We got to take a little vacation to Florida around the 22-23 week mark (some might call it a Babymoon). It was really great to get away and relax before chaos ensues!
Concerns: My biggest concern is my weight gain. I was a little concerned about gaining too much weight (I think every girl is..). I asked the doctor last visit and he said I’m right on track. I would say I’ve gained about 18 pounds. I’m hoping I will not get over 30 pounds, but I’m going to let my body do what it needs to and make sure I’m eating as healthy as I can.
Side effects: Not too many new side effects to report. A couple days shy of 22 weeks I got my first bout of heart burn. It isn’t horrible but in the evenings for several days I was feeling it some… Good news though– I haven’t had heartburn since I started the #wholefoodsreset!
Cravings: I am still craving grapefruit and kiwis and eat at least one of each a day. I also have been loving granny smith apples —anything sour, tart, or citrusy tastes SO good! I started a #wholefoodsreset over a week ago and am definitely eating a ton more vegetables and fruits and good proteins. This is helping me stay regular (sorry, TMI, but its a legit concern during pregnancy). I also get full faster and can’t eat as much in one sitting, and if I try, I pay for it. Hello side cramp! There must be less room in there!
Clothes: I’m wearing the same skinny jeans (they feel like stretch pants), maroon cords, black maternity pants (for work), and leggings that I have been wearing the past few months. I don’t really need much more. I did get a long black maxi dress and a pair of comfortable capri pants at Old Navy right before Florida and am excited to wear them this spring. I have a lot of clothes (given to me) stashed away for when I get bigger or for spring, but so far, I really haven’t worn too many of the donated clothes. I invested in a few pieces that I like, and have definitely been wearing these things on repeat (long sleeved cotton t-shirts, old navy v-neck t-shirts, and target tanks). I really need a new bra, but I am just dreading the shopping.
Exercise: I’ve continued to stick with walking and yoga, although thanks to vacation my scheduled exercise was a little less frequent. We did walk and walk in Florida, so I feel like I got enough activity most days. I did get to do a little yoga on the beach in Florida–so lovely!
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping well. We definitely rested and relaxed more in Florida–we needed that vacation! I have been listening to my body and choosing to sleep in some mornings instead of get up for exercise, especially if I’ve been busy or working all week (like last week).
Mood: I’m in pretty good spirits right now. I do think my better food choices have a big influence on my moods, I am much more motivated to get things done around the house and also a bit less irritable. It could be all the Vitamin D I got in FL too. I will never know if it was one or the other, or both, or even something different, but I’ll take it!
Overall feelings: I have been able to feel the baby kick for several weeks, and somedays it is so active! Dave felt it move the other day too–its starting to become a reality. I am getting excited to meet the baby, and really excited to find out if we will have a little boy or girl join our family. I’m also a bit nervous, as there are so many unknowns and uncertainties…like how are we going to manage the nursery and a newborn? I’m also feeling the push to get on the preparations…like buying a crib (where do you do that?!) and maybe registering for baby stuff (I don’t even know what I’ll need!).
Baby Names: Our baby has acquired some nicknames: Little Hopper, Sweet Baby, and Captain Gil (don’t ask…)
We’ve had names picked out since before we were pregnant and so far those names have not changed, except we’re still debating on the middle name if its a girl…which Dave has a feeling it is. I can’t say that I have strong feelings either way, but my 3 year old niece Emily seems to know. She walked right up to my belly and asked sweetly, “Can I see her?” *heart melt* Kate, my 5 year old niece, thinks its a girl too, and hopes we name it Rachel. And Emily wants a baby girl cousin named Joseph. Go figure.