Pregnancy: Week 19

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Happy December! 

I celebrated by finally getting my hair cut for the first time since early August. I went super-short with my last cut so I could go a long time (by short-hair standards) in between cuts. It is possible to be lazy with short hair, thank goodness! 

I also went a bit darker (at home), which my doctor said was perfectly safe as long as I did it in a well-ventilated space. I stayed away from hair dye during the first trimester, as that is when I was most paranoid about doing anything “wrong,” but definitely talk to your doctor about what is safe for you.

It’s hilarious how different the answers are when I Google, “Is _______ safe while pregnant?” and when I ask my doctor. Google pretty much always leads me to random message boards where people claim that ________ will totally ruin everything, and my doctor pretty much always tells me, “Oh yeah, that’s perfectly fine!” Examples: sleeping on my back, taking a certain brand of allergy pill, eating pasteurized brie. This was all great news to hear because: no matter how hard I try to fall asleep and stay asleep on my side, I always wake up on my back; both sets of my in-laws have cats that I’m super allergic to; brie makes me really, really happy.

Again, talk to your doctor… and don’t read random message boards! I probably would have worried a lot less throughout this pregnancy if I had stuck with that policy throughout.

Not that all the worry is over. It’s never over, I guess. But we’re reallyyyyy looking forward to our 20-week ultrasound to get reassurance that everything is still going well!

I continue to feel completely normal, other than getting tired around 8:00 each night and needing to be in bed by 9:00. I don’t mind, though, because I loooove sleeping and will happily take as much sleep as I can get before the kiddo arrives. I slept for 11 hours Friday night to Saturday morning — 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. — and it was glorious.

My big victory this week was reintroducing salads to my lunches after a long hiatus, and having three days in a row where my breakfast, lunch, and dinner all included vegetables! I know I mostly post pictures of delicious desserts and treats on Instagram, but I am really trying to eat healthy most of the time so I can feed the baby good nutrients and also enjoy a good snack now and then.

Aaron and I made these amazing chicken enchiladas for dinner on Tuesday, and I was obsessed with the leftovers all week. 

He sauteed extra onions and green peppers to add to the filling, so each enchilada was huge and almost made a meal in itself for me. I’d bring one to work for lunch, then have a salad an hour or two later once I had more room in my stomach.

We still have leftover filling and tortillas in the freezer; we just need to buy more enchilada sauce and cheese at some point so I can continue the love affair. ❤

I only made it to the gym twice this week, on Wednesday and Saturday. I have no good excuse, really. I did my usual walking routine for 35 minutes each day, plus lifted weights on Saturday. 

I’m really starting to test the stretching capacity of my regular workout clothes. They still “fit” — like, they’re not uncomfortable or obscene-looking — but when I change out of them, the effect is similar to popping open a can of Pillsbury biscuits: everything kind of oozes out once the pressure has been released. Sorry, so graphic, but so true.

I think I’m still a few weeks away from buying new workout clothes, but my weight gain is definitely ramping up, so we’ll see. I gained two pounds from week 17 to 18, and 1 pound from 18 to 19. I’ll have an official weigh-in at the doctor this coming week to see what my total gain is so far, but I think I’m in the neighborhood of 7-8 pounds. That is crazy to me, because I feel like I can easily pack that on during an indulgent, weeklong vacation. Pregnancy is weird.

OK, it’s my bedtime, so I’m going to wrap this up real quick-like. We got a cute little Christmas tree this week, and decorated it and our mantel in approximately 15 minutes.

We’ll have to put that thing up on a table or something next year, as we’ll have a grabby little baby chilling with us. I also want to get three personalized stockings for next year, as we currently use two generic hand-me-down stockings from Aaron’s mom. Perhaps I’ll take advantage of a post-Christmas sale, if I remember?

We also made sweet gingerbread houses with our friends Sarah and Chris.

I thought we were going to be using plain gingerbread rectangles, but oh no, they had used gingerbread-house molds to make actual front, back, side, and roof pieces. Deluxe! No comment on the amount of candy we ate compared to the amount that made it onto our house.

We also drove to Portland and back in one day so Aaron could take advantage of a Rapha sample sale for hugely discounted bike clothes and accessories. We spent a total of five hours driving, one hour of waiting in line to get into the sale, and two hours in the store (which was packed full of people), including one hour of just waiting in line to buy his stuff — but it was all worth it to go to Salt & Straw afterward and eat the best ice cream of all time, ever. That’s the reason I went. And also to be a supportive wife or something.

That’s all for this week! I’ll be back next week with the big news from our 20-week ultrasound! Or maybe I’ll get too excited and share it on Instagram first!

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