18 Weeks

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Given that the average gestation of twin pregnancies is 35 weeks, we’re halfway there!  I’m hoping it takes longer but I feel like we’re hitting a pretty big milestone.

per whattoexpect.com

Baby Is Yawning
At five and a half inches long (remember, that’s crown to rump) and five ounces in weight, (about the size of that boneless chicken breast you’re making for dinner), your baby may be large enough now (or anytime in the next few weeks) for you to feel him twisting, rolling, kicking and punching his way around the womb. And now for the skill of the week: The art of the yawn has been mastered by your baby (you may feel those soon, too!). In fact, you might catch a glimpse of that adorable yawn and all those other fetal movements at your ultrasound this month.

Baby’s Nervous System Is Maturing Rapidly
Something you won’t see on the ultrasound — but you’ll learn is in working order — is your baby’s nervous system, which is maturing rapidly when you’re 18 weeks pregnant. Nerves, now covered with a substance called myelin (which speeds messages from nerve cell to nerve cell), are forming more complex connections. And those in the brain are further specializing into the ones that serve the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. Talking about hearing, your baby’s is growing more acute, making your little one more conscious of sounds that come from inside your body (which means you could both be listening to each other hiccup!).

Bump – 18w5d

18 Weeks

I think this belly is fascinating.  It’s definitely not small, yet I forget it’s there sometimes.  I think I expected the sensation to be like I was super stuffed, all the time.  But it just feels like it always has.  However, bending over is becoming problematic.  Tying my shoes is uncomfortable and leaves me winded.  Shaving is going to be interesting as the weeks go on.  Thank goodness for bench seats in the shower!  I forgot how much a little nick the knee will bleed when on blood thinners!  Looks like a crime scene.

But I’m getting pretty comfortable with this belly.  I’m wearing fitted shirts for the first time in, well…ever.  It’s actually kinda cute at this stage.

And apparently, it’s not just my belly that’s growing.  Someone (whose name starts with a J and ends in erry) mentioned that my butt was getting big…in his defense, I did ask him to tell me this kind of information.  But as our cousin pointed out last night “Big butts are in”, so I’m very trendy! (xoxo Kaitlin)

Weight Gain

I gave in & weighed myself at home.  I’m up exactly 10 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. I have a doctor’s appt on the 19th so I’ll get a better idea of how we’re doing then.

How I’m feeling

So overall I’m still feeling good.  Really, I have no complaints 90% of the time.  But I’m starting to feel it.  Body aches, sore joints and an overall feeling of being heavy.  Not sure which of these are pregnancy related or advanced maternal age related.  Probably a bit of both!

Some things in particular to note:

I had some back pain at the beginning of the week.  Actually it’s more like a pain in the butt.  It’s concentrated on my left side and has settled in my hip/upper butt cheek area.  At first I thought it was sciatic nerve pain, but Dr. Google indicates that is pretty rare.  But it hurts!  Especially when I stand after sitting a while or when I walk a long time.  I’ve actually been having pain in my left hip, left knee and of course, my dumb claw toe (which effects my whole left foot).  By the end of the week, the butt pain is gotten better.

I’ve started getting really uncomfortable after eating.  Small, light meals are definitely the way to go.  My belly gets huuuuggee and I feel so bloated and heavy.  We had a holiday potluck in my office and I was miserable afterward.

Heartburn has been in check, so that’s good.  No headaches.  Plumbing is still backed up, but it’s not terrible.  My skin is still glowing and my hair, while it really needs a trim, is super healthy.  Not too shabby.

Movement

Nothing really noticeable during the day.  But when I lay down at night, I get cozy and they start dancin!  It’s a very strange feeling.  Lots of vibrating and fluttering.  I can’t wait to see if they are positioned where I think they are.

Sleep

3:30 am is my new wake up time.  No need to set the alarm, my bladder takes care of alerting me.  Then I lay in bed for 45 minutes until I can’t take it anymore.  It’s no use trying to fall back to sleep, my brain just won’t shut off.  After 2 nights of crappy sleep, I took a 1/2 of a Unisom Sleeptab before bed.  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  Hallelujah!

Food

Who loves Coco Krispies???  I do! I do!  I haven’t eaten them since I was 13 but I am now!  OMG, I’m in love.  The best part is the chocolaty milk at the end of the bowl.  YumO!

Pre-Beans, I didn’t have much of a sweet tooth.  I usually passed on dessert and generally choose savory over sweet every time.  But these babies love sugar!  The cafeteria in my office has a fantastic bakery and for the first time in 4 1/2 years, I hit the display case.  Chocolate mousse cake and chocolate cream pie are my favorites!

Gender Predictions

We will hopefully find out in TWO DAYS what we’re having!  We’ll be sharing with everyone sometime after Xmas.  My guess is still a boy and a girl.  Jarrad is still guessing they are both boys.  Any other predictions out there?

Baby Purchases/Nursery Progress

We have cribs!  We chose the Ikea Sundvik cribs which were economical and highly rated online.  And we chose white for our nursery furniture as we plan to paint the walls a slate blue and our trim is white.  I like that they are simple, with clean lines.  And we purchased the coordinating Vyssa Vinak crib mattresses as well.  SUNDVIK Crib IKEA The bed base can be placed at two different heights. Converts into a toddler bed.

We also picked up our glider.  It’s more of a dark grey than this picture indicates.  It’s the perfect size, super comfy and I love it!

We also got the matching ottoman.  I know we will have many nights of rocking babies in this chair.

I ordered a couple packs of newborn onsies that were on super sale and boy oh boy…those things are teeny tiny!  I know, I know…we’ll probably be gifted lots of baby clothes and I shouldn’t buy much.  But I also know that you can’t have too many onsies.  Babies are messy!  And at 5 for $9…I couldn’t pass them up!

Jerry and I are alternating months of buying something “fun/cute” for the Beans and December is his month.  Who wants to put money on newborn soccer cleats or authentic Pirates jerseys?  I’ll take that bet!

Mood

For the most part, super happy.  So much to look forward to this week!  Our anatomy scan is on Wednesday (we’d appreciate lots of prayers for two healthy Beans!).  And we kick off the holiday season on Saturday, celebrating with my Mom, brother and their families.  I can hardly wrap my head around this being our last Christmas without our own little ones!  Feeling amazingly blessed every single day.

Of course it’s not all rainbows and butterflies…my patience with nonsense is pretty non-existent.  I really notice it at work.  My best defense recently is to just walk away from the annoying situations and not let it fester.  I’m the QUEEN of festering!  But I’m doing a pretty good job of letting things roll off these days.

10 Days till Christmas!

17 Weeks

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per whattoexpect.com

My how your baby has grown!
Your little one weighs about three and a half ounces and is about the size of your palm (or about five inches long). Body fat (baby’s, that is) is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of your pregnancy (join the club, baby!), so that by the time you give birth it will make up about two-thirds of his or her weight. Baby’s heart is now regulated by the brain (no more random beats) to beat 140 to 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as yours! And since practice makes perfect, your baby is sharpening his or her sucking and swallowing skills in preparation for that first (and second…and third) suckle at your breast or bottle. In fact, most of the survival reflexes that your baby will have at birth are being perfected in-utero right now

Fingerprints Are Forming
Here’s some proof that your baby is truly one of a kind (as if you needed any!). Within the next week or so, the pads on your baby’s fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).

Baby’s Startled By Noise
Your baby is almost certainly listening up by now. In fact, loud noises — the dog barking, the doorbell ringing — will actually startle your baby (and also get him or her used to such noises — for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido’s outbursts.  Jacob was happy to hear this). Your baby’s eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration to the front of his or her head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed.

Bump – 17w5d

Yeah, so…last week when I was complaining that I should be bigger?  Well, the Beans must have been listening.  Jerry was out of town for a week and his only comment when he saw the bump was “Whoa”.

Whoa! (I’m “sucking it in” in this picture too.)

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Beans

So let’s take a look at what our little Beans are up to right now.  If you could look inside my belly, you would see something like this.  Cool, huh?

image via Babycenter.com

According to our last ultrasound, Lima Bean is on the bottom closest to my cervix and Butter Bean is right above him.  They have their own little apartments in there and I’m sure they’ll be kickboxing in no time!

So it would stand to reason that all of this growing and smooshing of my organs would leave my innards a bit sore.  I’ve really noticed that this week.  Everything inside just feels bruised.  Similar to the feeling after you’ve had a colonoscopy, if you’ve had the pleasure of that lovely procedure.

Maternity Clothes

I currently have 2 pairs of normal pants I can still wear (they have a LOT of stretch in them) and I’m still able to wear all of my stretchy comfy clothes at home.  My normal shirts are starting to get too short, even the long ones.  And I always assumed that I’d like the low maternity pants with the waistband that sits under the belly.  Oh no…I’m full panel all the way!  They hold the belly in and smooth everything out.  I love them!  They look ridiculous by themselves, but I don’t care.  Jerry has a horrible poker face…he tries not to looked shocked when I’m getting ready for work in the morning but he can’t pull it off.

How I’m feeling

Overall I’m still feeling great.  I have no major ailments…just some minor things that are a normal part of pregnancy.  But because I have no problem complaining, here they are!

Heartburn – It’s not terrible but it’s annoying.  And kinda gross.  I’ve had a lot of stomach acid that settles in the back of my throat when I lay down at night too.  It’s really weird and makes me choke.  Thankfully, Tums are doing the trick right now.

Round ligament pain – It’s getting worse…mainly when I stand up from sitting for a long time. Just a quick OWWWW! and then it’s over.

Shortness of breath – I get winded so easily!  Walking up a flight of stairs warrants a good minute of recovery time.  I’m being very kind to myself and sitting down to rest after 10ish minutes of activity. Which means that mopping the floor takes 2 hours.  Whatever.

Pregnancy Brain

This is another “symptom” I used to laugh at.  Come on ladies…get it together!

Oh, it’s a real thing!  And it’s no joke.  I’ll routinely forget peoples names.  And not people I run into from high school, who I haven’t seen in 100 years.  It’s my boss. True story…he was talking to me one morning and I just looked at him, wracking my brain trying to remember his name.  Fortunately for my job security, it hit me after a couple of minutes.  But it’s crazytown!

Food

Well, we knew my little indifference with food wouldn’t last.  Hoo boy…this mama is HANGRY!  It hit me on day 1 of week 17.  I had a sandwich and salad for lunch and about 15 minutes after I was finished, I was famished again. I’m taking this as an excellent sign that the beans are growing.  Grow, Beans!  Grow!

Jerry was out of town this past week so naturally…this happened.

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All mine!!  No, I could not wait to eat a piece before snapping a picture.  And Pizza Hut was having a deal on 2 mediums so who am I to pass up a bargain?  I love a good coal fired or brick oven pizza as much as the next pizza lover.  But I’ll always hit the Hut when I’m craving comfort food.  And holy geez…it was amazing!

Like…pancakes, (HOT) Italian hoagies, ranch dressing, pizza (always), any and all fruit, English muffins, greek yogurt w/ walnuts & honey, beef

Don’t like…fish, chicken

The only thing I really miss is iced tea.  That is my go-to beverage at restaurants and because I refused to give up my morning half-caff, I can’t partake in caffeine in the evenings.  This week, I just want a giant unsweetened iced tea from Chick-fil-a!  They do have caff-free diet coke though, and as I’m loving soda these days, it works.

Sleep

I hate to admit this because he’ll probably insist on sleeping in the guest room.  But Jerry was out of town on a business trip this past week and my sleep was amazing!  I took over the whole bed and one night didn’t even wake up to pee.  We’ve been talking about getting a king sized bed for a while (because, ya know…Jacob wants it) and it may be time to bite the bullet.  We’ll see.

I’ve talked to quite a few pregnant girls who are having the hardest time sleeping because of position.  i.e. they’re either back or stomach sleepers.  I’m super lucky because I’ve always preferred sleeping on my left side.  At least I start out in that position…I usually flop to the right side at some point.  So I’m not sleeping with a special pillow or a giant pillow fort.  At least not yet.

Movement

I don’t really feel them much during the day.  But when I lay down at night to wind down before sleep, there are lots of flutters and vibrations.  I had a little bout of insomnia this weekend and they were having a dance party at 2 am.  It was the most I’ve felt them and it was amazing!  Of course it was in the middle of the night and I guess I should just get used to it.

Baby Purchases

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I’m constantly scanning Craigslist for good deals on baby items.  Imagine my delight when I saw an ad for TWO of the exact car seats we had registered for.  Cost for both was less than the cost for one so I snapped them up!  They were less than a year old and don’t expire until 12/2019.  And I had a lovely conversation with the Mom who was selling them and turns out, she has 1 year old boy/girl twins.  And she has a crapton of stuff she’s going to be getting rid of over the next year so naturally we’re gonna be BFFs.

Mood

Still blissfully content.  I know.  It’s annoying.  I just love this time of year, even with the cold.  And I still feel pretty great physically so I’m enjoying the ride.

I did flip out on Jerry once but I would have flipped out on him in the same scenario if I were not pregnant.  So it doesn’t count!

 

16 Weeks

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per whattoexpect.com

Baby’s Eyes Are Working 
Your baby now weighs in at a whopping three to five ounces and he’s four to five inches in length. The backbone and tiny muscles in his back are gaining strength, so he can straighten out his head and neck even more. And thanks to his developing facial muscles, your baby is capable of making a few expressive frowns and squints, even at this early stage. His eyes are finally working too, making small side-to-side movements and perceiving light (although the eyelids are still sealed). Peekaboo!

Baby’s Skin Is Transparent 
Your fetus is becoming a looker too — with a face that has both eyebrows and eyelashes — but a skinny looker, since there’s no baby fat yet. And here’s the skinny on baby skin: It’s practically translucent now, so if you took a peek inside your uterus, you’d be able to see your baby’s blood vessels under that thin skin.

Baby Can Year Your Voice
Listen up: Tiny bones in your fetus’s ears are in place, making it likely that the baby can hear your voice when you’re speaking (or singing in the shower) at 16 weeks pregnant. In fact, studies have found that babies who hear a song while they’re in the womb recognize the same tunewhen it’s sung to them after they’re born (so choose your baby Muzak with that in mind…)

The Bump – 16w5d

When is this bump going to get cute and round?!?!  It’s just a big pointy blob right now.  I was feeling like it really wasn’t getting any bigger but when I look at these two pictures, I see the whole body is getting bigger.  My boobs look teeny tiny too…how am I filling out a D cup?  If I took a bare belly shot (which I won’t…), you would see that the bump is filling out on the sides too.  It’s no longer the little cantaloupe under my skin. 

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Some mornings I look in the mirror and get very concerned that I’m not bigger (careful what you wish for).  I’m eating well…albeit not a ton, but enough.  But 2 avocados and all the extra liquid junk should have me filling out more, no?  Our ultrasound cannot get here soon enough!!  Speaking of the anatomy scan…it’s been pushed back a few days due to Jerry’s new job stuff.  There is no way I’m attending that appointment without him!  But it still should be the week of the 15th, for those of you interested parties out there. 

How I’m feeling

The crud has vacated, thank goodness!  It’s amazing how much better you sleep when you can breathe through your nose.  I still have some congestion but I think that will be sticking around indefinitely. 

I’m having some growing pains.  My belly feels bruised a lot.  It’s not just the injection site anymore…it’s at the top of my stomach as well.  My hips and feet have been getting sore too.

I’ve noticed my gums have been bleeding when I brush my teeth.  Breast tenderness hasn’t gone away.  My digestive tract is still slow but I’m not as bloated.  Overall, I can’t complain! 

Movement

We have flutters!  When I lay in bed and I’m still, I can feel little vibrations in my belly.  The first time it happened, it sent chills up my back.  I told Jerry and his response was “Ok sweetie, whatever you say”.  He thinks it’s wishful thinking.  They’re pretty sporadic but they’re there!  Can’t wait for big karate chops! 

Gender Predictions

I’m back to a boy and a girl.  I’m definitely getting a girl vibe, I think mainly due to Butter Bean’s uber high heart beat (167).  My sister-in-law is convinced it’s at least one boy, probably 2 because “you look so good” (I love her!).  Who knows.  Who cares, really?  I don’t.  I’ll honestly be thrilled any which way.

Food

There isn’t much I’m not loving these days.  I’m still not big on fish although I saw a perfectly seared piece of salmon at Casbah on Sunday and it made my mouth water.  So maybe I should give it a chance? 

I’ve never been a big fan of breakfast food.  And when we do have it, I pick savory every time!  But I’ve been on a pancake/French toast kick lately.  Jerry thinks he’s died and gone to heaven (he’d eat pancakes every day if he could!). 

I could take or leave meat right now.  I don’t hate it but it’s not at the top of my list.  Unless it’s a burger.  Then sign me up! I’m loving beef in general. 

Likes:  Clementines, cottage cheese, beef, salads with ranch, hot sauce, english muffins, pizza (always), butter, hot tea. 

Don’t love:  Fish

Sleep

I’ve been sleeping really well. I still have 1 night of insomnia but I can’t complain. Over the Thanksgiving break, I slept in until 8:00 everyday!  Granted, I was a party animal and stayed up past 10:00 (twice!) but that sleep was heaven. 

Baby Purchases

We hit IKEA on black Friday (yes, we’re crazy) to buy cribs and mattresses plus frames for our new animal prints (which are more unbelievably adorable in person than online!).  The cribs were out of stock (whomp, whomp) but we picked up a giant stuffed elephant and kangaroo for $7.50 each! 

I had to hide them from Jacob.

I also bought these Tiny Toms because OMG PLAID BABY SHOES!  I almost died at the cuteness. I’m a tad obsessed with plaid.

They were on super sale + 10% back via Ebates

Mood

Blissfully content and happy.  I’m just enjoying this special time in our lives and counting my blessings everyday.  I’m so excited for the Holidays (our last as a family of 2…2.5 if you count Jacob) and am really looking forward to some QT time with our family and friends. Lot 256 will be decorated this week (our tree is crazy perfect!) and I’ve set the DVR to record every Christmas show on ABC family!  Fa la la la la!!

15 Weeks

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Per whattoexpect.com

Baby Is Looking More Like a Baby
Curious why your body is finally looking pregnant? It’s because at 15 weeks pregnant your baby is quickly growing bigger each week — he or she is as long as four and a half inches right now. Need a better visual (and a snack)? Hold a large navel orange in your hand — that’s how big your little darlin’ is. (Now that you’re done looking, peel that orange and eat it for a delicious two servings of vitamin C!). And with each passing week, your fetus is also looking more and more like the baby you’re picturing in your dreams. By now, the ears are positioned properly on the sides of the head (they used to be in the neck) and the eyes are moving from the side of the head to the front of the face — where they’ll soon meet your loving gaze.

So what keeps your baby busy all day? Mostly, your fetus is in rehearsals — practice, practice, practicing and getting ready for that big debut. Babies practice breathing, sucking and swallowing so that when they leave your comfy womb and move into your comfy house, they’ll have the skills necessary to survive. Your fetus is also holding daily aerobics classes — kicking, curling toes and moving those little arms and legs – but because he or she weighs so little (a bit over two ounces), you won’t feel the fetal movements going on inside your abdominal gym

The Bump – 15w4d

Sunday morning.  No make-up.  Right after an hour long walk with the boys.  And a weird leaning back situation.  This picture is a hot mess.

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But whoa…look at that belly!  This girl is really starting to feel pregnant.  It’s so funny…in my first trimester, I would sometimes forget I was pregnant.  I was always cognizant we had two Beans on the way but I would fail to remember that they were growing in my body.  But now…this belly is a constant reminder.

Doctor’s Appt

Weigh Gain: 2 lbs.  This puts my grand total at +7lbs.  That’s not a great number given the fact that I wasn’t sick at all the first trimester.  The doctor said they like to look at the number as an average and most women start out gaining small amounts but catch up quickly.  I need to start paying attention to what I’m eating and really focusing on nutrient dense calories as opposed to empty carbs.

It was a standard appointment.  Pee, weight, blood pressure (110/72), listen for their heartbeats..  The doctor put the doppler on my belly and instantly picked up Lima Bean’s heartbeat.  It was clear and strong and I could have listened to it forever.  It took a couple of seconds to find Butter Bean, but there it was.  A constant thumping, swooshing sound that was music to my ears.  I smied.  Ya know, when you smile and cry at the same time.  (It’s not my prettiest face, btw.)

I’m measuring at around 18 weeks with a singleton.  I’ve read that twin pregnancies often measure 5-7 weeks ahead so I’m a little behind, but not much.

We grilled the doctor on what OTC meds I can and cannot take.  Miralax every day!  GasX for the win!  And then we were told our next ultrasound would be at 19 weeks, not 16 as we believed.  whomp, whomp.  Major sad face.  I selfishly want to know what these Beans are!  But this one is the big one.  The anatomy scan.  They will look at all the babies major organs, their little brains, their spine, etc and they will also check to make sure my parts are doing their job.  And they can also tell us the gender(s).

I’m guessing I won’t get much sleep in December in anticipation of this appointment…but I have pinned the cutest little gender reveal idea for our families!

How I’m feeling

Anxious. I blame this stupid cold!  A couple of weeks into my first pregnancy, I caught a wicked headcold.  The worst symptom was a horrible cough that kept me awake all night and reduced me to tears more than once.  I couldn’t take anything and it was total misery.  A week or so after that we found out I had lost the pregnancy.  So I supposed I’m having a bit of deja vu with this illness because the symptoms are the same.  And I guess it’s normal to feel a bit anxious about our babies.  Once I heard the heartbeats, I felt better.  Back to being annoyingly positive!

The crud lasted over a week.  Lots of water, lots of coughing, lots of sneezing, lots of outfit changes.  Yes, we have a brand new symptom.  We’ll file this one under I don’t want to talk about it.  Bottom line, I need to do more Kegels.

My belly is pretty tender due to the Lovenox injections and I’m still having some growing pains.  But the body is feeling pretty good otherwise.

Food

Operation “stop eating garbage and carbs” is in full effect!  I’ve coasted on the carbohydrate highway long enough.  I’m feeling really good and I’m hungry all most of the time.  So I need to make it a priority to fuel myself with good stuff rather than Kraft mac & cheese (soooo good!) and Mrs. Ts (SOOOOOOOO GOOD!).  I’m not giving it all up…I’m just cutting it back.

I made this Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stirfry with broccoli and red peppers and served it with some farro.  I think it was the first non-comfort food I’ve made in a few months.  Jerry was clearly thrilled (he ate 3 helpings) and it felt good to eat a balanced meal.

We had a little Friendsgiving celebration and my girlfriend didn’t cut any corners.  It was a full fledged Thanksgiving meal and was SO amazingly good.  I had 1 (full) plate of food and was so uncomfortably stuffed afterward.  Grossly overstuffed.  I need to pace myself on Thursday.

Like: Mad Mex fish tacos and I are in love.  And their black bean dip is my BFF. Clementines, beef, Triscuits, cottage cheese, berries, pizza

Don’t like:  quinoa, fish

Sleep

Pregnancy dreams are in.sane.  So crazy vivid and it takes a few minutes upon waking up to realize they’re not real.  I’ve had some bad ones that leave me shaking and some good ones where I can’t wait to fall back to sleep to see how they end.

I’ve taken a 1/2 tablet of Unisom a few nights this week to get me through my cold and it worked wonders.  I wake up with a raw, dry throat (Jerry & I are having snoring contests) but I sleep hard.

Exercise

Pretty nonexistent.  Besides having the crud, it’s been like 11 degrees here.  I wouldn’t be walking around in this chill if I were 100% healthy.  My fitbit thinks I’ve jumped ship.  We did get a warm-up yesterday (65 degrees in November…oh yes!) and I walked for an hour.  It was a little much…my lungs are still cruddy and the hills killed me.  I’m better off doing several small walks for 20 minutes or so.

Mood

I think I’ve been in a great mood!  I get moments of crankiness but they pass quickly.

Gender Predictions

Jerry is so petrified of having 2 girls that I’m totally convinced that’s what we’re having.  I know he’ll get over that fear quickly but when we talk about them, he just shakes his head at the thought of 2 little princesses taking over his life.  Of course, I would secretly be thrilled!  20 days till we find out!  EEEEKKKKKK!

14 Weeks

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Per whattoexpect.com

Baby Is Standing Up Straight
Growing by leaps and bounds, your baby is leaping and bounding. Now the size of your clenched fist, your baby is on the move almost constantly — and those movements are a far cry from those jerky twitches of last trimester (though you won’t feel any of them for weeks to come). They are now ballet-like, smooth and fluid. Speaking of ballet, it’ll be years before you’ll start nagging your offspring to stand up straight — but unbelievably, he or she is doing it right now, without any prodding! No slouch anymore, your baby’s neck is getting longer, helping his or her head stand more erect. This gives your fetus a more straightened-out appearance.

Baby’s Sprouting Hair and Lanugo
By week 14 of pregnancy, your baby could be sprouting some hair (though the final color may not be determined until birth) and the eyebrows are filling in, too. Hair growth isn’t limited to the baby’s head, though. He or she is also covered with a downy coating of hair called lanugo, largely there for warmth. Not to worry — you won’t give birth to a monkey: As fat accumulates later on in your pregnancy (the baby’s fat, not yours — though that will accumulate, too), it will take over the function of keeping your baby toasty so most of the lanugo sheds. Some babies, though — especially those born early — still have a fuzzy coating at delivery (it sheds soon afterward).

Other developments this week include a roof of his own (inside your baby’s mouth, that is) as well as intestinal activity: His intestines are producing meconium (which is the waste that will make up his first bowel movement after birth).

The Bump – 14w4d

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Well hello there, pointy bump!  I think the waistband on my leggings is making it look so weird.

It’s funny, the bump is all balled up right in the front.  Like you took a cantaloupe and put it under my skin.  I haven’t filled out much on the sides yet.  I’ve been using coconut oil after every shower to help keep the stretch marks under control.  Thus far, I have none.  Yeah, I know…it’s early.

I had my first “outing” this week at work.  A co-worker asked my boss if I was expecting and then she personally congratulated me.  She said “I saw you the other day and noticed a little extra weight around your belly.  You’re in such good shape so I figured you had some news.”  In such good shape???  That’s cute :)

Maternity Clothes

My Mom generously offered to take me shopping for some maternity clothes.  These were the first pieces I didn’t buy blindly off the internet.  It was nice to try a bunch of different styles of shirts and pants and see what fits my body best.

I’m not a big fan of form fitting shirts pre-Beans so I was surprised that I liked the long sleeve, bump hugging t-shirts.  Perfect base to throw a long cardigan over.  And I totally shocked myself with full panel pants!  I like that they go over my already expanding belly and keep everything smooth and even.

And, I bought a new bra.  Just one for now because I want to see how I like it (and it was expensive).  I asked one of the sales associates at Nordstrom to measure me so I had a better idea of my actual size.  I took off my shirt and she took one look at the poor girls shoved into my bra and said “Oh my.  That’s awful”.  Turns out I’ve graduated from a full B to a modest D. Yes, I said D!   I couldn’t stop laughing…and neither could Jerry when I told him.  I probably could have fit into a C cup but I’m only 14 weeks.  They’re not getting smaller anytime soon!   And let me just tell you, I’m so much more comfortable!

How I’m feeling

Overall, still great.  Don’t hate me because I’m a happy pregnant person.  Most days are pretty darn fantastic…just a few little irritants here and there.

I wanted to avoid getting into the details of my bodily functions on this little blog but what the hell?  It’s life, it’s gross…deal with it.  I have gas.  I told Jerry I feel like a whoopee cushion that won’t deflate.  It’s all trapped in there and can’t escape and it’s awful.  You’re not supposed drink carbonated beverages because it apparently makes it worse.  But that’s the only thing that helps me.  So if you see me drinking a ginger ale, trust that I’ll be sounding off like a 14 year old boy in a burping contest. This and my back up digestive system will be the #1 topic addressed at next weeks doctor’s appt.

I’ve had some heart palpitations.  Just a few here and there.  #2 topic for the doctor’s appt.

The knee thing is going away.  The claw toes are still clawed.  The round ligament pain is there but not terrible.  I’m just bloated and gassy.

Food

I’m hungry!!  All the time!!  YAY!!

Healthy Food and I are friends again.  I’m back to eating a salad almost every day and chicken is not the devil it was a few weeks ago.  Shrimp sound delicious.

Likes:  Juicy fruit – Clementines, apples, blackberries, grapes…wishing more was in season right now.  Pizza (always), salad, greek yogurt, Thomas’ original english muffins, orange juice, dark chocolate almond milk

Don’t like…fish. That’s about it!

Sleep

It’s been all over the place.  Some fantastic nights…some nights like this.  Awake at 1:30.  Back to sleep by 4.

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Baby purchases

I saw this beauty on Craigslist and it was a bargain at $35!  I don’t love the color but we Jerry can paint it.  It’s really sturdy and well build and is the perfect size for the nursery.

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Speaking of the nursery, I also found this print on RH Baby and was instantly smitten!

Baby Elephant

Could you ever be in a bad mood looking at this little guy???

I didn’t want the nursery to be too cutesy or “baby-ish”.  And I’m just in love with these modern, sweet, simple photos that are perfect for a baby’s room but will transition easily to other parts of the house once they’re older.

Baby Giraffe Little DarlingBaby Zebra Little Darling

I ordered 6 prints from The Animal Print Shop, which was much less expensive alternative than RH Baby.

High/Lows

High…getting started on the nursery!  We’re moving Jerry’s office downstairs and then we can work on getting things set up

Low…another cold!  UGH!  This one is bronchitis (according to Dr. Google).  At the very least, it’s crazy chest and head congestion.  I imagine the only thing worse than getting sick while pregnant is getting sick with two little munchkins to take care of.  Better suck it up, Buttercup.

Jerry

Jerry got a new job! He really liked his old job but this one leaves more room for growth.  And he gets a company car!  He works so hard and it’s fantastic that he can be rewarded for that. I’m so proud of him!!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

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If you like your muffins to taste like cupcakes, please move along.  There is very little sugar in this recipe and it’s just perfect for me.  But I’m not a huge fan of sweet.  There is lots of wholesome goodness packed in a small package. I’ve topped them with a little butter and they are fantastic…but they’re pretty tasty all by themselves.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine the following dry ingredients in large bowl, mix well

1 ¼ cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Combine the following wet ingredients in a separate bowl, whisk to combine.

1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
6 oz vanilla greek yogurt (should be @ ½ cup) – I used an 5.3 oz individual Chobani cup
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
2 eggs

Sauté the following in skillet until the apples are soft.

1/4 cup organic coconut oil
1 apple, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Add the sautéed apples and wet ingredients in with the dry and stir to combine. Don’t overmix.

Spoon batter into lined or greased muffin tins (I used mini muffin tins).

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

13 Weeks

Second Trimester baby!  I can’t believe I’m in it!  I get all teary thinking about how lucky we are to have made it this far.  Wow. Seriously…just Wow.

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Per whattoexpect.com

Fetal Growth Rates

What’s up with your baby? Well, besides being as large as a peach now, that big old noggin of hers is now about half the size of her crown-to-rump length (that’s one reason why your little peach looks more like an alien from outer space at this point). By the time you give birth, her body will catch up, measuring three-quarters of her total size. But don’t compare your fetus with the fetus next door. Starting about now, babies begin growing at different paces, some faster than others, some more slowly, though they all follow the same developmental path.

Baby’s Vocal Cords Are Developing

What else is going on in there? At 13 weeks pregnant, tiny bones are beginning to form in her arms and legs. Because she can move them in a jerky fashion, she may be able to get her thumb into her mouth (a habit that may come in handy for self-soothing when she’s a newborn). Your baby’s intestines are also in for some big changes. Up till this point, they’ve been growing in a cavity inside the umbilical cord, but now they’re moving to their permanent (and more conveniently located) address, in your baby’s abdomen. And to serve your growing baby’s needs, the placenta is also growing. It weighs about an ounce now and will weigh one to two pounds at birth (something else you’ll soon be able to blame your weight gain on!). Also developing this week: your baby’s vocal cords (the first step toward saying, ‘I love you, Mommy!’). Because sound can’t travel through your uterus (your baby’s current habitat), you won’t be able to hear any sounds or cries just yet, but oh boy (or girl) — those vocal cords will get a good workout once baby is born.

Bump

We’re at that annoying point where the maternity clothes are too big and the regular clothes are too small.  I’m rotating about 3 outfits right now. 

A couple notes about these pictures.  1.  They are very awkward to take.  Or maybe I’m just awkward.  2.  I was actually thinking I was looking pretty small until I saw this photo.  Oooffa!  The picture doesn’t lie.  3.  I had a bit of a sob fest before this picture, hence the puffy eyes and Medusa hair.

And I think I’m doing them wrong.  I’m actually 13w6d in this picture, so almost 14 weeks.  I’m going to try to start taking them over the weekend so I’ll be at the midpoint for the week. 

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How I’m feeling

I’m still feeling pretty fabulous! 

I’m having some non-Bean related issues that are annoying.  I have a jacked up knee that tend to get sore when the weather changes (cue the old as dirt jokes).  I’ve dealt with this knee thing since college.  And I have 2 messed up toes…I don’t know what the deal is with these stupid toes.  My pinky toe and my “ring” toe on my left foot have curled under over the past year like two little a claw toes (it’s very attractive).  If I use a spacer between the ring toe and the middle toe, they’re ok.  But I should probably see a podiatrist at some point. 

I’m having some growing pains in my stomach.  In addition to the round ligament pain, my abs are sore like I’ve been maxing out on my planks.  Rest assured, I haven’t done a plank in months! 

Lack of digestion still sucks.  I only get really cranky about it after 4 or so days.  Please don’t tell me to drink more water/take a probiotic/eat more fiber/buy prunes…been there, doing that.  It just is what it is…

New symptom for this week is shortness of breath.  Jerry asked me the other day why I kept sighing.  Normally, this is a sign that I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious but everything is peachy.  I told him that I didn’t even notice it.  Then I was walking with Jacob up a (low-grade) hill and was totally out of breath at the top.  Turns out, it’s a normal part of pregnancy!  per whattoexpect.com  pregnancy hormones (the usual suspect) stimulate your brain to increase the frequency and depth of your breaths, allowing you to take in more oxygen for your growing baby babies-to-be. Those hormones also swell the capillaries in your respiratory tract and relax the muscles of the lungs and bronchial tubes, making you feel like you’re sucking wind after nothing more strenuous than a trip to the fridge.

Baby purchases

I told Jerry we should be purchasing a case of diapers each month to create ourselves a nice little stockpile.  Then Stephanie sent me a ebates notice that diapers.com has double cash back & $10 off your first diaper order.  So yeah, I bought diapers this week.  

Food

I enthusiastically proclaimed this week “Friday night we’re having meatloaf, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts for dinner!”,.  Jerry’s response…“Well that sounds…light”.  Poor guy is just begging for grilled chicken salad.  It’s coming, I promise! 

I know, this plate of food looks disgusting.  I’m posting it anyway.  It was amazing!

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After our light Friday night meal, we had yogurt.  Coconut with almonds and chocolate chips.  Yes, I did!

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We went to Sienna Mercato for dinner on Saturday.  We had a 2 hour wait and I was ready to eat my hands by the time we sat down.  The waitress came over to take my order.  “I’ll have a turkey meatball slider, mac & cheese, a salad with ranch and an order of fried pickles.  And I’m pregnant so don’t judge”. 

All for meeeeeee!

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I only ate the salad, a few bites of mac & cheese and 200 fried pickles.  Not the healthiest meal.  The slider and remaining mac & cheese were fabulous reheated the next day! 

I also had a very health conscious friend ask me if I was eating a super clean diet due to the Beans.  BAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!  Sorry, dude…no.  I’m eating carbs and cheese like it’s my job.  But I love fruit!  His response…”fruit has tons of sugar”.  Yes, yes it does.   Men are clueless about the power of hormones…it’s cute. 

Speaking of fruit, Clementines are my favorite thing right now.  I could eat a truckload of them! 

Love:  honey crisp apples, salad with ranch dressing, bagels and cream cheese, ground beef, clementines, egg sandwiches, yogurt, anything spicy.

Almost like:  chicken, shrimp, salad w/o ranch

Don’t Love:  fish, HB eggs

Exercise

Just walking.  65,415 steps this week and 5 days of 30+ active minutes.  I ordered some prenatal yoga DVDs…I’m super excited to try them out.  (Chiquita…come on over to the Lot256 yoga studio!)

Sleep

Sleep is mostly good. Check out my rockin Friday night!

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3 potty trips and a bunch of flopping around…but 9 hours of zzzzzzzzz.  Bliss!

Mood

I’ve been kind of a pill this week.  Not the whole time but I definitely have moments.  Jerry said I haven’t been too bad and he would know.  I’m still pretty emotional.  I think about finding out the gender of the Beans and I start blubbering. I watched Nine Months this weekend (that movie is super ridiculous) & when Hugh Grant is watching a video of the ultrasound and gets all choked up…game over.

High/Low of the week

High…after a trip to IKEA, we have a pretty good idea of what we’re doing, furniture wise.  Can’t wait to find out what these Beans are so I can get to decorating!  I’m still thinking we’re having one of each.

Low…just my dumb claw toes