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.

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

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

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

Week 15 Update: WIAW and a Cheesy Quinoa

WOO! Made it to Week 15! Only six more weeks until we find out if we are having a little Geoff or a little Jenny!! If you haven’t already, take the poll to make your predictions.

Luckily, I just had my 6-month dentist appointment and I’m not experiencing any of the dental pregnancy symptoms mentioned below in the What to Expect section. Other than feeling a little larger than usual I feel basically normal. I have regained a lot of the energy I lost in the first trimester (I can stay up past 9:00 now!) and I hardly ever feel queasy. I’ve had a little lower back pain, so I’m going to ask my doctor about it at the next appointment, but it seems like it is pretty normal.Fit Pregnancy Magazine

I recently picked up an issue of Fit Pregnancy, and I actually really like it. I’m sure all the information in it can be found online, but then I’d have to search around for it. I like having it all in one place. Plus, all the information is really helpful! I actually read it from cover to cover (which I never do with magazines). It also has info for preconception and after the birth, so I will probably continue reading it.

On the exercise front, I have been going on tiny bike rides (usually just around the block since it has been so cold/rainy) and I’m planning on checking out a prenatal yoga class tonight. I’m pretty nervous about it since I’ve never done yoga in my life, but everyone I’ve talked to has said it is amazing and that they would highly recommend it. So wish me luck! I’ll let you know how it goes.

I’m going to start doing a new thing that a lot of other blogs already do: WIAW. This stands for “What I Ate Wednesday,” and (for me at least) it will be a weekly recipe and possibly some other food-related stuff.

And so, without further ado, here’s my first WIAW:

Pretty much every lunch since that fateful day (when I had to order a bridesmaid dress in a size 18W) I have eaten a simple salad for lunch. That includes a bowlful of fresh spinach leaves, half of a tomato and some of my favorite Greek vinaigrette dressing (seriously, it is so good). Since I’m lucky enough to be able to have a mini fridge in my office, I’m able to bring a container of spinach leaves with me to the office and just leave it there so I don’t have to pack a lunch every morning. In my opinion, the best containers for storing any type of veggie are Tupperware’s FridgeSmart containers. There are two vents that allow airflow to whatever is stored inside, and there is a chart on the side of the container that tells you to keep both vents closed, open, or one open and one closed to keep your food fresh longer.

I know I should have some protein along with my spinach salad, but I am never in the mood for chicken/other meat at lunch. I usually opt for a Greek yogurt instead. These little babies are so good, and I love the Yoplait kind that have fruit on the bottom and granola on top.

I have a fruitbowl at my office that I’m able to keep fully stocked thanks to our subscription to Fruitshare, so I usually grab some type of fruit to have along with my salad and yogurt. I also have fruit for my two daily snacks, sometimes along with a granola bar, or something similar.

WIAW Weekly Recipe: Parmesan Garlic Quinoa

Courtesy of Laura at Beauty & The Beard

This was a really delicious, filing dish. I’m not sure I’m going to give up Mac & Cheese like Laura claims in her recipe, but I will definitely make this again! Both Geoff and my sister really liked it too, but we were all surprised at how spicy it was! I’d recommend only putting in half the amount of red pepper flakes and adding a bit more cheese. For those who are interested, my sister added this to the Weight Watchers recipe builder and found out that it is 7 points+ for about a third of the recipe.

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium white onion (cut in 1.5 inch strips)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 cups water
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I recommend half this amount)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (I put in more)

Step 1: Rinse quinoa in cold water.
Step 2: Heat up your olive oil in a large sauce pan and saute your onions for 4-5 minutes. Throw in your garlic for a minute, stirring so it doesn’t burn.
Step 3: Add in your water and quinoa and cover the pot, bringing the water to a boil.
Step 4: Bring down to low and allow to simmer. Quinoa should take about 15 minutes to cook or so – but you’ll know when there is a ring around the outside and the center is clear – plus about all of your water should be absorbed.
Step 5: Mix in your salt, basil, black & red pepper, and 1/3 cup of your cheese.
Step 6: Dish it up while hot and sprinkle with pepper and cheese for garnish!

This week according to What to Expect:

You might not yet be feeling it, but your baby is kicking those little legs and flexing those elbows, while — higher up — you may be coping with some dental weirdness.

Your Baby in Week 15 of Pregnancy

One way to deal with the havoc of pregnancy hormones: Focus on how much is happening with your baby. She’s about the size of an orange this week, her ears have migrated to the sides of her head, and her eyes are moving to the front of her face. Plus, your little smarty-pants can now wiggle her fingers and toes and make breathing movements in preparation for life outside the womb.

Your Body in Week 15 of Pregnancy

Pregnancy hormones are pretty rough on your body, especially the teeth and gums, causing inflammation and making them more susceptible to plaque and bacteria. Your formerly healthy gums may have become super-sensitive and prone to bleeding. In addition, you might be coping with a chronic stuffy nose or even nosebleeds during pregnancy, also brought on by progesterone surging through your system. Fear not — it’ll all pass.