Since these posts are actually one week behind, I’m really 26 weeks pregnant right now and the other day I realized that this means I’m only 14 weeks away from my due date in August. Whoa! Fourteen weeks sounds way shorter than 3.5 months, so we’re going to focus on that number right now because I’m getting more and more excited to meet our little guy with every day that passes.
- Weeks 8, 9 and 10
- Weeks 11, 12 and 13
- Weeks 14, 15 and 16
- Weeks 17 & 18
- 19 Weeks
- 20 Weeks
- 21 Weeks
- 22 Weeks
- 23 Weeks
- 24 Weeks
Baby is the size of a rutabaga!
I didn’t weigh myself, but I’d assume I’m up a bit from last week’s 15.5-pound weigh in at the doctor’s office because I feel like this is the week I saw the most belly growth so far! I wonder if I will feel this way every single week from now until the day when we get to meet our baby boy…
Check out the bump changes:
My workouts this week continue to feel great! I really do feel so grateful I have been able to maintain a decent workout regimen throughout my pregnancy so far. My workouts make me feel more energetic and consisted mostly of spinning and BodyPump, plus a Nike Training Club total body toning workout. And dancing at Krystal and Matt’s wedding!
Hunger seemed to pick back up this week and I found myself experiencing nausea again if I go too long without eating (and by too long I mean like 60-90 minutes)! Keeping snacks on hand is key and I really do feel like I am eating alllll the time. Baby wants food!
I also experienced my fair share of cramping in my feet and calves this week which was a lovely treat… Especially when the intense cramping woke me up at night a number of times. Dr. Google tells me this is common during the second and third trimester of pregnancy but I’m hoping it’s fleeting. Not so fun!
My body awareness also seems to be a little off these days. I feel like I am bumping my elbows on things all the time and dripping stuff on my stomach like it’s my job!
My aversions don’t seem to be quite as strong or gag-inducing as they were during the earlier weeks of pregnancy, but I still have no interest in tomato-based soups, chili and anything prepared with cumin.
- Anything from Chipotle
I slept pretty well this week which was great! It’s kind of odd, but I haven’t really noticed a huge correlation between a good night’s sleep and more energy. If anything, the day I felt the most tired this week happened to be after a night when I got a lovely nine hours of sleep. Fortunately my energy levels seem to be relatively normal with some occasional sleepiness kicking in during the late afternoon.
Looking Forward To…
I am looking forward to taking a few pregnancy/birth/parenting classes recommended to us by my OB/GYN. We still haven’t signed up for any (I should probably get on that), but I hope to take a few of the recommended classes with Ryan in the coming weeks.
I’m also looking forward to our Girls On The Run end-of-season 5K! I will not be running in the race like I did during last season’s 5K back in December when I was only a few weeks pregnant, but I plan to walk the 3.1 miles since walking still feels great!
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
Since we had a wedding to attend over the weekend, I bought two super-flowy dresses to wear (one from White Plum and one from Marshalls) since basically all of my pre-pregnancy dresses are A-line and don’t even kind of fit right now.
Both of the new dresses were comfortable, lightweight and feminine… Not to mention affordable!
Belly Button In Or Out?
Happy or Moody Most Of The Time?
Happy! It was so, so nice to be able to chat with my friend Leah who had her baby just under two months ago when we were in Florida for a wedding over the weekend. Not only did she make me feel all the more excited to actually meet our little guy soon, but she also served a bit as a bit of a sounding board for me since we were able to chat at length about pregnancy, child birth and life with a newborn in such a supportive way.
Sometimes it can be totally crazy to get out of the shower and catch a glimpse of my changing body in the mirror and no longer really recognize my shape. It’s comforting to talk with other women who have been through this and know they’ve experienced the same body changes and feelings. It’s almost like I’ll forget my belly (and arms, thighs and hips!) are growing until I’ll catch a random glimpse of myself in the mirror that will totally catch me off guard. There’s definitely a baby growing in there!
I also liked chatting with Leah about actually being a MOM. I constantly feel like I know nothing about caring for a baby (which can really overwhelm me) but then time and time again I will talk to women who assure me every new mom out there has moments of insecurity but somehow we all get through it and just do the very best we can to raise happy and healthy babies.
Yes! But I feel like it actually slowed down a little this week (or the movements just got a little lighter) which was a bit of a bummer since I still love feeling our little guy dance around in my belly.