It was too sunny (!!) last weekend to take a photo in our usual spot, so we had to scramble to find another spot out of direct sunlight since we were on our way to see The Revenant with Aaron’s parents (which was awesome!). We snapped this photo really quickly, but it’s one of my favorites so far. I think I’m looking reallyyyy pregnant, but I know I still have 15-ish weeks to go and that belly is only going to get bigger!
Here’s a look back on how much it’s grown since the first photo at 9 weeks:
I barely even recognize myself from that first photo! I remember I felt a bit chubby when I got pregnant, as I weighed about 5 pounds more than the weight that feels like my fittest, and now I can’t believe how dang skinny I was! Leave it to pregnancy (or any kind of weight gain, really) to make you appreciate what you used to look like when you somehow couldn’t appreciate it at the time.
That said, I don’t miss my pre-pregnancy body at all right now. 99% of the time, I feel more confident about my pregnant body than I did about my non-pregnant body! The other 1% of the time is when I try on unflattering clothes or haven’t exercised in a few days and am just feeling blah in general.
I’ve done great with exercise this week and actually met my goal of going to the gym on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday! I walked for at least 45 minutes on the treadmill each day, and also lifted weights Tues/Thurs/Sat. I’ve officially transitioned to wearing my one pair of Lululemon shorts that still fits (as the waistband hits below my belly) and comfy maternity tees for the gym, as my old workout clothes are too tight and I have no desire to buy maternity-specific workout clothes at the moment.
It works! Even though I walk at a pretty slow pace, I make it sort of a hike with the incline feature and get a good sweat going, so it’s nice to wear shorts.
I got too bored with this season of Serial — sigh, I tried — so I’ve gone back to my old standby, This American Life. Any other suggestions for good podcasts to pass the treadmill time?
My pregnancy app tells me the baby is about 13.5 inches long and weighs about 1.5 pounds this week. That sounds huge! She is still kicking away, especially after I eat during the day at work and after dinner. Aaron and I can now see my belly move in addition to feeling it, and it really freaks me out when I have a plate or something resting on my belly and she kicks it!
My weekly at-home weigh-in showed I gained two pounds since last week, which puts me up about 15 pounds total. Remember when I was worried that I wasn’t gaining enough weight?? Ha! Aaron is still eating Paleo and quickly dropping the (very few) pounds he gained over the holidays, so we are likely going to be the same weight within the next few weeks… and then I’ll easily surpass him. Bring it on!
My belly is getting in the way more and more, like when I go to pick up something I’ve dropped (gotta bend at the knees), shave my legs or tie my shoes. The struggle is real.
A few random bodily changes I haven’t mentioned before: I’ve had a faint linea nigra below my belly button for several weeks now. It’s so subtle that at first I thought it was an indent from my clothes, but it’s definitely darker skin pigmentation that’s here to stay for awhile! This is not something I care about in the slightest.
On the other hand, my belly button has slowly become more and more shallow, and Aaron is convinced it’s about to pop out. This, I care about! I mean, if it happens, there’s nothing I can do about it, but I’m not excited about the idea of it poking out through my clothes. I’ve heard some pregnant women use stick-on patches to flatten their belly buttons, but I’ll just cross that bridge when I come to it. Maybe it won’t actually bother me?
My sleep quality is still awesome, and I’m clinging to it like the last lifeboat from the Titanic. Aaron and I have long been going to sleep around 9:15 p.m., but lately we’re conking out between 8:00 and 8:30. I LOVE SLEEPING SO MUCH and I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible before the baby comes! Even when she does sleep in those early days and weeks, I imagine I’ll be hovering over her watching her breathe, because otherwise how will I know she’s OK?? 🙂
We didn’t make any notable baby purchases this week, but our friends Hallie and Patrick gave us their infant bouncer and Rock ‘n Play since their littlest one is now done with them. Thank you, friends!! They also gave us the sweetest little outfit:
I’m dying of the cuteness!!! The tiny hearts!
The nursery curtains that arrived last week are too bright/bold in person, so I’ve ordered them in two other colors and hopefully one of them will work. Once we have the curtains figured out, all we have left in terms of decor is to fill the empty wall space above the crib! We have a good idea of what we want, but need to figure out the right color to go with the curtains, which will be the main color of the room since we’re not painting. Here’s the current (slightly messy) state of the nursery:
Lastly, I got invited to my baby shower this week! My mother-in-law put together the sweetest invitations along with our friend Katie, who also created those custom grandparent Christmas ornaments for us.
My terrible photo doesn’t do it justice, but how cute is that hand-drawn bike and trailer?? Love.
The rest of January is going to be really uneventful and low-key, but we have our babymoon and baby shower to look forward to in February, and then I feel like our baby’s arrival will be just around the corner. I can’t think about it too much or I’ll start to cry from a combination of excitement/terror.
I never know how to end these updates, so… until next week! 🙂