34 Weeks & Maternity Photos

Though “blogging” was never my intent – really I just wanted to document my journey – I will still go on record as saying that I’ve been a terrible blogger. 

2nd trimester got a little boring and then when things “picked up again,” I was just out of the habit. Around week 30-31, things started to get increasingly uncomfortable and now I feel like I have a new sensation or symptom every couple of days. Most of it is the cliche stuff, not worth writing home about. Some days are more uncomfortable than others, but I am not quick to complain. After what it took to get here, I am grateful for every ache and pain.  In a nutshell:

  • there’s lots of peeing (thankfully no sneezing, laughing, or coughing leakage… hoping to keep it that way)
  • there’s lots of moaning and groaning to get comfortable / reposition in bed
  • there’s not a lot of room in my stomach for food
  • indigestion 
  • +29 pounds (and still 5 weeks to go?!? YIKES!!!)
  • shaving, getting dressed, anything involving bending… is definitely a challenge now
  • as of today, it feels like I got punched in the crotch – this is the first thing that has really affected my mobility

On August 30, we attended a childbirth class. That night, after MUCH thought over the course of the past few months, I committed to a plan that includes a fully natural childbirth – barring any unforeseen medical circumstances, of course. To that end, my stability ball has been purchased, and I have started to collect some helpful items for my hospital bag.

Rob and his dad continued to paint the nursery tonight. Now all that’s left to paint is the trim. Of course, Macie wanted to get in on the action, too.

  
As you can see in the pic, we also had a ceiling fan with a light installed. The furniture is being delivered a week from tomorrow, which will be about 4 weeks shy of D Day. Cutting it a bit close, but that’s how we roll over here. 

Yesterday afternoon, my sister treated us (insisted on!) a maternity photo shoot. I am so lucky to have a sister who enjoys and is so good at photography. I didn’t think I wanted maternity photos but now I am so glad we have them. It was absolutely GORGEOUS yesterday and we had a lot of fun, too. Here are a few of my faves. 

    

  
   
   

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The Difference 2 Weeks Makes

In the past 2 weeks, I have lost my waist line, my boobs have exploded, and I’m getting very nervous to step on a scale again. 

People keep telling me how great I look for 21 weeks, which I do appreciate. (Small victory: still wearing heels to work! Woohoo!) However, I think my pregnancy anxieties are coming true: I am not destined to have a cute defined bump; I am destined to fill out and round off all over. I think I will have my postpartum work cut out for me. 

 

Baby is worth it, of course! I didn’t get it when pregnant women complained about losing their bodies and hating how they looked, but ok… I get it now. I’m thrilled to be here and wouldn’t have it any other way, but I do get it.

17 Weeks

 Here’s a side by side of 14 weeks and 17 weeks (17 weeks today!!!) 

I know bumps tend to pop later for first time moms so I’m really really trying to be patient. I enjoy being able to bend down, shave, tie my shoes, etc. I know there will come a point when I will look back on these early pics and yearn for the days when I still basically had my body. All I am right now is a little thick in the middle. I can also feel my uterus getting higher and harder, which always makes me smile! 

Honestly, there’s hasn’t been much to report, which I guess is good.

  • Energy is back. I’ve been going to the gym 3 x a week and maintaining variety in my workout so I don’t get bored. Treadmill, gentle yoga, toning on the barre, aqua sculpt… anything that doesn’t involve high impact.
  • Boobs are definitely full and sore, and now I know what people mean when they say tender/sore nipples. It isn’t bad but I have a little bit of that going on.
  • Food: It’s been a slow couple of weeks for cravings. Still enjoying my lemonade immensely and just today I had a hankering for a grapefruit. Not craving any healthy proteins and I really should eat some fish at some point, but carbs are still more appealing. 
  • Weight: This one is hard because I’m not entirely sure of my prepregnancy weight and I had put on weight from fertility treatments leading up to it. The first time I weighed myself while pregnant I was 139, and a few days ago I was 144, so we will say net gain +5 pounds. I better be careful because my goal was 20 pounds total, and I don’t even have a proper bump yet. Yikes!)
  • Mood: For the past few days I have been much more impatient, and well, moody, than usual. I find a lot of things (and people) annoying. I roll my eyes a lot. This may or may not be a result of the pregnancy…
  • Sleep: Waking up to pee once a night (this is a new second trimester thing), tryigng to get used to sleeping on my side, which does result in some hip and lower back pain. Stomach sleeping is getting a little harder, mostly for mental reasons – I can feel the hard little bump when I roll onto my stomach and I am afraid to hurt the baby. Sometimes I do a modified stomach sleep with one hand under my left hip and my right knee bent out to the side. This is a common position for me even when I’m not pregnant.

I’m looking forward to (and am nervous for) the anatomy / anomaly scan on June 9. The weekend prior, Rob and I are taking a long weekend in Martha’s Vineyard. I am obviously hoping to look a little more prego by then!

12w Bump Watch 

Still pretty quiet in bump town. 

  

My Sonoline B Doppler arrived today. I want to thank everyone who recommended it! I watched a few tutorials and then laid down on the couch to give it a go. It took about 5 minutes (I think I got lucky!). First, I heard my own heartbeat (slower), then the infamous swooshing sound that’s not baby. Then, when I dug in a little deeper, I for sure found baby’s heart beat, slightly below and to the right of my belly button. 

I couldn’t stop smiling. ☺️