Justin and I returned from Mexico late last night and I have A LOT of catching up to do in the blogging world. This past month has been a whirlwind. Would you believe me if I said that I haven’t eaten a homemade meal since APRIL 28? That’s over three weeks, folks. Let’s just say I am ready to get back into a routine and enjoy one of my husband’s delicious home cooked meals. Between trips to St. George and Mexico, and moving into our new house the last month has been fun, but I’m looking forward to feeling a little more settled and having a little more normalcy around here. Meanwhile, there have been lots of changes in the bump world!!!
Baby is now the size of: We went from a spaghetti squash in week 22 to a mango in week 23. He is over 11 inches long and weighs more than a pound.
Total weight gain: Roughly 14 pounds.
Sleep: Sleep is becoming more of a struggle as I grow larger. Thank goodness for my wonderful snoogle. I have a feeling I will be curling up with it for the rest of this pregnancy. That and about ten pillows. Pillows are my friends. Don’t even get me started on the dreams I am having…
Maternity clothes / preferred attire: I am proudly sporting maternity jeans, tops, and dresses. A lot of my dresses will work pre and post pregnancy, at least at this point in my pregnancy. It was nice to wear flowy dresses, skirts, tops, and shorts while on vacation. Looking forward to summer in Bend.
Right now I am feeling very thankful for my SOAS running shorts and tanks. The wide elastic band on the shorts is super comfortable and stretches nicely below my baby bump. Every pregnant runner, hiker, and walker should invest in a pair of these shorts – they are going to get me through the summer months while helping me feel cute and stylish at the same time.
Symptoms: Week 22 was not a pretty week for my body. I caught some kind of bug going around and was really sick for five days – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, acid reflux, upset tummy – the works. The timing was horrible during our move, but at least the symptoms mostly cleared up before leaving for Mexico.
With the baby growing at speeds I can hardly comprehend, I feel like my stomach and everything surrounding it will not be the same for a long time.
Cravings and favorite foods: Ugh. Food was a real struggle while I was sick. I literally could NOT stomach 99.9% of food and had to limit myself to jello, pudding, plain chicken, and apple juice for a few days. The first few days in Mexico were touch and go, and I ate a lot of fruit and foods that were simple and easy. Thank goodness I started feeling better in Mexico because the food was amazing and authentic!
Food aversions: Almost everything for a few days. Red sauces, tomato based anything, and heavy creams are still no bueno. My husband was such a sport during our trip and always switched dishes with me if he had ordered something I could stomach better than my own order.
Exercise: Exercise was pretty minimal in week 22 because of moving and being sick. I felt like moving and unpacking boxes over the course of a couple days was exercise enough! Amazingly, I was able to run almost every day in Mexico. My husband and I found a great route along the beach from our hotel, would get up early enough to avoid the heat (relatively speaking), and were able to run six of the eight days we were there.
Mood: A little fragile and all over the place. But my life has been far from normal over the past two weeks!
Margaritas and my normal energy levels while we were in Mexico. The heat really drained me and I had to dig deep to find the energy to walk around and do the things I wanted to do. My mind want to do way more than my body can handle right now.
Best moments: The baby has been way more active than normal – or perhaps I am just feeling him more. I love all of the kicks and wiggles at various times of the day. When Justin and I were on the plane, he was moving so much that I had Justin put his hand on my belly so he could potentially feel the baby move. Kick kick kick!!! Justin got to feel him move for the first time. It melted my heart. We can now SEE him move as well.
Arriving in Mexico and stepping foot on Isla Holbox for the first time. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Stay tuned for a detailed post about our trip!
Worst moments: Being sick. It was honestly THE WORST. My heart goes out to all of those mamas who struggle with morning sickness.
Interesting pregnancy moments: On Mother’s Day, it was like I had an emotional breakthrough and the realization that I am going to be a mom finally sunk in. My husband gave me a card from both him and the baby (which made me BAWL), my mom came over and gave me sparkly slippers (the best), and I had the most delicious blueberry iced donut in the world. It was a wonderful day.
Best Quote: “It feels like he is riding a bicycle.” – Justin, when feeling the baby move one night when we were lying in bed.
Buying: Nothing. But now that we are back, let the nursery planning, designing, and shopping begin!!!
Dreaming About: Honestly, these past two weeks I haven’t been in a future state of mind. It was all about being in the present, moving into our new home, and enjoying our last trip as a childless family. I guess you could say I was living my dreams. ☺