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.

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

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

Week 17: Feeling Baby Move, Baby Bachelor and Gourmet Grilled Cheese

To celebrate hitting the 17-week mark, I signed Geoff and I up for some classes at the hospital where we are planning to have the baby. We signed up for “Labor, Birth and Beyond,” “Bringing Baby Home,” “Breastfeeding Your Baby – The Basics” and “Breastfeeding Your Baby – Beyond the Basics.” The only one I wanted to take but couldn’t get into was the Infant CPR and Safety class (it was full). Hopefully they will add more dates soon. The classes are spread out in August, September and October, so I’ll post about each one as we go.

I forgot to mention in my last post that when we listened to the heartbeat at the doctor’s office it was in the upper 150s, which (if you believe in these things) means that the baby might be a girl! Four weeks until we can find out for sure, so don’t forget to let us know which one you think it will be using the poll in the sidebar!

I am also very excited to announce that I definitely felt the baby move (and yes, that was it moving around last time)! We went to a choir concert and I was so tired out that I basically sank into the chair and let my entire body relax to the music… and all of a sudden I realized I could feel the baby. It moved around quite a bit for the first half of the concert, but after I got up and walked around during intermission I didn’t feel it again. I think the key for me to feel him/her is to be completely and totally relaxed. It is also very light/faint right now, but I’m assuming that will get stronger as the baby grows.

For those of you who know me well, you’ll know that one of my guilty pleasures is watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette. Every week my sister and I will make dinner and watch the show together and we have so much fun together. I’m calling it right now – Brooks is totally going be the last man standing.

Apparently this has been around for awhile, but I had to share it since it is so adorable and awesome: Baby Bachelor. You can’t help but smile watching it! What do you think – will Wesley choose Jessi or Gabrielle?

This week according to What to Expect:

Your baby is practicing sucking and swallowing as she gets ready for the real thing: a breast or bottle! As for Mom, you may be warding off some unwanted belly touching.

Your Baby in Week 17 of Pregnancy

My how your baby has grown! She’s about the size of your palm, weighs about five ounces, and is developing some body fat (join the club, baby!). Her heart is now regulated by her brain (no more random beats) to beat 140 to 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as yours! What else is up? She’s practicing the survival skills she’ll need at birth — like sucking and swallowing.

Your Body in Week 17 of Pregnancy

Now that you’re starting to show, chances are that friends, coworkers, and even strangers may feel the urge to reach out and touch your belly. If you don’t mind, that’s fine. But if you do, speak up kindly but firmly. More new developments with your body: a greater sensitivity to allergens these days and the appetite of a truck driver now that the queasy feeling is (probably) gone.

WIAW Weekly Recipe: Grilled Ham and Havarti Sandwiches

Courtesy of Weight Watchers Online

This is a super easy grilled cheese sandwich that tastes gourmet! So delicious, but we have made a few variations since the first time we made these: I don’t care for mustard, so I leave that off, but Geoff loves it on his. We also swap the rye bread for whatever looks the best at the bakery (usually some sort of french or focaccia bread). The onion really adds to the overall flavor of the sandwich, but if you do one or two thin slices it helps to not overpower it.

4 tsp stone ground mustard
2 tsp Dijon mustard
8 slices reduced-calorie rye bread
8 oz cooked lean ham, sliced
2 oz Havarti cheese (4 slices)
4 slices fresh tomatoes, 1/2 inch thick
4 thick slices uncooked red onion
Cooking spray

Step 1: Combine stone-ground and Dijon mustards. Spread mustard mixture evenly onto each of 4 bread slices. Top each evenly with ham, cheese, tomato and red onion. Cover with remaining 4 bread slices.
Step 2: Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add 2 sandwiches to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 sandwiches. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich).

Week 10 Update

Week 10: Baby is the size of a strawberry!

Since we made our announcement on Facebook, I decided to try and remember to change my cover photo to show how big baby is every week. I’ll also post those here 🙂

I realized recently that I haven’t taken a bump photo in a few weeks! Time has been flying! I’ll try to remember to post one later today, and every week after that. Maybe when I change my cover photo on Facebook that will be my reminder to take a photo.

Anyway, my “night sickness” is starting to fade, which is awesome. It is still there, but it isn’t as bad and I seem to be able to just power through it. My boobs aren’t as sore, but they are definitely way bigger than they were before. Luckily, one of the things I didn’t give away when I lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers were my bras, so I’m all set in that category for awhile.

The worst part this week is that I’m extremely tired. I feel like my body has probably adjusted to the fact that I gave up caffeine by now, so this is just pregnancy related. It feels like I’m hitting a wall. I have actually been falling asleep on the couch every night, which is sort of annoying because when I wake up to get into bed I can’t fall asleep again. It is almost like my body just wants a lot of tiny naps throughout the day.

Luckily, I’m not experiencing the symptoms described below in the What to Expect section. At least not yet. Maybe I’m eating all the right foods and drinking enough water to avoid that… Let’s hope it stays that way!

Did you have pregnancy fatigue? What helped you stay awake?

This week according to What to Expect:

On your baby’s to-do list this week: Build bones and cartilage. On your agenda, increase your fiber intake to cope with constipation.

Your Baby in Week 10 of Pregnancy

Your baby (now the size of a prune) has small indentations on his legs (soon to be knees and ankles!), and his tiny arms even have elbows that bend (how is that for magical?). Inside that little mouth, tiny buds of baby teeth are forming under the gums. His stomach and kidneys are kicking into gear, producing digestive juices and urine, and if it’s a boy, his testes are making testosterone (how manly!).

Your Body in Week 10 of Pregnancy

All clogged up? For many moms-to-be, those pesky pregnancy hormones cause the smooth muscles of the large bowel to fall down on the job — they get sluggish and you get constipated. Whole grains and veggies can help, as can drinking lots of water and exercising regularly. You might also be coping with headaches and newly visible veins as your body’s blood supply ramps up (it’ll increase by 20 to 40 percent over the course of your pregnancy!).

New “diet”

For the past year I have been doing Weight Watchers, and I ended up losing about 30 lbs just by changing my diet around (I’m not big into exercising, though I do play non-competitive beach volleyball twice a week). Here’s my before and after shot (both photos are from New Year’s Eve, exactly one year apart.

Before and After Weight Watchers

I was about 7 lbs short of my goal weight when I found out I was pregnant. Now, you obviously don’t want to lose weight during pregnancy, and unfortunately there is no program (at least none that I could find) for healthy eating while pregnant, so you are kind of on your own. I want to make sure I’m eating right, but I feel kind of lost.

When I started WW I changed everything I was eating, and a lot of it happened to be diet, non-fat or sugar-free food. I learned to make all my recipes with those ingredients and it worked – I lost the weight. But now I want to focus on health instead of weight loss, and I feel like everything I learned on WW has to be thrown out the window.

I wanted to find a book or two that could point me in the right direction, so I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven. It seemed to be written in an easy-to-read, funny style, which is what I was looking for. I went home and immediately started reading. And what I read totally freaked me out.

Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven

Yes, the book was written in a funny way (they call soda “liquid Lucifer”), but if they hadn’t included the humor to lighten it up it would literally have been the most doom-and-gloom book I’ve ever read! It may contain some good information, but it was a little extreme for me. Plus, it seemed to only focus on the things you can’t have while pregnant, instead of what you can enjoy.

Has anyone else read this book? Did you enjoy it or did you find it extreme?

I decided to return that book, and now I’m back to square one. The hubby is all excited because we’ve been eating things I haven’t allowed in the house for a year: frozen pizza, Qdoba burritos, Chinese food, etc. And I know that those are not the things I should be eating, but I just can’t find a good resource to tell me what I should/can eat! It is very frustrating.

So today I went on Amazon and did a lot of searches and read a lot of reviews. I think I found some really good resources and cookbooks that will tell me the yummy and delicious things I should be focusing on enjoying, rather than the negative, “AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS” tone. Here’s what I picked out:

I’m pretty pumped for them to come in the mail! I’ll review them when they come in and let you know what I think. 

Have you read/would you recommend any of these books specifically? Are there any other pregnancy and nutrition resources out there that you really liked?