You guys… how am I 6 months pregnant already! Some days I think it’s flying by, and then other’s I think about how much longer I have to wait and get sad. I can’t wait to hold her in my arms.. you know, after the whole labor thing
HERE’S WHAT BABY BROWN HAS BEEN UP TO THIS WEEK:
- She’s gained about 4 oz since last week, coming in at 1 1/3 lb!
- Her lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” (no clue what this means.. but lungs are developing!)
- Her skin is still thin and translucent but that will be changing soon
- She’s about the length of an ear of corn and as big as a cantaloupe!
AND HERE’S WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING WITH ME THIS PAST WEEK:
Workouts: Two spin classes, three strength workouts (teaching two), and a walk.
Symptoms: Honestly, I feel good. I can’t complain about anything, and the following symptoms are just general pregnancy symptoms but they are just the new normal. I had a few leg and foot cramps while in bed, but they went away. My pelvic pain has subsided drastically! Very thirsty. I’ve noticed I am not quite as hungry as I used to be? I mean, I am, but I can’t eat a ton, I just eat often. My acid reflux has gotten pretty bad and annoying. Andddd, I’m tired, ha. I’m sure that’s just going to continue!
Movement: Oh yes. Of course not when I want her to, ha. Whenever we’re around others and they want to feel her, she stops moving and becomes shy. It’s so funny. I did start feeling her flip over. Talk about weird, lol. I laid in bed on Monday and all of sudden could totally feel summer saults, ha. Yesterday I was up from 5 am-6am with her just flipping around and kicking me.
Food Aversions: There’s nothing that is really off limits. The smell of Greek Yogurt still makes me sick.
Food Cravings: It’s honestly puzzling to me but I have become less picky since becoming pregnant. There are still foods I don’t care to ever eat, but I’m way more into other food. For instance, I had lobster and shrimp enchiladas at a restaurant over the weekend. I would never have ordered that before! Also, all the popsicles, cold drinks, egg, cheese, and bacon bagel sandwiches.
Sleep: I find my back has been a bit achy, and I still manage to wake up on my back, ha. It hasn’t been that bad, though. I have stayed asleep through the night, which is great!
Maternity clothes?: Yep. My workout clothes aren’t. I did buy some more tank tops, another pair of shorts, and some maternity bathing suits this week. I’m still waiting for them to come in, though.
Stretch marks? Still applying tummy butter every night. I think it’s working?
Miss Anything? Not too much. I had a great time out at my friend’s bachelorette party, despite not drinking, and still stayed out pretty late (for me, anyway).
Fun & Weird Stuff From the Week: My mom’s been getting things ready for my shower and that’s always fun! We also decided on a name. I’ll probably share it here soon!
Belly Button in or out? In/flat
Wedding rings on/off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but I am easily frustrated. If I can’t get something to work in less than a minute, or figure out how something goes together, I’m not such a happy person, lol. I keep trying to calm down but it’s been super easy to frustrate me.
Baby Items Purchased: None on my own! My mother in law showed me the cutest shoes she bought her but that’s it, and she kept them so I can’t even stare at them.
Looking Forward To: I had a Dr. appointment a week and a half ago or never filled you all in. It went fine. The ultrasound results were in and looked great, my measurements were spot on, gaining a good amount of weight. I do have to have a fetal echocardiogram done, though. Aaron’s youngest brother, Aric, was born with a hole in his heart. It did close by the time he was 5, though. We’ve told this to every doctor I’ve seen, as well as the ultrasound tech, but this past doctor took it a bit more seriously and checked with another doctor who agreed it’d be best for us to get this done just for precautionary measures. Anyway, I’m looking forward to that just to have the reassurance. I’m sure everything is fine, but better safe than sorry.
Will I work after the baby?
It’s no secret I am a teacher, but I never had a full time job. Teaching in western PA is one of the most difficult jobs to land. Between budget cuts, cutting positions, and the vast amount of people trying for jobs (think 1,000s for one job!), it hasn’t been easy. I’ve been a day to day sub, I’ve been a long term sub in 4th grade, and this past year in 2nd grade. I’ve loved it, but it’s beyond frustrating to pretty much guarantee that a job isn’t coming, and teaching has changed so much. It’s not what I went to school for at all. The paperwork has changed, the teacher structure has changed, etc. I could go on and on.
I grew up with my mom being a stay at home mom, until 6th grade (I think) when she took a (very) part job at the church connected to the school. Aaron also grew up with a stay at home mom. We loved having our moms home and we have memories with them that we couldn’t have if we went to daycare. I never thought I’d be a stay at home mom. I mean, I would teach and then have the summers off! Perfect, right? Except I haven’t had that luxury yet.
Before getting pregnant, we talked about me being a stay at home mom and what that would mean for us and if we could do it. I am very thankful Aaron loves where he works, and it will give us the opportunity for me to stay home. There’s a slight twist to me staying home, which I’ll go into this week, but I am very happy that I won’t have to leave baby girl every day to go to work and put her in daycare or with my mom or mother in law every day (don’t worry- they will still be watching her sometimes, haha!). I have absolutely nothing against daycare. I have worked in daycare for quite a few years and it is great for kids to learn social development and interaction. I am fortunate that I just don’t have to put mine in there, at least right now.
So there’s that! I will be a stay at home mom after baby girl arrives and I’m very excited about it!