I've been linking up with the “My Pregnancy Journal” meme over at Happenings of the Harper Household. She has since had her little girl (Yay!), but I still wanted to continue to keep a pregnancy journal. I'm excited to keep sharing and journaling some of my weekly symptoms and photographing my growing belly!
This week, baby boy is about the size of a durian (a what?!?). As a side not, since I was curious, a durian is a fruit native to Indonesia and is known as the "king of fruits". It is distinctive for its large size, unique (some call it unpleasant) smell, and thorn-covered husk. Hmmm...so my son is being compared to s stinky, spikey fruit! Funny that they couldn't find a "nicer" fruit or veggie to compare him too. :) He currently weighs about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches. This week he may grow as much as a full inch! I guess that means my bump will be getting even bigger! Oh my! When awake, little baby boy keeps his eyes open and he is practicing how to coordinate his breathing with sucking and swallowing! Busy little boy! Good practice though for when he is on the outside and nursing. His bones are also continuing to harden and little baby's brain is going through some major developments! So many fascinating and amazing things are going on! Our little boy is hard at work!
|(This is a durian!)|
About me & baby boy this week….
Symptoms: I am still feeling our little boy move and roll about like crazy! He seems to be doing more rolling than kicking this week. It also seems that our little guy has been getting the hiccups a lot lately! It feels so funny - like tiny rhythmic tapping! Also with all of his rolling, I can really see my belly move and change shape. It definitely looks odd as I watch! My belly button is getting flatter as well. It won't be long now until it is completely flat! My need to go to the bathroom is increasing, a lot! Sometimes, I feel like I am going every 20-30 minutes! It is definitely the most bothersome at night when I am trying to get to sleep! The other evening, I went 4 times before falling asleep! I am also getting a little tired of elastic waistbands, haha! You know the panel ones that pull up about half-way on your belly. The ones that are supposed to keep your pants up and where they belong. They just don't seem to work right on me and are constantly slipping down. So, I end up pulling up and yanking at my pants throughout the day...real cute, huh? I miss the days of pants that had belt loops and a button and stayed up on my waist! Sigh... In general though, things aren't that difficult, it's just that my belly seems to be getting in the way!
Weight Gain: I am up to 158.8lbs. I have gained 33.8lbs so far! With little man I gained 42lbs (I think), so we'll see how much more weight I gain. It does feel like I am gaining weight differently this time though. I feel like my belly is bigger and that I have gained more in the "love-handle" area and down through my thighs. I am trying to do yoga a little more consistently. I was watching a prenatal yoga video on Netflix on Demand, but they took it off! Boo! So, I splurged and bought myself a prenatal dvd. It's a bit long, but the stretching and poses are really helpful. At first I felt kind of silly doing it. The poses and stretches are different as well as it is a bit "earthier" and more meditative than the previous one that I watched that was just exercise based. But, after doing it, I realized how helpful it was and how good it is for me to relax (or at least try to while little man is playing around me while I do yoga). I also finally came to the realization that no one is watching me, so who cares if I feel like it's silly! I think it will really be helpful and am trying to do it more often!
Cravings: If one can actually crave protein, I am! I don't feel like I have much room for food, but I just feel the need to eat protein. Nothing in particular though. I can definitely feel it if I don't have enough protein. I have also been wanting fruit a lot! I have been buying a lot of apples and grapes lately. :) Cold, crisp apples and cold grapes....mmmmm!
Food Aversions: Not really having food aversions, but rather it is the aversion to take the time to make some foods. Then there is the creating process, which for me is usually fairly messy. :) I love making things from scratch, but that usually means using a lot of dishes...and clean-up isn't very much fun. So, some days, I definitely have an aversion to the process of cooking, rather than the food itself. I am having a slight aversion to making eggs. I try to eat eggs for breakfast for the protein, but I am just getting a little bored of eggs.
What made me cry this week: I did a bit better this week. I have gotten pretty sad when little man has a tantrum/is angry/doesn't know how to express himself. Maybe he knows change is happening and is having a hard time with it, maybe he is having a hard time as he is getting older and entering a new developmental stage...I don't know. But, sometimes he just gets so overcome with emotion! I feel bad, because sometimes I just don't know what to do for him. It was a little overwhelming this week and I got a bit teary eyed when he seemed so angry. But, I read a couple of really helpful articles about two year olds and gentle parenting solutions. Today it went so much smoother and calmer. It's still no fun to go through these emotional outbursts with him, but I'll take progress as it comes- one small step at a time!
Medical Stuff: Nothing really new on the medical side, since I don't have another appointment until the 23rd. But I am feeling pretty healthy!
Thoughts from little man: He has started talking about my belly. I feel like he is finally noticing it, haha! He says those sweet, endearing things that only a child can get away with! He has asked me things like, "Mama, is your belly big?" Thanks little man. Yes, that is mama's big belly. ;) He also likes to pat it on occasion and the other day, while we were sitting at the table together, he asked if he could kiss my belly. Awwww...melt my heart!
Something I am excited about: Looking for a doula! Our birthing center only has 2 right now that are still working on their certifications, so they attend births for free. I am really, really hoping that one of them is available to attend our birth!