Baby B: 21 Week Recap

This week was a pretty quiet one (pregnancy-wise that is!).  Perhaps the biggest thing that happened this week is that all my students now know I am pregnant!  Since I work in a high school, news obviously spread quickly.  I have to say, I was blown away with how adorable my students are.  Numerous kids, both boys and girls, said the news made their day.  Now, every time I walk into a class, students are asking me how I am.  Random kids stop me in the hallway and ask me if they can carry my bag for me.  Honestly, I have the best students, and they really are making this whole experience that much more special.  Sometimes high school kids get a bad wrap, but I have to say, they truly can be the sweetest!

Otherwise, things have calmed down a bit, now that the whole gender reveal excitement has died down and I no longer am keeping a secret from anyone!  As a result, I feel more comfortable showing off my bump, rather than concealing it, which I had been doing at school.  It is so much more fun to show off my belly!

I will dive right into the recap for this past week, since it pretty much covers all the bases on how I have been feeling lately!

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Baby’s size: According to Babycenter, Baby B grew 4 inches this week, and is now 10.5 inches long!  Also, she is the size (or length I guess) of a carrot.

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Weight gained:  As of my last weigh-in, I am still about four to four and a half pounds up from pre-pregnancy weight, although I feel like I have gained more.

Exercise: I went to my first prenatal yoga class on Saturday!  It was 90 minutes long, and pretty low-key.  I can see myself going every other week or so, but at seventeen bucks a pop, I think I would rather spend some of that money on buying baby stuff!  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but I think it may be more useful for me later in my pregnancy.  I also did a sixty minute elliptical session and went for a 3 mile walk this week!

Symptoms:

– My joint pain is still better than it once was, but it has returned a bit.  I think that essentially, my body becomes a new body each week, and my joints, muscles, ligaments and other things are constantly adjusting.  It’s still much more tolerable thought that it had been just a month ago.

– Still annoyed with the slowing down of my digestive tract if you catch my drift.

–  I still get full so fast, and I am told it will only get worst!  Even drinking water fills me up when I do it on an empty stomach!  I really don’t like to feel too full, so this has been kind of a major discomfort.

– I feel so dehydrated, despite the fact I drink at least 96 ounces of water a day.  I think part of it has to do with the fact now I turn the heat on a lot, so my skin too is getting dried out.  I try to drink more water than that, but it is such a challenge due to limited stomach capacity.

– My stomach is super itchy again!  Must be growing!  Thanks to my amazing sister-in-law Jill for sending me those belly creams and oils because they are so, so helpful!

– I just generally feel more weird sensations all over!  One day my calf was sore for no reason.  then one day my side was sore, as if I lifted weights (though I didn’t of course!).

– Still occasionally feeling flutters and I am not positive they are actually my baby!  My darn anterior placenta is keeping me from feeling definitive movement yet!

Emotional breakdowns: One.  I was feeling a little stressed because my cousin was here from India this week and one day, my mom wanted to go to the mall but I had an appointment that I had to go to that kept me from going.  I just kind of felt guilty I let my cousin down, which resulted in me being a little teary.  I got over it pretty quickly though and managed to take them to the mall on another day!

Food aversions: None, but I definitely am sick of all the roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash I have been eating all week long.  I think I am inspired enough to bust out of my food rut and make some chili in the crockpot this week.

Food cravings:  Nothing in particular except I still really love pizza!  Oh, and I did crave chocolate a few times but didn’t indulge because I didn’t have any on hand.  My craving wasn’t strong enough to run out and go buy some.

Maternity Clothes: I have not yet worn any of my official maternity clothes that I bought last week yet.  I still fit into most of my pants (as long as they lay below the belly which most of my pants do).  I have worn some of my non-maternity clothes I had been avoiding before because they made my bump more obvious.  I am all about showing it off now so I can wear some of my more fitting clothes.

Gender:  Girl!!  It turns out that most of my students all pictured me with a girl!

Big Moment of the Week:  Well, this week I went to a chiropractor (twice) who specializes in pregnancy.  I feel physical therapy was no longer helping anymore since when I went, there wasn’t much they could do for me.  So, when a chiropractor visited my pregnancy group to discuss his work, I was intrigued enough to make an appointment.  I can’t tell yet if my two sessions so far have helped, but I can say he identified sore spots in my body very quickly, and did do a few things that made those tender spots disappear immediately!  He says he has to work on my SI joints a bit more for me to feel measurably better.

Looking Forward To:  Getting the nursery painted (should start this upcoming Friday) because then we can start decorating!  I also can’t wait for a prenatal massage I have scheduled this week too.

Baby Items Purchased: In order to moderate myself, I have set myself a budget for how much I can spend a week on the baby.  This week I ordered my diaper bag, plus those cute little stickers you can put on baby onesies for each month older they turn.

Gifts received: None that I can think of at this moment, other than the gifts I bought myself for the baby!

Name:  My husband and I have a top 3 now, but narrowing it down is so difficult.  We don’t really have plans to tell anyone our top names, but in order to gain some feedback from a trusted source (my sis-in-law Jill), we sent her a huge list of about fifty names and asked her to give us feedback on each name.  Our top three were embedded in that list, so that way we could get honest feedback from her without her actually knowing which names we liked!  Fortunately, Jill, my husband and I all have similar taste and she had good reviews of all the names we liked ourselves!  By the way Jill, if you are reading, your comments were honestly awesome and hilarious and for many names, we had similar associations!

 

 

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