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29 October 2017

Baby Update: Certainly Halfway

We're at least halfway there by now, ringing in at 22 weeks, which feels more like a legit middle-point to me if you find out about baby at 4 weeks along. 22 weeks is precisely 18 weeks from discovery and 18 weeks from 40. I have a new hobby of counting days and weeks in my head when I can't sleep (due to the recent cold that didn't let me breathe).




Weight gain: +7 pounds total. Bam. The ultrasound machine estimates that baby boy is 1.1 pounds. He's getting bigger!

Symptoms: Primary symptoms for the past week have been cold symptoms. I feel like I don't hardly notice any pregnancy symptoms, only plenty of coughing, sneezing, congestion, and not being able to breathe. I've learned to appreciate the wonder of Nyquil all the more now that I can't take it. But now I'm feeling far better as the cold fades away. I get tired out quite easily but that just seems normal now. I've mentioned before that my perception of "normal" is perhaps easily influenced. I feel like I feel "normal," but then I remember hiking and scrambling over rocks in Joshua Tree back in May (while jet-lagged) and not even getting slightly worn out or winded and I realize that I don't feel normal. I'm frequently getting scolded about my posture and have to remember to stand up straight and proper.

Eating: I've come to the conclusion I'd be eating a whole lot more if I lived in the USA. I think about Skinny Pop White Cheddar popcorn a lot. And Five Guys, ice cream sandwiches, hot chocolate, hot spiced cider, good Mexican restaurants, etc. In reality, what I actually eat is still pretty much green apples, oranges, cucumbers, carrots, and cereal, mixed in with occasional real meals. Soups are good, like chili or homemade stew. Still not eating much meat or rice. More frequently I've been waking up extra early, around 5, because I'm hungry, so I eat a quick breakfast and go back to sleep for a bit and then eat again.

Baby: We had another ultrasound, which showed he's consistently measuring about 5 days ahead (ambitious little boy!). Everything looks good at this point, but I'm always shocked by how much bigger he seems from one ultrasound to the next. So thankful to be able to see him growing! I've yet to ask my doctor anything like so...what am I supposed to do or where am I supposed to go at this hospital when he's going to be born? I assume the doctor will give me this information at some point. I had to get my blood drawn, and I fell in love with Angel all over again because he handed me his Nokia with "Snake" already queued up and ready to play before I even asked for a distraction. He's done blood draws and vaccinations with me before, you can tell! I'm starting to be able to feel baby move, but not consistently yet, only occasionally, and it's the coolest thing ever.

Wishlist: I do want a baby book. I'm that type of record-keeping, journaling sort of person (if that wasn't already blatantly obvious). I'm thinking an Ergo 360 carrier? I expect Angel will be doing most of the serious baby carrying due to my weird back. Baby will need something to sleep in. I want to find vitamins that don't make me throw up. I want to make some wall art for the baby room (wall art that can be washi-taped up, of course, due to my aversion to nail holes in rental apartments) and make curtains, but first we need to find curtain rods. Thinking about what a tropical climate baby needs...a whole lot less in the way of socks and shoes and blankets, that's for sure.

Emotions: Basically crazy happy all the time. Particularly after a good report from the ultrasound, I feel like I'm walking on rainbows. Angel and I have such fun talking about imaginary plans for this boy...I say we should try to make him a "nerd baby" who is obsessed with grammar and education but Angel is a bit more skeptical of this idea. We talk about funny stuff like the kind of music Angel plays in the car and what sort of music this baby ought to listen to while he grows up, because both of us realized we have a soft spot for the music played in the backgrounds of our childhoods.

Preparations: I don't think we've made any new preparations yet. Haven't bought clothes for him. Do cute baby boy clothes exist? Most of the clothes here seem to be covered in Spiderman, and as superheroes go, I'm sorry, but Spiderman is kind of lame. I've bought a couple loose tunic/dresses since I'm basically out of jeans and needed something I can wear with my leggings (new dress pictured above!). Not officially maternity clothes but not as structured or fitted as my usual style. My current idea is to clean the room for the baby over Christmas break and start setting it up, so that when he has some clothes, and some stuff, we will have a place to put them. Angel's finished reading Shepherding a Child's Heart.  He's been researching medical baby-related topics in order to make decisions. I have read nothing, well, nothing other than random novels from the library that have nothing to do with babies. I tend to still feel like it's still very early on in this pregnancy, too soon to start preparing much. But like I think I've mentioned before, after I was born, my parents had to stop at the grocery store on the way home from the hospital to buy diapers because they didn't have any yet...so as long as we're not quite THAT unprepared, I think we'll be okay. I have a slight feeling that baby boy may want to arrive a tiny bit sooner than the March 4 due date...based on not much in reality, except his measurements being consistently 5 days ahead and the fact that I and many of my siblings arrived 1-3 weeks early. But no one knows....

16 comments :

  1. There are cute baby boy clothes! They just take a little searching. I don't know what you have available there or I would give more advice. I like Crazy 8 for boy clothes!

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  2. So many exciting things! I bet you'll go early too! I've been fighting a cold too but thanks to not being able to take anything for it before I got pregnant I'm dealing with it alright. Still nauseous, here but it's just becoming my new normal. I still feel like I keep thinking time is slow but I'm almost at the halfway mark and then I'm shocked how fast it's going!

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  3. ultrasounds can be really wrong about baby size. They estimated Reuben, who never measured "ahead" as 8 pounds. He was 10 pounds 6 oz and born the day after his due date. Also, my birth was nothing like my moms or my sisters, don't get expectations, through my sisters births were a lot like our moms...so...I guess it could go either way? I also couldn't read or make plans about Reuben when he was in me because of past losses, I just couldn't make choices because I assumed he would die and I wouldn't have to make them. Don't know if you are going through something like that, but it was "normal" for me.

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  4. 22 weeks.. you're on the other side of the hill! It really is crazy how they grow from week to week- good luck on the second half of the pregnancy!

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  5. Cute baby boy clothes definitely exist. My sis had a blast dressing my nephew. That 22 weeks flew by (at least for readers?) Here's praying for the best second half and delivery!

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  6. Half way already!? Time is flying and he'll be here before we know it. Your pregnancy diet sounds wonderful and healthy and refreshing :)

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  7. Yay! So exciting! We have an ergo and it's the carrier I've liked the most (I also have a lot of back problems and I can even wear a baby in that for awhile!)....other than that I think people go way overboard on baby stuff! You need a place for them to sleep and we really liked something for him to sit up in a little more so he could join us at the dinner table and around the house without being just on the floor or in our arms (like a rock and play or gumbo for when he gets a little older). Boys clothes are not that exciting...plus they pretty much live in sleepers or onesies for the first few months! My absolute favorite baby thing we have though is our simple IKEA high chair - no fuss, I I also space taker, and super easy to clean! So glad you're feeling better! As you get closer to your due date I highly recommend Redeeming Childbirth by Angie Tolpin - I thought it was really encouraging, calming, and helped me find a way to connect labor and my spiritual walk.

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  8. Congrats! You look amazing! Wonderful!

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  9. You are glowing! And I love that new dress, it looks awesome. I'm so glad that you and the baby are doing well!
    I do like spiderman and other superheroes, but I'm not a fan of characters on kids' clothes. In general, I just like classic-looking clothes, if that makes sense. We haven't really bought any clothes, because people have gifted us with hand-me-downs and such, but for the first few months of his life, Peter spent most of his time in just a diaper. If it was warm or hot outside, we didn't see a need to put clothes on him! If we were going out to the store or doctor's office, we would put a onesie on him but that's pretty much it.

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  10. Ahhh, times goes by so quickly!! Be sure to ask your doctor what to do/where to go when you're a little further along (I assume he'll tell you when you hit your third trimester, hehe). I'm glad you've been super happy--I'm so excited for you and your family! :]

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  11. Oh do a baby book for sure. I remember how my sister and I use to love to look at our baby books when we kids it made us feel special.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

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  12. Congrats! Such an exciting time for you! In my opinion, cute baby boy clothes do exist. I enjoy sewing baby clothes too. My cousin just had a baby boy and I sewed a really cute hoodie with a onesie attached underneath.

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  13. You're looking so good, mama!! I do think cute baby boy clothes exist, they just take a little more searching to find them. For the first few months you'll probably want mostly sleepers, onesies, and shorts (or pants if it's cool enough) with elastic waists that are just easy to pull on/off for diaper changes. Imogen is 4 months and still mostly lives in onesies and leggings just because they're easy. And I agree, Spiderman is one of my least favorite superheroes.

    I hope the second half of your pregnancy flies by!! The 2nd half definitely went faster for me than the first half. Well, I should say the second half up until the last month. The last month felt like a year, I was just so ready to meet her!

    DEFINITELY get a baby book. Everyone I know who never got one wishes they did, and I'm SO glad I got one. I still love looking at the one my mom kept when I was a baby! I would try and find one with an envelope or something built into it, it's a great place to store things like their hospital bracelet, first lock of hair that you cut, first lost tooth, ultrasound photos, etc.

    Other than a carrier (which Imogen has always hated so that one just depends on your baby's personality), I would recommend a place you can set him down while you get things done around the house. For us, it was a Rock and Play, and then a swing. Now that she's older and doesn't like laying down, we've moved on to one of those exersaucer things she can sit up in and play with toys, but for the first few months, having something small/lightweight (like the RNP) that could easily be moved around the house was a LIFESAVER. She napped in it, played in it, just laid in it and watched me cook/clean/whatever...she even slept in it at night for the first three months, next to our bed, before we moved her into her crib in her room.

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  14. I am still so excited for you! It looks like things are going really well. Yay!

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  15. Regarding the blood draws: YES. I tried to face my fears and straight-up watch my blood being drawn during a physical when I was in high school. I ended up passed out on the bathroom floor afterward. Never again will I attempt something so stupid.

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  16. I struggle with buying non-gender stereotyped clothes for my nieces and nephews. Yes, I'm one of *those* people. I am not about to advocate for everyone dressing in plain beige, but I object to the overt slogans about boys being cheeky and girls being princesses etc etc that is so hard to get away from. So that's my current issue with children's clothing. Let me know if you find anywhere good!

    I'm so happy to hear things are progressing well, I hope things continue to do so. Yes to the baby book. I wish I did more of that stuff. You never regret it, do you?

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