Foxlet: Week 17 & 18

Helloooooo! So in case you missed last week’s news

We found out that there’s a baby girl growing inside me! Sean and I are both super excited, and extra terrified, hehe. And now we’ve successfully arrived at week 18, so read on if you’re interested in how this little lady (squee!) is doing!

 
Foxlet’s Size: Foxlet is the size of a tall Frappuccino with whipped cream on top! Or, y’know, a bell pepper or an artichoke.

Weight Gained: I don’t even know right now. My weight seems to fluctuate up and down by 2-3 pounds on any given day, and sometimes more than that. I actually kind of freaked out a few days ago because the scale said I’d dropped an additional 5 pounds, which would have brought my overall pregnancy weight loss to almost 20 pounds! And, as I’ve said before, while it’s not uncommon nor a bad thing for me to have lost weight (since I started out overweight), I’m getting to the point where things should probably be evening back out. But since that 5-libbie loss occurred after a night fraught with toilet-hugging, I realize (now, in the light of day and sanity) that it doesn’t count.

If I had to guess based on, I dunno, averages or whatever, I’d venture that I’m like 12-ish pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. I think I’m slowly starting to gain my lost pounds back, but I’m still in the red for right now. And I still barely even understand how that’s the case, since hardly any of my non-maternity pants fit anymore and I already feel like a walking stomach.

Symptoms: Dude, I am EIGHTEEN WEEKS and my nausea still hasn’t gone away! I’m starting to get to the point where I’m more pissed about that than anything else. 12 weeks, they said. Then 14 – 16 weeks. Well, heeere we are, and I’m still spending most nights rubbing my belly (in an attempt to quell my nausea, not for good luck.) I’m trying to keep things in perspective and remember that it wasn’t that long ago that I was nauseous literally 24/7, so things really have been getting better, it’s just still not great. I’d say I feel good like 30% of the time, okay (not great, but not terrible) 40% of the time, and still pretty damn awful 30% of the time.

At least the active puking seems to have primarily taken a backseat… aside from twice this past Sunday, including once while at church. Happy Easter to me! (Don’t worry, I made it to the bathroom and didn’t end up heaving into the collection plate.) And the lessening vomitous activity is definitely a good thing, because (and this most definitely has TMI written all over it, but whatever, pregnancy is gross) lately throwing up has involved simultaneously peeing my pants. YUP. Now, if you’re suddenly thinking that I’m the most disgusting person who’s ever walked the face of this planet, this is apparently a pretty common issue at this point in pregnancy — just ask the hilarious genius behind Alpha Mom if you don’t believe me:

(Side note: if you’re pregnant and not subscribed to Alpha Mom’s weekly pregnancy updates, you are seriously missing out. They. Are. Everything.)

Aside from those oh-so-lovely symptoms, additional ones lately include breast tenderness, round ligament pain (a kind of stretching/pulling/occasionally sharp pain as my uterus continues to grow), and getting embarrassingly short of breath from doing things like… pacing while I’m talking on the phone. Lol.

Emotions: Here are just some of the most recent Reasons that Pregnant Gretchen is Crying:

  • My mom asked my dad to switch seats during Easter brunch
  • I died in a video game I’ve been playing
  • My friend Jackie unexpectedly brought me bubble tea when we met up for dinner
  • I’m babysitting Pixel (my brother’s dog) and all three dogs looked up for a photo at the same time

  • Phoebe temporarily died for the 34892598th time on Charmed
  • I couldn’t find my right flip flop
  • Daxter crawled into my lap while I was trying to take a belly pic and fell asleep on my baby bump
  • I ate all the hot dog buns in the house but we still had hot dogs leftover
  • My sister sent me a ridiculously cute picture of my niece Kira

Okay, I guess you can’t really blame me for that last one. ::heart eyes emoji::

Cravings: Raw fruit and veggies are still a big craving, as is sandwiches with lots of mustard on them. Raaaaaandom. In general I’m just so happy that appetite has started coming back (yay!), so I’m finally able to eat foods that I have barely been able to look at for the past few months. Though, I’m definitely not back to my old self by any means because I’m still awfully picky about what I want/am willing to eat.

On the more stereotypical pregnancy craving front, I have been indulging in ice cream relatively regularly, and I ain’t mad about it.

 
Aversions: Still having that big marinara/red sauce aversion, which means I have officially surpassed my lifetime record for the longest period of time gone without eating pizza. On the plus side, meat’s finally back on the menu! Huzzah!

Sleep: Sleep’s been kind of iffy. I’m trying not to take Unisom as often right now, as I fear I’ve been getting too reliant on it (plus it made me sleep SUPER late sometimes, which delays eating, which makes me more likely to be nauseous…). Which means that sometimes I sleep fine, but sometimes I toss and turn all night, or I have those nights where even though you know you must have fallen asleep at some point, it feels like all you’ve done for 8 straight hours is lay there thinking about stuff. Also, my crazy vivid pregnancy dreams have been making a comeback lately.

Purchases: I made the grave mistake of going to Target on Monday to pick up supplies for a Yelp event I’m planning, and got immediately waylaid by the baby section. And while you should be VERY proud of me for being able to resist picking up the teeny watermelon baby bikini below, I couldn’t quite stop myself from procuring just a couple of wee little baby tings. Heh. It’s just a set of socks and washcloths though, so I still think I was rather restrained!

 
Wearing: I have fully jumped aboard the maternity clothes train and I’m loving it. Why haven’t I been wearing maternity clothes my entire life?! They’re so comfortable and they make my bump look way cuter. I’ve picked up the majority of my maternity wardrobe online from Old Navy, got a few pieces from H&M (didn’t even know they carried maternity or baby clothes until recently!), and I also just ordered a dress from Pink Blush Maternity after salivating over the gorgeous maternity dress that Ashley wore for Easter. Love that they have a huge, well-stocked plus size maternity section to peruse!

Missing… not much right now, actually! I’m not really feeling deprived, I just continue to be eager to have my nausea be gone 100%… and am getting a little fearful that that might not ever really happen for me.

Looking Forward to… my big Yelper Party next week! It’s my biggest bash of the year — free food, awesome entertainment, the works! — and this year’s theme is Yelp Goes Gatsby, so it’ll be extra fun! (Though admittedly, trying to find an era-appropriate dress that works with this belly has been slightly less fun.) This is one of just a few events I throw that’s open to literally anyone who RSVPs on Yelp (plus it’s totally FREE to attend with the option to donate at the door to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) so if you live in the DMV area, you should totally come out!

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…

Foxlet: Week 12

Week 12 is here, hallelujah! This means I’m almost out of my first trimester (I guess that technically happens at the end of this week?) and hopefully *fingers crossed* am on my way out of these first trimester symptoms as well. I was 12 weeks on the dot yesterday, but I wanted to wait to post until after my doctor’s appointment, cause I got a new framer to show you, hehe.

That’s a real human baby in there!

Foxlet’s Size: Foxlet is currently the size of a plum, apricot, or my personal fave, a french macaron!

Weight Gained: Still down about the same amount from the beginning of my pregnancy (~13-14 pounds), so no weight gained, although I can definitely tell the shape of my body is starting to change. So no new weight seems to have packed on (yet…), but things appear to be redistributing, lol.

Symptoms: Every time I think I’m on the up and up nausea-wise, it tends to rear its ugly head. Things are still the worst in the evenings, starting around 5 PM and lasting until I go to sleep. But the daytime tends to be all right most of the time, so I’m taking what I can get!

My current most-hated symptom is actually not the nausea, but the terrible terrible terrible breaking out that is happening to my skin! I know this is like sooooooo #whitegirlprobs, but I’ve always had really clear skin, even in high school, so dealing with acne now is actually starting to affect my self-esteem. Let’s just say that glowing, I am not. Le sigh.

Emotions: Errrrm, yeah. I had a dream the other night that Sean and I got a new puppy, and then when I woke up and it wasn’t true I started bawling in bed. Also am crying every time I find Foxlet’s heartbeat on the fetal doppler at home (point of fact: I do not recommend getting a fetal doppler because I couldn’t actually find the heartbeat until 3 days ago and it was causing a lot of “Is my baby dead?!?” anxiety). Also cried at the OB’s office yesterday. Also started bawling when I started thinking about the possibility of Harry dying before Foxlet is born. Also may be getting choked up right now just typing that sentence.

Cravings: Still no specific cravings, as finding food that seems palatable is still my main mission every day. In general, I seem to prefer sweet foods to savories, and can always eat fruit, so I look forward to my future hyperactive sugar-baby.

Aversions: Some of my aversions seem to be subsiding, so that’s really good! I’ve been able to start eating french fries again (huzzah!!) although am still super turned off by the thought of pizza and most meat.

Sleep: Been battling insomnia for the past week, so I have to take a sleep aid at night (Unisom – safe for pregnancy) to help me fall asleep. Once I’m out, though, I’m pretty good at staying asleep and am still getting enough hours in at night that I’ve been able to avoid napping (for now!).

Wearing: The maternity clothes that I ordered arrived this week, so I’ve tried it all on and I kiiiind of love them. My bump is still not so much a bump as my normal bowl full of jelly + some super fun bloating, but as I mentioned above, I can tell that my shape is changing and that means that even without having gained weight, my pants are already much tighter than they used to be. Enter:

The new hotness.

I got like 3 different types of maternity shorts (over-belly, under-belly, side panel) because I’ll be my most pregnant at the hottest time of the year in Northern VA (not great panning on my part) but seeing as how it’ll be 70 degrees today, I might bust these puppies out a little bit early, gahahaha. I’m sure you’ll be seeing the rest of my maternity wardrobe very soon.

Purchases: Aside from some new clothes for me, I haven’t bought anything else new for baby yet.

Missing… nausea-free evenings.

Looking Forward to… Well, as of this time yesterday I would’ve said I was looking forward to finding out the sex of the baby. Which, obviously, I still am (VERY MUCH SO), but I thought that at my appointment yesterday I was getting a blood test that would A) screen for genetic stuff, but also B) able to tell me the sex of the baby (so early!). Weeeeell, turns out that is a different kind of test than the one I actually got, and the kind I want likely wouldn’t be covered by insurance because I’m not having a high-risk pregnancy. (Which, I get is a good thing, I know.) And without insurance would cost like $2,000. Lol.

Anyway, I’m just bummed because I thought I was going to get to find out early, and now I won’t get to know until the 20 week anatomy scan like everyone else. I know, I know, woe is me. I know this all probably sounds super dumb, but I can’t help it: I wanna knooooow! So now I’m considering going to one of those elective ultrasound places where you pay like $70 and they can tell you as early as 14 weeks (although I’d probably wait til at least 16 weeks to increase accuracy.) Does that seem stupid to pay extra money just so I can find out the sex a few weeks earlier? I mean, if we have the technology…

Okay, enough whining about that. It should go without saying that obviously my biggest hope is just for a healthy, happy baby, and so far, the docs say that everything looks exactly as it should, and Foxlet is perfectly on track for 12 weeks — yay!

Foxlet: Week 11

Welcome, welcome to your first weekly Baby Foxlet update! Read on for a rundown of how things are going now that I’m officially in Week 11!

Foxlet’s Size: According to various apps, Foxlet is the size of a lime or a profiterole!

Weight Gained: Still down about 14 pounds from the start of my pregnancy thanks to all the nausea and vomiting (to which I actually woke up this morning… a grrrrrreat start to the day!)

Symptoms: More of the same, I’m afraid. Nausea, occasional vomiting, bloating, exhaustion, and insomnia seems to be joining the fray as of last night (which I think is probably why this morning started off over the porcelain throne, lol.) The good news (!) is that the stretches in the morning when I’m not feeling nauseous seem to be getting longer — yesterday I didn’t start feeling truly heinous until about 5 PM. Progress!

Emotions: All my emotions seem to be just a little more heightened than usual… which probably means that in comparison to a “normal” person, I’m a crazy hormonal wreck, lol. But I’ve only cried like 4 times so far this week (once was in Costco, twice was in response to commercials).

Cravings: None. All food is disgusting. Blegh.

Aversions: See above. But I’m especially turned off by pizza, chicken, steak, mashed potatoes (cryyyyyy), tomato sauce, and chewy bacon (but am digging super crispy bacon, so at least that’s something.)

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping a crazy amount (last night excepted.) I’ve been averaging around 9-10 hours a night, which is great and probably the only reason that I haven’t had to take naps every afternoon. It’s also nice because when I’m asleep, I’m not nauseous!

Wearing: My normal clothes still, although my sister gave me a waistband extender for my jeans that I had to bust out last week due to all this bloating. It’s also a good thing I own literally 16 pairs of yoga leggings because they’re pretty much what I live in. I did just order a few maternity items as well

Purchases: I did a little bit of crazy-lady purchasing right at the beginning when I found out I was pregnant, but haven’t picked anything up in a while.

Missing… actually enjoying eating. Sigh.

Looking Forward to… hopefully feeling some of these symptoms subside in the next week or so (fingers crossed!), and also for my 12 week appointment a week from today!