Monday, May 26, 2014

baby alex: 26 weeks

a little late thanks to a trip to the midwest, but not too tardy.

how far along: 26 weeks

how big is baby: the size of a scallion (14 inches long and weighs 1 2/3 pounds)

weight gain / loss: starting weight was 142.4 lbs and i weighed 157.5 lbs at 26 weeks. i've gained 15 lbs and am on track for a healthy 25-35 pound overall weight gain.

symptoms: heartburn, waaaaah

cravings / aversions: craving fruits and healthy foods all the time. almost never in the mood for meat.

movement: i've started doing kick counts every night and can usually get 10 kicks in 5-10 minutes after drinking a glass of ice cold water. i'm trying to remember to do this every night.

gender: a little boy is on the way :-)

belly button: no change

sleep: i've started having insomnia again and it's making me quite tired when i get to work the next day.

what i'm looking forward to: i have a work conference this week, then the glucose test and another sono after that. sonos are seriously my fave. i love seeing little jake.

what i miss: feeling prepared and organized. i'm 2/3 of the way through this pregnancy and everyday i feel further and further behind...

highlights this past week: we took family photos in iowa this weekend, and i'm looking forward to seeing how they turned out. there definitely wasn't a maternity focus or anything, but i have a feeling this will be our last photo shoot as a family of three. next time we take family photos, baby alex will have arrived.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

baby alex: 24 weeks

i actually managed to post on time for the first time in a while. woo hoo! thank you, melissa, for reminding me that people do actually read/keep up with this blog, thus prompting me to prioritize it again ;-)

how far along: 24 weeks

how big is baby: the size of an ear of corn (almost a foot long and weighs 1 1/3 pounds)

weight gain / loss: thanks to weight watchers, i got back on track with the weight gain this week! i use the term weight watchers very very loosely. i've set up an app to help me gain 0.5 pounds a week right now and will boost to 1 pound a week soon. i'm not super strict about my diet, but have always loved using weight watchers when i need a way to track just how unhealthy i eat and kick my fruit and veggie eating into high gear. that said, at 22 weeks i was 155.2. at 23 weeks i hit 157, which was at the tippy top of the healthy weight gain range. today i am 155.4 pounds, having gained exactly 13 pounds this pregnancy. i want to slow down a bit more, but no rush.

symptoms: my body has been getting awfully achy lately. probably has more to do with working so much, but let's pretend like it's the pregnancy too.

cravings / aversions: craving carbs. i've been making much better snack choices with plenty of fruits and veggies and actually enjoy them. but the second someone shows up at work with a cinnamon loaf, i can't say no. as soon as i cut out the pop to opt for better beverages last week, pop naturally become an aversion. no longer interested.

movement: alex is starting to do the funky movements now! i can see my stomach pop out when he kicks now and sometimes i can feel him actually moving his body, instead of just a random kick feeling.

gender: boy

belly button: no change

sleep: aside from terrible allergy congestion, great. i've been sleeping comfortably on my left side with a pillow between my legs for a few weeks. now the position is ideal.

what i'm looking forward to: let's pretend like i finally have plans to get the nursery decorated. if we can pretend that, then that's what i'm looking forward to.

what i miss: having time to do things. this pregnancy is going by much faster than leila's and i feel very behind compared to last time.

highlights this past week: i washed and folded all of alex's little clothes. giant thanks to our friend cassie for giving us literally a hundred articles of baby boy clothing. that was such a burden lifted!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

baby alex: 22 weeks

i am so very late with the 22 week update. i got a promotion at work last month, which has come with a major transition period. couple that with two big work deadlines and i'm working 10 hour days, with all spare time dedicated to jake and leila. sorry that the beach and lake have had to come before this post. :-)

how far along: 22 weeks

how big is baby: the size of a spaghetti squash (about 11 inches long head to heel and weighs a pound)

weight gain / loss: i started at 142.4lbs and at 22 weeks weighed 155.2. i seriously gained like 4 pounds over the course of two weeks, which is unacceptable. i've started to dislike the way my pants were fitting too, so hopefully the 24 week update will include some details on improving these stats.

symptoms: nothing new to report

cravings / aversions: i've been craving pop a lot, which probably contributed to that weight gain! also just generally wanting to eat a lot of anything during the day, ha. is there a correlation between "work hard, eat hard?"

movement: i forgot how much i love the feeling of baby hiccups! they are so cute.

gender: boy

belly button: no change

sleep: pregnancy wise, good sleep! toddler wise, not as good. ha

what i'm looking forward to: a break from all of these doc appts, woo hoo. my perinatologist cleared me until the last month or so of pregnancy, so i don't have to go in every month anymore. i enjoyed the extra sonos, but am pleased to have one less morning to take off from work now.

what i miss: my cute figure. can you see a recurring theme in this post!?

highlights this past week: having another 3d sono. we looked at alex and i swear i can already tell that he looks like leila. which means he also looks like jake. those 3d things are a bit creepy, but it's fun when you can distinguish features!