I'm almost 21 weeks and officially halfway through my pregnancy and honestly time is flying by. I can't believe that in a little over four months we will be meeting our baby boy in person! It's so crazy that I will be holding a tiny human that Canean and I made together in my arms and I get to keep him forever. I don't know if I will ever stop being amazed by the fact that women grow a baby in their bellies and that it all starts with a tiny sperm and a tiny egg...it truly is a miracle. I'm going to go over the good (which there's a lot of), the bad, and the ugly this week in my Friday Pregnancy Confessions, so grab your coffee and pull up a seat!
Let's start with the most exciting news this week! I am finally feeling my little wiggle worm move around in my belly! I even felt two tiny kicks with my hand this week which had me more excited than I can even describe! Canean tried to feel both times, but baby boy stopped moving at soon as dad put his hands on my belly! I like to think he's reserving a few special kicks just for him and me to share right now. And as far as feeling him from the inside, I feel him more this way right now and it's mostly at night when I sit down after dinner. I'm pretty sure he does the happy dance when I eat and will end up being a foodie just like his mama. It sort of feels like big bubbles moving around in my tummy and sometimes it feels like a little tap tap "hey I'm in here" kinda thing. I love every second of it! The past few days the amount of movements I can feel are increasing because he's a growing boy and each day he gets a little stronger! I am looking forward to feeling and seeing his movements from the outside that way dad can be a part of this special time too!
I have gained a total of ten pounds so far, which is right on track with where I need to be and I gotta say I am pretty proud of myself for that because I have been into sweets lately like nobody's business! But...I have committed to exercise at least five days a week and have stuck to that plan pretty religiously throughout this whole pregnancy. I walk two to three miles a day and have incorporated squats, planks, weights, and yoga into my weekly routine as well to keep my body strong for labor. And even though my sweet tooth has been in full effect mostly at night over the past two weeks, I am eating really healthy the rest of the day. I think it's all about balance and I am not going to deprive myself of extra ice cream right now because I'm pregnant! I think occasional indulgences are one of the guilty pleasures you get to enjoy in this special time with no questions asked!
A part of the weight gain that most women love is the increased size of your breasts. Well not me, I have never been a boob girl and have always enjoyed my average to small chest. I am however grateful that they are doing what they need to do in order to hopefully feed my little boy after he is born. I will deal with the uncomfortableness of wearing bras for the reward of bringing a healthy boy into the world, don't get me wrong. But fair warning if you show up to my house unannounced there's a good chance I am in stretchy pants and a not so sexy loose top and no brazeer. So yeah, just call in advance and you can save yourself the horror. ;) This mama is all about comfort as my body is expanding and changing!
I am in full on maternity pants now, although I can still wear some of my old dresses and tops because my style has always been boho and so most of my things are super flowy anyway, allowing room for my tum and my girls. And lately, my style has been consisting of sun dresses, maternity jean shorts and a top that will keep me cool, or most days I can be spotted in my workout clothes...I know glamorous.
Another glamorous part of pregnancy that I've encountered is that I definitely have formed the linea nigra, which is the dark line that runs underneath your belly button when you are pregnant for most women. Not so sexy, but a daily reminder that I am carrying a precious package! That, and my melasma has gotten a little worse since being pregnant. For those of you who don't know, it's dark pigmentation on your face that a lot of women get who are darker skinned while taking birth control (how I got it in the first place) or while pregnant. Luckily it's pretty easy to mask with some makeup, and just another small sacrifice for bringing a human into this world.
As far as the nursery goes, I have not done much...like barely anything at all. I know what I want to do, I have some art being painted, but other than that...nada. My in-laws are coming in town for the weekend and Canean and my awesome father-in-law are going to put baby boy's crib together which is pretty exciting so the room can start feeling like an actual baby's room! I think I have found a dresser, and am searching for the perfect rocker/glider. I also started registering a little bit online yesterday with the assistance of my good friend Lindsey who happens to be a mom and pointed me in the right direction, because I literally have no clue where to start. It's all very overwhelming!
Last weekend Canean and I bought our first purchases for our little boy and it was all clothes, some of which he can't even wear until next year! But they were so dang cute we couldn't resist! I mean tiny clothes are so adorable, I can't be held responsible for my buying actions when I am picturing a tiny bottom and chubby legs peeking out of some shorts. Ahhh...I die. And then my sister-in-law bought him these tiny little tennies that you see above and I just can't wait till I get to put his little feet inside them.
Overall, I have been extremely blessed with this pregnancy so far and am feeling great! I still love my naptime, but have lots of energy for most of the day. I am taking full advantage of sleep right now because I know I won't be getting too much in the fall!
I have been imagining what our little boy will look like, what he'll smell like, and how he'll feel in my arms. I can't wait to kiss every inch of him and snuggle him close every day. For now, I am trying to be patient and enjoy him in my belly and the beauty of feeling more like a woman than I ever have before. Over the next four months if you mamas have any advice for me or have favorite products I need to register for, I'm all ears!
Have a great weekend friends! Xo