Our First Sonogram

I am officially 19 weeks pregnant so yesterday we had an appointment with the midwives to get our first sonogram!

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This sonogram is to make sure that everything is right with the baby – 10 fingers and 10 toes, all the chambers of the heart are working, the spine looks good, the placenta is at the top of your uterus and not the bottom, etc.

You can also find out the sex of the baby at this time if you choose. Ross and I have decided that we do want to know what we’re having (besides just a healthy baby) but we have some good friends who are throwing us a gender reveal party later this month so we didn’t want to find out at our appointment yesterday.

Our ultrasound technician pointed out all of the great things about our baby except it’s genitalia, and then she wrote it down in an envelope to give to our friend hosting the party.

Look at this cute thing!

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I like to think he/she is waving at us in the picture above and maybe sucking it’s thumb in the picture below.

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Do you see that? Right up there? That’s a foot! Look at all those tiny toes! I can’t wait to kiss them all.

Down below is a hand, arm, and shoulder.

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Right now baby is about six inches long and weighs about half a pound. It’s fully assembled and it just hanging out in there to get longer and fatter. I can’t wait until it’s bones are a little stronger and it’s a little bigger so I can feel it move more often. Right now I have to lay still with my hand on my belly, really concentrating in order to feel anything. It’s still awesome when I do but I’m excited for what’s to come!

I weighed myself at the doctor yesterday and… I think I should lay of the cookies a little. Honestly, I’m not really eating very many cookies but I AM eating a lot of, well, EVERYTHING ELSE. Just a lot of food in general. I love food, which you may remember from my post about over-eating, and I’m having a hard time not eating all of it all the time. If the scale at the doctor was right (it’s one of those traditional ones where you have to move the little weighted bars at the top) and if I was using it correctly, and my eyes weren’t lying, then it appears as though I’ve already gained about 20 pounds.

Since I was of average weight before becoming pregnant I should only gain 25-35 pounds throughout the ENTIRE pregnancy. Here’s a little breakdown of what all of those extra pounds are for during pregnancy, courtesy of WebMD.

Where Does the Extra Weight Go During Pregnancy?

  • Baby: 8 pounds
  • Placenta: 2-3 pounds
  • Amniotic fluid: 2-3 pounds
  • Breast tissue: 2-3 pounds (BOOBS! GIANT BOOBS!)
  • Blood supply: 4 pounds
  • Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding: 5-9 pounds
  • Larger uterus: 2-5 pounds
  • Total: 25-35 pounds

It appears as though I’m about six weeks ahead for weight gain right now. If I keep up at the rate I’m going, I’ll probably end up gaining 40-50 pounds. I can’t imagine it’s fun to carry around that much extra weight, in addition to all the fun that comes with the third trimester anyway, so I’m going to try to scale back my mindless eating sedentary ways.

So far this week I’m doing better. Look what I’ve got for lunch this week:

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It’s a quinoa, carrot, corn, and pinto bean soup and it tastes a lot better than it looks. I used this recipe from Daily Garnish and made a few changes. Actually, my lunches are usually pretty healthy. It’s my in between snacking and sometimes-less-than-stellar dinners that are probably steering me wrong right now. Really, it’s mostly the in between snacking! UGH! It’s so hard. I just love food! Send me positive thoughts this week to help me get it under control.

Alright, want to see some pictures of this maybe-a-little-too-chubby baby belly?

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I noticed my shadow late last week while I was walking Dexter and I thought it was neat that I look pregnant in my shadow. A friend commented on Facebook that it was kind of a creepy picture. Oops :)

Here I am on Friday in one of my few dresses that still fits me!

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And here I am in a tank top (sans bra, sorry about that) and there’s no denying that my midsection is not what it used to be!

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This weekend Ross and I traveled back to my college town for an event that my sorority was holding. I took some fun pictures with my friends too (in another non-maternity dress. There are only four that fit me).

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I’m still at that stage where sometimes I look undeniably pregnant, and sometimes I just don’t. And sometimes that changes within the same day and in the same outfit.

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Okay, a little note to end on: I do sincerely believe that I’m eating more calories than I need to right now, but I’m not beating myself up about it too badly. I’m still making sure that I’m eating a healthy diet and I’m still exercising regularly, so even though I’m putting on more pounds than might be necessary for me, I know I’m still healthy. However, I would like to curb this bad behavior now and avoid making things any worse if I can. Does anyone want to go shopping with me and take all the crackers out of my cart before I get to the checkout? No? You guys suck.

One more note to end on: I still cannot believe I’m having a baby.

Belated 16 Week Pregnancy Update

Remember yesterday when I couldn’t find the picture of the prenatal vitamins I’m taking? Well, I found it today. It was in a folder on my computer with other pictures I’ve taken for the blog but haven’t shared with you. Oops.

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Now let me back up some more so I can share the other pictures and their correlating stories.

What I’m Eating

I told you some of the things I’ve been eating lately and over the course of the last few of weeks I’ve actually taken a couple of pictures of my food for you – pregnancy brain (or laziness) has prevented me from sharing them with you.

Here we have a little southwestern salad – black beans, corn, tomato, green onion, cumin, chili powder, lime juice, salt.

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Next we have some crispy tofu, mushrooms with a miso-tahini sauce, and a baked sweet potato with Daiya vegan cheese on it. It was… interesting. Not bad, but I probably won’t be adding Daiya to my sweet potatoes again.

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I apologize for the pictures being so crappy. I don’t remember if I should blame it on the weather, my phone’s camera, or just my lack-luster photography skills.

How I’m Growing

I took a few belly shots that I didn’t share with you either! This first one I took before getting in the shower (hence my gross hair) and it was the first time I felt like my pooch might actually seen as a baby bump!

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Now let’s compare that to the belly picture I took at 4 weeks pregnant, the morning I peed on the stick, another picture for which I didn’t shower.

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Later in the day, after I had showered, I took another 16 week picture and this one doesn’t really look that pregnant, but at least my hair is clean!

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A few hours later I made a trip to Babies R Us just to look around and see some of the things I’ve registered for in person and it turned out they were having a sale – 70% off ALL their maternity clothes! I got some great cropped pants for work (full panel, of course) and a black top to go with them for just $22. Score! While I was in the dressing room I spotted one of those pregnancy pillow things and couldn’t resist putting it on.

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It’s a little lumpy but it still made me so excited for when my belly is actually this big!! EEEEEEKK!

What I’m Buying

The same day I took this silly belly photo I also hit up some garage sales with a friend of mine and scored a couple of onesies for 50 cents each! I would have bought a lot more but most of them were pretty gender specific and since we don’t know the sex of our baby it seemed like a good idea to hold off. Aren’t these cute though??

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The one on the left is sea turtles! You may remember from my trip to Hawaii that I LOVE SEA TURTLES! The one on the right says, “Santa’s Helper” and it’s sized for 3 months, which is just how old our little thing (guy? girl?) will be in December so I’m hoping it fits! Look at the one on the left again. Do you see how small that thing is?? I cannot believe I’m going to be the owner of a baby that small. I’m so excited! :)