Monday, April 18, 2016

21 Week Update

Well, after all the fun shenanigans last week in NJ, I expected to be feeling a bit down this past week, and I was right. It was SO. NICE. to step back into the warmth and humidity of Palm Beach last Tuesday night, but I really miss everyone. I have the blahs.

The one thing that kept me going was knowing I had my anatomy ultrasound coming up. :)

How far along? 21 weeks!

Total weight gain: I have gained 4 lbs. since my last appointment. That's 4 lbs. in just over 2 weeks. It is good to gain about 1 lb. per week each week during the second trimester, and I've gained 2 lbs. per week the past couple weeks. I am guessing this is actually a good thing, seeing as I lost weight during my first trimester. My body is doing a little catching up. I feel good about my body and my growing bump, which is where all the weight is going at the moment, but this is the first time during my pregnancy that the little voice in the back of my head started obsessing over weight. I KNOW I will combat this, because I know I am doing exactly what I need to do to keep myself and my baby healthy. I'm sure a lot of women face these thoughts during pregnancy, not just someone with my history. Our whole lives, society has conditioned us to want to be the thinnest, fittest, strongest, most "ideal"-bodied women we can be. That mindset carries over into pregnancy, at least for me. It's hard for me to be okay with seeing the scale go up so rapidly, especially when I see that I've gained more than what is recommended in a week, even though I know it is a good thing. Unless my doctor tells me there is a problem with my weight, I am going to continue doing exactly what I've been doing: eating when I am hungry, balancing healthy choices with treats, staying active, and only getting weighed at my scheduled doctor appointments.

Maternity clothes? Nothing new since last week. I might be taking a trip to the mall and doing some online shopping this week. ;)

Stretch marks? Still none.

Sleep: The usual.

Best moment this week: There were TWO best moments that made me forget about the blahs!

1. We registered at Buy Buy Baby! It was overwhelming, but it would've been a hell of a lot worse if we hadn't done our research ahead of time. We still need to put a bunch of little things on there, but we pretty much knew most of the big ticket items we wanted/needed. Eric zoomed the stroller around the aisles, and we kept referring to the Mamaroo as the "spaceship," because we are role model parental figures, obviously. We also set up our Amazon registry. We are nowhere near done editing and adding things, but it was a fun day.

2. ULTRASOUND! This morning we went for the anatomy scan. I have been waiting for this for a long time. I can feel the little guy flipping around in there, but I just wanted to SEE him. I needed to know if everything was going well. I am happy to report that he is doing GREAT! Every part seems to be developing properly and is located right where it should be. His heart rate is a healthy 143, he weighs 1 lb., and all his measurements are right in the 50th percentile. Perfectly average, which is exactly what we want. The ultrasound tech said he is a VERY active little dude. He turned every which way, except AT the screen. He refused to look at us. We poked him for about 15 minutes, but nope. He kept looking away and sticking his hand in front of his face. Already being a rebellious little devil. ;)

Here he is! My dude. That's his hand next to his face, because he's a pain in the ass. :)
Miss anything? The usual.

Movement: Yes! He moves A LOT. He had the hiccups during the ultrasound today. It was so cute. Any time I am sitting still, he starts moving. I can't wait til he's bigger and starts kicking my spine and bladder and cervix when he's annoyed with me. This guy is going to keep me on my toes!

Food cravings: Just sweet things. I've been eating apples and peanut butter again! HOORAY!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just the thought of grilled chicken... ew.

HERE ARE HIS BOY PARTS! The tech said there is NO DOUBT he is a boy. She didn't print this picture for us, but the doctor handed it to us when we met with her, because she said it was a great shot of his anatomy. Hehehehehe.
Labour signs: Nope. 

Symptoms: Same old. I'm feeling pretty good!

Belly button in or out? In, but it's getting a little stretched... Eric commented on it the other day, so I know it's not just me noticing it. I have a shallow innie, so I bet it'll pop out in the next month. Ughhhhhh

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Moody this week, but that is to be expected when I leave NJ.

Looking forward to: Nursery decorating! We spent all yesterday organizing our bedroom and going through clothes. Today, I moved a bunch of stuff we had stored in the guest room closet into the newly made space in my closet. We are going to try to get rid of the guest room furniture and move the bed into the downstairs bedroom this week. Then, we can get moving on setting up nursery furniture and decor! The theme is: rock n roll, of course. I hope you weren't expecting teddy bears from us...

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