bump #74: 16 weeks

I always dreamed of doing those silly "Pregnancy Update Surveys" and now I get to! Yay! It's probably not as riveting as one would hope, but I've been majorly slacking on the pregnancy journal front, so a blog update it is...

How far along?: 16 weeks

Total weight gain: 8 pounds, but that was on the doctor's sketchy probably accurate scale after a full day of eating, fully clothed (including layered necklaces and 4" platforms), and a full bladder. Not that I'm in denial about gaining so much weight so fast or anything :)

Belly button in or out: in for now, but I have a feeling it will pop out towards the end.

Maternity clothes: Yes! Just this weekend I went out and bought a whole new maternity wardrobe at Kohl's, Ross, and Target. My regular clothes are getting to be a bit snug and those pants with the big old elastic belly band are way too comfortable to not start wearing right away. Originally I thought I would just wear extra large regular clothes, stretchy leggings, and maxi dresses for as long as I could, but maternity clothes are cozy and it's fun to have a couple outfits I get to grow into rather than the reality of what I have (a closet full of clothes I've grown out of.)  Thus far my maternity wardrobe consists of 6 dresses from Target (buy one get one half off. Score!), 3 pairs of jeans, yoga pants, and black leggings from Kohl's, and 4 sweaters, 3 shirts, 3 dresses, and pajamas from Ross. I still need to hit up Old Navy, Gap, and Motherhood Maternity. But I'm trying to pace myself!

Stretch marks: Not yet, but I sleep like a rock and every morning I wake up with lines from my pajamas and sheets imprinted all over my body and have a little freak out sesh that I've turned into one gigantic stretch mark. I know they're on the horizon... when do you start using creams and such to reduce them?

Sleep: As much as possible. I have been going to bed early and even hitting snooze on my alarm clock in the morning so that I get about 9 hours each night (minus waking up to pee every 3 hours). I cannot get enough sleep! It was so nice that most of my 1st trimester was over the Summer when I was off from school/work and could nap all day.

Best moment this week: Feeling the baby move around more, especially at night when I'm laying down. Very tiny flutters, almost like an eyelash blinking in my belly. I can't wait til it gets bigger and I can feel some real kicks!

Miss anything?: We've had a crazy heat wave with temps over 100 the last few weeks. Combine that with 31 six year olds held captive inside your class all day with no recess or p.e. and come 6:00 a Pacifico with lime or a chilled white wine sounds divine. But I wouldn't trade this experience for the world, so a slushie from Sonic or a slurpee from 7-11 it is.

Food aversions/cravings: No real aversions. I have been all about the junk food and salt, salt, and more salt! Here were some favorite munchies from the weekend...
I've been craving salty and sour over sugars and sweets. I could eat onion rings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mmmm.  I mostly crave junk food like potato chips and sour straws, but I do eat salads and stir fry occasionally. I thought after trying for so long to get pregnant and wanting to take super good care of my baby that I would be a little more of a health nut. I went the opposite direction, thinking "this might be the only pregnancy I get to experience and I am going to enjoy EVERY SECOND of it." And that means saying yes to seconds and thirds and chowing down on whatever I want whenever I want to. These are the best days of my life!

Gender: To be revealed soon...

Symptoms: I don't want to complain because I know I've had it easier than most and am so, so grateful for every little symptom because it means pregnancy is progressing as it should. That said, so far the 2nd trimester is slightly more uncomfortable than the 1st. Which is odd, because everyone told me the 2nd trimester is the best. I'm experiencing severe allergies and sneezing seventy something times a day. Each sneeze brings on really sharp lower abdominal cramps that are called "round ligament pains" that knock the wind out of me. And I have to sleep practically sitting up because I can't breathe (thanks allergies!). Nothing terrible, it's just that apparently my regular allergies are super aggravated by pregnancy. At least I don't pee my pants when I sneeze yet. That's going to be special!

Looking forward to: The gender reveal party this Thursday! It is so hard to not slip and say the gender. I'm a terrible secret keeper. This is so hard for me!


  1. Yay! The same thing happened to me in the second trimester. I also got a cold the day I hit 14 weeks, and that plus allergies was pretty miserable. I was also waiting for all the energy and alertness I heard was supposed to happen in the 2nd trimester, but I'm still waiting for that at 21 weeks. I'm learning that it is ok to be miserable sometimes and even tell people I'm feeling miserable, even if this is a pregnancy we have waited for for 7 years.

    Can't wait to hear the gender!!!

  2. You are so precious! "At least I don't pee my pants when I sneeze yet. That's going to be special!"... you're hilarious. I do that now, so I imagine pregnancy and allergies would require Depends. : )

    Can't wait to hear if it's a boy or a girl... I think I'm feeling a boy.

  3. You look awesome!! Ugh stretch marks... I totally thought I had none(!!!!) UNTIL after my big ole belly started to go down after the boys... Silly old me... :(.

  4. I just want to stare at your food pictures forever. And eat them. YUM. You have excellent taste in pregnancy cravings, friend!

  5. I can easily eat onion rings for every meal too! They're delicious. I want some now. You look adorable. Enjoy your pregnancy!

  6. Well, Thursday has happened. We wanna know the gender! Based on salty cravings, I predict boy.


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