Saturday, January 31, 2015

24 weeks!

How far along?:
 23 weeks
Maternity clothes: Still just maternity bottoms with regular shirts. 
Best moment this week: Well I guess I can come clean now...I accepted a new job this week as Assistant Vice President Marketing Specialist at our local credit union (there are 9 branches and growing!). I did love my job at the newspaper as creative director/graphic designer but with a new baby it just did not pay for additional daycare, plus there were no benefits such as a 401k, all I had was vacation days. I won't miss my crazy commute up the passes/mountains in the winters or my insane deadlines every week but I will desperately miss my colleagues that have become some of my greatest friends here in Vermont. 
Symptoms: I'm still only running a max of 3ish miles at a time due to shin splints. There was something else but I can't remember haha Oh I guess exhaustion obviously!
Miss anything?: A good glass of sauvignon blanc. Even while pregnant I have sips or a couple ounces of wine or beer maybe once every other week but white wines and IPA beers have a weird taste to them now which sucks because they're my favorite.  
Movement: It's all the time now regardless of if I am sitting or standing and Tom finally felt a couple kicks for the first time the other day. Every other time he's tried to feel kicking the baby stops of course! 
Food cravings: Yes, chocolate and ice cream all the time - I'm good and only gave in once though!
Have you started to show yet?: Oh yeah! I feel like I really popped more this week. 
Gender prediction: Little man 2!
Mood: Still exhausted but not quite as moody. 
Looking forward to: Starting my new job and relaxing at home this weekend and going to a Super Bowl party tomorrow!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

23 weeks

How far along?: 23 weeks
Total weight gain: Like I said last week, I'm not weighing myself anymore. I've been eating really well this week since I want to make sure I'm keeping my weight in check. I've been making really good protein smoothies in the morning and they keep me completely full until lunch and I don't pick as much though out the day too which is something I've always done but gets worse when I'm pregnant. I just put milk, greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder, kale, frozen blueberries and strawberries and half a banana so I don't even taste the protein and it's wicked good too. 
Maternity clothes: Still just maternity bottoms with regular shirts. 
Best moment this week: Finn coming up to me, lifting up my shirt, saying baby and kissing my belly without me asking!
Symptoms: Running has been a little more tough this week, I'm just much more tired than normal this week so I've maxed my longest run at 3 miles this week. 
Miss anything?: I really wanted an Allagash White beer this week. 
Movement: It's pretty constant now but of course whenever I try to have Tom feel it he stops. 
Food cravings: Nothing really. 
Have you started to show yet?: Oh yeah!
Gender prediction: Little man 2!
Mood: Still exhausted but not quite as moody. 
Looking forward to: Going home this weekend with Finn since Tom has to prep for his first semester of teaching Anatomy and Physiology two nights a week at the local community college.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

22 weeks

How far along?: 22 weeks
Total weight gain: 18lbs. I've decided that since my weight has been fine this pregnancy, I'm not going to weigh myself the rest of the pregnancy. I've been living by the scale since Finn was born and knowing I will again to loose the weight, I just want a break from it. I actually think it will make me eat healthier since I can't keep track of it by a number but by how I feel instead. I'll start to weigh myself again around 37 or 38 weeks so I know what my final weight actually is. 
Maternity clothes: All maternity bottoms now as I don't want to stretch out my designer jeans even though they fit. I haven't worn any maternity shirts yet other than tanks but I haven't stopped wearing those since my last pregnancy. 
Best moment this week: Feeling our little guy start to kick me way more often.
Symptoms: My hips are way more sore after a run and squats are now killer!
Miss anything?: Not much.
Movement: So much more than last week even. Finn fell asleep on me the other day and I could feel him kicking at Finn!
Food cravings: Nothing really. 
Have you started to show yet?: Oh yeah!
Gender prediction: Little man 2!
Mood: Still exhausted but not quite as moody. 
Looking forward to: Better runs this week without shin splints since I know how to keep them away. Tom starts teaching in a week so I'm looking forward to our last normal week until craziness ensues!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

21 weeks

Photo taken 20w3d
How far along?: 21 weeks
Total weight gain: 17lbs. About 1 more pound than I wanted but the holidays were hard and it still keeps me on track for my max of 35lbs. I'm trying to find a balance between eating super healthy and eating a few treats. My only problem seems to be that even when I have a few treats I gain very easily. I gained very easily with Finn too and honestly didn't just eat what I wanted and I was still conscious about what I ate. I'm just hoping that my workouts and lifting can continue to be strong so I only gain the alb a week.
Maternity clothes: I tried on a pair of LOFT maternity jeans I had gotten from thredup and they actually fit now and don't look like they're maternity which is nice. 
Best moment this week: Seeing as it's now Sunday and not the normal Thursday, my favorite moment was going to Boston this weekend with Tom while my mom came to our house to watch Finn. I didn't realize how much we needed a weekend away until we were away. It was nice to reconnect on our own as much as I missed our little man. 
Symptoms: Starting to get stupid shin splints when I run again. This is about 7 weeks earlier than with Finn which really concerns me since I don't want to stop running already. If I tuck my hips, lean forward more and almost pull my torso up off my hips as I run then they are almost not there. It's not during every run, just every other but it's still a pain - literally!
Miss anything?: Definitely wanted to take a few tastings when we went to Sam Adams Brewery tour and Harpoon Brewery tour while in Boston. Instead I had some low-fat soft ice cream with reese pieces from Sprinkles - the best ever :)
Movement: Yes! I had only been feel movement and then when we were in Boston I started to feel a few kicks and have felt some today while home too. Feeling movement is awesome, but kicks and jabs are the best!
Food cravings: Nothing really. 
Have you started to show yet?: Oh yeah!
Gender prediction: Little man 2!
Mood: Still exhausted but not quite as moody. 
Looking forward to: Friday! And not because it's almost the weekend but because it will mean my Thursday trip to the dentist for fillings will be over. I have always had horrible teeth no matter how much I brush and floss (possibly due to being lactose intolerant as a kid and I have extremely deep crevices in my teeth too) and when I became pregnant with Finn they got even worse. Finally getting the last of my fillings and hoping I don't have anymore for a while. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

20 weeks

Chopped off another 3 inches tonight and added some bangs which are currently pinned back!
How far along?: 20 weeks
Total weight gain: I honestly haven't weighed myself in 2 weeks. I ate way too many sweets over the holidays but I've been working out and eating healthy by cutting out added sugars all week and plan to do the same next week so I'll weigh myself next week when I'm a bit more comfortable.
Maternity clothes: My maternity pants are still a bit baggy on me but I have 2 pairs of jeans that  are a size or two big from after Finn was born and I wanted to wear jeans so I've been wearing those. My stretching jeans still fit but I'm afraid of stretching them out and not having them go back to normal post pregnancy.
Best moment this week: Having the day off for New Years and spending it with Tom and Finn just hanging around the house playing with toys, making pizza and watching a movie.
Symptoms: Horrible, horrible round ligament pains. I never had them with Finn really bad until the last two weeks but by then everything hurt anyways. I honestly thought something was wrong they hurt so bad. I asked my colleague if she had that pain with her second and she said it was so much worse with her second and described them how I did so I figured I was in the clear and not going into early labor haha
Miss anything?: I've really been wanting beer lately :)
Movement: Yes!!! Finally! About a week ago I started to feel it when I'm sitting and lean forward a little and now it's definitely more often but still usually when I'm sitting. I forgot how strange it is at first but I can't wait for kicks and punches!
Food cravings: Well since I'm on this no sugar thing of course all I want is ice cream.
Have you started to show yet?: Yes! Finally I feel pregnant and not just chubby!
Gender prediction: Little man 2!
Mood: Exhausted and moody as usual.
Looking forward to: A weekend away with Tom next weekend! My amazing mom is coming to watch Finn and we are going to head to Burlington for the day/night. It will be our first night away from Finn but Finn loves my mom so I'm honestly not worried about him, I'm worried he'll wear her out with his energy haha

Saturday, December 20, 2014

18 weeks

How far along?: 18 weeks
Total weight gain: 11lbs.
Maternity clothes: Not really. Wearing a lot of dresses and skirts lately though. 
Best moment this week: We had our anatomy scan on Wednesday and found out we're having a boy! We were gonna wait to open the envelope but wanted to open it just the three of us since my family would be out for Christmas. We're super excited that Finn will have a brother so close in age and I can't wait to watch them grow up together. 
Symptoms: I've had to slow down my runs a bit since I not too much pulling and a little soreness when I go fast during sprints. I've made my runs a bit longer to make up for it and it's been fine. I'm running the Maine half marathon in October (4 months postpartum) since I deferred my application last year when I found out I was pregnant and knowing how competitive I am didn't want to run it and push myself too hard when I was so early still. So keeping the miles long but a little slower is probably best. 
Miss anything?: Nothing really.
Movement: Still nothing. 
Food cravings: Holy sugar crave! Anything and everything sugar. 
Have you started to show yet?: Yes, but it's still that awkward stage when people at the gym probably think I'm fat or pregnant but don't want to ask and offend me if I'm not haha
Gender prediction: Little man 2!
Mood: Exhausted and moody as usual.
Looking forward to: Christmas with our families here in Vermont. I can't wait to see how excited Finn will be on Christmas :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

17 weeks

Yes I look like a bum! Technically 17w3d for this picture.

How far along?: 17 weeks
Total weight gain: 10lbs. - last week should have said 9lbs. but it autocorrected to something stupid
Maternity clothes: I was basically wearing the same two stretchy pair of jeans and some leggings everyday so I decided to wear a pair of maternity corduroys since I'm skipping the whole "wearing my pants unbuttoned" this time around. If they don't button then I'm packing them away - it's awkward and uncomfortable and I don't care. 
Best moment this week: We had a massive snow storm basically everyday this week and because of it we lost power at work on Thursday. My boss sent us a text after Finn was already at daycare so I stayed home alone did laundry, dishes and cleaned the house - it was veeeery needed! And of course it's always awesome to hear the heartbeat at my midwives since I had my appointment on Wednesday.
Symptoms: My stomach is definitely starting to stretch and get hard to the point where I'm sore. My stomach is already starting to get heavy when I stand for too long as well. 
Miss anything?: Not really this week.
Movement: I ate ice cream saturday night and laid around trying to feel something but nothing yet.
Food cravings: For whatever reason I wanted cheese fries a couple of times this week. I'm pretty sure I've had cheese fries maybe once in my life so not sure where the craving even came from. 
Have you started to show yet?: Definitely popped again this week, and I can even feel that I'm stretching.
Gender prediction: No clue. I feel like I have no time to think about it this time around. Which makes me feel guilty but I know I'll probably feel this way forever now that I'm a mom.
Mood: Exhausted!
Looking forward to: Going to our anatomy scan on Wednesday :)

Finn caught the stomach bug from a kid at daycare (there's only 4 kids at his home daycare so when one gets something they all do) on Tuesday and spent all night throwing up the poor little guy. He took three baths that night it smelled so bad. I stayed home with him Wednesday after my midwife appointment and he was pretty much fine by noon. He still hasn't eaten much but luckily he's happy!