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22 weeks | baby bump

How far along: 22 weeks. (From the Bump) Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

How big is baby: The size of a Papaya.

Weight gain/loss: According to my appointment, I'm up 13 pounds from my start weight.  From last week, I'm up a handful of pounds from last week.  Oh the joys of being pregnant.  Weight watching.  Because I'm doing so good in this area, I might just skip updating you on this one because it doesn't make anyone feel good.

Maternity clothes: Yes.  I'm having a week where I hate getting ready in the morning and nothing I put on feels good or looks good.  Yesterday I had an ok day, but those are just so few and far between.  I struggle with looking cute and pregnant and large and fat... all at the same time.  Ugh.

Stretch marks: Nothing new.

Sleep: It's just hit or miss.  I'm getting sleep when I can and that's about it.  I know that if I sit down on the couch at night, after Coen is in bed, I'm done.  So, I've been trying to get as much done as I can before that happens, otherwise, I'm a waste of space.  And if there's a blanket involved, I'm out in seconds!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Nothing new here, either.  I have this constant itch for a good salad or something really fresh.  I'm getting tired of the things that we are eating lately and I'm hoping that with the new month approaching, our new budget becoming available and a new round of groceries coming into the house we can get mostly produce and just eat the crap out of those fresh items!  I was thinking about this greek salad from Old Bag of Nails last night and while we ended up with take out Chinese (because it's the best bang for the buck), it was fine, but didn't quite hit the spot.

Exercise: Nada.  Maybe this is part of my problem.... but I'm just not feeling fun and peppy this week about being outside.  It's become a little cooler and it's just not as enjoyable as it was a few days/weeks ago.

Gender: Still having a GIRL!

Movement: She's just got some slow and mildly aggressive jabs but other than that, she's just floating around.  I have a feeling that she might be less of a fighter than Coen was in womb, but what do I know.  Just speculating.  She still has plenty of time to grow and kick me from the inside.  So time will tell if this assumption is true.

The belly: Okay, I am showing.  But honestly, I still struggle (like I said above) with being pregnant and looking hefty.  It will be a few more weeks before I'm really comfortable with what's going on down there and by then I'll really be able to show it off!  I'm not sure that I'm really popping before I did the last time, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.  I'll do a comparison picture next week.

What I'm loving: Nothing, really.  I'm having a down week.  Nothing fits right, nothing tastes good, I'm not sleeping great, I'm always tired, I'm stress/bored eating at work, I want to shop but I don't really need anything, I want to start to organize the nursery but it's a train wreck, I want feel better about my body but it's just tough and I just feel like BLAH!  So, other than the norm of just spending time with Coen and loving on him, I just feel blah this week.  Ugh.

What I miss: Feeling good and not worrying about my body and the way I look.  Like I've said before, these little girls really do suck the life out of you and just make you feel like garbage.  She's blowing up my face with 14 year old acne, she making me crotchety and tired all the time and I just miss feeling good.  I haven't really felt pregnant until this week and now I just feel so gross.  Maybe next week it will all bounce back, but who knows.

Symptoms: See the section above.

The nursery: This is starting to stress me out.  We're making "progress", but nothing really wild.  We have removed and disposed of the dresser that was in there and we have received the crib last weekend!  We have plans of getting the queen bed frame out of there this weekend and hanging onto the mattress set until my parent's are able to take it.  From there, I need to remove my craft table/sewing corner table from the room and then it will start to "come together" a little more.  I won't mind having the mattress set in there for a little longer, but I'm getting really antsy about getting this room looking like a nursery.

It's really a big struggle.  I want to do more, but we really don't and can't for now.  I want to look for bedding for the twin/day bed, but I can't. I want to get a valance for the window and I want to start looking for things to put in that room, but there are just a lot of things that are standing in my way.  It's frustrating, but it is what it is.  S plans to go to IKEA to get us our dresser/changing table like we have in Coen's room for this new nursery and when that happens, that will make me start to feel a little better because then I'll have a place to put all of the items that I'm buying for this little girl.

The closet still contains all of our things and storage of other things.  I have the need to clear that out too, but between not lifting heavy boxes and wanting to keep some of it upstairs for the "kids room/play room" idea, it currently stays the way that it is until there is a plan. 

My Pinterest board about this "New Nursery" is exploding with ideas and as you can see, I'm really coming from about 100 angles. I cannot narrow it down to what I want to accomplish and I'm not sure about my goals.  Basically, I know that I'll be working with maple stained furniture, sage walls and white accents.  From there, the options to explore are unlimited.  When the gender was undetermined, I had thought about incorporating navy because that was gender neutral and would be really classic looking with the other items.  Then I remembered that my aunt would probably be making a blanket for this new baby and that I could potentially have that complete the circle of questions around how to decorate this nursery.  I asked her about options and lavender was an option, so now I feel like running with that.  But then Mattie suggested that I just add aqua to the mix to have them be all on the same pallet and then I could incorporate things from Coen's nursery that would be more baby like that I might be moving out of there soon.  And then I thought about sage with coral and thought that would be pretty too.

And then my head started spinning and I had to stop thinking about it.

I need something that I can touch and feel to spark my interest and get this ball rolling.  Yes, I realize that I don't have to have a sage nursery with only one accent color.  It can be a mixture and maybe it will be something that will come together with time.... So, while I'm at a bit of a stand still right now, I like to believe that sometime after this weekend, it will start to come together again and I will begin to feel better about it.

We'll see.

What's different/the same this time: Recently, in all of this BLAH feeling... I've realized that last time about this time I was approaching the end of my pregnancy at what seemed like rapid speed.  This time, I'm peaking about now and I'm just gearing up for what's going to be a really long, hot, sweaty, gross and swollen summer.  I'm not looking forward to this time. 

Also, in all of our planning to get pregnant and times that we had tried and tried and tried, when we actually became pregnant with Coen, it was perfect!  I was bound to deliver right around the time that S was wrapping up his school year and then we were going to be off together for what ended up being my entire maternity leave.  It was fantastic because having him around to help with everything was amazing. 

This time, again with no planning involved, we aren't in the same position as we were before.  I will be on maternity leave for the majority of the time, alone.

What I'm looking forward to: Feeling better and getting the nursery going.

Best moment of the week: Seeing Coen become stronger and seeing him start to use words in context.  This, my friends, is the cutest thing I've ever seen.

Last appointment details: My last appointment was on Monday and everything was great.  Measuring on schedule and we had confirmation that my ultrasound looked great too!  Good news all around...

Next appointment: Friday, May 25 at 8:30am. 

They said that I would be scheduling my c-section at my next appointment! 

It's crazy to think that I'm going to have a potential "end date" to this pregnancy scheduled in a week, but it will be nice to have an idea of when things will happen.  Last time, it was just a constant guessing game, so it will be nice to know what's going on.  I do realize that by just having a date on the calendar doesn't mean that I'm going to avoid going into labor, altogether.  I realize that this is a possibility and that it could happen, but for now, I'm just going to plan toward that end date and wait for whatever else to happen, in-between now and then.

Have a great weekend!


Leah said…
Keep trucking along lady! Crazy to hear all of the differences.

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