18 Weeks

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
You might be a busy momma if it takes you 3 days to watch a movie.

I'm right at the end of 18 weeks now. Quickly approaching the halfway point...as well as the big gender reveal day!

18 Weeks

Baby Size: 5.6 in, Sweet Potato

Weight Gain: At my last appointment I was up a total of 4 pounds. This past week my belly has been sore in the round ligament area...so I'm willing to bet this baby has grown and I've put on some more weight. My next appointment is the first week of August...so we will see.

Cravings: Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce. I could eat them every day! I found a recipe in my Oh She Glows cookbook and it's amazing. Even my manly meat eating husband loves them. Here's the recipe for anyone who is interested in trying the most delicious enchiladas on earth: Oh She Glows Enchiladas

Aversions: Nothing new with aversions. I still can't get on board with any animal-y things. Which I'm completely okay with.

Symptoms: Belly soreness. My belly has been sore around the bottom, in the round ligament area. Much more sore than I remember with Aria. It has affected my runs. I've had to scale back the mileage a bit.

I also had a few days where I was feeling really badly this week. I had headaches, I was more tired than usual and I was getting spells of nausea. I just felt completely awful. By Friday I was barely dragging myself through our day. I was so nervous about how I was feeling that I called my midwife. Luckily my husband was able to be home that afternoon and I was able to get some extra rest. I literally laid in bed drinking water and sleeping until the next day. The extra rest plus the water, and I felt much better.

Movement: I've felt this little baby moving a lot. Aria was a mover and shaker, but not until later in pregnancy. I think this baby has her beat.

Dreams: I had a dream someone broke into my house and it was terrifying! So, like the logical person I am, over the weekend when PJ wasn't home, I slept with a baby carrier and a huge butcher knife under my bed. That way if anyone broke in, I could throw Aria on my back and stab my way to safety.

Exercise: As I mentioned earlier in the post, my belly has been sore. There's no way to know the reason why it's so much more sore this time around, but if I had to give it my best guess, it would be because my belly grew bigger so much faster. Those ligaments supporting it have been working hard to carry the weight of this growing beast since I first got that surprising positive test.
The pain was making my runs completely unenjoyable. I'm a big on listening to my body, even if it's telling me something I don't want to hear. I could push through the pain, yes, but I didn't feel like I should.
I've scaled back on my running days for now and added in some new stuff.

I've started doing Pure Barre classes at home. I found a really good 50 minute Prenatal Barre class on youtube. I've never done anything like it before, so it's tough. I have been alternating the Prenatal Barre class, with a yoga class and a running day. I cycle through every 3 days. I still fit in my squats every day, as well. This way I'm active, I'm sweating, I'm changing it up so I don't get bored, and I'm listening to my body.

Planning: I've started collecting some tiny cloth diapers for our little nugget. We plan to cloth diaper again, like we did with Aria. But with Aria we didn't start until 8 weeks, so her diapers won't fit a newborn size butt.

Changing body: Oh the beautiful, changing, female body. I love my body. It has carried me through some huge goals and amazing experiences. The most amazing being growing and giving birth to our current resident nudist.
I mean, we grow an entire organ to nourish our child while we are creating them!
I could marvel all day at all of the incredible things our bodies are designed to do.

But oh man are the changes still tough. There are so many of them and they happen so fast. There are the obvious ones, such as your belly growing and pants not fitting. But then there are the sneaky ones...like your breasts getting 3 sizes bigger than they normally are, BEFORE they are even close to filling with milk. And the veins! Holy cow. And the ever expanding rib cage and hips. And the unpredictable noises that find their way out when I least expect it. Ooops.

Some days I have to remind myself that I'm beautiful, but the important thing is that I do. And I believe it!

Then one of those noises comes out....


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16 Weeks

Friday, July 10, 2015
Another week of pregnancy on the books. The weeks are sort of flying by, but waiting for our anatomy scan still makes the weeks crawl at times.

I'm so horrible with surprises. I absolutely 100% do not like them. I think part of it this time is that I'm still emotionally recovering from the feelings of my body letting me down, when we lost our last pregnancy. 

I am really looking forward to seeing the baby one more time, and of coarse finding out the gender!

16 Weeks

I'm not so sure my bump has changed much since last week. I do have a feeling some things are about to change a bit though...
I've been feeling some aching in my round ligaments the past night and day. Baby must be growing!

Baby Size: Avocado 

Weight Gain: I have a midwife appointment next week where I can get an accurate number. Either way, I'm not all to worried about it. I feel good and I'm giving my body what it needs each day. 

Cravings: I had one craving this week and I completely regret giving into it. 

I usually eat very clean. Don't get me wrong, I do have a stash of Justine's Peanut Butter Cups hidden in my freezer that I'll kill anyone if they touch. But on the reg I eat fresh, whole, nutrient dense foods, because my body loves them...and I love my body. 

This week I wanted fries with vinegar. Baaaad! So I got them. I mean, how bad could it be. I eat well. I deserved them! I'm growing a person who I carry on runs every day! Give me the damn fries!

I ate them. They tasted so good. Dreamy.

About an hour later, the grumbles started. Then the stomach pains. Bad stomach pains. My eyes started to water. I spent the next 4 hours in and out of the bathroom (mostly in), losing about 15 pounds. Oh the horror. 

Aversions: Well, now...french fries. Other than that I still can't get on board with meat. 

Symptoms: Luckily my emotions have taken a break this week. They're relatively even. As I mentioned before, I'm having some round ligament pain...but that's normal. 

Missing: I wouldn't mind a glass of wine. 

Planning: I am starting to do some planning. With Aria I was so focused on the pregnancy and birth that I didn't decorate her nursery like I had hoped to. We did the big things like paint and get furniture and cute bedding, but I left out a lot of small and not so small details that I wish I hadn't. Then when she was born, we co-slept for so long that we didn't finish the plans since we didn't spent much time in there. Then once she moved into her room it was such a busy time that again, we didn't do it. 

This past week Aria and I went to pick everything out to redecorate her room now that she's older. It was a lot of fun to see her express what she likes. It looks lovely and it feels so special in there now. 

I think this time around it's important for us to really prepare all the details of the baby's room. Even if he or she won't be sleeping in there for a while, I think having a place that we created just for him or her is special and meaningful. I think it'll also be fun for Aria to help. 

Dreams: I had a dream 2 nights ago that I was trained to be a bad ass assassin. And my first mission was to kill Donald Trump. How strange. 

I haven't had any dreams about the baby this past week. 

Exercise: Running and strength training still feels great. I have also been keeping up with my squats and doing some awesome pelvic floor work. 

The pelvic floor is so often forgotten about until after the baby is born. But a strong healthy pelvic floor can really benefit you during pregnancy and during birth! When the baby's head is pushing down onto it during labor, having the control to tighten as well as relax your pelvic floor can help tremendously with moving baby down the birth canal and to prevent tearing. 

Your pelvic floor is also a part of your core. The "core box" is made up of your pelvic floor, your transverse abdominus and your diaphragm. Keeping those strong and functioning harmoniously can be your best friend during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. 

As you can see, I'm quite passionate about the pelvic floor. 

Enjoy your weekend friends!

Thursday Truths

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Hi Friends! This week is flying by too too quickly.

But I do have some Thursday Truths for today!

As well as these adorable caterpillars Aria and I made this morning. Mostly Aria. She's far more crafty than I.

Truth: Poor Aria is growing up thinking grilled cheeses are supposed to have spinach in them. And I'm okay with that.

Truth: I feel envious of women who have their shit together enough to do their hair every morning. When I grow up I want to be one of those women.

Truth: There's a special place in hell for people who say things like "Wow! Are you sure you aren't having twins?".

I know my belly is big already...but I assure you there is only one baby in there. Granted, if you take into account the size of my husband, theres a good chance that baby may be the size of a small dinosaur.

Truth: There is no freedom, like the freedom you feel when you have the support of two sports bras.

Truth: I secretly wish the OC would become available on Netflix watch instantly. I guess it's not a secret anymore.
Oh well. Judge away :)

Truth: I've already started thinking of what I'm going to eat for my first meal after this baby is born. Nothing tastes as good as that first big post labor feast!!! And the Birth Center is equipped with an awesome kitchen, so the possibilities are endless!!!

Any suggestions?

Well, nap time is over, so my time is up! Enjoy your day everyone! And be sure to check in for tomorrows bump update!

14 and 15 Weeks

Friday, July 3, 2015
Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! I hope it's full of fun and celebrations.

These past 2 weeks have been up and down. I'm noticing that although I feel pretty much the same as I did with Aria in almost every way, everything seems to be magnified so much. It's hard to keep up with mentally and emotionally since I'm generally a very even keeled person. I'll get more into that though.

There is the bump in all of it's glory. Along with the crooked pictures on my wall.

Baby size: Naval Orange

Weight gain total: 3 pounds as of my last appointment. My scale doesn't show any additional weight gain...but I don't exactly trust it. Full disclosure...when I'm pregnant and I take our dogs to the vet, I like to ask the veterinarian if I can weigh myself on the big dog scale. I figure it's more accurate than mine.

Cravings: Orange juice, nectarines, beans and spinach. So much spinach. I also found a recipe for these vegan donuts with sprinkles and I cannot get them out of my mind!

Aversions: I have been having a very rocky relationship with food this pregnancy. With my first pregnancy I had a few aversions to a few foods. With this pregnancy I have very strong aversions to meat and cheese that come and go for weeks at a time. During the first trimester I couldn't even look at or smell meat or cheese. Once I hit the second trimester, it had gone away until just 3 days ago. Now I can't even think about any meat or cheese. And the double kicker is that my mommy hormones are so wacky that not only does the thought and smell make me want to die...thinking about the animals makes my mommy senses all weepy. I'm a disaster people.

Luckily I spent a long time as a vegetarian and a vegan, so I'm well equipped to handle such a situation.

Symptoms: My emotions are incredibly variable at any given moment. With my first pregnancy I had some normal highs and lows. They came and went occasionally but I remained pretty steady. This pregnancy they are so high and so low.
Generally I have a really good mind body connection, but now it's as if someone else is commanding this ship and I cannot keep up. Normally, I feel comfort in having a good degree of control and understanding of the workings of my body and mind. Now, most of the time I feel like I have none, and it's very unsettling.

Varicose veins are the devil.  I had them with my first pregnancy and  I have them now. And they are on steroids. I've discussed it with my midwife and done research on my own...but it looks like there's not too much I can do to alleviate the blue and purple road maps that have taken over my lower half, as they are hereditary. I do what I can to "help" the situation...ie. I'm very active, always on my feet, use compression socks, when I'm sitting I elevate my feet, sleep on my left side, and use grapeseed extract. But these babies are here to stay. For the pregnancy anyway.

Welcome conspicuous veins...don't get to comfortable, because in 6ish months, you're out!

Dreams: I have had a few dreams about this pregnancy so far.

The first dream was that the baby was a girl.

The second dream was that we decided last minute to have a home birth.

Last night I dreamt that I went into labor 2 weeks early. We went to the birth center but the baby wasn't moving down the birth canal. I remember touching my belly where the baby's bum was, and trying to measure if it was moving down but it wasn't. So we just waited, playing cards. It was interesting.

Exercise: Still running and strength training. I also do a lot of squats. Somewhere between 100 and 300 a day, depending on the day's other workouts.

Well, we are off to enjoy this beautiful day. Happy 4th!

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