pregnancy update: 23 weeks
It’s still pretty surreal to me that I’m talking about being pregnant on the blog. I’ve always loved following along on other bloggers pregnancy updates, but when I write these posts I feel like i’m writing about someone else’s life.
I’d say the majority of pregnancy has been positive + a wonderful experience AND there have still been some less than glamorous parts.
I’m finding I’m someone who doesn’t 100% love being pregnant. I’m grateful for what pregnancy is bringing us, but this week I drooled on myself twice in the middle of the day…like not while I was sleeping. I was just sitting at my computer. I read some women have increased saliva production in pregnancy and that could explain the drool. Also, I feel like I have a different smell. Like I want to take a second shower everyday at noon. It just hasn’t been all unicorns and rainbows.
I’m also definitely more emotional / overwhelmed feeling / can feel myself wanting to freak out about nothing. With my “freak outs” I just get really quiet. Something I learned a year into marriage was that Andrew’s love for me is not determined by if he can or can’t read my mind. I have to use my words. While I had become pretty good at expressing myself pre-pregnancy, I’ve notice myself getting quiet again and I’m really having to be intentional about processing through my emotions with Andrew / my sister / my friends as I need to.
Being pregnant is amazing and I’m so grateful to get to be growing our baby. You can see baby girl kick on the outside of my belly now. And she sleeps and wakes up at roughly the same time everyday…awake first thing in the morning until an hourish after breakfast – sleeps until afternoonish – wakes up after dinner – asleep again by 10pm. When she’s awake she’s extremely active. At our 20wk ultrasound I was glad Andrew could see on the screen that she really does tumble…rotating from her left side being down to her right side being down. That’s what it felt like she was doing, but it was nice to have it confirmed on the ultrasound screen. Feeling her roll around inside me is magical. That part is all unicorns and rainbows.
Here are some fun pregnancy updates from lately:
My recent maternity clothes purchases have included the green dress in the first photo from Asos, these maternity jean shorts (I thought that I would like them because they fit below the bump…but I actually would prefer them to have the stretchy panel most maternity clothing comes with) and the below dress from Asos.
I got the below dress for a baby shower! I love it so much. I think I’m going to get the next size up just to be on the safe side. I imagine my upper body is still going to need some space to grow in the next month and the dress is pretty snug now.
A lot of people are like, “don’t make a birth plan because nothing is going to go like you think it will.” But that doesn’t sit well with me. I know I don’t have control over the birth and how things will go, but there are a lot of birthing resources I’m super interested in. So my approach is: Anything I’m curious about I’m gonna try out. Right now I’m curious about Bradley classes (so I’m taking steps to sign up for those) and prob will end up getting a Doula if I find someone I connect with before birth day comes :) I’m also curious about epidurals and have a doctor friend who’s opinion I really value. We shall see what happens.
Things I’ve done
Spoke with a photographer friend about shooting a maternity photo shoot for me. I didn’t care AT ALL about getting bridal portraits done, I just wanted to be married. But I really want a maternity photoshoot. And I want it to be over-the-top natural, earthy, flowy dress filled and flower-crown-in-my-hair-esque. This is my current inspiration…
I ordered my breast pump through Aeroflow. Many family friends had said you could get a breast pump through your insurance company, but you had to wait until after the baby was born. I was like, “umm there has to be a way around that.” And there is! Aeroflow is awesome. You put in your insurance info and they let you know what pumps you’re approved for and then you order your pump through them. I heard about them through The Birth Hour podcast.
Had / Having very vivid dreams. Notable dreams include:
- The one about how our freezer doesn’t have enough space to store my breast milk and all the lasagnas I pre-made before baby came. I told Andrew about this one and he was like “how much milk and lasagna are you imagining?!” I guess I’m all go-big-or-go-home in my dreams because there way a lot of lasagnas involved lol
- The one about how baby girl is bored in my belly right now and has nothing to do all day.
Moving my body. Before I got pregnant I figured I’d just do yoga + walking for my entire pregnancy, since that was the movement I’d been enjoying most. Then the knee pain happened, which led to physical therapy, which led to the recommendation to stop doing yoga, which led to me having to rediscover what movement is joyful and pain-free for this stage of life. My movement now involves going to the gym, putting in my headphones before I walk in so I don’t have to hear any annoying gym talk, doing whatever exercises sound fun and then leaving.
Sometimes I’m there for 20 minutes. Sometimes I’m there for 40 minutes. Sometimes I only do weights. Sometimes I add in some cardio. It just depends on how I’m feeling. On days I feel like moving, it feels so good to move. On days I feel like resting, if feels so good to rest. On days where I have too much to get done, but I know it’d feel good to move…I realize there isn’t time to move that day and on the weekend there will be plenty of time to move if I still want to then.
I registered for upcoming baby showers! I’ve gotten 3 requests for where I’m registering / what I’m registering for. I’m using BabyList to register and I love it. It allows you to register for stuff from Target, Walmart, Etsy shops, etc all in one place. If you’re pregnant and wondering what to register for, here’s my list. (and yes. I registered for a ridiculously expensive stroller and bassinet.)
One of my pregnant friends has a lot of friends with babies and they sent her a list of baby-must-haves…and because she’s great she forwarded the list to me. Most of my registry is filled with things that were suggested on those lists…and then I picked some stuff that just looks pretty (aka the stroller and bassinet and all the clothing. hehe).
I bought this EPIC soft / fluffy rug for the nursery. Growing up we had a small sheepskin rug and it always kinda creeped me out…and now here I am with a giant one. Maggie is in love with the thing. I really like the layered rug look and am excited to see the nursery come together once we get the crib / more nursery stuff in the next couple of months.
I also ordered two of my favorite children’s books of all time: Rainbow Fish and A Bad Case of Stripes.
I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend planned! I was hoping we could go to Austin for the weekend to visit Hamilton Pool, but it looks like you have to make a reservation weeks ahead of time. Fail. So not sure what we’ll be up to!