Week 22: Belly buttons, camping and mid-pregnancy weight gain

My little papaya is a squirmy one! He is definitely moving around in there, especially when I sit down to relax after work or lay in bed before I go to sleep. I love watching my belly move as he kicks, and it has been really fun to have Geoff feel the baby move more often. The baby even kicked for my mom while she was in town for the weekend, so it was nice to be able to share that with her.

While my feet are still normal-size (knock on wood), my belly button looks like it is about to pop. I’ve been in denial about this happening, but I think I’ve finally come to terms with the inevitable. I removed my belly button ring a few weeks ago, and I’m pretty sure that helped speed the process along. UGH. Stupid belly button.

Other than that I’m just trying to catch up on sleep from camping all weekend. I slept pretty well since we planned ahead and I didn’t have to sleep on the ground. We had cots topped with ground pads, plus sleeping bags and liners, comfy pillows, a nice new tent and a tent fan in case it was too hot. Luckily, our 95+ degree days melted away into some beautiful weather, and we spent all day Saturday at the beach, then snuggled up around the fire at night as the temperature dipped closer to 60. We had such a great time – I wish all camping trips were as smooth, comfy and fun as that one!

We had another doctor appointment on Monday, which was the same as all the others, but when I stepped on the scale I realized I was over the “normal weight gain” by a few pounds. I should point out that the range I’m referring to is according to the books and websites I have read, and that my doctor just said, “good” when she saw my weight. Maybe I’m just worrying for nothing, but as long as I’m gaining enough to keep baby healthy I’d like to keep it on the minimal end so I don’t have to work as hard to lose it after he is born. I’m hoping that this particular surge in weight gain was just due to all the junk we ate while we were camping (hello, Goober and jumbo marshmallow pudgie pies). I’ve actually lost a few pounds since the appointment, though not on purpose, and I’m now back in the normal range, so yay! I just have to watch what I’m eating a little better from here on out so when junk food weekends happen it won’t throw me completely off track.

This week according to What to Expect:

These days, the only things growing more rapidly than your baby’s senses may be her mommy’s feet!

Your Baby in Week 22 of Pregnancy

This week, your baby weighs in at a whopping pound and measures nearly eight inches, about the size of a small doll. But your little doll (who now has eyebrows, eyelashes, and maybe even some hair on that little head) is a living one who can now perceive light and dark. She can also hear your voice, your heartbeat, your gurgling stomach, and the whoosh-whoosh of blood circulating through your body. And as her brain and nerve endings develop, she may reach for her face (or whatever she can reach) just to experiment with her newfound sense of touch.

Your Body in Week 22 of Pregnancy

As if an ever-expanding belly wasn’t enough — now your feet are getting in on the act! That’s because the pregnancy hormone relaxin, which loosens your pelvic ligaments when you’re expecting, loosens every other ligament too — including the ones in your tootsies. In turn, the bones beneath those ligaments spread slightly, which results, for many women, in a half or whole shoe-size increase. So if you haven’t already stashed away your stilettos, now’s the time to bid them farewell — at least for a while. Besides, you need sensible shoes to help you balance that big belly and your changing center of gravity.

WIAW Weekly Recipe: Oriental Cole Slaw

This one comes from my mom, and is one of my favorite summertime salads. It’s sweet with a bit of saltiness, is great as leftovers and is super easy to make. The amounts listed below could feed a small army, so if you’re just cooking for two or three I recommend halving the recipe.

Dressing
3/4 c. vegetable/canola oil
1/3 c. white vinegar
1/2 c. sugar
2 pkgs seasoning from Chicken Ramen Noodles

Salad
2 pkgs Broccoli Slaw
2 bunches green onions with greens
2 pkgs uncooked Chicken Ramen Noodles, broken up
1 c. chopped celery (I leave this out)
1 c. toasted almonds
1 c. salted sunflower seeds

Directions
Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Toss salad ingredients together in a salad bowl. Top salad with dressing just before serving.

SPOILER ALERT

SPOILER ALERT! Do not continue to read this unless you want to know the baby’s gender! Otherwise, go ahead and scroll down past these adorable little ultrasound photos of baby at 21 weeks (although, I admit, the face one is slightly skeletor-ish).

First, I want to thank everyone who has been super patient with us while we kept the news to ourselves for the last few days. It was so hard to keep the gender from our friends (basically meaning Nate), even for 48 hours. Geoff and I were constantly on our toes since he kept trying to trick us into telling him!

We finally told everyone when we went camping this weekend. We stopped at a fireworks store on the way up to the campsite and picked up some colored sparklers. Then when it got dark and we were all sitting around the fire, I passed around the sparklers to everyone and had them all light them at the same time. There were lots of hugs and congratulations (and shots for those who weren’t pregnant), and we had such a fun night.

And so, without further ado, we are happy to announce that…

It's a boy!

We had grand plans for a cool long-exposure sparkler photo, but we were too caught up in the moment to remember to take one. We have some extra sparklers, so maybe we will still do that so we have something for the baby book, but I didn’t want to make you wait any longer.

Now that everyone knows, we can finally start putting the nursery together, finalizing name ideas, and SHOPPING (well, registering).

P.S. Thanks to everyone who voted on our poll – final results were actually 25 to 18 in favor of a girl.

Week 20: Halfway there!

Halfway!! Most of the sites say that baby is the size of a banana this week, which is totally weird. No one wants a banana-shaped baby! (I realize that the measurement is based on length, but still.) And no, the baby did not grow several inches in one week. Apparently the baby is measured from head to rump until week 20, when the measurements switch to head to toe. This is because the baby’s legs are curled up during those first 20 weeks and are hard to measure.

Baby Bump (Week 19)I cannot believe I’m already halfway through this pregnancy. It still doesn’t seem real sometimes, but then the little one will give me a nice kick to show me that yes, it is most definitely real. The baby bump is also a good reality check. Here’s a photo of me from the 4th of July barbecue our friends hosted. I am clearly not on top of things with these bump photos, sorry.

Only one more week until we find out the gender! I’m debating about doing a mini gender reveal with our friends just for fun (nothing crazy). We’re going on a camping trip soon so I might tie something into that. Any ideas would be appreciated!

How did you reveal your little one’s gender/are you planning on doing anything fun? Or did you wait to find out until they arrived?

This week according to What to Expect:

Boy or girl? You can find out this week through a routine ultrasound!

Your Baby in Week 20 of Pregnancy

Curious about whether that melon-sized belly contains a boy or a girl? Now’s your chance to take a peek! Your second trimester ultrasound, scheduled for anytime between 18 and 22 weeks, gives your practitioner a chance to see how things are going in there. And, wow, are they going! If you’re having a girl, her uterus is now fully formed and her ovaries are holding about seven million primitive eggs. If you’re having a boy, his testicles have begun their descent from the abdomen to their ultimate destination — the scrotum. And while your baby is definitely getting bigger (weighing in at about ten ounces and measuring six and a half inches), there’s still plenty of growing room in there, which allows him to twist and turn (and allows you to feel his acrobatics!).

Your Body in Week 20 of Pregnancy

Now that you’re at the midpoint of your pregnancy (20 weeks down, 20 more to go!), that little cantaloupe (aka baby) you have in your belly is becoming more of a reality as you feel his movements and draw smiles from passersby who see your baby bump. You might also be noticing that your nails are stronger (though they could also turn dry and brittle) and your hair is thicker and fuller than usual — all thanks to pregnancy hormones and increased circulation, which furnish extra nutrients to hair and nail cells.

WIAW Weekly Recipe: Summer Tomatoes, Corn, Crab and Avocado Salad

Courtesy of Gina at SkinnyTaste.com

This is a fresh, easy “salad” that doesn’t require much prep. I used imitation crab meat and only one jalapeño, but I could’ve definitely added the second one in and it would have been fine. We also just bought a bag of frozen corn and “roasted” it in a dry pan – definitely makes a big difference (if you don’t want to do it yourself, Gina says Trader Joe’s sells roasted corn). It says the recipe serves 7, but between me, Geoff and my sister we polished off the whole batch. Other ideas from Gina: Serve over mixed greens or tostadas as a main dish or you can put this in martini glasses as a fancy appetizer.

Ingredients
12 oz lump crab meat
1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 hass avocado, diced
2 hot peppers such as serrano or jalapeños, diced fine (seeds removed for mild)
1 1/2 cups roasted corn kernels
1/3 cup chopped red onion
2 limes, juice of (or more to taste)
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
salt and fresh pepper to taste

Instructions
Step 1: In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper. Let them marinate at least 5 minutes to mellow the flavor of the onion.
Step 2: In a large bowl combine chopped crab meat, avocado, tomatoes, hot pepper and corn.
Step 3: Combine all the ingredients together, add cilantro and gently toss. Adjust lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.

Servings: 7 • Serving Size: 1 cup
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 3 pts
Calories: 130.8 • Fat: 6.1 g • Protein: 8.8 g • Carb: 11.7 g • Fiber: 4.0 g • Sugar: 2.6

Pregnant women are delicious

I am extremely, extremely allergic to mosquitoes. Normal people just get a tiny, annoyingly itchy bump for a few days and then it fades away. Mine look like tumors. Big, red, ugly tumors that keep me up at night because they itch so bad. I even get scars from them!

I also think that mosquitoes know this about me, so they actively seek me out and avoid others. Seriously. We can hang out by a bonfire and no one else will get a single bite while I’m covered in welts. Then I saw this in one of my pregnancy books the other day:

Pregnant Women Are Delicious
My doctor gave me some cream to put on the bites that help them go away faster, but it does nothing to help relieve the itchiness. In the past I have used Caladryl Clear, which has seemed to help a little, paired with my daily cetirizine (generic Zyrtec). Luckily my doctor has cleared me to continue to use those while I’m pregnant. I can usually get through the summer with only one or two bites, but the hard part comes when we go camping.

Every year we go on a camping trip with 10-20 of our friends, and it is a blast. We swim, play games and eat during the day, then party around a bonfire all night. I’ll be honest, things get a little weird. It will be interesting to be the only sober one there this year! I do load up on the bug spray, but I just cannot get those little buggers to leave me alone!

This year, I’m prepared to go “comfy camping.” I’ve been convincing Geoff to purchase comfortable camping items throughout the past year, and I’m so happy I did! Can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be to be pregnant and sleeping on the ground?

We got a brand new tent that is one giant screen, plus the rain fly that creates an extra little vestibule area in the front of the tent, two cots and a new sleeping bag for me. I have never had my own sleeping bag, so I was pretty pumped when I got mine and actually fell asleep in it on the couch! Geoff was nice enough to snap a picture of me. Thanks for that, Geoff.

Did you go camping while you were pregnant? Did you get more mosquito bites than everyone else?