Bladder Kicks

My life is going to get quite interesting as this baby gets bigger.  At 25 weeks, he just kicked my bladder and I peed myself a little.  Awesome.

Here’s to bladder control (raises empty glass filled with pretend wine)!

Weekly Update

24 weeks, 2 days

Size of baby: Eggplant (approx. 9 in., 1.7 lbs)

Newly craved food: Oranges

Food aversions: Beef, fried foods

What do you miss: Working out at the gym!  I think this is the one thing that I miss most about not being pregnant.  I loved being able to go to the gym, put in my headphones and tune the world out for an hour while I sweated off all stress.

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Spontaneous Crying

Have any of you pregnant ladies burst out in tears without warning?

The other day, we came back from our three-week trip visiting family out of state.  While we were there, our families threw us baby showers, which was awesome!  There were still some big things we needed, including our high chair that happened to match the pack ‘n’ play that we received.  We had seen it on display at the Babies R Us location there, but I decided not to purchase it there because it was still available online.  Well…once we got home, it was no longer available online.  We drove 1.5 hours to the nearest Babies R Us/Toys R Us combined store only to discover that the combined stores have a terribly limited selection.  When the hubster and I got to the high chair/stroller aisle and saw that there were only 3 high chairs and about 6 strollers to choose from, I burst into tears.

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Pregnancy Pillow Review

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. An Amazon affiliate link is included below.

Preggle

It’s been over a week since I received my Leachco Preggle Comfort Air-Flow Body Pillow.  I absolutely LOVE it.  While it has a rather awkward shape that the hubster and I get a laugh out of, it does a fantastic job keeping my hips aligned at night and relieving hip and lower back pain.  My old body pillow just wasn’t cutting it anymore and I was in desperate need of a thicker pillow to place between my knees to support my hip alignment.  I was in pain morning and night.

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Leg Cramps

When I read about leg cramps in my pregnancy books, I was already several weeks past the point when it said they might begin.  I thought I was in the clear.  I was painfully mistaken.

The other night, I shot up in bed, screaming in pain as I was woken from a deep sleep with an excruciating cramp in my calf muscle.  My poor hubster had no idea what was going on.  All I could do was yell out in pain and grab at my muscle – which was hardened like a rock in the spot of the cramp.  In those moments, I thought I would not be able to straighten out my leg ever again.  Then it passed…but I was afraid to go to sleep again for fear of waking up in the same agony.

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Pregnancy Pillows

In the past month or so, insomnia has been getting the best of me.  Lying in bed for up to four hours before finally drifting off is just torture.  Now I’m also starting to get aches and pains in my hips and back, which certainly don’t help the sleeping situation.  Ever since twelve weeks or so, I’ve slept with a body pillow…but that’s not even helping anymore!

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The Sleep Whisperer

This insomniac is very lucky to have discovered that she is married to The Sleep Whisperer.  All the hubster has to do is rub my back and I get relaxed enough to actually fall asleep!  Fantastic news for me, as the previous few nights were quite miserable. :)

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Weekly Update

20 weeks, 2 days

Size of baby: Banana (7 inches, 11 ounces)…although via the ultrasound we know that he was 13 ounces last Friday!

Newly craved food: Assorted Creams – Chocolates by Russell Stover

Food aversions: Fried foods

What do you miss: Running

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Daycare Costs

Yesterday I did some research that many moms-to-be likely do: how much will daycare cost if I go back to work once the baby is born?

Unlike some moms-to-be, I don’t currently have a job that I can go back to after maternity leave.  I lost my job as a by-product of my miserable morning sickness for the first 14 weeks of my pregnancy.  As a graduate assistant, I had to keep six credits of classes in order to keep my job.  Too sick with the dry heaves and intense nausea to sit through class, I had to drop two of my three classes due to attendance policies.  I couldn’t keep my job.  It was a very tough thing to have to withdraw from school and lose my job, but I’m so relieved now in retrospect.  There was no way I could have kept up with it all.  Trying to stay healthy during that period of time was a job in itself.  Looking forward to my third trimester, I can’t imagine having to waddle across campus to my old office.  It was really far away.

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Badonkadonks Anonymous

The other day, I pulled on a pair of maternity jeans that I hadn’t worn in a week or two only to discover that they were a bit tight in the behind.  There hasn’t been any other change in the way my other pants fit, so I don’t know if my butt is expanding or if the jeans were in the drier too long. :'(  Needless to say, my body image took a bit of a hit at that moment.

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