Time flies…

I can’t believe it has been over two months since Henry was born. It seems like he has been a part of our lives forever, yet it feels like just yesterday that we were heading to the hospital to meet him.

We have been spending all of our time snuggling, smiling and playing, but I apologize for not posting more. Every time I think about sitting down to start a post it just seems like it would take precious time away that I could be spending with Henry. So I decided that I’m officially taking a break from blogging (for now).

Until I write again, here’s a photo of Henry now that he has started to fill out. I’m guessing he weighs about 12 pounds now, though we’ll find out his official weight later this week at his two-month checkup.

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.

Why my friends are awesome

Just a couple random moments I wanted to mention…

First

I popped one of the buttons off of my work pants yesterday. It was just like in those fast food commercials. I guess it might be time to start wearing the belly bands, or even *gasp* maternity clothes, though I was hoping to get through one more month without them. 

Second

Nate, one of our awesome friends and coordinator of almost every get together (including the Tailgate Extravaganza), is very excited that we are pregnant. We are the first couple in our group having a baby, so whenever people get within 2-3 feet of me he always (jokingly) yells, “WATCH OUT FOR THE BABY!” He is the one who said asked (jokingly, I hope) if he could come along to our next doctor appointment. Oh, and did I mention that he is rooting for the baby to be a 15-pounder? Yeah, he wants a linebacker. Anyway, here is his latest funny comment to Geoff: “My goal is for her to curse not only you at the birth, but me as well.”

Third

Another friend, Emily, has decided that every time I hang out with her she will have a tiny baby cutout to stick on my belly that shows how big the baby actually is. I thought she was kidding, but then I got a picture of this via Facebook:

Nate and Emily are just examples of how super supportive and fabulous our friends are! We are seriously lucky to have this many good people in our lives. Love you guys!

P.S. I’m obviously the worst bump photo picture taker of all time. I can’t believe it has been FOUR WEEKS since I last took one. My mission this week is to get one taken and posted before the weekend is over.

Bring on the baby weight

I mentioned awhile ago that I needed to go in and get re-measured for my bridesmaid dress for my sister-in-law’s wedding in September. By then, I’ll be 28 weeks pregnant, which means I need to plan to get a larger dress size to accomodate for my soon-t0-be-huge bump.

I had planned to get measured last weekend, but they told me I could wait another week (like that will make a difference) before we would really be pushing the deadline for rush orders, so I waited. I making the trek to Sheboygan where we purchased the dresses with my other sister-in-law (the maid of honor), who was picking up her dress since it had already arrived.

I was completely shocked to learn that I have gained an INCH around my bust, waist and hips since the first time I was measured (in March). I’ve only gained five or six pounds, so I didn’t think it would be so much! It freaked me out. So I did some research, and found out that weight-wise I’m right on track to where I should be (according to every site and app I could get my hands on).

They they dropped this bomb on me: I had to order a size 18W.

I’m not even sure what to say about that except that it is my worst nightmare coming true. I totally understand the reasoning behind it – making room for the bump in the underlining, which is the skinniest part, raising the waist line to go over the bump, etc. – but COME ON. From size 8 to 18W in 28 weeks? Talk about hitting me where it hurts. Oh, and by the way, you have to pay extra when they add that nice little “W” on the end of the size for all the extra fabric they have to use to make the dress. They say it means “women’s” but in my mind it means “wide.”

I know, I know, I shouldn’t worry about gaining weight while I’m pregnant, the size shouldn’t matter because they are going to alter it… but UGH. Just go along with me here for a second and feel my pain.

My totally rational response to the size 18W news: eat better and exercise more so that when that size 18W dress comes in they will RUE THE DAY they told me to get a size that large.

I think I’m doing pretty good on the fruit front, but salads will help me get some more veggies. I also have work on getting some more protein in my diet, but I figure that will pick up with grilling season. All in all, I think I’m doing pretty well so far.

I currently only have four doctor-approved methods of exercising (walking, biking, swimming and prenatal yoga), so I decided I have to get out and do one of those things everyday. Geoff and I try and go for walks, but it has been incredibly rainy here, so I need a backup. Swimming for exercise is my least favorite thing ever, so that’s out. I’m seriously looking into prenatal yoga, but I’ve never done yoga before so I’m nervous to just show up to a class. And (until this weekend) I didn’t have a bike.

Solution: Buy a bike. I came straight home from my measurement appointment, grabbed Geoff and told him we were going to buy me a bike. He was a little confused since it was so out of the blue, but went along with it, and we came home with this cute little cruiser!


I’m not a big bike person, but you cannot keep me off this thing! It is so comfortable (“a little too comfortable,” according to Geoff), and makes me feel like a kid again. It is a fixed gear, and you have to push back on the pedals to brake, but the best part is that it doesn’t feel like exercising to ride it. Now I just have to get a wicker basket for the front and I’ll be all set to bike to and fro around the neighborhood, to the beach, mall, etc.

Back to healthy eating for a second. I wanted to share two Weight Watchers recipes that I’ve continued to make since I left the program because they are incredibly easy and super delicious. I did make a few adjustments for personal taste, so follow the link to the recipe if you want the exact points+ values. Let me know what you think if you try them!

WW Spinach, Tomato and Feta Pizzas

Ingredients
4  focaccia flatbreads (found in the deli section)
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 large fresh tomato, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tsp oregano

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Arrange pitas on a large baking sheet.
Combine ricotta and garlic powder in a bowl; spread mixture over pitas.
Top with spinach, tomato and feta. Sprinkle with oregano.
Bake until edges of pitas are golden, about 12 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

WW Tomato, Basil and Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Ingredients
1 lb fusilli, or other spiral pasta
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, or more to taste
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 package mozzarella pearls
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and transfer to a large bowl.
Add vinegar, oil and oregano; toss to coat.
Fold in tomatoes, basil and mozzarella; season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve warm or chilled. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Week 12 Update

I can’t believe I’m already in the last week of my first trimester. I mean, where did that time go?

I know in the last few posts I have said that my nausea has started to go away, but I’m seriously starting to think that the baby can hear those words leave my mouth and then BAM! Two hours later I’m curled up on the couch in a ball (*insert baby evil laugh here*). Overall, it really has started to subside, but it hasn’t gone away completely (YET).

As far as cravings go, I still find myself wanting cereal (Oatmeal Squares or Cinnamon Toast Crunch in particular), but I’m also really having cravings for anything frozen. Baby wants popsicles, ice cream, Frappuccinos, smoothies, etc. Isn’t that weird? It doesn’t really matter what it is, I just want something cold.

I’m definitely feeling my pants getting a little tighter now. Ideally, I’d like to skip the part where you look like you could be pregnant… or just put on a few pounds… and go straight to full-on baby bump. Wouldn’t that be nice? You would start out all skinny and then one day, POP you have a baby belly! I can’t wait to get to that point when can wear all the cute maternity clothes… leggings with tunics, summery dresses, tight t-shirts that hug your bump… Ah, the shopping! I’m probably getting close, but I’m not quite there yet. So for now I’m wearing floaty shirts and blouson tops to hide my teeny bump. I don’t think I’m fooling anyone though.

We have our next doctor appointment on Monday and I’m hoping that we will be able to hear the heartbeat while we are there. I’ve read that after 10 weeks the heartbeat is loud enough to hear, so cross your fingers that we’ll get to hear it! I’m not really sure what else to expect from the appointment, since the only other one I’ve had with this doctor was basically just touching base, so I’ll let you know how it goes.

In other news, I’m thinking about trying prenatal yoga. I need something to do for exercise other than walking around, and my doctor recommended trying it out. I’ve never tried yoga before, and honestly it just seems like a lot of stretching. I’m willing to give it a try, though, so once I find a place I’ll post a review.

Have you tried prenatal yoga? Did it do anything for you?

This week according to What to Expect:

While it may seem as if you’ve doubled in size over the past few weeks, it’s your baby who actually has!

Your Baby in Week 12 of Pregnancy

By now, your baby weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum. Most of his systems are in place, though there’s still plenty of maturing to do. For one thing, his fetal digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating, and his bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons against germs once he’s out of your safe haven. The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) has started producing the hormones that’ll enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own in a couple of decades or so.

Your Body in Week 12 of Pregnancy

If all those changes in your baby sound dizzying, that may just be you dealing with yet another problematic pregnancy symptom: Lots of women experience occasional dizziness and/or feel faint due to progesterone, which causes increased blood flow to your baby by relaxing your own blood vessels. The decrease in blood flow to your body and brain, along with typically lower blood-sugar levels during pregnancy, can set your world a-spinning. Do your part to keep your equilibrium by eating regularly, getting adequate rest, and standing up slowly.