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This pregnancy has been pretty wonderful so far that besides the sheer exhaustion, I’ve been pretty much feeling like my normal self. I’ve been in my regular clothes, still exercising, and no major appetite changes. Then I hit 21 weeks and my pants aren’t closing, I’m finally embracing maternity clothes, and I’ve developed the worst reflux. I almost had to leave a barre class in the middle of it the other day because the acid buildup was all the way up the back of my throat and I felt like I wasn’t going to make it. I figured out that chocolate especially dark chocolate and any kind of tomato sauce are huge triggers for me. Ughhh the chocolate part was sad, I feel like 30% of my diet is already cut out, now add that. I’m okay about it though, all for the greater good of this little peanut. I haven’t even taken a Tylenol this pregnancy so chomping down some Tums and avoiding chocolate are just another go with the flow moment.
Dress Amanda Uprichard find here (one of my absolute favorites so comfy and does not wrinkle even in the FL sweaty humidity!) Heels are Chloe and old but similar here (on sale and love the studding on them!) || Sunglasses Karen Walker find here
How Far Along?
22 weeks now. More than halfway there. I’m already getting sad thinking that this pregnancy is halfway over! I felt the baby kick for the first time at 17 weeks on Marks birthday. I couldn’t believe it but it was so hard I couldn’t even fall asleep. Now I feel it all day long and it’s the coolest/weirdest feeling in the entire world. At my ultrasound last week I could actually see those feet kicking me from the inside. I keep on saying to Mark, trying to stretch and make room. Everyone tells me that is the number one thing you miss most about not being pregnant, not feeling fetal movement.
According to my last appointment, right at a pound now. My bump is definitely there especially at night and I know the baby is definitely getting bigger! Plus, all that kicking.
Maternity Clothes Yet?
Finally just caved and got these black pants (the under belly ones) for work. I seriously LIVE in them. They are actually flattering, don’t stretch out, and are comfortable. They are a splurge but I pretty much wear them twice a week. I got these shorts from Ashley’s recommendation and ordered about three of these Lush tunics. I’m totally embracing it all now.
How I’m Feeling
I’ve been blessed that I’ve really haven’t had much in the way of symptoms. No food aversions, issues with smells, etc. I really miss my full strength coffee in the morning. I have been using these half caff pods from Nespresso and it’s just enough. I am now in the second trimester and getting a tiny bit of energy back. I still have no problem going to bed at 9pm and sleeping all the way through with no problem.
Favorite Purchases so Far
I hated this body sized pillow but I finally this past week with all my reflux have started to embrace it. I am a back sleeper so it is really forcing me to stay on my left side now. I have been rubbing this coconut oil everywhere to help avoid stretch marks. None of my bras are fitting me and I had this one already. It is so comfortable and no underwires. I definitely ordered more of them. I’ve also on the hunt for my crib. Seriously, there are SO MANY options. I need major help on this one.
What I’m Having
A boy! I am not going to lie. I knew what I was having from pretty early on. I was just feeling too good and everyone says that boy pregnancies are easier than girls. I don’t have experience either way but this sweet boy has been good to his momma already. I am so excited about having a boy. Mark told me he had a sigh of relief when we found out. I think a girl would soften him up but now all I can think about is the two of them playing baseball in the backyard and it totally warms my heart. We did have a completely unanimous girl name picked out and we are having differing of opinions when it comes to boy names…..we will see how things progress. Did you guess right?? I feel like a lot of people were predicting a boy from the way I was carrying. I just love him already. At my last scan, he was sucking his thumb, I just about melted. It’s so crazy to see how everything is already formed by your 20-week scan. I saw a four chamber heart with crossing vessels so this cardiology NP is one happy lady.
Thank you so much for all your love and encouragement! This has been such a wonderful experience so far and I really take all your guidance and recommendations to heart. Tell me some of your must have products that you used while pregnant and some clothing staples. I can’t wait to start working on the nursery! This kid will have a totally designed room before we even find master bedroom furniture. So it begins right?