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For those who read my first bump photo post, moving forward there will be a slight change. I’ve decided after all not to refer to our daughter as “Hawk” on the blog. Through my first trimester I was sure I was having a boy, and thinking of the baby as Hawk was funny, masculine, and just fit in my head. But after finding out her gender, it just didn’t work anymore. From now on, she’ll be Baby, Baby Jones, Baby Girl Jones, or whatever weird thing I come up with next!
13 weeks – Not a whole lot in the baby world in week 13. Pretty blissful really. It was so fun to be completely out at work, wearing tight little tops, having people stop me at work and congratulate me, squeal when they hear we’re having a daughter. Everyone has been so excited, so supportive, and it’s an amazing feeling, being accepted into this tribe of moms. I work in a company that’s overflowing in baby and kids decor, full of smart amazing mothers, and with the announcement of this little baby on the way, suddenly I’m one of them. They look at me differently because suddenly we have these shared experiences. It’s been one of the most enjoyable parts of the pregnancy so far.
Symptom wise? Learning to sleep on my side is weird and just feels so unnatural – I might need to invest in a body pillow here soon. Food is this wonderful thing in my life again but it’s downright weird to step on the scale and still see that I haven’t gained back the weight I lost in the first trimester. I find I still can’t eat as much in a sitting as I did pre-pregnancy, and not sure if that’s just because my stomach shrunk over the first trimester food strike, or if this is just a new pregnancy development. Eat less in a sitting, but eat more often. Still haven’t stepped foot in a gym, but I walk a lot, so shut up apps, I’m fine.
14 weeks – Had my first big outing where it was ALL ABOUT THE DRINKING ALL DAY LONG and I had to be the sober sister. Nothing like hanging out at a brewery and then a baseball game sipping water while the world around you gets more and more intoxicated. Note to self – make sure not to be a wet blanket in social situations.
We picked up the crib this week (we got this one!) which was exciting, and stopped in a Buy Buy Baby to do some serious stroller/carrier/car seat reviewing. OMG the decisions about all this gear! Designing the nursery I can do in my sleep. I work in a place that sells every decor/furniture item you need to decorate a nursery, so I think in nursery decor 40+ hours a week. But deciding which stroller/car seat/carrier combo is going to be the most versatile for our life (which honestly, who knows what the fuck that will look like, we’ve never done this before!) and is the safest is pretty scary. There’s no safety reviews to consider when deciding between various adorable wall art for a nursery. Overall though week 14 felt all about ‘nursery’ because after getting the crib and checking out strollers we went to Lowe’s to begin the nursery paint selection process! I think we’ll be ready to start painting baby girl’s nursery next weekend.
Symptoms? Still struggling with sleeping on my side. I’ve been using throw pillows between my legs, but it’s impossible for my body to accept that apparently we can only sleep on our left side now. The one side I NEVER sleep on because it means Adam and I are face to face mouth breathing on each other. I might need to start sleeping in the guest room… Other than that, half my underwear feels like it’s starting to strangle my legs, so that’s an interesting development! Otherwise, just loving watching the bump grow.
15 weeks – I feel like this week was the first week where I felt some real “I’m a pregnant lady” symptoms. Pulling of my belly as things stretch and move around, more of an obvious ‘YOU ARE PREGNANT’ look when I’m naked in the mirror (and sometimes a little shock and horror), seeing my belly button starting to stretch out, strange things like this that make me feel like a real life pregnant person. Week 15 was also the mark of the first time stepping foot back in the gym. Take THAT judgey-mc-judgerson apps! It’s amazing how much lower a resistance I had to start with on the elliptical and how much quicker I had a feeling of wanting to be done. Now that I have my energy pretty much back to a normal level and I’m feeling good I’m going to try to make sure to continue my walking regiment but head back to the gym 3 times a week. We’ll see if I can make it. I know I know, labor is a marathon, but it’s amazing how unappealing working out has seemed throughout this pregnancy. Wish me luck.
Other exciting developments in week 15 include getting the two coats of grey up on the nursery and prepping for the final step of Baby Girls’ accent wall, my first normal non-high risk doctor apt (weight check, blood pressure check, fetal dopler heartbeat, and off you go lady!), giving in and buying my first ‘oh my god we need an upgrade’ bra, and finally stepping on the scale and seeing some weight gain. Something I felt weirdly excited about after all that first trimester loss. I’m sure as the scale continues to climb from here on out gaining wont be such a ‘awwwwww how fun’ experience.
16 weeks – I feel like each week this week feels like the one where I actually feel pregnant. Where the bump feels live and in charge, where I look at myself in the mirror and can’t believe a real live pregnant lady is standing before me. But I’m also starting to think this is just the reality of bump life. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and your body keeps changing and changing and even though it’s in microscopic steps, it’s nothing short of amazing each time you look down. People have started remarking at work the real life appearance of a bump which has made me feel good (it’s not all just in my head), and I the only real maternity clothes I’m wearing are my maternity jeans so dressing this tiny little bump is just so cute and fun. My normal shirts still all fit and look all cute and not stretched within an inch of their lives, so I’m trying to just really enjoy this stage. Everyone wants to tell me to look out and how it will get sooooo uncomfortable, and although I am sure they’re right, I am going to do my best to stay positive. I willingly did this to myself for a really exciting reason.
Symptoms? I feel like I struggled a few weeks back with learning to sleep on my side, but I’ve adjusted now to that which is nice and I’m sleeping much better. I’ve been having a little round ligament pain in my lower belly as things start to really stretch out (no stretch marks thankfully though), my nose suddenly decided to get dry and bleedy, and I’m still on only a single bathroom break at night which I can handle. One thing though, my appetite has ARRIVED. Oh food how I missed you and now can’t get enough of you. I’m trying, really trying here not to go nuts, but being able to eat and enjoy it again has been blissful. It’s like crack. I’ve still only gained about 2-3 pounds which feels great, but I worry that this monster appetite is going to change that if I don’t start at least sometimes saying no to ice cream and cookies at all times. I mean I get it, I’m supposed to gain during this process, but I definitely don’t need to gain 70 lbs! Other than a few things here or there, it’s been a pretty magical week. I can’t even believe I’m almost done with month four.
17 weeks – The last week of month four! All week I thought to myself how close we are to 20 weeks, the halfway mark, and how amazing it is to know it’s halfway done. We’re almost halfway to meeting our daughter. In the beginning each day dragged on indefinitely and when I’d think of getting to the next week it felt like it was eons away. I could hardly imagine getting through week 5 and into week 6, let alone contemplating the halfway mark. And yet, we’re getting so close.
In the world of Baby Girls’ nursery we’re soooooooooooo close to finally moving her furniture from our formal living room staging area into her actual nursery and I can’t WAIT. The paint is done (stay tuned here soon for a nursery accent wall post) and Adam is very close to finishing up the custom closet he’s been building. It’s seriously the most amazing looking piece of furniture I’ve ever seen. Our daughter and her tiny little clothes have an infinitely better closet than either of her parents. Then we slap up some crown moulding (again, there isn’t crown moulding in any other rooms of the house, but Baby Jones gets the finest apparently) and THEN I can move her things in. I am dying to see a crib in that room.
Symptoms? I’ve been on ‘kick watch 2015’ this week and there were a few times where I thought, Could that be it? No, probably gas… but maybe! Then last night I went to bed, laying nice and still on my left side and I felt it. Like a bubble, or a tap, or a couple soft taps down in my very lower belly. Once, then again, then a couple more, then another. I think I stopped breathing I was so excited. There was no denying it, that was my little girl. Couple last night’s development with the release today of Macklemore’s new single “Growing Up” and I suddenly I have been feeling ALL THE FEELS you guys. Until I heard that song I hadn’t thought about my wishes and dreams for this little person, I’ve simply thought of her growth in my belly and getting her into my arms. But as I listened to the song I thought about what I want for this child and I couldn’t hold back the tears. At some point when we’re closer to meeting her I want to try to articulate my own list of my hopes and dreams for this person we’ve made, because until today I didn’t realize how hard that would hit me.
Each week man, another adventure in this growing a baby game. See also, still having round ligament pain, I can totally tell that I am a much slower version of myself (hi getting tired after a 20 minute walk with the dogs), I vacillate between good sleep days and bad sleep days, and I just moved into the twice a night pee arena. Knowing my bladder, I have a feeling by the end I’ll be a 4+ kinda person. All in the name of baby though!
So, now we move on to month 5! To hitting the halfway mark! To our anatomy scan where we get a whole 45 minutes of looking at this little girl we made. The bump is starting to bring itself loud and proud into the world and each time I look at it I’m still surprised and fascinated that it’s there.
Hope you enjoyed month four, and my belly and I will see you all on the other side of month five!