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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Week 23 Pregnancy Journal

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

How Far Along? 23 weeks

Week 23 Began: Friday, November 18

Size of Baby: large mango (just over a pound)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Up 6-8 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight (fluctuating all over map this week due to the holiday!).

Maternity Clothes: I have really enjoyed wearing the dress in the photo at the top of this post (Similar). I got it at Nordstrom in the New Savvy department. Brand is called ASTR and the wrap front is so great for layering with a shelf bra or tank. The lower half may be too much leg for many, but I've been wearing it with knee-high or my suede thigh high boots for added coverage. The midi length is great for flat or high heeled boots!

Nursery: Not much movement here - still working on organizing everything and going through stuff to prepare to change our home office and the guest bedroom into a home office/guest BR and then the other room become the nursery.

Movement: Annoyingly, not really. Anterior placenta continues to make only the biggest of kicks obvious to me. But they are becoming more frequent!

Symptoms: I'm finally showing - have really great hair color and cut now to last through the holidays - and some fresh nails to hopefully last until January.

Side Effects: Gas, having to go more frequently, hunger is increasing so I'm trying to get into the habit of frequent healthy snacks, no swelling or anything but legs or wrist/fingers will fall asleep if I'm in one position too long.

Sleep: No more work so I can really sleep whenever I want! Which means my body never wants to other than the normal-ish evening hours... haha!

Cravings: Food Lion brand orange sherbet. Sabra hummus. Santitas tortilla chips.

What I Miss: Gluten-y sushi. A good wine over Thanksgiving dinner. Champagne when we celebrated my cousin Brandt's birthday this week.

Best Moment This Week: When my Mom and I had the picture from the top of this post taken on Thanksgiving. The light was perfect. It was a lovely day albeit a long one for me visiting lots of family!

What I Learned This Week: Currently reading: Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family: Good Nutrition and Healthy Cooking for New Moms and Growing Families by La Leche League. Learned about how to add in more vegetables to my diet, good snacking ideas, and the book actually had great recipe ideas or adaptations for basic stuff I have made for years. Also some good tips on meals that will freeze well!

Looking Forward To: M coming home. He will be leaving this weekend for an unknown amount of time, so I will be staying with my parents which is good... but it's still going to be hard and stressful to be without him while going through all of these changes.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 22 Pregnancy Journal

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Happy Monday to all. I thought it would be fun to share a pregnancy journal on here... I've meant to do it for ages but I keep forgetting and would rather sleep when I'm not working... haha! I hope you enjoy being a part of my pregnancy journey which is already more than halfway over! I just want you all to know I'm not going to be all flowery and vague on these journals and pregnancy posts ...I'd rather keep it real for you all and tell you how I'm feeling and the weird symptoms, medical stuff, or cravings along the way!

How Far Along? 22 weeks

Week 22 Began: Friday, November 11

Size of Baby: An American Guinea Pig (8-12 in long)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Up 6 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity Clothes: I love wearing my inexpensive but super comfy pregnancy yoga pants that are cotton with some stretch. I also wear lots of sweaters or if I'm going out, a non-maternity dress with comfy-chic fall boots and tights.

Nursery: We have done more with the bathroom than the nursery... haha. Got a shower curtain, new rugs, and towels for the guest/baby bathroom. I spent yesterday hanging up my clothes, my brothers clothes, I think even some were my Dads as a baby (my Mom is the eldest of 5 so none of those exist anymore), and then ones we've purchased or been given so far (like from my Carters post). We plan to use the furniture I had growing up as a kid/tween/teen which is this lovely whitewashed wicker and wood set. We will move the queen bed in this room into the office and move the twin daybed from the office into the nursery. Plan to get a glider-recliner ordered, and the crib ordered as well before Christmas!

Movement: Annoyingly, not really. I have an anterior placenta, and so I've missed a lot of that movement. Occasionally, like last night, I thought I felt her move her foot or hand across my stomach... which would be GREAT as that would mean the placenta moved up (hopefully up and not down). We have another ultrasound (my one billionth, it feels like) this Thursday to check the placenta position and hopefully get a look at Margaret's face for the first time since 14 weeks (which is why the scheduled another one when we had one a couple weeks ago). Finally for SURE felt her kick back at my OB who was checking on her on Friday, which was GREAT. I almost burst into tears. OB has been great at pulling out the doppler on my non-ultrasound appts to confirm her movement, heart rate, etc. to ease my nerves.

Symptoms: I'm finally showing more, although just barely. Seems I am long and lean but when I eat a good meal it shows a lot more! haha. Finally able to eat more, it took a while to get used to due to my Celiac but things seem to be moving better now. Hair and nails look healthy... excited about my hair appt on Thursday afternoon so I'll look a bit more fresh for the holidays!

Side Effects: Awkward gas (one end or the other...). Insane dreams. Difficulty in returning to sleep. Some aversions to types of textures of food. Just started heartburn for the first time in my life the past couple weeks, so that's been hard to get used to. Congestion and a runny nose I cannot seem to get rid of - love my saline spray, warm humidifier and Kleenex coconut/Cool Touch tissues - saving grace for my raw nose! I get round ligament pain occasionally, and thankfully the pelvic floor pain twinges have eased with continued pregnancy yoga/pilates and pelvic exercises.

Sleep: I never seem to get enough sleep but I average about 9-10 hours. My last week of work is this week so I look forward to no days of alarms and being able to rest as much as I feel I need to. Started using the Boppy wedge this week and I'm sure I'll start using my Snoodle soon.

Cravings: My BFF continues to be a small bowl of Food Lion brand orange sherbet almost every night. I love savory meals - things with fish sauce, etc.

What I Miss: Things that have gluten... haha. I dream about gluten and surprisingly processed food items I literally haven't eaten in the 3+ I've had my Celiac diagnosis. Fully loaded lox bagels, Campbells cream of mushroom soup casserole dishes, Fried Onions on green beans, Marie Callender's chicken pot pies, Edwards key lime pies, dumplings from this place in Charlottesville on the Downtown Mall called Marco and Luca, sushi that involves tempura soft shell crab, etc. etc.

Best Moment This Week: When the OB helped me feel her move. That was such a wonderful experience and I felt such a huge rush of relief and love.

What I Learned This Week: Currently reading (almost finished with) The Baby Book by the Drs. Sears. I learned this week about potty training methods, changes/stages/suggested toys/entertainment from birth to two years, baby wearing, nighttime parenting. Learned from my Mom that I went from breast feeding straight to a cup (like a normal open top drinking cup... not a special kids cup with a top or bottle or anything). I hope I can breastfeed and I want to do it as long as possible, ideally to two years while adding in solids at the normal stages...

Looking Forward To: Another nice weekend at home with M as we try to get some house tasks done in the next couple weeks before Thanksgiving. Also looking forward to Thursday morning when we will hopefully see Margaret's face for the first time together.

Are there any pregnancy details you would like me to share as the pregnancy progresses?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


She wanted, passionately and persistently, two things which she believed should subsist together in any well-ordered life:

Amusement & Respectability.

-Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country


I'm deeply disappointed... devastated, really... about our 2016 Election Day results. And that's all I will say about that.