First off, please excuse the photo above but I realized it’s one of the only baby bump photos I have that doesn’t involve me taking a selfie in my underwear or post-workout clothes trying to capture this bump and prove to the world that it actually exists. A few weeks ago I did try to start taking weekly photos of the bump like a real blogger but, of course, that lasted all of 10-seconds. So, instead you get this photo of me being blown away in the wind on our so-called “Baby Moon” this last weekend*.
Anyway, it’s been awhile since I gave you a little pregnancy update, so I thought I would take this lovely Tuesday to do that. First of all, can I tell you how quickly this Second Trimester is going by? In just a few months it’ll be over and then we’ve got ourselves a baby! I feel very, very lucky that my body and this baby have allowed for this to be such a wonderful experience so far.
I’ll get the big question out of the way first. Did we find out the sex of the baby? And the answer is, no. We decided a long time ago that we probably wouldn’t find out, so when it came to the anatomy scan we kept our eyes closed for most of the appointment.
And in other news, I have no inkling what this little babe could be. Some weeks I think it’s a boy and others I think it’s a girl. People tell me all the time whether they think I’ll be having but I sincerely have no idea. I just like imagining what it will be like to be a boy’s mom or a girl’s mom and who this little person will be. Just wrapping my head around the idea of being a “mom” is enough for me.
To my surprise, I didn’t feel the baby fully move until I was around 20 weeks. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting. And while I may have felt a few “wiggles” before then, I learned during my ultrasound that I have an anterior placenta which acts as a cushion and can prevent you from feeling the baby move. This definitely relieved a lot of my anxiety, as I was a bit worried something was wrong. But now, this little one is very active. And it’s really just the best thing ever.
I still don't feel it move as much when I’m standing up but when I’m sitting or lying down, I can feel and see this baby moving all around. I like to imagine it’s having its own little party in my belly and thinking up what songs it’s dancing to. Oh, and Chase can feel the kicks now, too! This is probably one of my favorite things because I feel like I can finally share this pregnancy with him, and not like I’m just keeping it all for me.
This little baby bump finally decided to make an appearance a few weeks ago. I still haven’t had anyone ask me out of the blue about my pregnancy or when I’m due but I think I’m over that awkward stage where I just look like I might have eaten a little too much. My bump is tiny, but it’s there and growing every week.
On that note, my new shape has finally required me to upgraded to maternity clothes. After making it over halfway without any, I figured it was time. I grabbed a pair of jeans, a few pairs of leggings and a couple of t-shirts to start. And so far, I’m feeling much better about dressing my bump. I plan on purchasing a dress for my baby shower but outside of that I’m hoping these new additions plus my pre-pregnancy wardrobe will get me through the next 16 weeks.
I’m eating everything these days. All food aversions, except for Indian Food, are gone. My cravings vary weekly. I get fixated on one thing and then after I indulge for a week, I seem to move on to the next. One week it was Mexican rice and beans, another was breakfast food, and we’re currently on all sweet treats. Sweet treats has probably got to be my favorite craving so far, although the most dangerous, too. Don’t be surprised if you find me with a cookie or Twix or chocolate covered pretzel this week.
My energy levels are through the roof and I’m finding myself needing fewer and fewer afternoon naps. And, fortunately, I’m still sleeping really well. I did invest in a pregnancy pillow earlier this month and it has done wonders. However, my exercise routine has dwindled more than I would like to admit. I’m running only once or twice a week, practicing yoga about the same and going for regular long walks. Part of me feels guilty for not being more active, but another part of me is just trying to enjoy these moments and give myself a break.
Outside of the overload of pregnancy hormones and a few small things here and there, I’ve felt really great during this pregnancy and couldn’t be more thankful for it. I know I’ve still got a ways to go but I’m looking forward to the changing seasons and celebrating the holidays with this baby belly. And if I can get it together, I’ll try to do these updates more frequently and post a few more bump pics.
*I am referring to this as so-called "Baby Moon" because our adventure to Northern Wisconsin for a relaxing fall weekend lasted less than 24-hours when our lovely car decided it wasn’t really digging the whole excursion thing. We ended our Saturday evening by taking a very expensive ride in the cab of a tow truck 150 miles back to Milwaukee. Said car is still sitting in the shop waiting to find out her fate.