Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Things Nobody Tells You About Pregnancy

Well this is me doing my public service and telling you.
  • You worry.  When we were trying to get pregnant, that was my worry.  I thought that once I was pregnant it would be a huge relief.  Which it was in some ways, but I have been constantly worrying ever since.  I just wanted to make it to 8 weeks, then 12 weeks, and still a week or so before every appointment I start freaking out that I will go and there will be no heartbeat.  And yes, I know that I will worry for the rest of this babies life.
  • You pee in the middle of the night immediately.  I thought it was a later in pregnancy thing.  Nope right away I was getting up once a night to go to the bathroom. funny quotes on pregnancy | pregnancy humor :) - BabyCenter
  • You look fat before you look pregnant.  I knew this going in, but I'm still trying to understand why this has to happenHappy For You
  • Crazy vivid dreams.  Every single night.  And not necessarily about babies.  But the other night I dreamt that I felt the baby move for the first time, but this wasn't just the butterfly feeling, it was crazy kicks and movements.  I wish it would be that obvious...
  • Hormones are for real
  •  It's not always hard.  I prepared for the worst.  Weeks of morning sickness, fatigue like never before and general discomfort.  This is pregnancy for some people, but it is possible to feel great during pregnancy!  And then you feel guilty for feeling great because you know that it's not like that for everyone.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Bump Date: 17 Weeks

What Fruit are you?  A turnip.  Or an onion.
Next appointment:  Thursday!
Gender:  I still think girl, but then we did the needle test and it said boy.  I know none of this stuff really works, but who knows!
Total weight gain/loss:  I will find out at my appointment on Thursday, but I don’t really think I have gone up too much. 
Exercise:  Exercising on the regular, or trying to.  Probably getting around 4-5 workouts a week in.  I went to a weights class at work this week and some of the ladies were pretty impressed that I was still working out.  It made me feel good, but I think that exercising during pregnancy should be the norm.
Stretch marks:  Nothing yet.
Maternity clothes:  I wore maternity pants for the first time this week.  They are amazing!  So comfortable and much more flattering as they make me look pregnant rather than cutting my belly off in the middle of it.  I bought another pair on Friday night, but I need to go out an get more for sure.  Still able to wear regular shirts though.  
Food cravings:  I’m really enjoying pickled beets.  I had some at my in laws last week and I was at my parents on Friday night and knew I had to raid their fridge for some since we don’t have any at home.  I should probably buy some.  Or have Ryan buy me some, that’s what husbands are for, right?
Symptoms:  Heartburn has started.  And it comes with bad acid reflux.  I have had reflux for awhile but now I can feel it burning in my throat.  Not fun.  But once again, if this is the worst symptom I have I really can’t complain!  So far everything has been easy peasy.  Is there really a baby in there?  Oh and I have all this peach fuzz on my belly.  Luckily it’s very light, so I think I’m the only one that can notice it, but I feel like I’m turning into a fuzzy bear.
Movement:  Nothing yet.  Anxiously waiting!
What I miss:  This week was the first time I really missed wine.  I was at a conference for work and this introvert could definitely use a glass to loosen up!  And everyone was drinking pretty heavily and I had to keep explaining that I was pregnant.  
What I'm loving:  Still how easy this has been. I could do this at least 3 more times (Ryan).
What I'm looking forward to:  My appointment this week.  Just want to hear that heartbeat again.  I always need the reassurance that everything is fine.
Best moment this week: Putting on maternity pants an realizing that I actually look pregnant.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Reading Lately

I pretty much always have a book on the go.  I've been a reader my entire life (except when I was in University, then pleasure reading went on pause.)  I've read a few books this summer, some good, some great, some just meh.  I have this struggle with putting books down that I'm not enjoying.  Even if I don't like it I want to know what happens.  I could just google it, but I never seem smart enough to do that.

The One & Only - Emily Giffin
I'm a huge Emily Giffin fan.  This book was slightly different than her typical book, but I still enjoyed it.  The reviews on Goodreads were terrible though!  I don't want to say much more because I don't want to give anything away, but it's not the writing that people disliked, it's the topics discussed in the book.  I still give it a thumbs up though...

Wild - Cheryl Strayed
This book was tough for me at first.  I found I couldn't connect with Cheryl when she said stuff like: He asked if I had tried Heroin and I hadn't so we did it. Pardon?  And when she got pregnant she says "I got an abortion and learned how to make dehydrated tuna flakes and turkey jerky and took a refresher course on basic first aid and practiced using my water purifier in my kitchen sink."  This drove me nuts.  You don't just pass by abortion like that, as if it's completely insignificant.

Anyways, the book got better.  Once she was out hiking the trail for months at a time and there was no heroin or pregnancy, she was easier to relate to.  I would recommend this book.

The Matched Series - Ally Condie
I liked the first one.  Typical dystopian with a love triangle.  Nothing amazing, but it was good.  Then the second one I didn't even want to finish.  It was just boring.  But for some reason I read the second one and the third one because I wanted to know what happened. This is one of those books that I should have just googled the ending for.

The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty
This is on everyone's book club list I think.  I thought it was really good.  Some secrets you find out about early on, some take you a bit longer and keep you guessing.  It's about multiple families but they all come together and are related in some way.  Definitely a good read.  Really makes you think that you never really know what's going on in other people's lives, or even in those lives that are deeply intertwined with your own.

 What have you been reading lately?


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bump Date: 16 Weeks

What Fruit are you? An Avocado
Next appointment:  18 Weeks
Gender:  I’m still feeling girl.  Ryan hasn’t thought about it much, but he says girl too.
Total weight gain/loss:  I tend to not weigh myself between appointments.  Although I don’t want to gain too much weight, to some degree it’s not something I can control, so I don’t want to obsess over it.
Exercise: This week I did some weights, some spin bike and I went to my first prenatal class.  I was the least pregnant person there and probably had the most experience with yoga, so I felt like I could push myself a bit harder than the rest of the women there.  Which was weird, I didn’t want to seem like I was showing off.  But at the same time, before I have that big ol’ belly I might as well work hard.
Stretch marks:  Nothing yet.
Maternity clothes:  A girl I work with who has a 2 week old gave me a whole bag of clothes, and man are those pants comfy!  I think I’m going to take some to my conference this week to wear.  I have bought a few shirts and have a few more ordered, but haven’t started wearing them yet.
Sleep: No complaints.  Except if I’m going to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I would rather it happen at 3am then 5:30 when I only have half an hour left to sleep!
Food cravings:  Still just food!  I had been craving chicken wings, so Ryan and I went out on Friday for them and some hot fudge cake.  In Ryan’s words “that’s one happy preggo”
Symptoms:  Not very many of them really.  My back has been pretty sore.
Movement:  Nothing yet.
What I miss:  My body. This stage has been pretty tough for me.  I know that it’s all part of pregnancy and I knew that the feeling fat stage would come, but as an avid exerciser who works hard on my body it’s been hard to get dressed in the morning and feel good about myself.
What I'm loving:  Pregnancy in general.  Even though lately I haven’t felt pregnant at all and wonder if there’s still a baby in there, pregnancy seems to really agree with me.  I could do this 3 more times Ryan! (hint hint)
What I'm looking forward to: Having a bump of course! 
Best moment this week: Ryan and I finally agreeing on names.  We aren’t going to share them, and there’s still the possibility that they could change I guess, but for now our names are picked!