Friday, January 31, 2014

Little Peep Bumpdate {Week 22}

22 week collageDate: 1/22/14
How far along: 22 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: A papaya (another fruit I’ve never tried before lol)
Developmental milestones: Little Peep is starting to have his own sleep cycles, and I’m starting to be able to tell when he is awake and when he is asleep.
Maternity clothes: I am in all maternity clothes for the most part.  With many of my hand-me-downs, I’m doing pretty well here.  But, I think I will have to break down and get pants for work soon.  I know I keep saying that, but now I actually need to do it (which means physically going to a store and I hate doing that).  Something that I did get (thank you Ashley for the suggestion) was a Bella Wrap Around Maternity Shirt (great deal: free shipping, great quality, & will work well for nursing).  This is so comfortable and I love it!!!
Weight gain: 9lbs still…though I feel like my face is starting to fill out more.
Stretch Marks: Nothing yet, even though I can tell that my skin is beginning to stretch more and more
Sleep:  Sleep is so good these days :-)
Best moment of the week: This past week was awesome: though the spring semester just started, we’ve already missed 3 days (I’m getting way too used to this!)  1- Anyways, I finally finished my registries over the weekend!!!!! Yay!!! That was really tough for me, extremely overwhelming, but definitely educational.  Thank you everyone for your suggestions and especially to Grace who went with me on Saturday (you’re so patient with me).  We’re registered for Little Peep at Target and Babies ‘R’ Us.  2- I purchased some nursing bras that are heavenly; they fit so much better and help my back out; again, thank you for the suggestions.  3-  Lately in the mornings, after the Mr. gets up for work, Roo hops up in bed with me and he snuggles so close to me and uses my belly for a pillow.  It’s always so cute!!!! Morning snuggles with my Rooney are the best, and I think Little Peep and Rooney will be the best of friends.
Movement: I absolutely love to feel Little Peep move around.  He is getting more and more active.  It makes working extra fun to know that he is wiggling.  It’s like “bring your kid to work day” everyday.  I have not felt him while I’ve been teaching yet.  I like to think that is because he is already a great student and listening attentively….or maybe taking notes? ;-)  But more likely, my voice has put him to sleep, and judging from some of my students, Little Peep isn’t alone hahahaha
Cravings:   Nothing really here
Gender: A little man is on the way :-)
Belly button in or out:  Still an innie but getting flatter
Wedding ring:  On
Anything making you queasy/sick: Nothing that I can think of
What I miss: Nothing.  You know on Sunday while the Mr. and I were getting ready for church I had a thought that I shared with him: I don’t feel like anything has changed.  I wish I could demonstrate for you the look on his face when I said that, but it was something like “Are you serious?! Have you seen your stomach lately?!” I know my belly is getting bigger, and I know that I have heartburn now, and I know that I can feel him moving, and I know that I am truly filled with joy…..but I still feel exactly like myself.  I don’t feel like my body has been taken over, though I know he is there and dictating certain changes in my lifestyle, but mentally I still feel like the same old me.
What I’m looking forward to:  I still have a while to go, but I’m looking forward to our next appointment and hearing about how things are going with Little Peep.  Also…I’m totally looking forward to the Super Bowl this weekend hehe
Labor signs:    Nope and I am totally okay with that
Symptoms: 1- I’ve still got heartburn, occasional shortness of breath, and some upper back aches, but nothing unbearable.  2- I’ve got a nice case of “pregnancy brain”.  A lot of people wonder if this is real, but as a neuroscientist I will tell you, that it really is a real thing.  The brain changes in so many ways to prepare for the lifestyle change (e.g. increased need for brain areas dedicated to multi-tasking), and increased hormones necessary for the gestational phase as well as birth.  With all of these changes, the brains of pregnant women actually shrinks.  Sooo, I blame all of the dumb (but hilarious) things I’ve been doing on my shrinking brain.  Two funny things stand out to me, the first being my morning tea.  I always put a mug of water in the microwave to heat up in the morning for my tea.  The other day I put the mug in the microwave for 2 minutes without any water in it; I completely forgot that step.  Secondly, the other day when I had to provide a urine sample for the doctor, I pulled out the cup and label to get ready like I always do.  Then as I was urinating (I know, I know, TMI), I realized that I was watching the cup that I was supposed to be filling, on the table across the bathroom.  Now I had no urine to provide….and what was I doing? Did I think the cup would fill itself?!?!  I ended up having to stay late after my appointment until I had to go again…..preggo brain! 3-I’m still on pelvic rest, but I’m behaving (I promise!).  It’s a challenge for me to accept help from others, but I know that I need to do this for Little Peep, because he has a lot of baking left to do!  The Admin at work has been helping me carry things around and I’m now leaving time to take the elevator to all of my meetings and classes.
Nursery: Over the weekend the Mr. started on the first project for the baby’s room.  With a trip to Lowe’s and busting the saw out, I think it’s safe to say that DIY season is back in business in the Hawley house and I couldn’t be more excited.  I keep walking into his room and staring at everything.
Emotions: I’m just generally excited, and looking forward to this semester (and remainder of this pregnancy).  I feel like I just have so much to look forward to so I’m embracing and enjoying everyday.
xoxo Darby

9 comments :

Lauren W said...

Love the baby bump pictures and updates, Darby. I can't wait to see what your DIY project was! :)

Mia Eliza said...

Oh goodness. Pregnancy brain is most definitely real. I feel like it has gone into overdrive this week for me.

I was going to comment on another point in this post but... pregnancy brain! I already forgot. Maybe I need a nap lol.

Mia Eliza said...

Oh I remember! Good for you for behaving and letting others help you. I have a big problem doing this which is probably why I'm in the position I'm in now. I have no choice at this point but to have someone take care of Cruze and I every single day.

You look super cute by the way. And only 9 pounds?! I'm so jealous! lol Good for you though, it'll make getting your body back much easier.

Joy said...

You better behave or I'm sending Shannie to your house to make you behave!! And I told Terry the same thing the other day. I don't feel like anything has really changed, except the house is now baby-fied and I'm starting to really get exhausted, all the time. But I know that we only have a few more weeks left of this time as just us, and I'm trying to soak it in. I can't wait for her to arrive, but I know our lives will revolve around her as soon as she is placed in our arms!!

Brooke @ Pieces of the Reese Life said...

Gosh love your bump! I can't wait to get I to full blown maternity! Yay for DIY!

Lauren said...

I love your scientific explanation of pregnancy brain! Good to know it's real!

Nadine Lynn said...

Hmmm can you have pregnancy brain without being pregnant? Because I think you can.... :)Yay for DIY!

Emily said...

Love reading these! :)

Jessica K said...

9 pounds only! That's awesome! You look great, and I cannot wait to see all the DIY projects coming up! I have to ask - my memory used to be amazing. Seriously. Since having a baby...it's still good, above average, but nothing like it used to be. Is it after effects of pregnancy brain?

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