Tuesday, 15 April 2008
notes from 25.5 weeks
note: not my belly button above, just a bit of my jeans zipper popping out : ) the bellybutton is still an inny (for now)
i was tagged ages ago by both nat and psaltis for the "seven things about me" meme and, as i'm obviously totally baby/pregnancy focused these days, i thought i'd use it as an excuse to document how my pregnancy is going.
not very well, i'm afraid, but at least the wakeful periods from 3 - 6:30am that were plaguing me for the past couple of weeks seems to have petered off. i finally bought a body pillow last weekend and, although it is helping me sleep more soundly, i still wake up about a million times every night and that pillow is a pain to roll over with. currently averaging 1 - 2 bathroom trips each night which isn't so bad, really.
um, everything in sight. still on the bread/carb kick but i'm trying to keep control of it. i've been craving lots of fresh fruit and veggies, too, so you'd think that would balance things out a bit but i still feel huge. i really need to stop weighing myself at my doctor/midwife visits (they don't weigh as part of the visits but there are scales in the waiting room. evil things.), i just don't want to know how much weight i've gained already.
i've been managing to get in 3 - 4 good half hour walks most weeks in order to help my poor aching back and to try to stave off a bit of the forementioned weight. i know i should be going every day but it's dark so early now and there is no way i'm getting up early and giving up a precious bit of sleep.
i don't want to keep harping on about it but, man, for someone who's been pretty consistently petite for the past 20 years, these giant boobs and extra fat stores are quite alarming. my belly didn't really start to pop out until 20-ish weeks but in the last couple has really made itself known : ) other than that, and some killer backache after sitting at my desk for 8 hours most days, there aren't really any other physical symptoms and, as a bonus, my skin is perfect for the first time since i was about 24 (stupid hormonal acne).
yep, everything is pretty good, really - for the most part i feel totally fine. i'm sure if i could get a decent night's sleep, i could even say that i feel great. creatively i've been really fired up, sewing almost every day (just haven't been photographing anything), planning new projects and future schemes. and i'm getting so, so excited to meet this baby, i feel like there is the perfect amount of time left to get done what i need to before she arrives and then i can just take a few crafty months off to enjoy her.
i'm still managing to fit into two pairs of my regular jeans (both a size bigger than i normally wear and used to be my nice comfy ones) and have acquired a random array of maternity and faux maternity wear that should get me through the next few months. lots of layers, scarves, tunics and stretchy dresses with tights and boots are going to be my winter wardrobe, methinks.
strong and healthy! i started feeling the first movements at 17.5 weeks and in the last couple of weeks the kicks are getting stronger and stronger. she's pretty active in the morning, when i'm laying in bed trying to squeeze in 5 more minutes of cozy comfort and seems to get quite excited about dinner (it's bizarre to eat while you're being kicked in the stomach). the kicks can now be felt from the outside and shane finally got his first "feel" of the baby this past weekend.
and, yes, taking pictures of your own belly is hard.