25 weeks pregnant

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 25 weeks on 14 May, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Oops! I completely forgot to post this last week. Here's the update for 25 weeks. Our 26 week post will be added soon. Baby is now the size of an acorn squash. The baby is developing a firm grasp and may reach out and grab the umbilical cord. The baby is also able to stick out its tongue.

Baby's Weight: 1.46 lbs

Baby's Length: 13.62 in

Total weight gain/loss: I currently weigh 170.  I started this journey at 153.  I have gained 17 pounds overall.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Favorite maternity outfit: My church outfit. A black and white tunic dress purchased from Zulily.com with pearl accessories and black flats. I was comfortable and cute and received compliments at church, so no complaints there.

Stretch marks?: Yes, sigh. Yes.

Sleep: Not really. I’ve been waking about 2AM and going downstairs to watch TV until 3 or 4, and then trying to return to bed then.

Best moment of the week: Clearing that flower bed. Oh my, it’s been an eyesore. I just haven’t had the energy to do anything about it. I finally gathered some on Saturday and spent close to four hours outside cutting, pruning, trimming, pulling, etc. It still isn’t done but looks a lot better than when I started.

Not so great moment of the week: The back pain after I finished working the flower bed. I was in PAIN. But, this too shall pass.

Braxton Hicks?: Yes. Not painful, this week, but they were there.

Miss Anything?: Not really. I wanted to discuss family vacations as we usually have everything locked on and paid for by now. S. is wary of doing anything because I am so very pregnant and will be limited in participating. So, we’re trying to figure out our plans.

What I'm loving?: Watching the baby move under my skin and seeing my children’s reaction to it.

What I'm not loving?:
Being so tired all the time.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Heat. Heat makes me sick.

Food cravings: Nope.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl. That belly is all kinds of wide.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy and very calm.

Preparations for baby: Not really





Looking forward to: A nap

Birth Plan Discussions?



Hi everyone. Hope all is well in your worlds today. I was sitting at my desk recounting a conversation I had with S. yesterday along with some recent reading I’d done. There was a blog post I read entitled “Giving Birth is not a Party”. I read it and could relate to the author’s frustration with the way some people take the experience of birth as a right to be present. I get it. It’s exciting. It’s new life for goodness sakes! BUT, it’s not for everyone. Most of you know how fortunate I was in my first pregnancy. I was a single mom doing it solo. My mother wouldn’t be in attendance at the birth and I was bummed about being there by myself. Then my sister squad came through after I called them and told them my water had broken. By the end of my 11 hours and 55 minutes of labor, there were six beautiful woman in that room welcoming the birth of my son. It was powerful. It was beautiful. It was soul stirring. It was something that will never be duplicated. Nor should it. This time, I want things different…and they already are.

I am married now to a man whom I love with all of me—even when he drives me bonkers lol. This is our first biological child together. We’ve been blessed to experience the joys of newborn raising together (our daughter) and the joys of raising a preschooler to soon-to-be middle schooler (our son-wow), but pregnancy and delivery have never been experienced together. I thought about how big our families are and how many people could easily say they were on their way and, quite frankly, I don’t want that. It seems to take away from things.  That’s what I told S.

I asked if he would have any objections to it being just the two of us in the delivery room. I know my husband has tons of brothers, a sister, sister in laws, and that together we have so many nieces, nephews, etc. I love spending time with them and I love the energy they bring to any event.  However, I don't think I want all that energy when we are laboring.  I would like it to be just he and I laboring together.  This is our one team, one flesh, one effort moment.  I don’t want  have to worry about people seeing my nether regions or talking when I want complete silence. I just want it to be he and I. At least, that’s what I think I want.

S. didn't seem to have a problem with this at all and joked that maybe we should let everyone know after the baby was born and at home.  I actually like the sound of that, but also know that I wouldn't mind a couple of friends or family members in the downtime where he has to go home.  My mother won't be down until several weeks later. I suspect I'll be there for a couple of nights minimum.  S. will be going back and forth with the babies and I wouldn't mind someone sitting with me for a little while--maybe.

I think most will be okay with any decision to wait until we are home since their travel distance is an hour minimum.  I'd prefer they wait until the baby is about a week old before coming over.  I want the family to have time to be home and enjoy meeting and loving the baby.

The only exception to the wait until we get home rule will have to be my babies.  I would like our son and daughter to meet the baby in the hospital.  I think it will be a nice time for them spend some time together, take pictures, and return home knowing we'll see them the next day.  This will be especially important for our oldest.  He is very protective of me.  I know he will be worried if he doesn't see me and will want to know that I am okay.

I was putting all of this off since we have a couple of months before things are solid, but then two of my fellow pregnant mothers delivered early.  My former colleague and my cousin.  The colleague went three months early.  The cousin went three weeks early.  My office has also recently started to ask when I plan to take maternity leave, so I suppose I have to start thinking about this stuff now.
Any thoughts?  What did you do? What are you doing? Who will be in L&D with you if you are doing a hospital birth? Who will be with you if it’s a home birth?  When are you starting maternity leave?

-K

Why I'm so "dolled up"

Hello everyone! I just had to tell you all about my day.  I woke up this morning and I was tired.  No. I don't think you understand.  I wasn't just a bit sleepy.  I was freaking exhausted.  I heard S. say goodbye to me and I managed to wave fingers at him.  I was just so tired.  When I finally moved from the bed to get started for the day, I noticed the clouds outside matched my mood completely.  Add to that the acknowledgment that I had a meeting scheduled for later in the PM and I just didn't really want to deal.

Well, I remembered at that moment, a very good sister-friend once shared a post with me that reminded me to get up and be fabulous even when I wasn't feeling it.  So I did just that.




After I washed, I donned a cute maternity dress.  I styled my hair, found some jewelry and rocked out some makeup.  Then, I found my favorite pair of comfortable heels and put them on.  I know the heels aren't really recommended for pregnancy, but I felt pretty powerful in them, so they are a go to for the day.

Walked by the mirror and all I heard was Beyonce's "Flawless" in my head.  LOL.  It's funny how a little effort can lift you up.



What's funny is I'm not a dress and pearls girl.  Give me sweatpants and a tee any day.  But, I must admit that I am feeling the lioness as I walk these halls in my heels.  Though don't worry.  I switched to flats an hour in at work.  No swollen feet for me today :)

Anyone else feeling all spiffy in their dolled up days?

First Trimester Favorites

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.



Hi everyone!  I was recently asked about my favorite first and second trimester favorites since we are starting to approach trimester three.  I was eager to share my top four and decided to make a post out of it as well.  I hope these help you as much as they did me.  I was very thankful for them.  I'll share my second trimester favorites soon.  In the mean time, feel free to comment on your favorites as well. 

1. Preggie Pop Drops. You know, I never really had morning sickness with my son. I would feel an occasional nauseous rise, but nothing substantial. Oh my goodness, this pregnancy was so different. I can’t exactly recall which week, but I know it’s listed in the blog, that I started being fit with overwhelming nausea, but I did and it was no joke. Someone suggested preggie pops and I very skeptically tried them. (insert angelic melody of angel chorus). They were an immediate help. They are basically hard candies, but something about them stops the nausea and lets you focus on other things for an hour or so instead of concentrating on not getting sick.



2. The Pregnancy Bible. The title is a misnomer, but it’s an excellent book that I have enjoyed sharing with friends and family alike. I loved it when I was carrying my first and it has been a welcomed reference in this pregnancy as well.  I'm told there is an updated version now.  I didn't purchase this one, but I certainly am considering it!

 


3. Gummy Prenatals. These are the ONLY prenatal vitamins I was able to take without them visiting me soon thereafter. They taste great and provide almost all of the nutrition my little one needs. The exception is iron which I supplement through food or a small pill later in the day.


4. Seagram’s Ginger Ale. When all else failed, this ginger ale helped to keep my stomach settled and my body functioning. The funny this is it was only the Seagram’s that did this. Everything tasted like cardboard.  It got so bad that it was this that I craved when I finally started craving.

So there you go!  It's a short list, but it helped me immensely.  What were your first trimester favorites?

-K

Maternity Leave Discussions, Already?

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

Hi everyone. Hope you are all doing well. A little while ago, my project lead came over to me to discuss work. At the conclusion of the conversation he asked if I’d given thought to when I would be starting maternity leave. I told him I’d thought about it, but because I’m only six months on and not due until August, I hadn’t planned on finalizing anything until June. He said that was fine, but hinted that I may want to make my plans official sooner. That got me thinking. Isn’t it too early to be planning maternity leave?

Apparently not. When I thought back on the birth of my first son, I remembered that I delivered my expected maternity plan in July. He wasn’t due until September. Granted, at the time I was doing a lot of business travel, so it was necessary to have everything thought out and arranged to ensure a smooth transition, but I just hadn’t thought about that with this one. I mean, I do minimum work travel. I’m at a desk most of the day. My activity level is limited to the walking I do through the bays in our office, and the pregnancy has been pretty uneventful. So, why do I need to think about maternity leave now? Well, mainly because things are very different.

Maternity leave with this company is unpaid. Ugh. I have been very blessed in my life. When I was a single mother, God saw fit for me to work at a company that gave you 100% salary paid maternity leave for six weeks. That was such a blessing to me and I almost missed out on it because I was just so sure the company didn’t have it. When I called HR and gave them the news, they sent a congratulations packet with all of these really neat forms and discounts. Best company ever. Unfortunately, they lost the next contract in recompete and I had to move with the contract to a new company.

The company I am with now only offers FMLA (which is up to 12 weeks unpaid) and/or use of personal time off (vacation) hours. Because I don’t have that much leave, I’m planning on going in the hole and paying that leave back after my return, which doesn’t bother me because I would zero out theoretically in three months—just in time for the holidays. I usually only take the day before Thanksgiving to cook and surf on the Thanksgiving holiday provided. Christmas is the same way.

There is STD as an option, but I got the impression from other recent maternity moms and from
conversations with the company that they would prefer this not be an option. It’s not really that appealing of an option to take. It’s 50% of my weekly salary up to $1500, but is still taxed accordingly. I can’t start it until after the baby is born and must receive approval for it from the
company then. So, if the baby is born on or around 26 Aug, then I can’t apply for STD until 26 August and have to wait for approval. The company is allowed 14 business days to approve or disapprove. In the mean time, I would have no salary coming in minus leave. That more than likely won't work, so COA work seems to be my go-to right now.

My customer is relocating to a new facility in June. They probably won’t be settled in with working phones and a true semblance of communication until mid-June. There is also a serious reorganization going on within that same customer’s environment. That means the month of June will be super crazy and any paperwork (like my maternity leave plan) could theoretically be lost or forgotten. So, it appears it is a better idea to get started sooner than later.

So, I get it. I do. I’ve scoured the Internet looking for sample maternity letter templates and researching the benefits afforded by the FMLA. I finally started drafting my own letter and I think it’s almost ready. I want to get S.’s opinion of it before I release it to my boss, our team lead, and the other appropriate personnel.

Right now, I’m planning to do 4 weeks of PTO with buy back option for any negative balances, 1 week of teleworking, and then returning to the office at the start of week 6. The timing is similar to what I did with my first pregnancy, so I assume it can work. The adjustment in children pick up and timeline will be interesting though. We know H. will be starting preschool a bit before I return to work and little S. will be starting middle school. So, it’s going to be an interesting time in our homestead for sure.

Times like this, it would be nice to have the maternity coverage of other countries, but I certainly don’t see that happening anytime soon. So, what did you do? What are you doing? Feel free to share.

Talk to you soon.

-K

24 weeks pregnant

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 24 weeks on 7 May, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Our baby is now the size of an ear of corn.  The nostrils are opening now for “practice breathing”.  The baby will go through the same motions of real breathing, but will inhale amniotic fluid instead of air.

Baby's Weight: 1.32 lbs

Baby's Length: 11.81 in


Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep?: It varies. I finally found a right combination of pillows and arrangement that make sleep possible.

Best moment of the week: Celebrations. S. and I went to celebrate the retirement of a mutual family friend from the USAF. A wonderful time and lots of yummy food and great fellowship! Then the Pre-Mother’s Day celebration. My husband and son came home with beautiful bouquets of roses for my mother-in-love and I. Our son also had a small potted plant for me. We then enjoyed a meal at home that I didn’t have to prepare. It was a great evening and I was very thankful.

Not so great moment of the week: Trying 3s. The period of time where your feisty and independent three year old preschooler thinks rules don’t apply to her and your job is to remind her that they absolutely do.

Braxton Hicks?: Not so painful this week, but they are definitely there.

Miss Anything?: Not peeing my underwear.

What I'm loving?: Feeling this baby kick at night.

What I'm not loving?: My nausea seems to be returning, along with some cramping.

Movement: Yes. It tends to stay in the lower portion of my womb.  Occasionally, I'll get a kick in the ab area too.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Yes, but I don’t know what it is.

Food cravings: Veggies. I crushed a ziplock bag of celery like it was a delicacy.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I think we will retire this one soon too.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl. That belly is all kinds of wide

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: 1. Contacted the insurance company to confirm free breast pump and what I need to do to receive it. 2. Started working on my maternity leave plan and prep coworkers for a temporary shift of lead roles Aug-Oct.

Looking forward to:
Mother’s Day (which is the day I turned 25 weeks)

Happy Mother's Day


Celebrating all the mothers, mother figures, mothers to be, and mothers to sleeping babies.  May God bless you and may you be richly honored and covered on this day.

-S

Related Posts:  Remembering Mama | Mother's Day 2016 | Mother Daughter Tea 2016

We're switching birth locations!!!

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

Hello everyone!  We hope everyone is doing well.  You may remember some time ago, I mentioned that S. and I discussed switching our birth locations.  We have thought about it for a while now and have decided it is definitely the right decision for us and our little one.

S. and I live about three minutes from a fairly new hospital (<5 years old) and about 15 minutes from the one that delivered my son ten years ago.  The newer hospital was created to accomodate the medical needs of the people in our rapidly growing city.  I was really excited about that when we moved into our home because I figured one day, just maybe, S. and I would get to use its Labor and Delivery.

Well, since that time, several colleagues, friends, and associates have delivered their children there. In query, all have had pretty pleasant things to say.  BUT there seemed to be a series of consistent complaints or quirks across the board from the same.  The newer hospital has only 10 Labor and Delivery rooms.  If there is a busy night of babies being born, the hospital staff encourages its L&D patients to leave the hospital as soon as medically possible because they need the bed.  In the case of one colleague, she was discharged right at 24 hours post-delivery despite the fact that she had a C-section.  (I wasn't even aware that was medically advisable).  The nurse explained that she was medically sound and the hospital needed the bed for another laboring patient.  That kind of worked for her, but added to a harrowing experience because her baby had to be rushed to NICU.  The newer hospital doesn't have a NICU; the hospital 15 minutes away from us does.  So, her baby was immediately transferred by ambulance to the next hospital with her husband and she was by herself waiting to recover before being discharged and hoping to receive news about her child. I couldn't imagine!

The newer hospital also doesn't have a nursery which means baby sleeps in the room with mom and dad 24 /7. That's not necessarily a bad thing because it does encourage bonding.  In the hospital fifteen minutes away, I remembered keeping my son with me most of the time with the exception of taking a shower and three to four hours the night before discharge because I knew I'd need the rest.  I liked having the option.  In the case of another colleague who'd been in labor about 32 hours, she didn't really have an opportunity to rest because baby was with her at all times and she came out more tired than she went in.  Again, both colleagues spoke highly of the staff and the experience, but wished for nursery and not feeling rushed to leave even though their insurances actually covered additional in-patient time.

The newer hospital does have an Intermediate level NICU, but I still feel a bit uncomfortable with the option of no nursery especially if S. won't be staying the night in order to watch the kids.

So, with all of that in mind and a lot of discussion,  S. and I have decided that I will be delivering at the hospital which delivered my son (15 minute away).  The hospital has a stellar reputation, a level 1 trauma and NICU bay, a completely renovated labor and delivery department with private suite like rooms, a nursery, and are great about baby care.  S. joked that I only get one false alarm.  (Yeah, I gave him the look lol, but I didn't have false alarms with the first, so hopefully none with this one either).

So there we stand.  When my water breaks and/or when the consistent contractions come, we'll book down the Interstate (only 2 exits) and will give birth there.  Super excited!

Yay!  Anyone else making birthing location decisions?

23 week pregnancy update

 DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 23 weeks on 30 Apr, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Our baby is now the size of an ear of corn.  The nostrils are opening now for “practice breathing”.  The baby will go through the same motions of real breathing, but will inhale amniotic fluid instead of air.

Baby's Weight: 1.32 lbs
Baby's Length: 11.81 in

Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep: Not too well. The baby likes to move at night and I can’t seem to get too comfortable.

Best moment of the week: Seeing my cousin when I went home. I hadn't seen her in a while. She lives in a completely different state. I am so proud of her!!

Not so great moment of the week: Back. Ache. Oh my goodness. Oh, and the contractions. The ten contractions that came every 1 minute and 46 seconds and lasted 54 seconds long. They were not fun.

Braxton Hicks?: Yep! And I love them. They mean baby is growing and my body is adapting.

Miss Anything?: Not peeing my underwear.

What I'm loving?: Feeling this baby kick at night.

What I'm not loving?: My nausea seems to be returning, along with some cramping.

Movement: Yes.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Yes, but I don’t know what it is.

Food cravings: Veggies. I crushed a ziplock bag of celery like it was a delicacy.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I think we will retire this one soon too.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: Informed the pediatrician about the baby and locked her on for a new patient.  We also discussed a few names.

Looking forward to: Mother’s Day



No Place Like Home: NC Edition



Home...
“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." Genesis 28:15

Every now and again, I find myself missing home. I miss the solitude of the farm, beautiful plants and shrubbery growing out of fertile ground, being surrounded by family who know and love you intimately. Sometimes, I just want to go to a place where I can sit on the front porch in screened in contentment while my children run in the huge space around them with no worries of cars hitting them or strangers because the land is just that much of an expanse. Sometimes the drive is more urgent than others—just like it was this weekend. On the way from work Friday afternoon, I knew I needed to go home. I wanted peace and tranquility. I always seem to find a moment of reflection when I am home. Decision made, I checked the weather and selected clothes for my daughter to wear. I told my son we would be visiting NC and to dress accordingly.

Saturday morning, I woke at 7, cooked the kids a yummy breakfast, and was on the road with them by 8:40. Three hours later we were pulling into my my aunt and uncles’ home so they could catch up with the family, see the preggo belly, and talk about life in general.   My eldest LOVES stopping at their home when we visit. He likes to play with the drums and his cousin, if he happens to be there. 


My youngest likes to run around behind her Uncle and sit on the big machines (tractor and back hoe) with him. I sat with my aunt and my cousin (who surprised me!!!!) and talked about pregnancy, gender guesses, and baby hair,  and their lives.  It was a nice couple of hours, but soon we were up and running again. This time to visit a place super close to my heart. We went to visit my elders’ resting place.
Visiting the elders...

I try to come here as often as I visit because I feel so much better when I do. In this cemetery are grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents, aunts, and uncles. I come to speak to every last one of them. I feel they are aware of what is going on with me, but I like to share anyway. I talked with them about the baby and life and the delivery. I asked if they would each speak to God on my behalf and ask for a safe delivery. Then, I took the kids up the road to visit another aunt.

Her husband, my uncle, passed away a few months ago. It was great spending time with her because she has such a wisdom and such a strong love of Christ. She and my uncle were foster parents for years and fostered well over 100 children, eventually adopting three, and having their daughter adopt one. She and I share a love of family history. She recently did a DNA search and discovered that she is almost half British! Her breakdown had a significant portion of her genetic materials coming from Ireland! BUT, what’s crazy is we’ve always been taught our family tree starts at a freed slave and a Native American. Her DNA says she is less than 1% Native American. How crazy is that?! She wants me to do mine and I told her I would consider it. I am a bit of a conspiracy nut and haven’t yet decided if I trust having my DNA on file somewhere. But I think it’s super cool that it’s an option.

After I left visiting with her, I took the kids to get a quick bite to eat, enjoyed some burgers and fries, and then rolled to our eldest child’s grandparents’ home. They only recently got the news we were expecting, so that was more than a little fun. We chatted about the pregnancy, about weather, and life in general and it was time to get on the road and return home. I grabbed a quick snack for the kids to eat and made the three hour trek home, stopping only to meet S. and our nephew for dinner

As soon as I got home, my plan was to go straight to bed. I had to get up early the next morning for church service and I wanted to at least be in decent position when I did so..or try to be. But baby girl’s head needed work, so I washed, shampooed, and conditioned her, and then plaited it before bedtime.

That was our weekend. Family, food, fellowship. Hope yours was equally as enjoyable. I’ll talk to you soon!



-K

Is anyone else hungry?

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

Hello everyone!  I hope all is well!  I thought I'd take a couple of moments to discuss how HUNGRY I am.  I'm sorry ya'll.  I'm trying not to be, but for the life of me, I am famished this AM.  I woke up and left the house at 8:40 to take my son to a medical appointment in prep for his upcoming sixth grade year.  Before I left I had yogurt and my multi-vitamin, just to take the edge of of any some coming hunger and to give the baby some energy.  We went to the doctor, finished the appointment, and I dropped him at school.  On the way to the office, I stopped at the local Wawa and ordered a cheese quesadilla (cut into three pretty large wedges) and a small strawberry smoothie.  I devoured them when I made it to the office fifteen minutes away.

Immediately after eating, I am filled with a huge desire for something else to eat.  I'm hungy!!  Now the problem is, I have already eaten a healthyish meal.  I should be good for a while.  I am NOT.  I am HUNGRY!  Why am I hungry?!

Seriously, I could eat a house right now.  Am I the only one this is happening to?  Help!

-K

22 week update

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

(Disclaimer 2: I actually turned 22 weeks on 23 Apr, but didn’t want to miss anything in the update, so I have decided my update posts will be the following Monday of the week).

Our baby is now the size of a papaya. The lungs are developing rapidly, and they will begin to make a protein called surfactant, which will help the baby to breathe independently once born..

Baby's Weight: 15.17 oz.
Baby's Length: 10.94 in

Total weight gain/loss: I haven’t weighed myself this week.

Maternity clothes?: Yep. Every day, all day.

Stretch marks?: Yes

Sleep: I’m waking to go to the bathroom at night and I have stretches where I can’t sleep so I go downstairs to wait it out..

Best moment of the week: When S. made me breakfast when I was running late. It was such a kind and considerate thing to do.

Not so great moment of the week: My emotions were everywhere this week.

Braxton Hicks?: Not so bad this week, but always after church and choir rehearsal

Miss Anything?: A margarita. It would be nice to go to the restaurant with a book and indulge.

What I'm loving?: We moved our daughter into a toddler bed this week. She has been sleeping like a champ with no complaints and is super happy!

What I'm not loving?: I’m feeling anxious. We really haven’t…prepped anything. I know we have time, but…man…

Movement: Yes. Especially after eating.

Anything make you queasy or sick: So I honestly thought morning sickness was over. My colleague bought a cup of coffee back from the mess to his desk. UGH! I literally hunted around my space until I found out what that horrible smell was. That made me queasy.

Food cravings: I wanted pizza….badly.

Food aversion: Chicken, blech!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I think we will retire this question soon too.

Gender prediction: #teamgreen, but I think it’s a girl.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out?: Still in, but stretched

Wedding ring on or off?: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixed bag.

Preparations for baby: Not yet.

Looking forward to: Visiting family in NC.