Pregnancy: Week 16

I am now four months pregnant! Whenever someone asks me how far along I am, I choose my answer depending on whether that person has kids or not. 16 weeks likely means nothing to a person who’s never been pregnant or the partner of a pregnant woman, so I just go with four months. Every week means something new and different to me, but most people just want to figure out how long it’ll be until the baby comes (answer: 24 weeks, or 6 whole months). 40 weeks = 10 months of pregnancy, which seems like it’s going to feel like forever!

Aaron and I bought a glider this week from a woman who told us her daughter was “almost 25 months!” followed by, “I guess I should stop counting in months now, huh?” Parents are funny. We’re well on our way there.

Anyway, the glider! My mom-friend Marion is super-active on lots of buy/sell/trade Facebook groups and tagged me in a post she saw advertising this glider with matching ottoman for just $50. It could not be in more perfect shape, as the family wound up not really using it, and we gladly took it home!

I’ve always wanted an ottoman that glides along with the chair, and now all my gliding dreams have come true.

Another big purchase this week was Aaron’s great find on the same Facebook group: a Chicco Keyfit 30 infant car seat with base and stroller caddy (affiliate links) for $100. The whole set is very highly rated and sells for $300 new!

(I’m way too lazy to take my own pics, as the caddy is in the garage and… no. I also just ate two spoonfuls of chocolate ganache, so that gives you an accurate picture of my life right now.)

I love buying baby things from people because it’s fun to meet the kiddos who used them before, and the parents are always eager to show off the cool features to us. The mom who sold us this set said she used several different carseats with her three kids and this was her very fave. It was also fun to push the empty stroller around her beautiful, amazing, ripped-from-a-design-magazine kitchen at her insistence. Gotta check out that turn radius, y’know.

We also booked our babymoon this week! In lieu of a fancy trip to someplace warm, we decided on a romantic weekend getaway in February to a rustic bed-and-breakfast just a few hours away from Seattle. A former co-worker highly recommended this place to me several months ago, and as soon as Aaron heard about the five-course gourmet breakfast, he was in! It’ll double as our Valentine’s Day celebration, although we’re going the weekend before Valentine’s Day.

Our other big source of excitement this week was hosting the inaugural Bacon Bake-Off! We invited several friends to cook or bake their best bacon-featuring dish, taste everything potluck-style, and compete against one another for a super-sweet trophy. Gillian won with her delicious bacon cinnamon rolls! 

A few friends used our kitchen to finish cooking their dishes, and for a little while it was like a Chopped-style flurry of activity. I may or may not have screamed, “Five, four, three, two, one!” at Chris as he assembled his pork-belly sliders (which earned him second place).

Just in case it wasn’t already clear, hosting an event like this is the greatest thing ever when you’re pregnant. People bring delicious food to you! You get to eat it, and then eat more of it! I had to have a second taste of those cinnamon rolls, of course.

Plus, we got to play with 11-month-old Josh, the son of Aaron’s BFF Adam.

We discovered that our place is pretty kid-friendly, except for the two death-trap staircases that we definitely don’t have baby gates for yet. But Josh was cool and didn’t try to throw himself down them. Thanks, kid!

And now, an update on how I’m feeling: not pregnant. I still feel really normal and forget I’m growing a human most of the time. 

However, I THINK I’ve felt the baby move a couple of times — but I’m still not sure. It feels kind of… jabby? It’s so faint and so infrequent, but it does kind of freak me out when it happens. I always thought feeling a baby move inside of me would feel kind of like an alien living in there, and if what I’m feeling is it, then it totally does. I will be happy to feel my first “real” kick, where I know for sure it’s the kiddo saying hi!

I’m still sleeping really well and only getting up once a night to use the bathroom, so that’s sweet. I do find myself going to bed earlier and earlier because sleep is just soooo lovely. I went to bed at 8:15 Thursday night and it was the best. Even on weekends, I’m in bed by 9 or 9:30. 

As for exercise, I think I only made it to the gym once this week for 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill. Ugh, so sad. I’m in the midst of switching up my schedule so that I’m going to work earlier and leaving earlier, which is what Aaron already does, so we can have more free time together in the late afternoons/evenings. I thought it would be easier to go to the gym in the afternoon, but so far I haven’t been motivated at all, as I’m still in the mentality of immediately putting on sweatpants and lounging once I get home from work.

Next week, I’ll try harder? Maybe? Yes, yes I will.

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