Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Happiness and Week 18 Bump Update!

A day late on this, but Week 18 is here, and baby is the size of a sweet potato. I think these fruit and vegetable comparisons are a little BS. I've seen sweet potatoes smaller than avocados and bigger than my face. Either way, they say the little guy is over five inches long now.

Yesterday, I spent a lot of the day stuffing my face with sugary goodness. It seemed like the appropriate thing to do for Eric's birthday/Easter. Baby said so, okay?! 

We had a nice three-day weekend together, but now Monday is here, and I have a really bad case of the "I HATE YOUR GUTS, YOU SUCK SO BAD, MONDAY"s. Eric is back at work, and I am at home getting things done until I go back to work tomorrow. 

Instead of sitting here moping while I wait for my laundry, how about we infuse a little happiness into this Monday? Chondra Echert of Our Transient Life blog (some of you may recognize her name as a comic book author and the wife of Coheed frontman Claudio Sanchez) posted a "25 Things that Make Me Happy" post this morning to cheer up her Monday. It made me feel better just reading her list, so I figured it would only help to make my own. You should make one, too. Mondays are the perfect day to force yourself to think happy thoughts!

25 Things that Make Me Happy

1. Waking up next to Eric.

2. When Nym greets me with her favorite bone, tail wagging, when I walk in the door after a long day of work.

3. When Nym nudges my hand for more pets or pushes her head into my legs for snuggles. Basically, anything Nym does makes me happy. Unless it involves eating socks or retainers, or tearing her ACL...

4. Reading. Whether it's a book, magazine, or blog, reading is the only thing that can completely remove me from my world and relieve me of any stress or anxiety I might have.

5. Sitting outside in the sunshine.

6. Going for a boat ride, preferably with alcoholic beverages involved.

7. When one of my favorite songs comes on the radio exactly when I need it. Like when I was leaving the school on my last day of working there, and Highway to Hell by AC/DC came on. It was magical.

8. Seeing my family walk out of the terminal at the airport when they arrive in West Palm for a visit.

9. Hearing baby's heartbeat.

10. When Chloe grabs my hand and pulls me into another room to play or show me something.

11. Playing games with friends, because that's our nerdy idea of getting crazy on the weekend.

12. Eating a good meal outside on a nice day, at a restaurant or at home.

13. My mom's cooking.

14. Landing in Philly and seeing the city skyline as we drive back to NJ to greet our family.

15. When I spend time doing my makeup and hair, and I look in the mirror and feel like it actually looks GOOD.

16. Listening to the throwback albums of my youth front to back on long car rides and singing along at the top of my lungs. Deja Entendu and Tell All Your Friends, anyone?

17. Babbling along on my blog. I don't care who reads this. Writing is therapeutic.

18. Achieving goals.

19. Video chatting with our family.

20. Drinking a latte. The whole experience of going to a coffee shop and ordering a drink makes me feel cozy.

21. Reuniting with good friends after a long time apart.

22. DISNEY WORLD. Especially Magic Kingdom and Epcot on a nice day.

23. Exploring somewhere new.

24. Playing the piano and nailing a piece after not practicing it for a long time (probably too long...).

25. Pizza. Did you think this list would be complete without it?

Bump Update

How far along? 18 weeks. Almost halfway there!
Total weight gain: I will find out at my next doctor appointment on Friday, at my NEW doctor. I have high hopes for this practice.
Maternity clothes? Still none. I just feel so inbetween. Things fit, but they're snug and not flattering. I have some pudge on my hips, and obviously my belly, so I just feel... blah. I just want to pop a little more so I can feel good in clothing again. I feel fine naked. Haha.
Stretch marks? None yet! Just keeping up my moisturizing routine every day after my showers. I've been using regular lotion lately, which seems to be working just as well as a $15 tub of belly butter...
Sleep: Pretty terrible. My anxiety has been through the roof, and I'm just uncomfortable. I think I need a vacation, and a pregnancy pillow, and maybe a king size mattress hehehe.
Best moment this week: Yesterday was Eric's birthday and Easter! It sucks being away from family, especially when both of our families have big gatherings, but I tried to make it special for him. We had ice cream cake and played games with a few friends on Saturday night, and I made him an Easter basket and planned a little Easter Beer Hunt for yesterday morning. It's the adult version of an Easter Egg Hunt, didn't you know? He was surprised, and I was happy. We had a great day talking to our families and enjoying each other's company, which we are trying to not take for granted. We will miss these moments when we are sleep deprived and have a screaming infant in five months.
Miss anything? Definitely family more than ever. Also, sleep.
Movement: Still haven't noticed anything again, but I am going to make it a point to watch out for it now. I hope I will feel something this week.
Food cravings: No... I will randomly really wish I had something, but no particular craving that happens on a regular basis.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Peanut butter and chicken are the main offenders. The rest of the aversions are getting a little better.
Gender: Dude
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: Some cramps/stomach pain, headaches, sometimes nausea but not really often. I don't know. I've had it pretty easy this week. Yay! OH WAIT, I am STARVING. Like all the time. I want to eat ALL. THE. TIME.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Definitely emotional this week, but I think happy in general. Just prone to mood swings. Then again, I've ALWAYS been prone to mood swings, so I don't really feel moodier than usual.
Looking forward to: My doctor appointment on Friday, and Nym's vet appointment on Saturday! I hope she has made good progress in her recovery. We've done the best we can to keep her calm and slow, but she's Nym. She's a silly, crazy baby. She stays off the steps and only goes out on her leash, and that's all we can really do.

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