Good evening! I have decided to make my pregnancy posts more frequent. I’d like to do a week-to-week update on everything regarding my pregnancy
So what better time to start that then right now?!
Also, check out the vlog («« click) I recorded yesterday on YouTube about my pregnancy experience thus far!
Weight gain: 11 lbs as of doctor appointment from 9/13. I’ve probably gained a bit since then. I don’t keep track at home BUT I will from now on.
Belly measurement: This is my first belly measurement! Exciting and a bit awkward! LOL but I am proud of that bump. I am 40” and 1/4 around.
Stretch marks: None! Thank goodness. I haven’t been applying the cocoa butter like I should but I am still blessed to say I am stretch mark free.
What’s going on in that belly?!: haha Lots and lots of movement! He is stronger every day and his kicks keep me smiling :)
Diet: No specific cravings, just a major sweet tooth. I think I ate an entire bag of Pumpkin shaped Reese’s cups! I also bought a tub of cherry cordial ice cream yesterday (pictured below). Ahhh…I have decided to pull the reigns in on these sugary things though. I have to focus on getting more protein in my diet so I don’t reach for the empty calorie foods. I’ve noticed a big bloat in my face this week and I’m positive the sugar is the culprit.
Physical: Belly button is still in. I do have a tendency to want to itch my lower abdomen. Low back pain has been GOD AWFUL (especially today) so I have been nursing that with my adorable cassia seed “kitty” warmer (pictured below), warm bath (pictured below) and yoga (see previous post). I already mentioned facial bloating…ehhh. Skin is still quite clear, no breakouts or any redness. My boobs itch, but not as badly as in the first trimester. I have felt the literal stretching of ligaments in my lower abdomen. A few nights ago, the stretching sensation was so awful I couldn’t sleep and for me that’s badddd. I am usually off in la la land within minutes of my head hitting the pillow.
Sleep: I sort of mentioned some sleeping issues in the physical section. I am finding it more difficult to become comfortable when I lie down. I am finding this is due to stretching in my low abdomen as well as the low back pains. However, with the help of my body pillow, laying on my side with knees bent and deep breathing, I manage to get my rest in. I do try to nap when I feel tired. I can’t do this during the work day, but on weekends I try to sleep in more and rest when I feel tired.
Mental: I’ve had a hormonal 24th week!! I was feeling mostly low this week. I get easily overwhelmed, cry at the drop of a hat and found myself focusing on negative things. I was definitely a downer this week BUT I am focusing on lots of prayer, venting to friends and my sweet mom (of course) as well as having lots of communication with my hubby so he knows what’s going on in my brain!
Week Highlight(s): Skyping with mom and my brother James on Wednesday night. James serves overseas in the Navy in Guam & he is out to sea on a sub A LOT, so any time we’re able to talk to him is a great blessing! I taught mom how to use Skype, so that was rewarding!
Thursday evening visit to see the “Lorax” with hubby and stepson at the school I work at. I had such a great time introducing them to some coworkers and my students, chowing down on popcorn and candy corn and watching my stepson enjoy himself.
Friday off! Lord knows I needed the rest. McAllister’s dinner (pictured below) along with the visit with hubby to say goodbye to our friend Lucio before he leaves the country. I love time with my hubby!
Thanks so much for reading! Comments/Questions? Let me know!