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*


  1. You look great and I love that top!

    I invested in a huge pregnancy pillow and it ended up being too big and uncomfortable. It was this u-shaped monstrosity. I'd recommend going with something smaller than that hahaha.

    1. Thank you! And that is so helpful about the pillow - almost every one that I've looked at so far immediately makes me think "That's legit like having another human in our king sized bed!" haha.