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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Week 17 - 2nd Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms, Overview, Updates, etc.

Week 17 - Jan. 1-7

Our baby boy Calvin Lee is due June 17, 2016!

Here's my vlog video if you'd rather hear than read what's going on this week!

I don't get why everyone thinks my bump is so big for how far along I am. And, on second thought, I don't know why I let their comments about it bother me... I could post another rant, but I think last week was enough cursing for now... We'll save all that good stuff for the third trimester when I'm sure I'll be extra tired of everybody's comments... :)

Maternity Clothes:
Update on the PinkBlushMaternity clothes... I got two pairs of shorts and they were too tight so I had to send them back but they were out of stock in the size I needed. Therefore, I did not get any shorts, but just one pair of capris. I'll be doing the lookbook this weekend so keep a look out next week sometime on my LainasLife channel. Altogether, I have a dress, a pair of colored jeans, and a long sleeve shirt sent from them for free, then I picked up a cardigan, shirt, and pair of capris with my own money.
Ordered a dress from Target. I like to check there periodically to see what's on clearance. With my red card I get free shipping on whatever, so I don't have to get a ton of things to make it worth it.
I also ordered some maternity workout clothes from Walmart that were super duper cheap. Why do you have to pay shipping at Walmart.com? Stupid. I wore my regular workout pants for a jog the other day and said, yep, time for new workout stuff. Haha. 

I like to think I've been pretty good with my emotions so far. I've had a few days when I act crazy, but really, overall, I think I've been pretty normal throughout this pregnancy. BUT it's still early, right? Ha. I guess the one thing, as was demonstrated in last week's post, is that I am more likely to get angry over people who don't have a filter when they speak. Just like I read all over the internet leading up to this point in my pregnancy, people think they can just say whatever they want, just as I'm sure in the future, they will see my bump as public property and think they can touch whatever they want. Yay, can't wait for that. Or perhaps it's just that I actually get to write up these diary-style posts for you guys, whereas before I just whined to my lovely Justin. Not like I go off on anyone to their faces though... I wish I had the guts to do that, and pregnancy would be the perfect excuse to do so... I just can't. I'll just whine here to you guys instead. Sorry. If I ever do get the guts to freak out on someone, don't worry, I'll tell you all about it.

Not gonna lie, I always feel hungry. And I am eating a lot lately. Last week I ate probably 75% of a frozen pizza. Justin had two pieces. It's like we switched places for a night. Lol. That was bad. I felt bad about it.
I promise I eat better at work! I told you about my snacks last week, so I won't bore you again, but snacking is my enemy! It was before I got pregnant too though. 

Sleep & Dreams:
Sleep has been pretty good. I love my Snoogle, but I am ever having to resist the urge to sleep on my back. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be. I am making myself sleep on my left side mostly, but I usually have to turn to the right for a period of time most nights. Sometimes it can be hard to find a good position to sleep in. The belly is finally big enough that if I lay on my side at certain angles, the pressure on the side of my belly is annoying. I prefer to almost lean up against the Snoogle so my belly isn't laying right on the mattress, but angled upward.
Had a weird dream where I was standing in this room and kept walking past this one particular spot that was very cold and every time I passed it, it was cold and I mentioned it to the person who was with me (I don't know who it was) and they said, it's a ghost, you can't see it but you can feel it. Weird. Haha.
I know I dreamt about makeup. There was this amazing all matte eyeshadow palette. I don't remember anything else about it. Haha. I woke up thinking I had a new palette to play with but it was just a dream. Haha.
Then Justin told me he had a dream he could feel Calvin. Which was cute and made me smile. :) That was the night that I felt him for real the first time, which I will go into detail about in the "movement" section below.

Still good to go, thank goodness! I seriously am feeling great. Starting in week 16, I finally think I've entered that wonderful second trimester bliss everyone talks about.

Justin and I went for a 50 minute walk over the weekend, which made me super happy. It was kinda chilly out, but at least it was sunny and not windy. I really enjoy going for walks with him because it gives us a great opportunity to talk, while also doing something good for our bodies. We talked about when we want to plan for our next babies. I told Justin I'd like to experience a winter pregnancy and I told him maybe we could start trying right before or around Calvin's first birthday. I have always wanted my kids to be about two years apart, that's how my sister and I are and I think it's just the perfect gap. But obviously whatever happens happens.
I discovered that the only way for me to get the recommended 10,000 steps in a day is to take a walk like that. Apparently I don't really move much otherwise.
I really want to keep up on working out. This week I jogged/walked a mile in our neighborhood, that was fun. The idea of walking in the neighborhood alone without Justin sounds boring and cold. Jogging, on the other hand, will make me warm and it will go by quicker, hence not being boring. Haha. That's the logic anyway. I like that I've found a handful of videos I like so I can switch things up a little. From really relaxing stuff to more intense stuff that I totally cannot do without resting haha.
So I have definitely noticed some weight gain in my thighs and legs since last winter, so we're gonna do some leg and butt focusing for awhile. Haha. And if you want to know how I've realized this, it's because I put on my favorite pair of high winter boots over the weekend and whoa, they zip a little too tight around my calves with just leggings on! And I used to have room for jeans and leg warmers... together. So that was a little bit of a wake up call!

Physical Symptoms:
I think my knees are hurting me more. I never really had aches and pains, but lately this just kind of occurred to me. Great. I still have five months to go.
Holy moly, I don't know if it's the extra pounds I'm carrying or if I've turned into a weakling but I feel like I lose my breath sooo quickly and working out at any level over easy sucks. Haha.
I don't want to go on about this every week, but round ligament pain!, especially when I have been sitting awhile and stand up quickly, or rolling over in bed. I think I found a little trick that helps when I sneeze/cough/blow my nose though. I hardly get any pain when sitting, but standing up, it usually hurts. Maybe a coincidence? We'll have to see how it goes for the long run.
Had a little bit of cramping last week and the week before, maybe a couple days per week. Talked to my doctor about it and she just said it was because my uterus is finally really starting to grow a lot all of a sudden now and not to worry as long as it isn't intense and there's no spotting. The cramping has continued into this week too, just a really light abdominal ache type feeling, and no spotting. I haven't had any spotting at all throughout this pregnancy.
Maybe this is gross and TMI, but I've read nose bleeds might start occurring around this time period and although I haven't had a real nose bleed, when I blow my nose, there's definitely blood many times a week. Just thought I'd mention it. It's also finally starting to feel like winter and the air is dry and it's cold out, so I'm sure that doesn't help any.
And everyone keeps asking if the morning sickness has started yet? What's that about?

OMG! I definitely felt him Monday night 1/4 (16 weeks, 3 days pregnant). I went for a jog/walk around my neighborhood, just one mile, finished at 5 pm. When Justin got home just a few minutes later he started making dinner and I was sitting at the kitchen island and all of a sudden out of nowhere I felt a definite movement. It felt like the popcorn a lot of ladies talk about. But it also felt like a roll, like he just tapped against my uterine wall and rolled away from it. It was only a split second, but I gasped and looked right at Justin and put my hands on my tummy. That was definitely him, I know it! That's the first time I really felt something and knew for sure that was it! I was so happy. And even the look on Justin's face when he saw me was priceless. Like the look at our first ultrasound, he just looked glowing in happiness. It was very cool :) I wonder if it's related to the fact that I had just finished a little run around the neighborhood. If that's the reward for running, I'm totally sticking with it. :)
Then on Thursday around 10:20 am I felt him again twice a couple minutes apart. And this time I would best describe it as a sinking feeling. I heard Leesha from xSparkage describe it as that feeling where you're driving on a hilly road and the point when your stomach sinks when you're going down the hill. Honestly when I first heard her mention that I didn't think that's what it felt like at all (at least not those very first movements I thought I was feeling), but now, after that experience I think that's an accurate way to describe it. Then on Thursday night Justin and I were laying on the couch watching a show and I felt him many times! It was like four times in a row, but it was back to that popcorn-like feeling. I told Justin and he came to my belly and laid his hand and his head on it but I told him it was just really quick, not that we'd be able to feel him from the outside yet anyway. But that was exciting. :) It just goes to show how it feels different for everybody because I never heard the sinking comparison until Leesha said it. And I think different movements can feel different too. It's pretty cool if you ask me. :)
Other than those magical moments, I have been feeling more of what feels like the light grumblings I talked about last week. That's really the best I can describe it. It feels like a rolling feeling similar to how my stomach growls when hungry, but so much lighter and really low in my abdomin. Perhaps that's not really Calvin, but I know those other two feelings definitely were him!
I think another cute thing about it is that the first time I was with Justin while he was making dinner, and the second time I was with my dad helping him with some electrical stuff at work. Those are the two most important and awesome dudes in my life. And Calvin is going to be the next important little dude. Haha. I can't wait for him to meet his daddy and grandpa! Oh, so exciting. Haha.
And let me just say how happy it makes me to finally feel him! Like seriously. I'm sure there will be a day when he is jabbing my rib cage and his movements make me mad, but for now it's the most incredible thing ever. I just love him so so much! It makes me so excited to meet him and hold him, even thought I know that's still so many months away! I can't explain the happiness is these first little movements and I wish my sweet Justin could feel him too! :)

Favorite Moments of the Week:
That walk with Justin was very enjoyable. Our New Years Eve party (which was technically still week 16) was a lot more fun than I thought it would be being the only sober one around haha, and I even stayed up until like 1:30 am, OMG. Justin and I went to see the new Star Wars film Saturday night at a 7:40 pm show. I don't even know the last time we went to a nighttime show. Haha. That made me feel young and not pregnant. Even though I was so uncomfortable in the theater, it was like a million degrees, my legs were just uncomfortable no matter what position I put them in, and I needed to pee so bad but it was almost the end and I didn't want to go to the bathroom. Haha. #pregnancyproblems But overall, the two occasions when I felt him move have to be the highlights of the whole pregnancy at this point!

My sister and I did some painting last weekend. She made three beautiful canvases to put in Calvin's room! We just can't decide where to put them. We're kind of waiting to find a dresser and rocking chair too, so we can better decide how to lay out the entire room.

What I Miss & Random Thoughts:
I know that some say it's still okay to have a glass of wine every once in awhile, but I just can't seem to justify it right now at least. My parents and their neighbors made some homemade wine in the fall and Justin got a bottle of it. We're letting it age until June when I can finally drink it and I'm actually kind of excited. I hope it's yummy. Lol. It will be like a really awesome treat to have for our anniversary (6-26) perhaps (as long as Calvin arrives before then).
Sometimes I think about what this summer will be like. My grandpa lives in a cabin in the country by two creeks. We usually go down for the weekend at least a couple times every summer and swim, ride four-wheelers, forget about the daily struggles of regular life. And I wonder, will we even go next year with Calvin being so little? We usually go for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, or at least a couple of those weekends and sometimes in August around my birthday. I can't see us going for Memorial Day because I'll be super pregnant, July 4th and he'll be super teeny tiny. Perhaps Labor Day? There just seems to be so much about the stresses of being new parents while away from home for a few days; keeping him safe in a different environment, at the creek, in the dirtiness of the woods, staying away from the bonfire, the fact that it will be summertime and probably hot out, that we all share rooms and I don't want to disturb our family members having to get up and feed him every few hours. All of those things just seem too stressful to think about right now! But I sure hope we can go down there at least once this summer. Going to grandpa's is going to be a totally different experience with our baby boy. You may think I say that in a sad way, but it really will just be different and it will be good too! There are so many other family member kiddos who go down there also. We went when we were tiny. He'll have his cousins. And I hope he loves the creeks, playing in the dirt, and playing and riding around. That place wears out the little ones. I can't wait for him to experience it all (just maybe next summer, not this one).

Thanks so much for reading!
Alaina and Little Calvin

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