this is baby boy now -
- the size of an english hothouse cucumber - about 14 in. long and weights 1.75 lbs
- his lungs and brain are much more developed and he can likely detect light and dark through the optic nerve. he can also hear outside voices more, like his daddy's voice, for instance. :)
- since week 22 when i felt him move for the first time (still BY FAR the best thing about pregnancy!), i've felt him sporadically. some weeks, especially when we were in maui (week 24), i felt him move constantly. in the couple of weeks since we've been back, it's been much more rare. the only thing that makes sense is that i was SO much more relaxed while on vacation, and not so much since being back. even in the evenings when i lay down and expect him to start moving around right away, doesn't always happen. i feel little flutters here and there throughout my days, but i think the fact that i've been going non-stop since we've been back probably best explains his lack of action. baby boy must be lulled to sleep by my constant movement.
me at 26 weeks -
- the tummy's definitely getting bigger! mainly wearing maternity tops at this point. i only have one true pair of maternity pants (which i wear a ton b/c they're so much more comfy!) and a few pars of jeans that i bought in a larger size and 'make work'
- it's definitely harder to bend over and tie my shoes
- started using palmer's cocoa butter this week- wasn't going to, but after talking to a couple of women who swear by it, decided it wouldn't hurt to try. if i still get stretch marks, i can blame it on genetics. :)
- trying to get in as many walks as possible - not nearly as enjoyable now that the weather has changed to cold and wet, but it's amazing what a big difference in energy level a quick walk makes
- eating - could be better, could be worse. i'm long past my cravings for carb-rich comfort foods (think mac-n-cheese and pizza), but have not been able to eliminate my LOVE of and constant craving for sweets. there are weeks where i'm determined to eliminate refined sugars, which lasts about 2 days at best, then i'm right back off the bandwagon. try to keep it in check as much as possible, but really difficult when there's a 7 lb. costco chocolate cake staring me in the face for a week (work potluck - long story!)
- the realization that i'm about to enter my 3rd trimester has had me on a mission to get as much done as possible before i get there. from everything i've heard the 2nd trimester is when most pregnant women feel their best and aren't quite at their biggest yet, so i've been trying to cram in as much of the baby prep stuff as possible. it's just mind-boggling how much there is to do! maybe it's just me and my type-A personality, but working full time and commuting 2 hours a day also doesn't leave a ton of time left to work on baby stuff. the evenings are full and so are the weekends, and it just seems like there's never enough time!
everything else! -
- my baby shower is in 4 weeks! very excited about that, and furiously trying to finish up my registries which is no easy feat since i've registered at target, babies r us and amazon.com. i'm now wondering if that was over-kill but i found it difficult to just stick with one place.
- Target - didn't know this until i had a reason to baby register with them, but their website is just AWFUL! i was shocked at how slow it was, not at all user-friendly, just beyond frustrating. the worse part is their selection of in-store baby items is very limited; their online selection is much more robust, but even then, most of the brands i was interested in (boon, dwell studio) were sold out online. i know people love target, and i always have too, but i would never recommend them for a baby registry.
- Babies R Us - ok, i swore i would never register here! i've always found the store to be completely overwhelming and nearly impossible to navigate. HOWEVER, when it came time to register for myself and with the help of a dear friend, i found the experience much better than anticipated. also, they have EVERYTHING you could possibly need (and much more that you don't), both in-store and online. i pretty much didn't have a choice. also, their website is SO MUCH BETTER than target's.
- Amazon.com - if it were up to me, i would only have this registry. everything you need at your fingertips and the best part - you can have a 'universal registry', which means you can link items from other websites to your amazon registry. how great is that?! for instance, there's so much i love at IKEA, but you can't create a registry thru them, so i linked those items to my amazon registry. same with some Costco products. but the reality is, most people still like to go to a brick and mortar store and see things in person. then there are people who either aren't web savvy or comfortable buying online. plus, many ppl wait until last minute to shop for the shower so buying online doesn't really work at that point.
- working on the nursery - the crib has been assembled (i came home to that lovely surprise from the hubs one evening last week), and the dresser has been purchased. it was an IKEA purchase (as was the crib), so it'll take a while to put together. i'm pretty sure that's on the hub's list for this weekend. i'm keeping my fingers crossed!
- we're still undecided on a name (or i should say, HUBS is still undecided.) nothing new there, but we're no closer than we were weeks ago. let me know if you have any 'R' name recommendations - we need all the help we can get at this point!
- i've been trying to learn to relax - not really what i do best, but i'm also very much aware of the baby and how my stress level could affect him. some of the things i've started doing in the last few weeks
- taking epsom salt baths - maybe once or twice a week, and primarily to unwind after a long day, but also for the magnesium benefits
- reading in the evenings instead of watching TV
- trying to slow down in general, even if everything doesn't get crossed off my to-do list - still learning how to do this. :)
- most importantly - praying for a healthy and strong baby boy. we already love him so much, it's hard to put into words.