Hello from the end of Week 25!
This week was still all about unpacking and getting the apartment organized. We spent Columbus Day bopping around between Ikea, Container Store, Lowe’s, and of course Dunkin’. We also found time for some fun. On Wednesday I got to catch up with Becca over a matcha latte and on Friday D & I went out for dinner and a show after work. I’m realizing the freedom of these impromptu dates are going be a little more complicated in the future, so trying to savor every moment of life with just the two of us.
Here is how things are going in the world of pregnancy!
Baby Updates (according to the apps) – Baby is now the size of a cauliflower or a rutabaga? She’s about 13.5 inches long and about 1.5 lbs.
This week I had a checkup, which I always look forward to. Getting a little glimpse of the baby is always exciting and each appointment feels like a little check off of the timeline. The doctor let me know that as of now, baby is head down. While the doctor was checking in she exclaimed “your baby just kicked me!” so yes, she is kicking and moving around more than ever which is really fun and something I don’t think I’ll ever get used to.
While I was there I had to take the dreaded glucose test. I thought I’d be able to choose my flavor — but they just handed me a clear bottle and told me to drink. I was prepared to feel terrible (I’ve heard stories) but it actually wasn’t bad at all, and sort of tasted like sweet tarts 🙂 I get the results next week, fingers crossed all goes well.
Symptoms – Still feeling pretty energetic this week. I do find myself getting kind of exhausted by the end of the work week, which leads to overall agitation/crankiness. Sorry coworkers! My belly button is slowly creeping its way out. It hasn’t popped just yet, but any day now. I knew this would probably happen, but I didn’t expect it to feel so strange and tender.
Workouts – On Tuesday morning I got up for a morning walk, and even felt inspired to jog for a little bit! We made our way over to our local Dunkin for our usual post-run coffee and the ladies there were very surprised to see my bump (it’s been awhile). They told me no more running, this is a time for resting, haha. Don’t worry ladies, I do a lot of that too these days! I also made it to my beloved prenatal yoga class once.
What Sounds Good/Bad This Week – Not craving anything in particular. I go through phases of normal eating and then for a day I can be SUPER hungry every few hours/minutes/seconds. Loving carbs: toast, pasta, etc. Trying to keep lots of fruits and veggies in the mix. I made an apple crisp on Saturday which was particularly delicious (everything tastes extra good while pregnant!) I almost had to text my mum for the recipe, and then remember I had posted it back in 2011 (!) here. Time flies.
Sleep – All great. The more the better. If it was appropriate to take nap time at work, I would be doing so.
Reading/Listening – Currently reading Bringing Up Bébé which was recommended by a few friends. It’s written by an American mom living in France and is her investigation on how the French do pregnancy/parenting. I am really enjoying it so far.
I just discovered a podcast called The Birth Hour — each week a different woman shares her birth story. I’ve listened to a few of these this week and it is amazing how no two stories are the same. Soaking up all of this info makes me feel a little bit more prepared and a little bit less stressed about labor/delivery.
What I’m Looking Forward To – A trip to NH next weekend!
Best Moment of the Week – On Sunday we went back out to New Jersey for another visit to my favorite (NOT) store Lowe’s, and while we were out there we closed out the weekend with a fall stroll in Verona Park (where the above bump pic was taken). Perfect way to wind down the weekend.
Question for you! I’d love to get D a fun book to get him excited and prepare him for his future life as a Dad. I’ve done some googling, but nothing has jumped out at me so far. Would love recommendations on this if anyone has any!