Tuesday, May 29, 2012

25 Weeks

Well, I skipped a week again! I'm blaming it on my tired, lazy, pregnant tendencies. ;) I can't believe I'm already at 25 weeks & 3 days. I just looked at the countdown on my desktop and it says 3 months and 9 days until my due date. Crazy! My sister-in-law just had her baby boy and seeing a cute little newborn makes me so excited and nervous! I don't have much experience with newborns but I'm sure my natural instincts will kick in when my little one arrives or at least I hope they do!

I'm sure we can all agree that pregnancy is an amazing miracle and a unique and wonderful experience but this week I wanted to talk about the parts that aren't so fun. I mean let's be real, some things about it are just not so enjoyable! There's a few things that I have really been missing but it's so worth it! Here's my top two:

1. Running:

Honestly, I think I miss running the most out of anything else. I know that there are a lot of people who run through there entire pregnancy. I give them props for that! I, however, have never felt from the beginning that it was right for me. I'm not very comfortable with it and plus I'm usually too tired for intense workouts anyways.
Before I was pregnant running was one of the biggest parts of my life. I recently ran my first half marathon and when I was training it was a huge part of my day. I love the feeling of being able to push my body to new limits and to feel such an accomplishment when I beat one of my own records. I'm so excited to get back to it because I feel like it is a piece of me and right now it's missing. I've already planned my first big race for next March, a half marathon! That will give me 6 months after delivery so I think I'll have plenty of time to prepare. I just really hope my little guy likes a running stroller!

2. Being Skinny:

I'm sorry if this comes out in a strange way but I like to be as real as possible! I honestly miss being skinny so much! (I am not saying I am fat now, but just that I am "different" than before). I have been mostly the same size my whole life and enjoy working out and staying in shape. It's a part of who I am and I like putting in the work and feeling healthy because of it. I know that I am still healthy and that I need to gain weight for the baby which I have kind of enjoyed doing (I love eating!) but it's a strange feeling so see and feel your body change when you are used to it being one way.
I love my belly because I know there is a beautiful baby boy inside of it but I'm not gonna lie, looking down and seeing a huge bump instead of a flat stomach is an adjustment. My hips and butt have also grown a lot! My husband sure isn't complaining but putting on a pair of shorts that used to be loose and are now tight is also just a bit strange. All I can say is I'm glad that pregnancy is only 9 months because I want my normal body back! I know it won't be the exact same body I had before but I can at least try!

Some other things I miss are being able to drink coffee, being able to do things without getting tired, and sleeping on my stomach! All in all though, these sacrifices seem so small in comparison with the huge blessing it is to being having our first child! We are so blessed and excited for him to be here and that's what keeps me going! :)

Here's an update and bump photo:

Weight gained: Not sure how much since last time a posted but since the beginning of pregnancy about 10 lbs.

Workouts: none.

Exciting happenings: My shower is officially set for the 16th of June and my Mom will be here! Yay!

Days left of work: 8!

Movement: Lots of it. Now that he's getting bigger I've notice the movements feel a little different. It's simply amazing!

What were the things you missed or miss the most while pregnant?

xoxo Jessenia + Baby Boy

Monday, May 14, 2012

23 Weeks

Happy Monday! I took off work today and I am thoroughly enjoying my time off by relaxing and cleaning up the house. We had a great weekend consisting of a Friday night show by a friend's band, garage saling deals Saturday morning, pool Saturday afternoon, and a nice family Mother's day!

I am so excited about the deals we found on Saturday morning. We got a small crib $20, a baby swing for $17, and a bunch of new baby outfits for $12. I was especially excited about the swing because it is practically brand new and the price at the store is $100! Talk about a deal!

The small crib is going in our room next to our bed. I'll be posting before and after pictures when I am done making it over. I am going to paint it white and make a mattress pad, sheets, and breathable crib bumper for it.

I'm getting really excited that I only have 4 more weeks left of work and then I can finally focus on getting the house and everything ready for our little one. I started this weekend by sewing new throw pillows for the couch! You like?

As far as my pregnancy goes this week, I have been feeling pretty good. The only thing new is that I have been having more aches. It seems like every time I stand up for too long or sit down for too long my lower back hurts. I've also been uncomfortable sleeping some nights.

Another weird symptom that has popped up is swollen hands. I walked 6 miles last week and during one of the days I walked it was really sunny and hot out. I noticed about half way through that my hands were feeling really tingly and lo and behold they were swelling up. Once, I got home and out of the heat they went right back to normal though so that's good!

I went to the Dr. on Friday and heard the heartbeat again. So amazing every time! I asked the midwife a bunch of questions about labor and delivery and it got me really excited! Less than four months and all of it will become a reality.

Here's a quick update and belly shot:

  • Total Weight Gain: Official weigh in says 7 lbs. 
  • Workouts:  Three! 3 two mile walks & some pool exercises after one of them. 
  • Baby Items Purchased: Clothes, swing, crib, fabric for sheets for crib 
  • Number of Pants/ Shorts that Fit: One pair of stretchy shorts! Everything else requires a hair tie or being left unbuttoned. 


Hope everyone has a lovely week!

xoxo Jessenia + Baby Boy

Monday, May 7, 2012

22 Weeks

Today I want to talk about 2 things: pregnancy clothing and sugar intake.

I've been feeling and looking much bigger lately and I'm finding that a bunch of my clothes don't fit me
right or just don't fit at all. I was so excited about having a baby bump and now I just need to figure out how to clothe it in the best way possible. 

Tops aren't really as much of a problem for me as bottoms because with the style of clothing currently a lot of my shirts are flowy enough to fit my growing belly. However, my bottoms are pretty much all not able to button, some not able to zip. Some of my bottoms I am still able to do the hair tie trick where you loop it in the hole and around the button to add some space but I'm not sure how long I will be able to pull that one off! 

I also have a belly band but after wearing it a few times I decided I really dislike it. It makes me feel confined and makes my tummy feel squished. The last thing I want to do is squish my little boy. I'm finding that I'm most comfortable with as little pressure from clothing around my belly as possible. 

Since I refuse to buy any maternity bottoms I am resorting to dresses and long shirts with leggings. I don't have anything against maternity pants but I personally have always had a subconscious notion that I would never ever buy a pair lol. Just one of those things. So I have been investing in dresses that are my size but have room for a growing belly that way I can still wear them with I am not pregnant anymore. 

I've also been thinking about sugar intake quite a bit this week. I've always had a sweet tooth and pregnancy has definitely not made it go away. I try to stay away from anything with processed sugar and always opt for organic, fruit or fruit juices with no added sugar. However, this doesn't mean I'm not consuming sugar because raw sugar still counts! It's not like I sit around and eat sweets and drink juice all day but since I have heard of people getting pregnancy diabetes because of too much sugar I get a little concerned sometimes. 

I have really been trying to only have 1 or 2 sugary items a day but it's so hard! I usually eat fruit gummies on the way to work because they are easy on my morning stomach. Then I like to have juice or chocolate almond milk when I get home. That's already about 30 grams. Then add in any snacks such as organic poptarts or cookies or gummy worms and the number just keeps going up. Do I sound crazy right now?! lol I don't know if i'm being overly cautious or if I really am having too much.

Weekly Update:

Weight gained: none this week

Movement: tons! I can see my belly moving now. So cool!

Cravings: Pop-tarts 

Workouts: one 

Days left until summer: 23!!

Here's what I look like: 

                  12 weeks                                        22 Weeks - What a difference 10 weeks makes!

What clothing do you like best for a growing belly? Any suggestions on how much sugar is too much?

xoxo Jessenia + Baby