8.26.2014

Week 26 Bump Update

I'm caught up - finally!  The fact that I am already at 26 weeks blows my mind!  How is this possible???  It seems like each month seems to fly by but at the same time it doesn't feel like the time until my due date gets any closer.  Does that make any sense??  I have 14 weeks left until baby is supposed to be here and I think I am so anxious to meet the little one that it seems like these last weeks will take forever.  But of course I know that's not the case and that he or she will be here in the blink of an eye :)  In the meantime, I'd better get started on that nursery!


Here we go for my 26 week bump update!

This past week can be summed up in one word and one word exactly: exhausting!  I don't know if baby was going through a growth spurt or if I just overdid it, but I felt like I was right back in my first trimester when all I wanted to do was sleep all day everyday.  I didn't give in to that temptation, of course :)

This week started with a big event on Saturday - I had my entire immediate family down for dinner and they delivered baby's crib and dresser as well!  Because we live in a smaller town it was easier for these items to be brought to them and then brought to us, so that's what we did.  Plus it gave them an excuse to come down and see the new furniture we got a couple weeks ago!  Win-win :)  

My grandma gave Jake and I roses for our anniversary - I love them AND  the vase!
It was so much fun to have everyone down and I even broke out the good china for the meal.  It really wasn't anything fancy, but we rarely have an excuse to use those dishes so I thought this was as good a reason as any!  Jake had a bunch of stuff going on at the farm so I ended up doing a lot of the prep work, and let's just say that I was ready to sit down for a while after they arrived!  

Seven of the fifteen place settings - we definitely had a full house!
The dresser made it's way into the nursery with the help of my brother-in-law, but the crib is still in the box in the guest room.  Eventually Jake and I will get started on the nursery - time is starting to run down!!!

Tuesday had us back at the ob's office for our follow-up ultrasound.  At our first ultrasound at 21 weeks baby's stomach was measuring small for our gestational age so our doctor wanted us to come back in to track it.  It was incredible to get to see baby kicking, yawning, moving and just looking all-around adorable on the big screen again :)  Our doctor still wasn't sure that baby was measuring for its age, but after doing a bit more research it turns out that we are good!  Everything is measuring on time and baby is growing and developing well, so I am one happy and relieved mama.  I tried to not think on it too much after we left the office, but it's hard not to when you've had two ultrasounds that seem to show the same problem.  So to know that everything is, in fact, measuring on time is awesome!

Our next appointment is in three weeks and after that we'll be going to every other week appointments - it doesn't seem possible that we're already shortening up the time between visits!!

On Thursday night Jake and I were watching Big Brother and baby apparently was pretty anxious about what was going to happen because it felt like he or she was break dancing in there!  I had Jake come over to feel and I swear that baby kicked the hardest it ever has about 10 seconds after Jake put his hand on my stomach.  His eyes got huge, he looked at me and asked what I did - he didn't believe that it was all baby at first!  Then we took a couple seconds to just watch as my belly rolled with baby's movements (I much prefer these belly rolls to the other kind!)  I think it's one of those moments and memories that neither I nor Jake will ever forget.  A very special time!

Here's my bump at 26 weeks!



Weight: I have no idea!  Our scale's battery went out and I haven't replaced it yet.  

Sickness: I have feeling pretty good this week.  I have been really paying attention to how much water I drink each day and also not going too long in between meals.  If I accidentally go too long without eating I find myself getting nauseated, so I am trying to make sure that doesn't happen!  One thing I mentioned to the doctor is that I will randomly feel my hands and feet heating up and getting that pins-and-needles feeling.  It doesn't hurt, it's just a bit strange.  He said that I am likely feeling that at times when my blood pressure drops a bit and it's nothing to be too concerned about.  Just something that goes along with pregnancy I guess!

Cravings: A couple weeks ago I had a huge craving for sour gummy candies and tried to ignore it but it just wouldn't go away!  So I splurged on some of those sour watermelons and since then I haven't had any cravings :) 

Food Aversions: Nothing new this week!

Clothing fittings: I am still fitting in most things from pre-pregnancy except for most of my black pants (which I'm okay with!)  That has meant more dresses at work, which are in fact more comfortable than pants anyways.  If I'm home I'm probably wearing one of two pairs of maternity shorts I got at Kohls - I love them!

Sleep: I think I might have finally cracked the code for sleeping!  I try to not drink water an hour or so before bed and that has definitely helped cut down on the number of times I wake up to use the bathroom and I think my body has become accustomed to sleeping on my side.  

Movement: YES!  Baby has been kicking up a storm and I honestly love it!  I know that it might start to actually hurt at some point, but for now the kicks haven't been hurting at all - they're just a nice reminder that baby is doing well in there! 

Emotions:  I was a bit stressed and on edge after our second ultrasound when we were waiting to hear if we had to see a specialist for a third ultrasound on baby's stomach, but once that fear was taken away and baby's stomach was cleared as being on track I settled down and haven't been too emotional!

Workouts: My workouts have been great!  I have been mixing it up a bit between Piyo and Brazil Butt Lift for when I want something a bit more cardio and less stretching-focused.  Between those two I've been feeling great!









8.25.2014

Week 25 Bump Update

Oh how lovely it feels to only be ONE week behind on these updates!  Last week I caught up with a bunch of missing ones, and this week I'll be updating for week 25 as well as week 26, which I am in right now!  (My schedule so far has been to consider the day I turn the next 'week' in pregnancy as the week I'm updating.  So when I say 'week 25 bump update' I'm actually updating for the entirety of week 24 - which, now that I think of it, seems kind of like a dumb way to do it.  But I'm going to stick with it since that's how I started!  I'd rather look ahead than back anyway!)

So for now, my Week 25 Bump Update!



This week started out with Jake and I still in the Duluth area for our babymoon/birthdays/anniversary getaway.  By the time we headed home on Monday night I was ready to sleep for a good 36 hours.  But, unfortunately, I had to at work the next morning (darn Tuesdays!!!)



I think the jam-packed weekend we had caught up to me, though, because by Wednesday I was feeling pretty sick and rundown.  This meant I had to take another vacation day from work (this was a very common occurrence in my first trimester - I was sick pretty much every day from a week before we found out I was pregnant to a couple weeks into second trimester!)

This week wasn't all bad, though (of course not!)  The previous week our dishwasher decided to die on us, and this week our new shiny replacement arrived!  I had become a master at handwashing, drying and putting away our dishes, but I would be lying if I said that I wasn't beyond excited to see the delivery man pull up with our new washer!  (If only they could figure out a way for a dishwasher to also dry the tops of Tupperware and then put it all away - now THAT would be a good investment!)

Jake and I contemplated just not replacing the dishwasher at all, but we thought that adding a new baby into the family, tackling cloth diapering and having to hand wash all our dishes right in the middle of the holiday season (since baby is due two days after Thanksgiving) might get to be a bit much.  Luckily dishwashers aren't nearly as expensive as I was afraid they would be, so that made me happy!

Tomorrow I will officially be caught up to present day with my updates - and I'm going to stick with it from here on out!!!  But I did take a 25-week bump picture - here it is with a comparison shot to 21 weeks!






8.20.2014

Weeks 22-24 Failure

Somehow three weeks went by and I became a complete failure when it comes to keeping up with my bump dates!  I have no excuse - absolutely none.  My goal was to do this each and every week but I dropped the ball for a couple of them.  That being said, I'm back!  I'm now at 25 1/2 weeks and I even have a 25-week bump date picture (that you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see!)  

For today I wanted to do a quick update on weeks 22 - 24, which actually were very exciting weeks for me!

22 Weeks

Each new week, for me, starts on a Saturday.  The beginning of week 22 of this pregnancy had me at my parent's campgroup taking a much needed mini break from house stuff and work drama.  I started Saturday morning at my brother and sister-in-laws (as of last week!) helping them get some final wedding prep done. I also got to see two of my nephews - it was great!  Saturday night a friend from work came to the campground and it was a lot of fun to just relax!  

This week we also were able to put together my new desk, and let me just say this: I am in love!!!  We had a roll-top desk which was functioning and was beautiful, but there was very very little room to spread out and really feel like you could delve into work.  The new desk gives me all the space I would want plus some!  New living room furniture AND a new desk?  I'm one happy lady!



Earlier in the week (so, technically, in week 21) Jake and I went in for our first ultrasound.  I still haven't shared those pictures either!  Mommy failure!  

23 Weeks

On the day we turned the corner on week 23 Jake and I went on our very first shopping-for-baby outing and it was super exciting.  We wanted to pick out a crib and dresser set so we (well, maybe more I, since I'm a bit of a worry wart!) could feel like we had at least a bit of a start on the nursery.  We each had differing opinions on what our favorite one was, and ultimately we compromised and chose our mutual 2nd favorite set.  It was delivered just this past weekend and I have to say that I am glad we went the way we did.  Both our number 1 choices were a bit more 'out there' in terms of design and color (mine was gray, his was a distressed wood finish).  The one we chose will likely stand the test of time a bit better than either of those would have.  

Also during this week our dishwasher decided to die on us.  I woke up one morning and went to unload it when I realized that everything in it was EXTREMELY hot still!  We had started the dishwasher before going to bed so this absolutely should not have been the case.  Once I looked at the front panel I noticed that it had somehow become stuck on the heat dry cycle.  I thought it was just a fluke and re-ran it that night, but it never successfully completed a cycle again. We had a repairman come out but he informed us that it wasn't worth it to fix - so we got to go dishwasher shopping!  We did, for a day or two, discuss not replacing it, but we decided that adding handwashing all our dishes right when we're expecting a new little one was probably going to stress us out more than necessary, so we nixed that idea pretty quickly.  Hopefully the new dishwasher will be installed this week - I can't wait to have one back in the house again!

24 Weeks

The weekend of 24 weeks was a VERY exciting weekend!  After getting off work Jake and I drove up to the cities to start the celebration of my brother and brand-new sister-in-law's wedding weekend!  They had an open house on Friday night and it was a lot of fun to get to see everyone before the hectic wedding day!  Saturday I got up and headed to the hotel with all the ladies to get our make-up done, and just a few short hours later we were on our way to the park for the ceremony.  They seriously could not have had more perfect weather than what they had - the day was absolutely beautiful and the ceremony (and bride, of course!) were as well!  



On Sunday (which just so happened to be my birthday!) Jake and I woke up early and drove up to Duluth for a night away to celebrate both our birthdays, our 2nd anniversary and a mini babymoon.  We went to Northern Minnesota for both our honeymoon and an engagement trip, so it seemed perfectly fitting to do so again.  Let me tell you something, though... all that walking was hard on this pregnant lady's legs!  Jake gave me the absolute perfect gift while we were up there - a pregnancy massage!  I had never before had a professional massage, and truth be told I probably wouldn't have spent the money on it myself.  I am so beyond grateful that he chose to get one for me, though.  My lower back and upper left shoulder had been causing me a LOT of pain lately, so it was great to have a bit of time to just get pampered and get all those issues worked out.  My shoulder hasn't hurt once since!  (Jake gained more points than I can imagine with that gift!!)  

I very much wish that I had full posts on each of these weeks but what can I say besides "I dropped the ball!"  Starting tomorrow I am back on track with my weekly check-ins though!  It's absolutely incredible to think that there are now less than 15 weeks until my due date... time is going to fly!





8.19.2014

My Year without Alcohol

So just yesterday I posted about my two year anniversary - and here I am posting about another anniversary!  No, it's not a coincidence - I definitely planned this out (though, to be honest, it didn't quite go according to plan.)

A year ago today I started on a challenge.  I challenged myself that I would go one year without drinking any alcohol.  You can read all about my thought process going into it here.  I chose August 18th to be my last day having a drink with the intention of having a celebratory drink that would coincide with our second anniversary.



Well, that's just not going to happen.  Here I sit six months pregnant so I definitely extended my year out by quite a bit!  Truthfully?  I don't mind a bit.  In college I drank quite a bit, but in the years that followed I had slowed down by a lot.  I knew, though, that those times when I did go to the bar I often found myself not able to stop at one drink.  I would give in to a second, then a third, then throw in the towel completely and just have a fun night - which inevitably led to a horrible morning the next day.  Did these days happen often?  No, not really.  But even one of these days wasn't worth it!

So I decided to go cold turkey.  If I couldn't stop at one, I would just have to stop at zero - so that's what I did.  Here's what I have learned about myself along the way:

I can have just as much fun without ever having a drink.

Even though I gave up drinking, I did not give up having fun.  I still went to weddings, the bar, bachelorette parties (I even hosted an after party that went until roughly 5 am!).  I never felt deprived and I never felt like the odd duck out.  In the beginning people would kind of look at me funny when I turned down a drink, but after a month or two it wasn't even on most peoples' radar!  Some people feel like in order to have fun you have to have a drink in your hand.  I am proud and glad to say that this is not the case with me!

Drinking makes me tired!
Before giving up alcohol for a year, being tired was often my go-to excuse for drink number two (and three, and four...)  I would have my vodka 7 + grenadine and at the end of it I would start feeling sluggish and like I was ready to sleep.  So to trick myself into waking up a bit more I'd have that second drink.  Now that I don't have drink number 1, I don't get tired like I used to!  Yes, I know this is kind of an obvious thing to point out, but I'm glad I learned this about myself.  I'd rather be awake because I actually am awake, than to be awake because I'm tricked myself into it with a second drink.

I don't have a desire to get back into the drinking game.
This, more than anything else, is what I have learned over this past year.  Even if I weren't pregnant right now, I honestly don't think I'd be running to the liquor store to treat myself to a drink.  I have become perfectly accustomed to having my water bottle with me 24/7 (seriously, it's never very far away!) and I have absolutely no problem turning down a drink.  I like the fact that I don't need to drink to have fun, and I'm glad that I saved myself so many wasted calories over the past year.  I will obviously be alcohol-free for quite a while now that I am pregnant, but I just don't know that I'll be jumping back on the alcohol bandwagon even when I can!

Have you ever thought about giving up alcohol?  What are your thoughts?  Are you tempted to try?


8.18.2014

Two Years and Counting

August 18th is here again!  Just two years ago (already two years ago?!) Jake and I were a brand-new Mr. and Mrs., and here we are two years later expecting a new little one in just a short couple months who will transform us into a little family of three.



Last night we went out for dinner (after having a dinner party on Saturday I was absolutely in no mood to cook again!) and on the way back home we started talking about our anniversary and how quickly two years has seemed to go by.  On one hand, it feels like just yesterday that we were wearing a wedding dress and tux and having the best day ever.  On the other hand, that day feels like an entire lifetime ago.

Before we got married I was living with my parents, working at a different job and living in an entirely different city that meant at least an hour commute for when we wanted to see each other.  He had roommates and a house with zero Eiffel Towers used as decorations.  Although these two years have flown by, we both agreed that we couldn't even imagine going back and living those lives again!



A lot has happened in two years.  Some good and some bad.  We have shared laughter, tears, frustrations and celebrations.  If these past two years is any indication, we are set up to have a pretty darn exciting rest of our lives!

And I, for one, cannot wait to experience it.

Thank you, Jake, for making me feel safe.
For loving me.
For being the most understanding and patient person ever while I have been dealing with all these pregnancy hormones and acting like a crazy person most days.
For agreeing to be the full-time vacuumer since it is my absolute least favorite chore.
For being my biggest supporter in my weight loss journey but continually reminding me that you love me for so many more important reasons than what my reflection in the mirror looks like.
For laughing at my jokes (even if you don't really get why they're funny.)
For teaching me.
For helping me.
For loving me.

Two years down, a lifetime to go :)