Thursday, October 30, 2008

Baby Movements

I keep forgetting to write that I can finally feel the baby moving. About two or three weeks ago I started feeling the slightest odd feelings that I thought was either the baby moving or gas. Now I realize that it was the baby because I am feeling them all the time now and can see my stomach move from time to time when the feeling occurs. It's a rather odd sensation. Kind of as if I have a fish flopping around inside of me. I feel it all over my belly, from low down to the top.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Ugh, I've had this cold since Friday and I really thought I'd be better today. I even kept my appointment at the gym, thinking I'd wake up today and feel refreshed and ready to work out. Did not happen. I woke up and realized that I'd have to cancel. Then I got back in bed and stayed there until 1 pm. So lazy! But I really do feel better now. Tomorrow I have a list of all the things to do that I didn't get done while I was congested and coughing and feeling crappy.
I did some research online and read that it is okay to take Sudafed when you have a cold while pregnant, but only the Sudafed behind the pharmacy counter, not the Sudafed PE available on the shelf. Apparently it has something to do with the new formulas that had to be created because of the meth cookers who were buying Sudafed to make methamphetamine. Interesting. I managed to not take any medication. I told myself it really wasn't that bad and I'd survive, which I did, of course. I treated myself to tons of Snapple Diet Peach Iced Tea to keep hydrated. I figure that can't be too bad for the baby.
Speaking of the baby, and when am I not, really, no one seems to be satisfied with the size of my pregnant belly. That doesn't help my feelings considering that I've gained so much weight. But a few mom friends of mine pointed out that it is really to my advantage, since my body won't go through as much stress if I'm not stretching out in all directions. So I try to focus on that. Also, I spoke to my pregnant friend and she too had a large weight gain last month. Not as much as me, but enough that she was shocked. I go back to the doctor in two weeks and I am worried that I will have gained a lot again since I have been unable to work out while sick. I'm going to make an effort to get to the pool everyday as soon as I feel 100% well. I don't want to push myself.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Week 24

I am behind on so many things that I want to write about: strollers, car seats, cribs, registering, nursery decor, etc, etc! But I have a terrible cold and am in no mood. So I will just post a photo from last week and go take a nap.
Tomorrow I will write something better.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


We went on a great trip to Sedona and The Grand Canyon last week. I did tire myself out a bit hiking and walking a lot, but we just went to bed early each night. I had my first stranger acknowledgement of my pregnancy on the trip, but I have to add the caveat that I was rubbing my belly at the time. I still think that I am carrying in such a way that people are not sure if I am pregnant or just chubby - at this point I am both! My friend, who is pregnant and about three weeks behind me, sent pictures of herself and she looks so pregnant. Her belly sticks straight out from her belly button, whereas mine has not gotten that high yet - I am not sure that it will.

Smoke Tree Resort - A great little motel in the Scottsdale area. We drove there and stayed over on our first leg of the trip. The motel as been completely redone and the rooms are very nice and the staff could not be friendlier.

El Portal - We stayed at this inn in Sedona. The owners were very nice and helpful and we just loved the inn. Our room, #11, was decorated in an arts and crafts style and had a balcony that looked over the inn's pretty courtyard and had views of the Red Rocks.

Yavapai Lodge - This is where we stayed at the Grand Canyon. It was the only hotel within the part that had availability when we made our reservations. It is not at the rim, which we really didn't have a problem with, since it is minutes away. I had some concerns about what we would find upon arrival, but I was very happy with our room. It was basic, but very clean. We had an issue with the heat not working, but they brought us a space heater and we had no problems after that.

23 Weeks

I went to the Dr. this week and stepped on the scale. I then asked the nurse how much I'd gained since the last time I was there. She consulted my chart and gave me an enormous number without any editorial comment or anything. I was left sitting on the chair in shock as she handed me my glucose test drink for my next appointment and began giving me directions on what to do for the test. I barely heard anything. I just stared at her. Luckily, the directions are also written on the bottle.
I don't weigh myself at home. I just eat well and exercise and wait until my appointments to find out how much I've gained. They don't comment on your weight gain at my Dr.'s office. They just take your weight and tell you not to worry about it, just eat healthy. So that's what I've been doing. I can't figure out how I managed to gain so much weight. I talked to the Dr. about it and he said just to watch my carbs. So I've been trying to be extra careful. I am also going to weigh myself Monday morning, just in case the nurse misunderstood me and told me my total weight gain as opposed to my monthly gain.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Body Image

I've noticed that pregnancy has completely changed the way I feel about my body. Normally I'm really self conscious about it and would rather die that show anyone my body between my knees and my shoulders. I avoided tight clothing and drawing attention to my body in general. Now that I'm pregnant, I couldn't care less about who sees my stomach and I have been wearing tight fitting tshirts without a care in the world. This is all rather recent in my pregnancy - once I decided that I actually looked pregnant and not just chubby. I still have yet to be asked by a stranger if I am expecting, but I think that will be coming up soon.
The other day I went out to eat with a friend who hadn't seen me in a while and I was wearing a bigger tshirt, so I stopped in the parking lot of the restaurant and lifted up my shirt so she could see my belly. I didn't care if anyone else saw because I'm pregnant and who cares? This is something I would have never done in a million years before. Same thing goes for touching my stomach in public. I have been doing it all over the place. I can't help it.
It is all rather liberating.