29 weeks


Food: my orange juice intake has slowed down a bit, but I’m now massively hungry in the mornings. Still craving fruit and juice and sweets over anything savory. Really trying to get back on the straight and narrow vegan lifestyle, but sometimes hungry is hungry and that iced scone at the coffee shop just ends up in my mouth. whoops
Also, I could really go for a cocktail.

Clothes: I don’t know. Nothing looks good, nothing feels good, everything is tight. All black is safe, jeans are dangerous, and I really wish I was pregnant in the summer so I could just wear dresses. But then I’d have to figure out how to shave my legs which would be a real pain, both literally and figuratively.

Hormones: Going absolutely batshit crazy. The crying thing is here. I tear up multiple times a day imagining Brian dying or getting hurt in some crazy way and I start actually considering locking us in the house and never leaving. I torture myself by reading articles on Twitter about parents dying or watching videos of military parents surprising their kids. We’re flying home for Christmas and I’m mentally preparing myself for multiple panic attacks on the plane, in the car, anytime Brian is not within eyesight. I feel really vulnerable right now, which is not fun.

Body: I had a slight break in the back pain that I had during the whole 2nd trimester, but it’s starting to come back this week so I’m going to start stretching and doing yoga before bed again. I’m sleeping pretty well and don’t want to jinx it by talking about it. We found out that I’m slightly anemic, so I’m taking an Iron supplement with the prenatal vitamins which also now make me burp extra fishy. I’m starting to get some acid reflux too which makes me throw up in my mouth randomly throughout the day, so that’s disgusting, sorry.
My bump is really tight! Her kicks have gotten a little less powerful, and I really think it’s cause she’s getting packed in there super tight and doesn’t have as much room to wind up for her punches. Now she’s just doing these big rolls and shoves where my stomach changes shape slowly like an alien. I’m really interested to find out if she’s head down, it’s weird to feel her moving around and not know which body part she’s trying to shove between my ribs. We should be able to find out at our next midwife appointment, and then get an ultrasound if they can’t tell by feeling around.

Brian: Is an absolute angel for putting up with me. He loves talking to her with his face on my bump, and he’s constantly amazed at how giant I’m getting. I can’t wait to hand her to him for the first time, I think that will be the happiest moment of my life.

Other stuff: Her nursery is currently just a storage room for the gifts that have started getting delivered (yay!) but we really need to start working on getting it set up. I feel like Christmas came way quicker than I expected, and the next two months will probably fly by and soon enough we’ll be scrambling to get it finished in time! I’m not sure when nesting is supposed to set in, but the sooner it does, the better.
Our baby shower is coming up! I can’t wait to see everyone and open tons of adorably tiny clothes! I should probably start looking for something to wear.
We’re still biking to work, but a lot of that is thanks to the e-assist bike I won in a raffle! I think I’d probably still be biking even if I hadn’t won it, but I’d definitely be complaining A LOT.

I can only imagine that everything I wrote above is going to get 10x worse by the time February rolls around, so I’ll try to throw in some of my humongous photos to liven it up next time 🙂

25 Weeks Pregnant!

I can’t believe I haven’t even written about us having a baby yet! WE’RE HAVING A BABY!! And she’s a girl 🙂 It still seems hard to believe, and I’ve woken up a few times convinced that I’m making the whole thing up and I’ll just look down and have a flat tummy again….

The 1st trimester was tough, the 2nd was a lot better, and now I’m at 25 weeks and really starting to feel pregnant! My back is constantly painful, mostly on my upper right side near my ribs. Sitting anywhere is a pain, so I stand at my desk and whenever I get a chance. I do yoga and stretches every night before bed which helps a little, and I’m considering getting one of those hideously giant pregnancy pillows to help me sleep! This little babe is a super hard kicker, and is doing flips and punches all day long. I generally expect her to kick more about 20 minutes after I eat, which is pretty cool. I love starting to feel like I know her a little better, and can predict her actions. Brian loves feeling her kick, and has gotten a few kicks to the face while he’s listening to her move all around in there. I think she likes feeling the vibration of his voice when he talks with his face on my tummy because she really starts to kick!

I’m not eating a ton more than usual, but I do have two breakfasts, and usually two dinners or a big snack after dinner 🙂 I’m right on track for the expected weight gain, but it doesn’t help me feel any less fat. At least I’ve crossed the line of looking a little pudgy to definitely looking pregnant! I only have two pairs of pregnancy jeans so far, but I need to get some more ASAP, because the whole hairtie-in-the-button thing isn’t working anymore. I unbutton my pants anytime I get the chance, and especially when we’re riding to or from work. Most of my coats don’t zip up anymore, so I’m down to two coats that I can zip, but even those are getting tight! My mom ordered me a funky down vest that has zipper vents on the side to fit the bump, and then a front panel that zips in to fit the baby on my chest! It really seems like there should be a bigger market for maternity clothes…

I don’t really have weird cravings, but I have been drinking tonssss of orange juice and eating lots and lots of fruit. I definitely have more of a sweet tooth than normal, and everyone at work is pretty great about leaving cookies, donuts, and bagels on my desk in the mornings 🙂 Luckily fruit seems to satisfy my sweet tooth, so when it was peach season, I was eating like 3-4 giant peaches a day!

Brian asked me the other day if pregnancy is what I expected it to be, and all I could do was laugh. No!! I thought I would be cute and excited and spending my days decorating the nursery and sewing little baby clothes! hahahahahahha nope, apparently real life goes on as you get bigger and bigger. Instead, my days are spent wearing pants that don’t zip, feeling fat, putting off submitting daycare applications, sleeping, and counting down the minutes until I can take off my bra.

I want to be better about posting these, so we shall seeeeeee! I’m terrible about taking photos of the bump, which is odd, so maybe I’ll try to ramp that up too.