Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bump Update: Weeks 14 - 16

Here is my fourth batch of weekly updates, these ones start in February.  Please ignore typos/ grammar errors as I was excitedly writing everything that came to mind in hopes that I wouldn't forget anything!

Week 14

Baby Size: A lemon! (Which sometimes these descriptions confuse me, babe was a peach last week - aren't peaches normally bigger than lemons?)

Feeling: Really great! My body is starting to change so much and I love watching it all happen. I  am starting to have a bit of round ligament pain, but it is short lived and pretty few and far between. I take it as a sign of everything stretching and growing the way it should here so no complaints! It is a little crazy that this is already the start of month 4 and my second trimester!

Food Cravings/ Aversions: No real aversions to speak of, food is back to being delicious again! I'm not sure I would classify it as a real craving, but this week canned mandarin oranges sounded SO good. I was having a hard time finding them in the grocery store (I very rarely get canned fruit), and when I did there was a nut job man in the aisle who wouldn't leave me alone and kept asking about my astrological sign and all sorts of strange questions. Not to worry, I eventually found those yummy little oranges and walked as fast as I could away from that lunatic!

Symptoms: The few bouts of round ligament are really all I can think of. I've heard that being active is supposed to help and I've found that it has!

Weight Gain: Weighed myself at the gym so I am not sure about accuracy but it said up 3 lbs!

Projects: Finished getting rid of everything that we needed to sell, did another Goodwill donation run and organized our nightstands which have been driving me crazy! One project per week has been helping me feel productive, organized and really calm when I think about how many things are going to get added to our home over the course of the next several months.

Dear Baby: I love you! We announced publicly that we are expecting you and were greeted with so many calls, texts, and emails from people who are so excited to meet you. Everyday that you grow inside of me I fall a little bit more in love with you. I was chatting with a friend recently about what a blessing it is to be able to grow a baby, and while I cannot wait for you to be out in the world in six short months I am savoring every little second of this time where I get you with me all the time.

Week 15

Baby Size: An apple (or orange depending on the app I look at)!

Feeling: Still awesome! This week was especially exciting because I had a doctor appointment on Friday that I had been looking forward to for weeks. Because I still haven't felt my little man move, it is so reassuring to hear the heartbeat on the doppler (and we got to hear plenty of swishes from him moving around so much in there)!

Food Cravings/ Aversions: No aversions to speak of and food is generally pretty easy! As far as cravings, nothing too much to speak of - watermelon does always sound amazing though. And my hunger continues - Preston was so sweet and got up out of bed at 9:30 multiple nights to bring me an evening snack of cinnamon chex. :)

Symptoms: A little bit of round ligament pain but nothing too bad at all. Definitely noticed my belly growing this week - as evidenced by my weight gain! I have noticed my nose picking up on even the slightest scent, I am trying not to be annoying about it but did have to request at a recent girls dinner that we move inside as we were eating outside and the smell of a smoker nearby was a bit too much for me (I hate the smell of cigarettes all the time, but especially while I'm eating).

Weight Gain: Up four pounds! Definitely some growing going on here!

Projects: Operation Nursery has officially started! We went and picked up paint, hired a painter (I'm technically not supposed to be around paint and Preston loathes painting so we splurged and decided to hire this one out). The crib has also been ordered thanks to some very sweet and generous grandparents! Preston also started our registry, he is VERY excited about the gadgets that come along with babies - which should surprise absolutely nobody. :)

Dear Baby: You are so cherished my sweet boy. Guess what? We have your name picked out. Well really we have for the past couple of weeks. We use it all of the time when we talk about you but aren't ready to share with anybody quite yet. Everything is getting so real, and I hope you know that this time of having you grow inside of me is something I will always cherish. I love knowing you are in there swimming around and growing profusely.

Week 16

Baby Size: An avocado, this must be a lucky week since avocados are just about my favorite food of all time.

Feeling: Fantastic! I didn't think the second trimester could get better than the first but somehow it has. Starting on nursery projects and baby shower planning has both Preston and I feel very excited which is so fun.

Food Cravings/ Aversions: Aversions seem to be permanently gone, no real cravings - food is easy! Again, I am so thankful for this!!

Symptoms: Not really anything - extreme happiness? Crazy excitement? Crying happy tears in church worship thinking of how thankful I am for this little life growing in me?

Weight Gain: Didn't weigh myself.

Projects: We went and picked our nursery dresser and Preston spent all of Saturday night putting it together! Don't worry - I provided moral support and hammered in a few nails sideways, always the helpful assistant. The painting will also be done this week and our crib will be arriving shortly. It is so fun to see everything coming together!

We're also doing baby moon planning which I am going to put as a project even though I'm not quite sure it counts. We've planned to do a resort in the Dominican Republic, but due to the Zika outbreak that (along with most other beauty international destinations) is out of the question. Fortunately, there are many domestic places we've yet to explore and I am so excited to head to North Carolina to explore!

Dear Baby: I love you my little man! We are getting all ready for you and can't believe we get to meet you in less than six months! Keep growing strong sweet boy!

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