How far along: 22 weeks 3 daysSize of baby: A papaya (who even knows what a papaya looks like? Not me. At our 20 weeks 4 days ultrasound, she weighed roughly 12oz. And the week 23 fruit comparison is a grapefruit. Maybe that provides some clarification)
Total weight gain: 9 lbs. Sigh. I actually started out by losing weight during the first couple months of pregnancy. It wasn’t until about week 18 or 19 that I started to gain weight, and then it came very quickly. I know that a pregnant body is a beautiful body, growing and nurturing a tiny human being. But that doesn’t make gaining weight any easier, and seeing the numbers rise on the scale is never easy. Our doctor told me I should gain anywhere between 25-40 lbs. (40lbs!? You’re kidding, doc.)Symptoms: Knock on wood, this pregnancy has been nearly symptom free so far. I only had morning sickness once, right before work in the morning during week 14. I was having a lot of back pain at the end of the 1st trimester, but truthfully that might have been caused by my awful uncomfortable chair at work. That didn’t stop me from taking warm baths every night, utilizing a heat pad in “Tom’s” recliner, and insisting that I needed a giant pregnancy pillow for my birthday. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.
Cravings: Nothing too bizarre. The only cravings run Tom has made for me was cheese and crackers one night (pasteurized – don’t worry!). I’m doing the stereotypical pregnancy pickles and ice cream thing (but not together). Cotton Candy ice cream from Maggie Moos was my go-to for a while, but it turns your mouth bright blue for days. I can’t even take myself seriously looking like that. I’ve always been a lover of chocolate and sweets, and pregnancy has been a great excuse to indulge a little. Cookies, brownies, candy, bring it on!Sleep: Decent. I usually wake up at least once during the night for a potty break, but other than that I’m sleeping through the night. I’ve struggled to find a comfortable position to sleep in. I always thought I was a side-sleeper, but now that I know I’m not supposed to sleep on my back, I always wake up on my back during the early morning hours and toss and turn to get comfortable on my side. The giant pregnancy pillow is really too big for our bed, so I’ve transitioned to just having an extra pillow supporting my back. I’ve also put a folded blanket under my pillow to prop my head up a little to aid in digestion and breathing. Ta-da, there you have it, my magical fixes for a good night of mid-pregnancy sleep!
Movement: Yes! Oh my goodness, yes. This girl is very active. Her most active times are: early morning, lunch time, late afternoon, and 9pm. Feeling her movements gives me really mixed emotions and feelings. All at once it is amazing, special, weird, alien, sweet, uncomfortable, and sometimes annoying. But feeling her movements always makes me feel reassured. I’m so happy that she is comfy cozy and growing like a weed. And whenever I nervously think wait, have I felt her in the past few hours? She always seems to give me a nice big kick to the bladder. Oh good, you’re still in there.Gender: GIRL!
Name: We have decided on a name! And I’ve ordered the wooden letters to hang on the wall, so no going back now ;) Our sweet little thing’s name will be: (drumroll please) … Madelyn Grace. We will call her Maddie for short. And I’ll probably lovingly call her Maddie Grace, Miss Maddie, Baby MC, Maddie G, etc. What can I say, I like nicknames :)Style: I have transitioned into maternity clothes. Well truthfully, I started wearing some maternity pants back in like, week 13. They are just SO comfortable, I really might never go back. I can still wear a lot of my regular shirts, but it’s getting to the point where I might stretch them out, so I’ve ordered a few basic tees. My usual maternity-uniform tends to be these pants from Old Navy, a tank top, and a cardigan sweater unbuttoned. Rinse and repeat, every day. Sometimes I toss on a scarf, or a cute necklace. My favorite place to shop for maternity wear is by far Old Navy – reasonably priced, super cute and simple. I also happened upon a few cute things at Target. I dislike Target’s website design for ordering online, so I’ve only picked up a couple things from the limited selection in store.
Nursery: Love love love her cute nursery. Although truthfully, I was really more excited about designing the vintage airplane nursery for a boy. Instead, I’m buying pink and green and loving it just as much! We themed the nursery around this quilt from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s pastel pink and green, with touches of blue, yellow, brown, tan, purple etc. (no really, the description says it has 16 colors. Which sounds outrageous and obnoxious, but they’re so subtle that it’s perfect). It also has a combination of polka dots, stripes, gingham etc. If you’re thinking it sounds hideous, check the link, I promise it’s not! We have already purchased and assembled (I say “we” very loosely, Tom did all of the assembly) the crib and changing table. They are basic white and were ordered off of amazon. We are using Tom’s childhood dresser, which is dark brown wood, and we have plans to purchase a glider in a similar shade of brown stain. Yeah, we’re mixing and matching, and I don’t really care anymore. I initially had GRAND plans to paint Tom’s dresser white, paint the walls pink, add chair rail, paint the bottom part of the wall gray…. and then I just got lazy. Nah, I didn’t get lazy, I got realistic. I just don’t have the time or the energy for that, and I’m actually really loving the tan walls and the mismatched furniture. Now that the furniture has been assembled and arranged (then rearranged 100 times at 10pm one Saturday night, and finally put back exactly the way it was before), I am starting on the decorations and organization. I’ll save those for a post devoted to the nursery.Best moment of the week: Strangers have started commenting on my bump! Which, granted, I realize means I’m getting large. But it also means we’re getting closer to meeting our girl, and now everyone can notice and share in our excitement. I love getting questions about our baby (gender, due date, names etc), and I don’t even mind when people want to touch! Although so far no strangers have touched, so that’s good. That might be weird.
Worst moment of the week: Getting dressed for my work Christmas party. Last week, I had tried on two separate dresses (one borrowed from my mom, and one purchased from ASOS) and I thought, oh perfect, these look great! Either one will work! Fast-forward to Saturday night when it’s time to get dressed… somewhere between Tuesday and Saturday, these dresses shrank. Ok maybe it wasn’t the dresses. But really, they just looked all wrong, in all places. I must have spent an hour in the closet trying to decide what to wear. So then we were an hour late to the party, and there may or may not have been some tears shed in the kitchen when I came downstairs and Tom told me I looked beautiful, but all I wanted to do was put my sweatpants back on and crawl under a blanket. I blame the hormones.So there you have it, 22 weeks of pregnancy summed up in one weekly post! What a fun adventure it has been so far. In other exciting news, I’m an AUNT! Tom’s older brother and his wife just had their first baby boy on Monday. I am so excited to visit and hold baby Connor tomorrow! From the pictures I’ve seen, he is just the cutest little thing. Chubby cheeks and a head full of hair. Love him already!! What fun it will be to have our two babies so close in age. And lucky for Tom’s younger sister, she is totally set for a ring bearer and flower girl at her future wedding.