Total weight gain: (gulp) 20 lbs. I really don’t want to gain more than another 10 lbs so I’ll be hitting up the grocery store to stock up on healthier snacks, now that the mere mention of a salad or vegetable doesn’t repulse me like it did.
How big is baby?: He’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn) and weighs just over a pound! One email says the size of a grapefruit and another says a papaya. I’m going with papaya because I’m pretty sure I read grapefruit a few weeks ago.
Maternity clothes: Yes. I can still wear some of my flowy dresses and most of my shirts, if they’re long. But I’m fully into maternity pants and jeans. No more belly band. :(
Stretch marks?: Not yet. I’ve been starting to freak out about it though, so I’ve been using Palmer’s cocoa butter at least once a day, sometimes twice, and applying it to my belly, hips, butt and boobs. I hate the smell of it, but as long as it works, I really don’t care.
Sleep: Not great, but not terrible. I get up on average about twice a night to go to the bathroom, and my hands fall asleep quite a bit from laying on my side, so I do a lot of flipping throughout the night. If I sleep on one side too long, my hip will start to hurt too, but I can usually flip over and stretch it out without much pain. Oh, and I keep waking up on my back, which I know is bad, so I’m thinking about putting another pillow behind me to keep myself from rolling over.
Best moment this week: Realizing the baby is not a morning person. Also, making progress on our nursery. Over the weekend, we organized the basement (for the most part), wrapped the spare bed in plastic and stored it in the basement, moved the dresser to the downstairs spare bedroom, moved the glider to the nursery, organized the bathroom cabinet and closet (not related, but I was on a roll), and successfully moved the dog to the downstairs bedroom. I also took some time to update my registry now that I have two showers coming up next month.
Movement: In the mornings, after hearing the alarm, he’s pretty aggressive. Then usually around 10am and 3pm I feel him doing somersaults or practicing his backstroke or whatever it is he’s doing in there.
Food cravings: Milk. Cereal. Poptarts. Cheese. After my feet started swelling last week, I’ve tried to minimize my BBQ chip consumption, assuming the sodium had something to do with it. And honestly? I haven’t missed them as much as I thought I would. My body is definitely craving more calcium lately though. In our house, a half gallon of milk would go bad. Now? I’m going through at least a gallon a week.
Food aversions: Tomato sauce pastas and anything super acidic. All Asian foods make me sick. Pizza is even a little iffy. I’ll eat it if that’s what the hubs wants, but I don’t love it like I used to. Peanut butter gives me a stomach ache, which is weird to me. And almost all grilled meats – grilled chicken, pork, fish, etc. Even burgers are a turn-off most of the time.
Labor signs: Oh good Lord I hope not! No!
Belly button in or out: Definitely in. No real changes there.
What I miss: Beer and wine. Sometimes a cold cut sandwich, and once or twice, I’ve missed sushi. I haven’t missed any of those things until recently though. The warm weather spell we’ve been having and longer days of sunlight have somehow tricked my body into thinking it’s spring. And one of my favorite things to do when it’s warm outside is relax with a big frosty mug of beer. Or sit on a patio with a glass of red wine.
What I’m looking forward to: My first baby shower, which will be in about 6 weeks. Our baby-moon to Florida after that. And our next prenatal appointment. Even though I’ll be taking the infamous glucose test (please no gestational diabetes! NO DIABITUS!), I’ll also have another ultrasound since the baby was laying transverse last time and they couldn’t get good pics of his heart chambers. I just love those ultrasounds!
Milestone: Making progress with the nursery and deciding on nursery colors – Navy blue and green. Also deciding to have a second baby shower at my in-laws’ house. They couldn’t make the 8.5 hour drive to STL for my other shower, so I’ll be traveling there for them to spoil me (and the baby) rotten. I think I can handle that.
Other random thoughts: When I think about the baby, I feel like my thoughts are half about having an actual baby, but the other half are about losing weight, wearing normal clothes, and just generally feeling attractive again. It’s always been really important to me to not “let myself go” after the baby. Women in my family have a bad habit of doing that, so I’ve got this weird stigma in my mind that being a mom = being frumpy. I’ve battled the frump my entire adult life anyway, but I don’t want having a baby to be the nail in the coffin. I want to be healthy. I want to be active. I want to look good. I know it’s vain, and I was never anything below a size 10 to begin with, but that’s just where my mind has been lately.