then I feel like it's just pulling all of the fun little details in - can't wait!

Movement: Girlfriend is a mover, that's for sure. This past week has her moving constantly - mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as well as when I get home from work and rest in the evenings. And at almost the exact same time every night when I'm going to bed, she has a little dance party. Brian still gets a kick out of feeling her... kick, and lets me know every movement that he feels (which I love). Call this mama-selfishness, but I've been waking up a few minutes before my alarm every morning and usually use the time to check email, browse Pinterest, etc. Baby girl must feel me waking up because the sweetest little kicks and rolls start happening right around that time, and I'm loving it - it's like our early morning mama/daughter "snuggle" time. I still can't help but grin and feel giddy every time I feel her moving around in there, even when it's a ferocious kick to my bladder.

Question for mamas/mamas to be: How on earth can you tell a difference between kicks, hiccups, somersaults?
Symptoms: This week has brought the swelling and overall puffiness. The scale is going up, which the doctor says is normal, but still #mindgames. I wear flats to work and am off of my feet most of the day, but I still go home with swollen feet/ankles at night. My wedding rings are still fitting fine, although I take them off a few times a day just to double check that we're still good with movement ha. I'm trying to up my water to combat the swelling, and am hoping it helps. Still pretty tired throughout the day, especially if I don't sleep well (which is happening more often). My glucose test showed that my iron is low, so I'm taking a supplement to help with that, and I'm hoping will start helping with the constant tiredness. Oh, this is a weird one - I have the weirdest ache in my pelvic area. Like it hurts to roll over in bed, is crazy pain when I stand up and walk getting out of bed in the morning, and hurts to stand on one leg. It's an ache and not pressure or anything, but I'm going to mention it to my doctor at my next appointment. I told Brian last night I just feel... heavy.

Brian: Still liking him a lot. He can tell that the "OMG I'm 7 months pregnant and look it" reality hit me kind of hard, so he's been going the extra mile to tell me I look pretty and help with more so I can relax, which is much appreciated. He's super excited about all of the work he's done in the nursery, which I think is the sweetest. I did point out my swollen feet last night and he looked at me with a weird face and asked "Is that... normal?" which might have made prompted a brief fit of rage, but aside from that, all is well in our little world.

Sleep: Not so great. I'm waking up 2-3 times a night for bathroom breaks, and just can't get comfortable when I go back to bed. I hate all of my pillows and while I'm laying in bed awake, I go through all of the lists in my head of things to do; things that are bothering me; things that freak me out; things I can't wait for... and the lists go on. I'm still working on pulling the trigger to invest in a pregnancy pillow - any favorites out there?

Workouts: Three long walks, a couple of shorter walks with Molly, and I just bought Hilaria Baldwin's prenatal yoga DVD, which I'm really excited about. I'm feeling so tight sore, I'm hoping the consistent stretching will help a sister out. I've also read that doing yoga while pregnant can help with labor/delivery, so sign me up for that! My ideal plan is to get in 2-3 walks each week (depending on how this pelvic pain goes), and 3 yoga sessions (an hour long each). 

Cravings: Cheddar cheese, ice cold seltzer water with lots of lime, smoothies, Trader Joe's tamales, cold Honeycrisp apples, Chili's chips and salsa (had that last weekend - thanks Mom!), creamy pasta, Indian food, cinnamon rolls, Kate's Greek burrito bowls (so insanely good).

Aversions/Dislikes: I'm struggling with lettuce again. The thought of a good chopped salad sounds delicious and satisfying, but it's been a struggle to actually eat it. Most vegetables that I usually love sound gross raw, so I'm going to try roasting a bunch this weekend so I can bring them with my lunches next week. This baby needs vegetables because right now she might arrive made solely of (delicious) carbs.

Annoyances: This weird hot/cold weather. Make up your mind already, October - we're done with the heat and ready for blankets and scarves and fires in the fireplace. My beloved brown boots no longer fitting.

What I Miss: Wine wine wine. Really wanting a glass of red while I cozy up on the couch and catch up on my hot mess DVR shows.

Best Moment This Week: My mom being in town and my Massachusetts baby shower! It was last Sunday and was absolute perfection. My girls went with a "little pumpkin" theme and it couldn't have been any better. Our guests were so beyond generous with their gifts, but it was really nice to just have so many of our favorite people together in one room (because really - how often does that happen?) to celebrate such an exciting time. 

Looking Forward To: Putting the nursery together this weekend! And doing a bit of cleaning out/throwing away throughout our extra bedrooms. They tend to be the dumping ground for extra stuff, and I'm thinking nesting has kicked into high gear because I LOSE MY MIND when I walk into a room and something is out of place. 

Weeks 25 + 26 Bumpdates

The last couple of weeks have been crazy for us. Brian was out of town and while he was away Molly had a huge flare up with allergies and then a reaction to the allergy medication she was prescribed. He made it home just in time for us to realize that she had UTI #3 of the year, so it was back to the vet for another prescription to treat the infection and a pricey date to get on the calendar of the sonographer for an ultrasound to see what's going on with our girl. Add to that two full time jobs, nursery progress, and overall baby stress... and you have an exhausted pregnant woman over here. So the Week 25 update didn't happen and I'm combining the last couple of weeks below. Oh well, y'all - mama tried!

How Far Along? 26 weeks, 4 days. Friends, we have officially entered the double digit countdown - 93 days til our due date! As expected, I've had a couple of total panic moments along the way as I thought of ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO DO BEFORE BABY COMES OMG HOW WILL WE GET IT ALL DONE IN TIME?! But I know that we will, so I keep reminding myself to just enjoy this sweet time in this crazy pregnancy journey.

Musings on the Weekly Photo: There's definitely a bump there. I still feel pretty good, but feel like I'm getting big... fast?

Sex: Sweet baby GIRL - our little CFK :)

Maternity Clothes: Make my world go round. We finally got a good bit of cooler weather this week, and a lot of my non-maternity tops that I thought I'd be able to make work... don't work. Basically anything that doesn't have some give/flow/stretch to it. I scooped up a pair of black maternity tights and black leggings from Target in a pinch, but I'm not loving the fit of the leggings - they feel baggy and the material doesn't quite feel dressy enough for work. Any suggestions where I can find good, work-quality leggings? Full panel, pass the non-sheer test? I also ordered two dress options for my baby shower this weekend - they should be delivered today and I'm super excited to see how they look!

Baby's the size of...: A butternut squash or a bowling pin, measuring around 14 inches, 2 pounds. That feels so big to me! And trust me, I can feel the growth difference. The lower part of my stomach just kind of... aches if I'm on my feet for too long, or push it too hard during the day. Aches and pains aside, I obviously love that girlfriend is growing away in there!

Nursery: LOTS of progress which makes me feel a lot better. Brian and his dad cut and hung the crown molding this weekend, and it looks so good! We have to fill in the nail holes and Brian has to paint the primed pieces this week, but aside from that, I'm so happy with it - he did an awesome job. We also put the crib together, which gave me allll kinds of happies, and I ordered the rug, which should be delivered today! My mom is flying in this weekend for my baby shower, so I'm planning to get a few more of the little things done (like buying/hanging curtains and organizing a bit) while she's in town.

Daddy duty: assembling the crib! Can I just say - this made things REALLY real?

One of my "Make a pet-friendly nursery" Pinterest pins said to give your dog a space in the nursery where they can go for their "place." We found this little rug at Ikea, which will go in a special place in the nursery on top of the big rug, and Molly already goes to lie on it, which makes my heart explode.

Our biggest To Do right now is the dresser. We made a pilgrimage trip to Ikea this past Saturday, and while I managed to get all of the little things on my list, when we got to the furniture pick-up area, there wasn't a single white stain 8-drawer Hemnes dresser to be found. I didn't handle this well, but we have an alternative solution thanks to an amazing family member, so as of this weekend, we should be good to go!

Movement: ALL OF THE TIME. And I love love love it. It's honestly the best possible feeling, and so reassuring to feel her just bopping around in there. I can bet that she'll be active after meals, and in the afternoons when I'm sitting at my desk. If I lean against anything in my stomach area, she'll kick directly in that spot, which I love. Last Saturday (October 1), I saw her move for the first time and was beside myself. Brian was away so I waited until he was home to show him, and his response was "Well that's freaking weird!"... and I can totally agree. I've been trying to press in certain areas to see if she'll react, but so far no dice. Our down time is when I get home in the evenings and relax on the couch with Molly before we start cooking dinner, and lately Molly has been using my bump as her own personal pillow... which CFK has started to kick back in response to. I love it and am hoping a day will come when Molly feels that little kick and reacts!

Symptoms: A bit of swelling here and there, but nothing too terrible. Majorly bad headaches in the mornings, like to the point where I don't want to open my eyes. Tiredness in the early afternoon, thanks to a stuffy nose at night and not sleeping great. 

Brian: Gets my Dad of the Year award for all of his work on the nursery. He didn't complain once about all of the crown molding work, even though hanging it on Sunday ran through the majority of the Pats game. I love that he's so invested in the little details, and can't wait to tell our girl someday how hard her daddy worked to make the perfect little nursery for her.

Sleep: Not so great. I've been super stuffy during the night, and nothing seems to be helping, so that's annoying. And my left side/lower left back KILLS if I lay on that side for too long. I'm a back sleeper most of the time, so it's definitely been an adjustment to sleep on my sides or semi-stomach (if I can position right).

Workouts: Several long walks and getting my squats in. I'm so not feeling motivated at the end of the day, especially with the not sleeping well part of things. My new Fitbit should be delivered tomorrow, and I'd really like to make it a goal to hit a certain number of steps everyday. It would get me away from my desk during the day and make me move more at night, which would be great.

Cravings: Anything savory spicy - Thai and Indian food come to mind. Honeycrisp apples. Apple crisp (desperately wanted this on Monday but couldn't summon the oomph to make it, so Brian made us baked apples with vanilla ice cream and they were amazing - hit the spot... for now). Colby jack cheese. Bean burritos. Chips and salsa from Chili's. Back to cold clementines. Can't get enough orange and apple juice. Back on a mocktail kick with coconut seltzer water and lots of lime. Creamy pasta and chili are on my "to make" list in the next week or so.

Aversions/Dislikes: The smell of car exhaust nearly did me in while sitting in traffic this week. Back to really disliking lettuce. Can't deal with raw chicken, cigarette smoke, or mayonnaise.

Annoyances: The sound of someone chewing. Loud noises (thanks to the headaches, everything feels loud).

What I Miss: It's been the first nice, brisk fall week this fall and I'm reallllly missing a glass of red wine in the evenings.

Best Moment This Week: Hearing CFK's strong heartbeat at my appointment last Thursday (October 6). She was also kicking against the wand as my doctor was listening for the heartbeat, which was pretty precious. I had my first glucose test that day and passed with flying colors, but am a bit low in iron so I'm taking a supplement for that and trying to up red meat and leafy greens. 

FYI: I didn't have a flavor choice, and this did NOT taste like fruit punch Gatorade...

Looking Forward To: My mom flying in on Friday night, and my second baby shower this weekend! So excited to see all of my people and celebrate our baby girl with them!

Pregnancy is...

... watching the clock and wondering if it's too early to eat lunch. For the record, most days I tell myself that yes, 11:30am is too early to eat lunch.

... funny. Be ready to check yourself and all of your pre-pregnancy "I'm going to do _____ and ______ and never ______ when I'm pregnant!" statements at the door. For the most part, I still feel like pre-pregnancy Katie. But there are days when I have to deal with dirty kitchen floors and lay on the couch with my feet up while eating leftovers for supper instead of my Pinterest-planned dinner because my body is flat-out telling me "I'm growing a human with you and I'm exhausted - slow down and take it easy!" This isn't easy for me, but I'm working on it. Little Miss is already bossing me around...

... not all it's cracked up to be in the cravings department. I totally thought I'd be the mama-to-be sending Brian out to Taco Bell for bean burritos in the middle of the night, but for the most part, I haven't had any insatiable cravings that couldn't wait until a reasonable hour to indulge in. Even then, I always have it in the back of my mind that what I eat, the baby eats, and maaaaaybe that Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Wendy's isn't the best so I'm trying to make good decisions and keep things balanced. BUT... there's always an exception for bean burritos. 

... legit when it comes to your bump. It took me a solid 5+ months to really start to notice a bump, and it's now there and in charge. I'm moving around okay, but getting up from our deep-cushioned couches is an effort and getting out of bed requires a full-on side roll. I'm also noticing the shirt-shortening phenomenon, in which all of the non-maternity tops that were previously working are suddenly not possible without the assistance of my beloved maternity tanks. I also find my hands resting on the top of my bump all of the time, and Brian likes to joke that Molly thinks I grew her a personal pillow.

... realizing that your get up and go, got up and WENT some time around month 4. It's not so easy to have a marathon day of cleaning, shopping, running errands, etc. while growing a human. Major kudos to mamas who do manage to keep moving and going like normal throughout the entire pregnancy - teach me your ways.

... laughable when you look back at pics from your early months and compare them to now. Memories of "I don't like that picture - look at my double chin!" and "Ugh, I look so big there! Look at my arm - REDO!" come flooding back and I want to punch that naive newly pregnant lady in the face. AND I'M ONLY AT 26 WEEKS. Let's get to 10 + more and see how much I'm loving my reflection.

... crazy for your hormones. I'm a sensitive person to begin with, but being pregnant has put me into overdrive. I can cry at anything, any time, anywhere. Dog videos on Facebook? Sobs. The end of ABC News with David Muir? Tears. Ran out of grape popsicles or colby jack cheese? Put me in the bed - I can't take anymore. 

... a reality check. Like it or not, a whole bunch of changes are heading your/my way. They're scary and exciting and overwhelming and intimidating and wonderfully "pinch me, I can't believe it!" perfect and terrifying. From the day I saw the first positive pregnancy test (and the four positive tests that followed), I realized that my life, and our life, as we knew it would never be the same. And that's scary - it's okay that that's scary. Just this past Sunday night, Brian and I were cooking dinner with Molly at our feet and our favorite dinner prep station playing on Spotify and I got super teary and sentimental as I realized that in a little over 90 days, our life as a family of 2 + dog will never be the same. I love our family right now... but I know that I'm going to love our new family and sweet baby girl even more. I figure it's similar to how mom's with babies feel about having baby #2, wondering how they can ever possibly love another as much as they love their first... and then they just do. 

So I'm going to keep eating burritos while downing green smoothies, snuggling my Molly while she uses her bump-pillow, rest my feet and relax while I can, memorize the feeling of our girl kicking away inside of me, and soak up every minute of "just us" time with my sweet husband. Our world is going to be rocked in a few months but we are so over the moon excited for our baby girl to join our family. We may not be totally prepared, but who is? At the end of the day, pregnancy, as wild as it may be, is so very much worth it.

Week 24 Bumpdate

How Far Along? 24 weeks. That didn't feel like too terribly far along until I did the math and realized that 24 weeks = 6 months. How on earth am I six months pregnant?! 

Musings on the Weekly Photo: 

Feeling BIG this week...

Sex: Sweet baby GIRL - our sweet little CFK :)

Weight Gain: Yea, so I don't know why I ever thought this was a good idea to publicly update each week, but I'm just going to skip this going forward.

Maternity Clothes: My Old Navy Maternity yoga pants are making my world right now. Seriously, I walk in the door after work and put them on, take my walks in them, prep dinner/relax... it's nice to be comfy and not straight into pajama pants when I get home. The sweater in my pic is maternity but soooo beyond comfortable and feels moreso roomy than maternity. I bought a shirt from Target last week that has a tie below the boobs/above the stomach, and THAT feels maternity. It's comfy but I can't help but think it feels a bit tent-like. I've started looking for a dress to wear to my Massachusetts baby shower and I'm striking out left and right. 

Baby's the size of...: A demi-baguette (not surprising, considering how many bread-related carbs I've consumed this pregnancy) and a cantaloupe! The toy of the week is a G.I. Joe doll, which Brian got a kick out of. Girlfriend weighs about 1.5 lbs this week and is over a foot tall. She has a hair color and is starting to develop taste buds (love).

Nursery: At a temporary standstill. We've designated next weekend to be the big crown molding project, and are hoping to make our voyage to IKEA next Sunday to pick up our  dresser and a few other odds and ends I've been keeping lists for.

Movement: ALL OF THE TIME and I'm totally obsessed. There truly is no better feeling than those little bumps and kicks, mainly on the right side of my stomach and really low on my abdomen. She's also decided that night time is party time, and I'm noticing if I wake up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, she's awake too and will put on a little show before settling back down. I'm not even complaining - it keeps the crazy side of me calm, knowing that she's moving and shaking in there.

Symptoms: Can hunger be a symptom? Because I feel hungry ALL OF THE TIME. Like first trimester hungry, where I go from totally fine, to super nauseous, to I need to eat something immediately. My restless leg issues had settled down for awhile but appear to be back, especially on days when I've been on my feet a ton. Lots of weird aches and pains in my lower stomach that initially scared me enough to send me to the doctor earlier this week, but they checked me and said everything is fine, definitely not contractions, and just the standard pains of all of your internal organs shifting and repositioning to accompany a uterus the size of a soccer ball (insane). Shortness of breath and I can definitely tell if I push myself too hard. There have definitely been a couple of days where I just FEEL pregnant.

Brian: Has been the cutest this week. He constantly uses baby girl's name now, and talks about what kind of little girl she'll be. It makes me feel so happy because I know he's just going to be the best dad. Brian's cousin and his wife (and one of my best girls) welcomed their first baby (a girl!) last Friday night and I think it really connected with him that that will be us in just a few short months. Before he left for a trip this week, I was still in bed with Molly and he gave me and Molly a kiss/pat goodbye, and then came back to give baby C a kiss too. Seriously, melt my heart.

Sleep: Meh. Good nights come and go. Molly's had allergies and has been up off and on all night, most nights, so I constantly wake up with her/because of her. She's feeling better though, so fingers crossed we all get back to normal. I'm also struggling more and more to get comfortable and stay comfortable once I'm in bed, and getting up for trips to the bathroom multiple times a night isn't really helping.

Workouts: Two long walks, squats, and I downloaded Hilaria Baldwin's prenatal yoga DVD to try as well (thanks for the suggestion MHM!).

Cravings: Tart lemonade. Wheat Thins. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. A pumpkin spice donut. Pasta (cream sauce, not red sauce). A kale/broccoli slaw salad that I buy at Trader Joe's. Wavy Lay's and French Onion dip (did it for football last Saturday and it was WORTH IT). Dove Milk Chocolate. Pizza.

Aversions/Dislikes: The smell of cigarette smoke still gets me. I was behind a car in traffic the other day and the driver was smoking like a chimney - it was TORTURE. Raw chicken. Anything too sweet.

Annoyances: Bad drivers are a recurring item on this list. Allergies.

What I Miss: A good glass of red wine, especially now that the weather is getting cooler. Being able to wear all of my cute fall clothes.

Best Moment This Week: All of the crazy kicking, and seeing Brian get more excited every day for our little family to grow. Molly has also been super sweet and attentive to me, and is attached to my hip/lap/BUMP.

Looking Forward To: A relaxing weekend at home! I'm aiming to get a few closets cleaned out and prep our front yard/porch/window boxes for fall. Mums and pumpkins are calling my name.

Week 23 Bumpdate

How Far Along? 23 weeks!

Musings on the Weekly Photo: 

I'm feeling more pregnant this week. Also, shoutout to the weird donut stomach issue that appears to be going on - that's not awkward AT ALL.

Sex: Girl

Weight Gain: To the surprise of everyone, I actually lost weight while I was in Texas this past weekend, so I'm back at 14 pounds total. 

Maternity Clothes: Living in anything elastic waist. Basic tees are my favorite, especially the Gap PureBody line (the black tee in this pic is one of them). They're super comfortable and stretch to fit my bump but keep their shape - win! We have an event this Saturday night that is "cocktail attire," so while I'm dreading it, I bit the bullet and ordered a maternity dress from Gap and another non-maternity but bump-friendly option from Old Navy. We'll see how that goes. 

Baby's the size of... : A grapefruit/Barbie doll! We've officially hit a foot long and weighing in at 1.10 pounds. Something about hitting a pound makes things feel so much more real.

Nursery: I made my master list yesterday of things we need to buy, and October 8 
(our next free weekend - craziness) will be an epic shopping/ crown molding install weekend.

Movement: ALL OF THE TIME. Based on how active this babe has been at all of our ultrasounds, the doctors have been telling me that once I feel her move, it will be constant. It is, and I love it. Brian felt her move for the first time on Saturday morning, and I'll never forget the look on his face. Now he acts like an old pro - "Felt that one. Yep, felt it again." She really put on a show for my parents this weekend while we were in Texas, and they were over the moon to get to feel her little kicks. 

Symptoms: I had my first bout of swelling on our flight from Boston to Dallas last weekend. Let me tell you, that is NOT sexy. At all. I was really good about drinking water, moving around, flexing/moving my feet/legs even when I was sitting. And then I stood up once we landed and were waiting to get off the plane, and noticed Brian staring at my feet. I looked down and I kid you not, I felt like I was in that scene in The Nutty Professor where Eddie Murphy's body starts randomly blowing up. It took a solid two days for the swelling to go down, and I haven't had issues with it since. But seriously-- that is insane. Also struggling with allergies/congestion this week - super stuffy nose, insane sinus pressure, really bad headaches. I've always been really good about getting more than enough water in, but I have an insatiable thirst this week. I could drink a liter of water and still be thirsty - is that a symptom?

Brian: He was so excited to feel Little Miss moving around, and it was great having him there to say hi to everyone at the end of my shower, and go through our gifts together. He knows I've been feeling a little worn out this week and is great at stepping up to help - cooking dinner, helping with laundry, taking over Molly duty. He's also still REAL excited about his nursery projects - I'll let him run with that one.

Sleep: Eh, here and there. I'm still adjusting to not sleeping on my back, and have actually woken up on my stomach a number of times. Molly has also been having insane struggles with allergies and wakes up throughout the night... and of course I wake up with her. The vet prescribed her Benadryl which has knocked her out into doggie dreamland, so I finally got a good night's sleep last night. Still waking up to pee at least once

Workouts: A good long walk in Texas but LORDY it was hot outside. We've been so all over the place this week, this just hasn't happened - I have good weeks and bad weeks, but at least I'm trying!

Cravings: Tart lemonade. Tomato soup. Turkey sandwiches. Those gross pink and white frosted circus animal cookies (I KNOW). Tzatziki sauce - Greek for supper tonight! Bananas. So many cravings were satisfied while I was home - queso + chips, sausage balls, Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets, kolaches, Bluebell Banana Pudding ice cream (have mercy).

Aversions/Dislikes: Raw chicken, cigarette smoke, Greek yogurt, Swiss cheese 

Annoyances: That I can't take much of anything for these awful headaches and sinus issues. Bad flights (there was a lot of prayer involved, flying from Dallas back to Boston on Monday). 

What I Miss: I was missing having a glass of wine with my dad while I was home, but aside from that, I can't think of too many things this week!

Best Moment This Week: My amazing baby shower! Seeing all of my family and best girlfriends. Brian and my parents feeling the baby move. All in all, it was a good one.

Looking Forward To: A cold front this weekend! Bring on the fall decor and good comfort food. Oh, and my Old Navy maternity yoga pants should be delivered tomorrow, so I'm pretty sure I'll just be living in those, forever and ever.

Week 22 Bumpdate

How Far Along? 22 weeks, which doesn't seem too far along, but then I think of the 18 remaining weeks and have myself a little panic. Even more scary? 120 days is the countdown. I have a feeling that once we hit the double digits, a freak out may occur (poor husband...).

Musings on the Weekly Photo: Truthfully, I felt really blah for a couple of days this week, this day included. Everything felt puffy and I kept getting winded and bending over seemed harder and the bump felt VERY MUCH THERE all day long. And that belt was whipped into the backseat of my car as soon as my work day was over. The bump definitely gets bigger in the afternoon vs. the morning, so between eating lunch and all of my water, I felt like I was being cut in half.

Sex: Girl!

Weight Gain: 16lbs. I had a minor freakout to my doctor at my appointment last Thursday. This sounds crazy, but I really haven't gone crazy with the cravings. I'll indulge here and there, but for the most part I've really tried to keep it all under control and balanced! So as I've seen the scale continuously creeping up, I panicked. But my doctor assured me that everything looks good, and as long as I keep moving and continue to keep a balanced diet with the occasional indulgence, I should have nothing to worry about. She also said that a lot of women who don't gain much in the first part of their pregnancy, tend to gain towards the middle and then even out at the end. Moms, is this true?!

Maternity Clothes: Full panel jeans as often as possible and my trusty Liz Lange black and white tanks are still my saviors. All of my tunic-type tops fit well, and my more fitted tops are good, though there's definitely no hiding the bump while wearing those. Now that the weather has cooled down, I'm waiting for the internal go-ahead to start rotating leggings, ponchos, and wraps throughout the fall!

Baby's the size of... : Corn on the cob (which made me gag a little) or a Nalgene bottle. The Bump says she's the size of a coconut - 10.9 inches and 15.1 oz. Holy moly - almost 1 pound!

Nursery: We're getting there! The walls are painted and Brian's installing crown molding next Sunday! I'm still debating rug options but once we get that done, we'll start putting the pieces together. The crib is boxed up and in our garage, but we have it! And the dresser we're buying from Ikea, so we just have to find spare time (haha what's that?) to get to the store and actually buy it. Our bedding came in this week and I'm IN LOVE, so I'm pretty anxious to set the crib up so I can see it all together.

Movement: Feels like it slowed down a little this week, which freaked me out but the doctor said is normal. I also found out I have an anterior placenta, so apparently that can serve as a buffer to not feel movement as much until a few weeks farther along than I am now.

Symptoms: Pretty good this week! Still have random nausea every now and then, but not too bad. The whole getting winded thing is real (and annoying) and I'm finding it the tiniest bit more difficult to just get up quickly if I'm sitting down. My tailbone and left side of my lower back have really been bothering me too, which is frustrating.

Brian: Wonderful, per usual. He gets excited about the smallest things, and is SO amped about all of the work he's doing in the nursery. I think it's the first way he's really felt like he can be included in the baby coming, which is the sweetest.

Sleep: Not so hot. I'm a back sleeper so trying to sleep on my sides has been hard, especially with my left side of my back being so sore. 

Workouts: Three really good, long walks, which felt SO nice. I'm taking my workout gear with me on our trip this weekend and hope to fit in at least 1 good walk in my parents neighborhood.

Cravings: Sour Patch Kids. Bacon cheeseburger (I had one it was DELICIOUS). Peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches, which made for excellent lunches this week. Lemonade, like real, natural, tart lemonade.

Aversions/Dislikes: Chicken is weirding me out, completely out of nowhere. Cigarette smoke still makes me gag. 

Annoyances: Bad drivers and inconsiderate people top my list this week. Donald Trump's patronizing voice really irked me the other day, like to to the point that I had to turn off Good Morning America. Allergies - they're driving both me and Molly crazy. Having to fly tonight without Xanax. Seriously, call me a bad mom, but I haven't flown without anxiety meds for years now, and I'm already anxious about how I'm going to do. Just trying to stay calm and relax but... annoyed.

What I Miss: Being able to go, go, go like I usually do. My body is definitely telling me to take it easy. 

Best Moment This Week: Hearing a good, strong heartbeat at my appointment last Thursday!

Looking Forward To: Flying home for the weekend for my first baby shower! I can't wait to see my people and just spend time with everyone. It's a quick trip but will be so fun!

Week 21 Bumpdate

How Far Along? 21 weeks - my countdown is now into the teens! How on earth did THAT happen?

Musings on the Weekly Photo: I feel like the picture doesn't show the lengths that this bump is actually going to. I also fear that point, 19 weeks from now, when I look back and think "Wow, how naive you were when you felt large at 21 weeks, you silly girl," so I'll take the small changes as they come!

Sex: GIRL!

Weight Gain: This little number is jumping each week - up 14 pounds (yikes).

Maternity Clothes: Loving my maternity jeans and any tunic tops. I have a PureBody maternity shirt from Gap that I wore for the first time on Saturday, and you could finally tell that the bump is officially in business! Still sticking with lots of non-maternity dresses, skirts and tops/blouses for work, which is good. I ordered this cute top last night and it's on its way to me - we'll see how that goes!

Baby's the size of... : A baby bok choy and a baseball hat! I read that comparison and looked at Brian's baseball cap and felt like that was huge!

Nursery: We're making moves! We picked up our crib on Monday morning, and Brian spent Sunday afternoon/Monday prepping and painting the sweet nursery. I'm in love with the color (Benjamin Moore "Gray Owl") and it has completely changed the look and feel of the space. It needs one more coat of paint to completely cover the sky blue color that was on the walls before, but then we'll be good to go! I also ordered parts of the bedding and we picked up a few other pieces while at PBK on Monday morning. I have a nursery inspiration board in the works that I'm hoping to share in the next few days -  I need rug decision help!

Movement: Lots of subtle movements, but definitely more frequently. There have been a couple of times where I felt the movement from the outside, but Brian hasn't been able to yet. We definitely have an energetic little girl!

Symptoms: Random nausea this week if I wait too long to eat (hey there, first trimester flashback - you were not missed...). Getting out of breath and winded more quickly - multiple trips up and down our stairs definitely provoke an expletive or two. Still keepin' on with the restless legs at night, but they might be getting more aggressive (didn't think that was possible).

Brian: Is so over the top cute with his "Daddy Duty" jobs. He spent days researching tools and watching YouTube videos to paint the nursery as perfect as possible (and it looks fantastic). He put up with me for close to an hour as I debated between crib bedding options in PBK, and was as excited as I was to pick up our crib. He's always monitoring me (in a non-annoying way) and fills up my water before I realize I need it, makes me sit and relax while he makes dinner... I really couldn't have asked for a better guy (as I get teary typing all of this).

Sleep: I usually wake up a couple of times a night for a bathroom break (or just because, which is fun) and go back to sleep relatively easily. On Monday night/Tuesday morning, I wasn't feeling so great and was up at 1:30am... and didn't fall back asleep until 3:30am. But the next night I was in bed at 9pm and slept straight through until my alarm went off at 5:30am so... it's a crapshoot. I'm starting to look into pregnancy pillows though - are they worth it?

Workouts: Two 3-mile walks around our neighborhood, lots of stretches, and strength training. I figure if I have little control over my midsection, I can at least aim to keep my arms and legs somewhat together. I feel great 

Cravings: English muffins with strawberry jam (baby girl is loving Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves - she does a little dance after breakfast every morning). Quiche - give me all of the quiche. Brussels sprouts. Still loving cold oranges and frozen mango. Pizza has been on my mind the last few days, and Halloween Oreos made their way into my cart on Saturday (whoops). Starting to really want fruity smoothies (I had a "pina colada" smoothie from Whole Foods yesterday that basically made my day), so I'm thinking I may look up a few recipes that I can start making for quick breakfasts. On another note, I'm wanting warm/fall-like foods: soups/stew, casseroles... all of the yummy, hearty stuff ha, like Hatch Mac and Cheese from Kate (alleluia, amen).

Aversions/Dislikes: Strong smells are too much (standing near the seafood counter yesterday at Whole Foods about did me in). I looove pasta but the thought of marinara sauce grosses me out. Cigarette smoke. 

New Symptoms: Feeling out of breath a bit more quickly, and my feet swell a little if I'm on them for too long, but nothing too terribly bad!


What I Miss: Pumpkin beer with a cinnamon sugar rim. And a nice glass of red.

Best Moment This Week: Seeing Brian get so excited over getting ready for our daughter (still crazy to type that!) and feeling this little one move so much more every day!

Looking Forward To: Our first baby shower in Texas next weekend! Cannot WAIT to see my girls, family that I haven't seen in forever... and to eat all of the food. Oh yes, the menu is "Katie's Cravings" and it's all of the things I've wanted but can only get in Texas *praise hands*