Foxlet: Week 16

Aloha, week 16!

I’ve got the usual updates down below, but first off, I’m super excited to tell you guys that my sister, Jen, is also pregnant right now with #3! I’ve been trying really hard to bite my tongue about the news until she had officially announced (she was waiting until she found out the sex — Mia and Kira are getting a baby brother!!), but now the word is out!

She’s 5 weeks ahead of me, and it’s been really fun and definitely very special to go through my own pregnancy along with her. Since this is her third, she’s a pro now! And getting to glean bits of wisdom from her, as well as having someone who never seems to get tired of me complaining to her about the ugly side of pregnancy, has been really nice. Although, admittedly, late Summer/early Fall of this year is gonna be kiiiiiiind of a crazy time for my parents, heh.

I had my 16 week OB checkup yesterday, and got great news about the First Trimester Screen I completed last month. Foxlet has a 1/10,000 chance of having Trisomes 13, 18, or 21 (Down Syndrome), and according to my doctor, that’s the best possible result I could’ve received! So hooray!

Foxlet’s Size: Foxlet is the size of an avocado, a dill pickle, or a can of soda.

Weight Gained: I’m back up a pound or so this week, still sitting about 13 pounds down from my pre-pregnancy weight… not that you’d know it given how gigantic my stomach already is. Like I discussed last week, apparently even a teeny little avocado of a baby can give you a giant ultrabelly if you’ve already got a nice squishy stomach to start with. Oy. 

Symptoms: Nausea’s still hanging around, lucky girl that I am, although I’ve had 1 or 2 miraculous non-nauseous days (or at least, completely nausea-free until nighttime) which have been amaaaaaaazing. Still holding out hope that I’m juuuuuust about to turn that corner and finally start to feel that pregnancy glow, lol.

This week I’ve also been experiencing a little bit of heartburn, I’ve still got that lovely boob tenderness, and I’ve been noticing I get cold much more easily/frequently than usual (which is sure strange for me, because I’m normally always hot!) On the positive symptoms side of things, my nails are super strong and thick right now!

Emotions: Oh boy. They are definitely in hyperdrive right now. If I thought I’ve been extra emotional these past few weeks, I really didn’t know what I was talking about.  It is pretty extreme right now. I spent the majority of yesterday in tears for one reason or another — Sean had to work late, Daxter was being cute, someone made me feel fat, Piper and Leo just can’t be happy on Charmed, I wanted ice cream and then I didn’t… you get the picture. 

And it probably isn’t helping that I’ve been listening to the Moana soundtrack nonstop every time I’m in the car. I have yet make it through without bursting into tears during “How Far I’ll Go.” And that goes double for the reprise. 

Cravings: Fresh fruit, especially watermelon and apples, raw veggies, and Thai food, particularly noodle dishes like drunken noodles and pad see ew. Although, with my nausea still coming and going, unless I act on a craving immediately, by the time I get my hands on whatever food I said I was craving, I don’t want it anymore. And I have the untouched containers of pad thai in my fridge to prove it. Sigh. 

Still, I’m taking pleasure in every moment that I actually desire food at all, since that hasn’t really been the case for the past 3 months!
Aversions: Red sauce, bananas, and, unfortunately, fish are currently on my oh-no-no list. I’m starting to become less averse to meat, which is good, but still am not feeling much of a desire to eat it.

Sleep: Still sleeping hard and long. Crying all the time is really exhausting, okay?!

Purchases: I actually made my first relatively big baby-related purchase this past week! It wasn’t big monetarily, because I paid just $35 for it, lol, but it’s a big deal because it’s our first real piece of baby furniture: a bassinet!

I’ve pretty much decided that I’ll want to keep the baby in a bassinet/pack-n-play/mini-crib/something on my side of the bed at first, and I’ve been looking into bassinets in particular since our bedroom isn’t all that big. I’d already seen the Babyletto Bowery bassinet online during some cursory searches, and liked the look of it immediately. But with a retail price of $120 – $150, and some mixed reviews about its size and unwieldiness (it’s actually surprisingly big!), I wasn’t ready to purchase it outright (or even add it to my registry just yet.)

That said, when I saw it pop up on Facebook Marketplace for such a low price, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and decided to give it a chance! I figure that if Foxlet doesn’t end up liking it, or if we decide to go in another direction, I can always resell it (or, worst case scenario, we’re only $35 out anyway.) It’s got a few cosmetic scratches, but is in good condition, and even came with an upgraded cradle mattress (the one that it normally comes with is apparently really crappy). I’ve cleaned and disinfected it, as well as filled in some of the scratches using the walnut hack. I’m pretty happy with the result!

I know I’ve still got a loooong way to go with this pregnancy, but I won’t lie, picking up our first piece of furniture has me pretty excited! I think it’s just like, every new part of preparing for the baby just makes it all the more real, y’know?

Wearing: With the warm weather we’ve been having this week, I’m all about the maternity shorts I picked up from Old Navy and Target! As you can see from my bump photos above, I think I’ll be getting my money’s worth with these.

Missing… being on my normal emotional spectrum (which was, let’s be honest, already pretty wide-ranging, lol.)

Looking Forward to… continuing to get more mommy practice in while my nieces are currently visiting. I’ve been able to hang out with my friend Lara and her beautiful new baby girl as well, which has been a great lesson in just how tiny babies are when they start out (given Mia’s and Kira’s current size, this is a surprisingly easy thing to forget.)

 
Ooh, and I’m definitely looking forward to my birthday dinner this weekend, too! My birthday isn’t until Tuesday, but my family is celebrating early while Jenny and the girls are in town. Huzzah!

Foxlet: Week 15

Oh man, week 15 is here and the belly has started to become a force all its own these days! During the day, it’s still pretty tame, but by day’s end, it is poppin’ somethin’ fierce! Guess that’s what happens when you already have a nice squishy belly on top of baby to begin with, eh? Plus, by the end of the day, my stomach muscles are just like, “Boy, bye!” which makes it pop out all the more. Super crazy.

Being slightly more zaftig than some, I was unsure about how my pregnancy would “show” (or whether it would at all!) One of my biggest fears has been that since I already had quite a bit of belly to start with, nobody would be able to tell that I’m pregnant until I’m just about ready to give birth. But, much like my friend Cassie described when she went through this same thing, it seems like I’ll be having the opposite problem. Evidently my normal-stomach is just compounding with my pregnancy-belly and creating some kind of crazy ultra-bump, and so I actually feel like I’m showing much earlier than I anticipated!

I still think I’m straddling the line between “pregnant or fat?” most days, but I mean, I’m only 15 weeks and, depending on what I’m wearing and how late in the day it is (see photos below), I personally think I look preeeeetty knocked up. Give it a couple more weeks, and I’m sure it’ll grow quickly outta control, lol.

What I’m wearing is a pretty big factor, I think. All my high-waisted leggings tend to keep my bump sucked in/smoothed down a bit more (see below), while dresses and under-the-bump shorts seem to emphasize it (see above.) Anyway, on with the update!

 

Foxlet’s Size: Foxlet is the size of an apple, éclair, or a naval orange!

Weight Gained: Nothing new here. Still negative fifteen-ish pounds. I still can’t get over how much my body shape has already changed, and how much extra girth has gone to my stomach (and boobs, lol) given that not only have I not gained any new weight, but have actually lost weight since getting knocked up! I don’t really feel like the rest of me looks much different, but my mom told me the other day that my face seemed slimmer so maybe it is being pulled from other places? Whatever, I’ll continue to take what I can get before major pregnancy weight gain sets in (as I am sure it will before long.)

Symptoms: Ughhhh, my booooooobs. They are large, super tender, and are very in charge. I feel like they weigh a bazillion pounds! I also am feeling the effects of pregnancy brain in full-force. I lose my train of thought super easily, and am definitely more forgetful than usual. I’ve also been experiencing some pelvic-area pain — sometimes sharp, sometimes more like a kind of stretching feeling It mainly happens if I move too quickly when going from laying/sitting to standing, or twist my torso.

Toss in renewed full-body exhaustion, and the unfortunate return of some skin issues (though fortunately not as bad as before!), and I’d say I’m still not feeling that #pregnancyglow people keep telling me about, hahaha.

Nausea-wise, I’m continuing to feel like I’m on the up and up, so that’s some good news! Although, that being said, I also feel like every time I say I’m coming out of this phase, I jinx it and that very evening I end up throwing up again. Sooooo, I’ll just cautiously say that I have been feeling a smidge better, and am hopeful that this trend continues.

Emotions: I’ve been re-watching Charmed on Netflix and burst into tears basically every other episode, so make of that what you will. I also came home from dinner with my family last night and inexplicably burst into tears as soon as I saw Sean.

Cravings: Cravings are actually starting to become a reality! HUZZAH!! This week I had one very intense craving for watermelon, and am happy to say that my aversion to potatoes is officially over. And thank goodness, too, because I don’t know how I would have survived this pregnancy without french fries. I’ve also had a specific thirst for both almond milk and orange juice for the past few weeks. Maybe I’m calcium and Vitamin C deficient? I’m just happy that certain foods are starting to actively sound good again!

As for what I’m eating otherwise, I continue being able to enjoy eating bagels + cream cheese, grapes and cheese, apples and peanut butter, beans and rice, etc. It’s not the most exciting diet, but my limited library of edible foods means that I’ve actually been eating relatively healthfully, so that’s good. And eating mainly snack-type foods means I’m generally eating smaller meals more frequently, which I think is also helping keep the nausea at bay.

Aversions: The usual: marinara sauce, meat, and as a new joyful surprise, while I don’t feel like I have a mental aversion, apparently I’m having a very strong physical aversion to bananas. I don’t mind the idea of eating them, but every banana I’ve tried to eat recently has been immediately regurgitated soooo, I think I’m done with that.

Sleep: Aw man, I’m so tired all the time right now! I’ve been sleeping laaaate and still feeling suuuuuper exhausted when I wake. I remain eternally grateful that I have a flexible, work-from-home job and are not slave to an office schedule right now, because I think I’d be rocking some serious keyboard-face if I had to go into an office these days.

Wearing: I’ve officially broken into my maternity clothes as of this week. I’m actually super glad that I picked up some items from Old Navy and Target a couple weeks ago, because it means that I already had some things to wear as soon as I started feeling like the belly was taking charge. I’ve also gotten down to just one wearable pre-pregnancy bra, so I bit the bullet and bought a new bra, two cup sizes bigger. I kept it to just one though, since I have no way of knowing how much more these puppies are gonna expand, but I’m guessing it’s gonna be more.

Missing… not running out of breath so easily! I swear, whether it’s because of my increased blood volume, pressure on my pelvis, or whatever the cause, just walking around H&M at the mall leaves me short of breath these days. It’s kind of embarrassing, to be honest. Shopping really is my cardio right now, I guess.

Looking Forward to… FINDING OUT IF I’M HAVING A GIRL OR A BOY. Ugh, I’m DYINGGGGG to know! I was doing okay last week but these past few days have been rooooough. Pretty sure I’m gonna cave by Week 16 and have to find out early, lol. I swear, I’m trying to be patient but, I mean, I was already one of the least-patient people I knew before getting pregnant sooooooooo…

The Little Focus That Could

I’ve put a lot of miles on my little baby Buttercup this week. (Buttercup being, for the uninformed, my car. She is very, very yellow.)

I had kind of forgotten what my hair looked like in a shade of brown. Whoa.

Being the Northern Virginia-dwelling suburbanite that I am, it’s pretty safe to assume that I do a lot of driving. And while that may be true to a certain extent — I certainly find myself visiting all corners of this region more often in my current role with Yelp than I ever did previously — I actually don’t drive that much. Since I don’t have a regular commute anymore, I’m not putting a steady stream of miles on my car — it’s only when I have a meeting or drive out to an event or have a desperate, searing craving for Korean BBQ that I take my baby out. In fact, due to the endless supply of schnauzers at my house and the fact that you can buy gummy bears in 5 pound bags on Amazon, there are usually quite a few days a week when I don’t have to leave the house at all. (I prefer not to think of that as being sad and pathetic, by the way.)

My little Ford Focus, purchased new in August 2012, only has about 16,000 miles on it. I’m no expert on car mileage, but I hear that’s fairly low.

This week in particular, however, I have been racking up the miles. And the frustration. Because lately it seems that any time I have to drive anywhere, I have the joyous benefit of sitting in lots and lots and lots of traffic. Between last night’s taillight-laden trip to National Harbor to see Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna (such a fun show — you should absolutely go if you’re in the area!) and the weekend’s horrific trip to New Kent for my college roommate and super preggo bestie Bethany’s baby shower, I’ve definitely been making up for the aforementioned lack of mileage.

Speaking of Bethany’s baby shower, fun story. So, Sean and I are headed down to New Kent, VA for Bethany’s coed baby shower (with Sean giving me grief about how coed baby showers aren’t a thing the entire time, but I digress), and New Kent  is about 20-ish minutes or so outside of Richmond. So, figuring that it usually takes about 2 hours to get to Richmond, we leave at around 10 AM to get there.

We arrive at 2:30 PM.

Yep, it took us FOUR AND A HALF HOURS to go 120 miles. I-95 traffic is no joke, folks, especially on a weekend, especially in the summer. Although, it does make me wonder WHERE all these other people who are stuck in equally bad traffic are really going. I mean, even if they’re taking a day or two off from work, are they really taking 6 – 8 hours to get to the beach, only to have to turn around and come right back in one or two days? #notworthit

Anyway, by the time we finally got to Bethany’s sister’s house, the shower was pretty much over. Womp womp. Which really worked out for Sean, since he got to avoid all of the baby games, and admittedly it kind of worked out for me, too, because I basically just got to hang out with Bethany, her hubster, and her sisters for a couple hours on my own.

Perhaps that was really my plan all long! Bwahaha. No, I kid, I kid, I’m really bummed that I missed out on the whole shebang. At least I still got to decorate a onesie! I really should have taken a picture of it, it was a masterpiece. (Reality: it was not a masterpiece. It said, “Will Cry for Milk” and then “I love boobs.”)

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It did seem like a shame to have to turn around and head back on the highway after only a couple hours of visiting, but all was not lost. On our way back, which AMAZINGLY took less than three hours in total, we stopped in Fredericksburg and I got to experience a kickin’ restaurant there called Foode, AND we got Carl’s Ice Cream after that – STRAWBERRYYYYY! Carl’s is evidently a Fredericksburg institution. It reminded me of Kline’s in Harrisonburg, and it was delicious.

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So at least my car ride from hell ended on a sweet note. Unfortunately, the driving isn’t over yet, as today I’m headed out to Annapolis! Luckily, it’s for a great reason — lunch with the bestest best coworkers ever! And at least I’ve got my DC counterpart Kimberly ridin’ shotgun and keeping me company. We miiiiight be going to the beach afterwards. Just sayin’.

At least this time I’ve learned my lesson and am giving us ample time to get there. Since I’m sure that even at noon on a Thursday, there will undoubtedly be traffic. Wish us (and Buttercup) luck, and see you on the flip!