Week 19This is what a 19 week pregnant lady looks like after standing on a concrete floor for 3.5 days...I don't even want to look up how many hours I had worked in the 6 days prior to this photo. I was so tired I couldn't even stand up straight for the picture.
How far Along? 19 weeks
Maternity Clothes? Yup...I've got enough basics to get me through a typical work week now. A new thing I'm struggling with? Pajamas. Usually in the cold months I wear yoga pants and an old long sleeved t-shirt. (I KNOW you ALL care!) It's to the point where if the baby gut will fit in the shirt, my chest will not...or vice versa. All the mommy blogs/books suggest borrowing from your husband. Unfortunately for me, The Pilot is a really slim guy. Even before he knocked me up, I couldn't wear his shirts. I'm hoping it will warm up soon and I can still fit into some of my old short sleeved t-shirts. Pajamas that are working? I have an old (I'm talking circa 2002) pair of yoga pants that fit. The only reason I still had them was because they had been retired from normal wear and I just hadn't gotten around to throwing them out (sentimental value??). The elastic is completely shot so when I'm at a normal weight, they wouldn't stay on. Now that I'm rocking the baby gut, they fit again. I love those pants.
Another note about the clothes...most women would burn their "fat" clothes after significant weight loss. While I knew I wasn't going to let myself put the 30-some pounds I lost several years ago back on, when I realized a baby might be in the picture, I hung onto a couple pairs of "fat" pants. They were really the transition pants I had to buy as I was still losing weight. Those came in handy as I transitioned from not pregnant to "just a little" pregnant. Even those pants aren't comfortable anymore but they got me through a couple awkward weeks before the maternity pants really started to become an option.
Have you started to show yet? It's much more prominent as the day goes on. I don't get that. I wake up, look in the mirror and to me it still reminds me of my fat days. By the afternoon/evening, I look prego for sure.
Symptoms: The back and hip pain have been awful still. I've tried to rest more and make some changes at my desk (it's quite a sight) but still no relief.
Activity: Blah. It was another off week. I had a huge event (my biggest event since becoming an event planner in 2004) at work that ate into my schedule. I also spent 3.5 days at a giant facility with concrete floors. I did A LOT of walking. And I also learned something....baby will punish me for standing on concrete floors for 3.5 days by making it excruciating to get out of a chair or bed the two days after.
Best moment this week? Non-pregnancy related...successfully pulling off a huge event at work. And not falling over during it. I was EXHAUSTED! Pregnancy related....not having to get x-rays at the dentist. I've always enjoyed getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist (they feel so squeaky clean!) but I do not handle x-rays well. Even with the kid-size films, I still struggle not to gag.
Miss anything? Deli sandwiches. Not something I ever really craved before pregnancy...or even indulged in that often. It's probably more mental since I can't have any deli meat (unless it's been heated to some ungodly temperature).
Movement: I was always on the go this past week so I don't think I ever was still long enough to feel anything. I definitely get some weird flutters when I lay down but it happens so quickly that by the time I realize what it could have been, it has stopped.
Food cravings: I love me some cookies right now. But then I'll also have a strong urge for fresh fruit and a bucket of water. I'm hoping the latter will balance out the cookie consumption.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really.
Gender: We should know in the next week! I'm started to get really anxious and excited.
Looking forward to: Finding out the sex! Getting to the month of April...The Pilot and I both had crappy schedules in March so that means we haven't seen much of each other and that bums me out.
What I'm NOT looking forward to: Say it with me....growing more uncomfortable.
Milestones: Baby is the size of a mango. Sometimes the fruit/vegetable comparisons crack me up. As my BFF (who is due any day now with baby #2) said, at least I'm not being told I have something the size of a pumpkin or watermelon in my gut yet. Yes, I am very thankful for that in this moment.