Pregnancy Update: 32 Weeks

31 weeks and 5 days pregnant

How far along? 32 weeks. I can’t believe there are only (approximately) 8 weeks to go!

Total weight gain: I’m up to a total weight gain of 23 pounds. The majority of people who know me say that I still look pretty small for 32 weeks. However, I have gotten my first “Oh, you’re going to deliver wayyy before the end of July” reaction, so I guess that means I’m starting to plump up. I’m actually really happy with the changes in my body, so the weight gain makes no difference to me at all.

Maternity clothes? Still wearing a mix of “normal” clothing and maternity clothes. It’s that weird transition time in a New England spring when long sleeves and short sleeves are both appropriate, so I find myself either layering up (and removing layers) or changing during the day.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: I’ve actually been sleeping a little better since the last update. I’m still (mostly) not getting up in the night to go to the bathroom, though that happens maybe 1-2 times a week. I cannot complain about my sleep in any way. I’m so fortunate to get this amount of sleep this late in the pregnancy.

And yes, I’m trying to enjoy it while I have it.

Miss Anything? Since the last update, I actually thought to myself once, “I would love an iced coffee right now,” and also, “Man, I could go for a beer.” Both feelings subsided about as quickly as I thought them, so…yay!

Movement: This little lady is all over the place most of the time. She’s been making some more pronounced movements, and I can tell there is an elbow or a foot or something moving right under my skin. Unfortunately, I can never pull up my shirt in time to sneak a peek at my belly, and see if I can see it happen. Also, today was the first time I felt hiccups. That was fun.

Food cravings or aversions: I don’t think I really have cravings in this pregnancy. I think cravings for me are more similar to really enjoying a certain snack or food. In the past two weeks I’ve been really grateful for orange juice, guacamole, cherries, raspberries, green apples, and that ice cream sandwich that is made up of two cookies with vanilla ice cream in between.

Gender: I think at this point we’re all pretty aware the baby is a girl. I doubt that is going to change. I just had my baby shower this past weekend, and I cannot tell you how much people love buying baby clothes for girls. We got so many cute outfits, and I can’t wait to dress this little lady up.

Symptoms: The heels of my feet really hurt if I do too much. We started moving around our apartment this past weekend to make room for baby (and for all of the baby stuff we were given at the baby shower) and wow, I really felt achy.  I had to take a few breaks throughout the day because I was just too sore, and my feet still really hurt.

Belly button in or out? In still

Wedding rings on or off? I’ve been wearing them sporadically since the last update, and I think that’s going to be my new normal. Whether or not I wear my rings usually depends on the weather. If it’s a really hot day, I don’t wear them, because I know my fingers will swell a little during the day. Luckily it’s been nice enough that I’m still wearing my rings the majority of the time.

Mood: Still happy and loving being pregnant. I’ve got a little teary a few times since the last update, but only really cried once. The other times tears just came to my eyes (for silly reasons) and left just as quickly as they got there. Thank goodness for this. I can be a crier, so not crying throughout my pregnancy is awesome.

Looking forward to: getting all the baby gear set up and my apartment back in order and organized. Everything is pretty well cleaned since our rearrangement, but since we removed some storage to make room for a crib, etc now we need to sort and find new homes for some items.

Thoughts: This weekend was a bit overwhelming. First was my baby shower, and then we took a family trip to go to a Red Sox game, and finally we did an incredible amount of reorganization in our apartment and storage. It’s times like this that I’m so grateful for Mr. O. When I get overwhelmed with projects like sorting/cleaning/organizing an immense amount at once, he’s level-headed and has a plan. It’s so great to have a husband who is so helpful in times like these.

Previous updates: 16 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks, 30 weeks

Currently in May 2015

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Listening: I just finished “The Remedy for Love” audiobook by Bill Roorbach. I listened to it whenever I was driving. It’s a drastic improvement to the radio. I signed up for Audible, though I’m not really sure how I feel about the membership yet.

 

Excited: about the weather. It’s been simply beautiful in Massachusetts. I feel like we kind of just skipped spring and went straight into summer, but overall it’s just glorious compared to that hellish winter we had.

 

Watching: I’m still watching my way through this list of 10 true crime documentaries, and I recommend that you do the same. I’m catching up with Blacklist season 2, because I was a few episodes behind. I just finished Bloodline season one on Netflix, and I’m starting House of Cards season three. Bloodline was a slow start, but good in the end. This season of House of Cards isn’t impressing me so far. I’ve been watching Forensic Files on both Netflix (3 seasons) and Amazon Prime (15 seasons), and sadly I’ve come to the end of my binging. Man, I love me some Forensic Files. Maybe that’s just the old lady inside of me, but it’s definitely one of my top favorite television shows. Do you have any suggestions for a new short (20-30 minute) show I can watch now that Forensic Files is over?

 

Wearing: A mix between early spring and summer clothing. That means I usually have a cardigan or light sweater with me, but you might see me in a dress, t-shirt, or even (gasp) shorts. Basically, I just wear whatever works with my pregnant body at this point.

 

Wishing: that the weather stays as beautiful as it has been lately. On a more selfish note, I’m also hoping that pregnancy treats me as kindly has it has in the past 31 weeks for the next 9 weeks. I can already tell that the heat influences how I feel with things like swelling and general aches, so fingers crossed I keep feeling great from this point forward.

 

Drinking: Water with lemon, orange juice, cranberry raspberry juice, regular water. Have any tips on ways to sass up your water? I’m trying to increase my water intake versus drinking juices, and I’m a little bored with my water. I’ve done: water with lemon, water with cucumbers, and water with raspberries and pineapples. Thoughts?

 

Loving: Baseball season. I don’t know if I was clear about it in my previous posts, but Wolverine was lucky enough to get moved up to Little League in the first week of the season this year. The season is already half over (how does time fly so fast?), but I really like the team he’s on. He’s got great coaches and players, and he’s coming into his own as a little leaguer. The best part is that now he’ll be on this team until he ages out of Little League, which won’t be for three-four years.

 

Loathing: Just little things that Pregnant Erin notices (and cares about) that Normal Erin wouldn’t let bother her. For example, my co-workers went out to grab lunch last week and they ordered kebabs and veggies. Notice how both of those two words are plural. They in turn received one kebab and some vegetables, and were told that was what the meal consisted of (even though the menu stated kebabs.) Now, this has been botherin Pregnant Erin quite a bit. Did I order the kebabs? No. Was I even there when this happened? Nope! Just holding on to it though, because this type of thing is currently driving me crazy.

 

Admiring: My two best girlfriends. One had her first baby in January and is doing a great job at balancing momhood, work, and everything else. The other had her second baby last week, and things are going great as a family of four now.

 

Can you even believe it’s May? I can’t! How’s the month treating you?

Check out what I was doing, thinking, and feeling in JanuaryFebruaryMarch, and April.

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

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29 weeks and 4 days

How far along? 30 weeks. I’m officially at the point where my monthly meetings at the doctor’s office are now biweekly and will soon be weekly.

Total weight gain: We made a jump up to 20 pounds this week. I never thought I’d be happy to be gaining weight. I guess that’s just the clarity you gain from losing weight for a while when pregnant. I’m still feeling great physically so that’s all that matters.

Maternity clothes? Still wearing a mix of “normal” clothing and maternity clothes. At this point, if I’m wearing a dress it may or may not be maternity. If I’m wearing a top and bottom, the bottom is definitely maternity, and there’s a good chance that the top is maternity as well, though I still have a small stash of my normal tops I’m wearing – especially cardigans. I love my cardigans!

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: Meh. I’ll tell you one noticable thing about my third trimester. I’m more tired now than I was in my second trimester, and that started pretty much immediately. My routine hasn’t changed at all. In the past two weeks I’ve only taken one 40 minute nap, but overall I feel the difference. Also, I’m not sleeping as comfortable as I have been in the past 3o weeks, but I mean, I guess that was to be expected. I’m still sleeping through the night for the most part, but the tossing/turning/feeling uncomfortable is much more present.

Miss Anything? I miss not having to throw myself over in bed when changing positions, but that’s about it.

Movement: The baby has been moving quite a bit in the past two weeks, and I love to feel her wiggle around in my belly. My favorite is when other people can feel her move. Wolverine and my niece both felt her wiggle this weekend. It’s so fun to see the shock in a kid’s eyes when they realize they actually felt the baby.

Food cravings or aversions: Things that I remember wanting to eat since the last update: chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches, milk duds, green apples, raspberries, frozen yogurt, eggs and american cheese, beignets, orange juice, and that’s all I can remember off the top of my head.

Thankfully, no food grosses me out at this point. That was a horrible feeling for a food lover like me. The only thing I’d mention (which isn’t technically an aversion) is sometimes I feel very blah about food. This usually happens when it’s meal-planning time. I just have no interest in anything that’s actually available for me to eat, but no opinions on alternatives either.

Gender: Baby girl. We’re still deciding on names, though I’m pretty positive we both know which we’ll chose.

Symptoms: Nothing really, but my feet and ankles have been hurting for a few days. I’ve been trying to elevate them, but obviously, I can’t be sitting all day long. It’s honestly not that bad, just something new and noticeable.

Belly button in or out? In still

Wedding rings on or off? Well, they made it all the way to week 30, but there is a very good chance they are coming off this week. They still fit just fine, and I can take them on and off without a problem, but with the heat we’ve been having lately, I don’t feel safe leaving them on for much longer. I think they will be sporadically on and off this week, but I don’t want to risk needing them cut off.

Mood: My mood feels about the same as my last update. Overall, I’m quite happy and loving being pregnant. I’m very impatient with other drivers, and I may be a tiny bit snappier than usual.

Looking forward to: Meeting my best friend’s baby who was born yesterday! She has been 10 weeks ahead of me throughout my pregnancy, so it’s been very fun to track our pregnancies together. Now that she’d had her baby it’s making my upcoming delivery feel even more realistic.

I’m also looking forward to my baby shower. It will be so nice to have my friends and family in one place.

Thoughts: I can’t believe I only have 10 weeks left in this pregnancy. It’s all going so quickly. I just feel so fortunate to be pregnant and to have a healthy pregnancy.

Previous updates: 16 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks

Pregnancy Update: 28 Weeks

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27 weeks and 2 days pregnant in this picture

 

How far along? 28 weeks, which means I’ve officially started my third trimester. Yikes.

Total weight gain: 14 pounds as of my last visit two weeks ago. I’m still smaller than I expected to be at this point, but I love my baby belly.

Maternity clothes? I’m still so grateful for all the maternity clothing my best friend gave me because it’s all I pretty much wear at this point. I did buy a whole bunch of maternity dresses from Old Navy a couple of weeks ago, and I love them. The only problem is that I’m so short, so my sister-in-law has to hem them for me. I’m so grateful that she’s able to do that!

Stretch Marks? None yet – again, I’m surprised by this, but am very grateful.

Sleep: I’m still sleeping pretty well. My hips are definitely achey because of side sleeping, but adjusting with pillows helps. I will tell you, I’m sleeping with a regular body pillow now, and it actually makes it more comfortable than I was even a week or so ago. I’m trying to not complain about sleep in any way though because I feel like I’m a huge rarity for being able to still sleep through the night 95% of the time at 28 weeks pregnant.

Miss Anything? Not really. Mostly just random food or drink that I can’t have, but I don’t really miss anything. I didn’t sleep well last night so this morning I miss coffee. I mean, I could have one if I wanted to, but I’m going to pass.

Movement: I can now see the baby move just by looking at my stomach. Movement is my absolute favorite perk of being pregnant. At first it was so incredible just to feel it happen inside my body (it still is incredible in my opinion), and now I can see my entire stomach move when the baby moves. Totally incredible.

Food cravings or aversions: Thankfully, the aversions are completely gone. In fact, I’m just loving food in general. No real cravings at this point. Just enjoying everything.

Gender: It’s still a girl. I don’t expect that to change. And no, we haven’t decided on a name for the baby yet. That’s everyone’s main question after they find out the gender. We have a few ideas on names, but haven’t chosen one yet. There’s a good chance that we might not even decide on the name until we meet the baby.

Symptoms: Random aches and pains, leg cramps in the middle of the night, frequent bathroom breaks, growing belly.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: I irrationally cried for the first time two weeks ago. I could see the humor in the situation while crying which was a pretty weird feeling for me. Besides that, I still feel very normal, very “me” which is a blessing. I’m definitely very outspoken about other people’s driving (it’s been my biggest pet peeve this entire pregnancy) and bad customer service. I find myself a little less patient and a little quicker to being snappy, but all in all, I feel really good and really mentally healthy while pregnant.

Looking forward to: my baby shower. My mom and mother-in-law are planning it for me, and I’m excited to have all of my friends and family in one place again.

Thoughts: It’s so weird to me that my best friend will have her baby before my next update. We’ve done this entire pregnancy together, so her having the baby makes me really realize that mine is coming just as quickly. At this point, we have less than three months until Little Miss O comes into the world. Well, unless she keeps us waiting.

Can we talk for a minute about self image in pregnancy? I know a lot of people struggle with how they look and how their body is changing. I’ll admit that sometimes I’m totally shocked by the changes in my appearance, but I’m going to be honest here… I love how I look while pregnant. I know that isn’t necessarily the norm, and I’m not saying this in any way to boast and brag. I don’t feel like the sexiest woman alive in any way, but I absolutely don’t mind the weight gain or huge belly. I love the way I look in (most of) my clothing. I love the way I feel. I’m just so grateful to feel this way. I thought I’d have a much harder time

Previous updates: 16 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks

Things I’m Looking Forward to After the Baby

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I’ll be honest with you, I’m loving this pregnancy thing right now. The aches and pains are random and tolerable. The weird, but regular symptoms are totally manageable. My belly is definitely noticeable, but I’m not so large that I’m uncomfortable yet. The second trimester was totally incredible, folks. I just loved it. If you want me to be honest with you, I think I’m the super happy, excitable pregnant lady that people love to hate. Oh, well! I’ll just own it.

I just started third trimester of my pregnancy.

Just typing that feels incredible to me. There still isn’t really much that I’m craving, but occasionally I’ll think of something that I want, and I can’t have until baby gets here. Here’s a list of all the things I plan on doing or eating once Little Miss O gets here.

I’m looking forward to…

  • eating oysters.
  • sleeping on my belly.
  • eating soft cheeses.
  • drinking Lindeman’s Framboise.
  • eating Italian grinders.
  • batting practice at the baseball batting cages.
  • drinking mixed drinks like sangria or margaritas or mojitos.
  • fitting in some of my own clothes that I won’t be able to fit in for a while – hopefully.
  • meeting my baby in person!
  • eating sushi.

And while I can’t wait to eat or do some of these things, I honestly don’t want to rush being pregnant. I just want to enjoy this for everything it is right now.

Dos and Don’ts

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Recently, my friend San shared a post that was inspired by another post previously shared by my friend Nora. I figured that since both of these awesome ladies shared something like this, I might as well jump on the bandwagon and write my own.

I do…

+ love my sleep. I appreciate getting a full night of sleep, and yes, I know… I should appreciate it while I still have it.

+ love baseball season. Right now I’m loving getting back into serious baseball with my Red Sox. Not just that, but Wolverine just moved up to little league, and I’m pumped to watch his season.

+ love yard sales and flea markets. I’m looking forward to some bargain shopping this summer.

+ love to eat and snack.

+ love to celebrate people’s life events. I get very excited for wedding and pregnancy announcements, etc.

+ feel pretty good about my pregnant body and how it’s changed. Making a baby is incredible.

 

I don’t…

+ have any clue what life will be like once I have this baby. That is both terrifying and freeing at the same time.

+ know what to pack for my hospital bag when it’s delivery time.

+ know how to get my entire photo collection out of iPhoto. Can anyone help me? I’m also planning on purchasing Lightroom and Elements and I don’t know how to use either. Who wants to teach me?

+ want to get out of my bed on rainy day mornings.

+ have any interest in meal planning right now which is leading toward me and Mr. O being very unsure of what to eat for dinner every night.


What are some of your dos and don’ts?

One Little Word | 2015

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I start thinking of my one little word a few months before the year even begins. I’m serious – ask my friend Linsey. I’m always running my ideas by her. When I found out I was pregnant in November of 2014, I knew that I needed to put some effort in to choose the perfect word for 2015.

It’s funny – compared to recent years, coming up with my one little word for 2015 was relatively easy. I knew what it would be almost immediately, even though I really thought about it for a few additional weeks. I thought my word was too simple, but you know what – sometimes things are just meant to be simple. There’s a whole lot that’s going to be happening in my life this year, and a simple word to really focus in on is perfect.

You might think it’s funny that I’m just talking about this now in April. I actually thought I had blogged about my word of the year in the first week of January, until I went to link back to the post today and realized I had never discussed it. I know why too. I was too afraid about spilling the beans about our pregnancy that I just told myself to hold off on sharing anything.

Well there’s no need for that any longer. My one little word for 2015 is… grow.

In my first trimester, my mantra for the baby was “grow baby, grow baby, grow!” I’d think or say it all the time. As I watched my belly get larger, I’d be in awe of the growth. Even mentally, I’m learning so much. After the baby there will be so much change in my life that all I can simply do is grow with it all.

We’re already done with a quarter of 2015 –  can you believe it? – and I’m still loving my one special word.

Do you take part in one little word? I’d love to know. Tell me in the comments!

Currently in April 2015

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I’ve decided to move these posts back to mid-month, at least for a little while. In the past two months I felt like I was just repeating myself between this monthly post and my pregnancy update which usually was shared within days of each other. Maybe after the baby comes I’ll move this back to the end of the month – who knows?

 

Reading: Similar to last month, I’ve spent this month reading submissions for Spry Literary Journal. We hope to publish issue 06 sometime next month, so as you can imagine, I’ve been engrossed in the fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and flash of writers from around the world. I honestly think this will be a very exciting issue, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I haven’t done any reading for fun this week. I’m behind on the baby book I’m currently reading, and I just got a book from the Postal Book Club that I’ve been dying to dive into. I just haven’t found the chance yet.

 

Listening: semi-listening to the radio. There’s just been so much junk on the radio lately. I feel as if I keep getting commercials on every station, and I need to do something to change it. I started listening to podcasts again this week, and I’m hoping I can incorporate that more into my daily practice, rather than just listening to songs I don’t even like that much. I also brought my huge mix CD binder out to my car, and I’m hoping to listen to some oldies, but goodies soon.

 

Excited: that Wolverine’s baseball season begins this week. I love watching him play baseball, and I can’t wait for the games to begin.

 

Watching: most of the shows I actually watched on television have just ended for the season, so now it’s time to catch up on Netflix and Amazon Prime. I’ve been watching my way through this list of 10 true crime documentaries, and I definitely recommend that you do the same. So far I’ve watched “Dear Zachary,” “The Central Park Five,” and “Crazy Love.” If you’re only going to watch one of these videos, make it “Dear Zachary.” Whatever you do, don’t Google or do any research about the film before watching it. The movie is utterly heartbreaking and it moved me in a serious way. It’s a must watch.

 

Wearing: all maternity clothes. I can’t wait until I can break the dresses and flip flops out. I’m sure it’s coming real soon.

 

Wishing: I’m not too sure that I’m wishing for anything. I wish for fun snacks sometimes. I wish for beautiful weather. I wish for naps, though I never take them. That’s about it. My biggest wish is that this baby I’m growing remains healthy. I also wish my friends and family stay healthy as well.

 

Drinking: Water with lemon, orange juice, cranberry raspberry juice, regular water.

 

Loving: the weather. Spring has finally sprung. It’s mostly beautiful outside all the time. Even the colder days still feel so hopeful. I know it’s been over a month now since the time change, but I simply adore how light it is at night. This is my favorite time. I just feel so positive and pumped up.

 

Loathing: Bad drivers.

 

Admiring: my best friend who is due to deliver her second baby within the next month. Technically the baby is scheduled to come via c-section in the second week of May, but there is a very good chance she’ll deliver beforehand. The same thing goes for my blog friend Becky. I think the final month of pregnancy is so tough, and the waiting is excruciating. I can imagine that it takes so much patience to be where you ladies are, and I just want to give you both a virtual high five.

 

How is April treating you, pals? I hope you’re able to enjoy some of this spring weather!

Check out what I was doing, thinking, and feeling in JanuaryFebruary, and March.

Oh, I’ve just been writing online

A while back I shared some links of articles I had published elsewhere online. I figured since I’m publishing often and sharing to Twitter, I should also share it to the blog every once in a while. It’s been a while since I shared a post like this, so I might do another one mid-month to catch up.

Managing Writers When There Are Too Many Cooks In the Kitchen

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“Your company blog needs a strong head chef. Is that you?”






A Look Back at 9 Years of Twitter History

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“Twitter recently shared ten of their most influential Tweets in the past nine years. Do you remember seeing any of these when they were posted?”

 

 

How to Set a Realistic Editorial Deadline

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“No one should ever be the bottleneck in projects. Ever. Hit your deadlines.”

 





Be friends with the President! Barack Obama is on Twitter

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“Are you wondering if the leader of the United States of America has enough spare time to Tweet for himself?”

 

 

 

 

Where Have Amanda’s Hands Been?

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“Our lesson for you is simple: If you share your images online, be prepared to wind up in unexpected places.”

 

 

 

 

Using Poetweet on Famous Writers’ Twitter Accounts

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“Have you heard of Poetweet yet? It is an incredible website which will turn your Tweets into poetry. Seriously!”

 

 

 

 

Using Facebook for Real Estate Marketing Can Be Totally Awesome

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“50% of consumers value a brand’s Facebook page more than its website. So what you post there, is who you are.”

 

 

 

Our 10 Favorite Celebrity First Tweets

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“Now, even though I enjoy cyber stalking early Tweets, it can get frustrating to scroll through thousands of Tweets just to make your way to the bottom. That is until Twitter launched an option where you can read anyone’s first Tweets. Now a lot less work goes has to go into my creeping. Thank you, Twitter.”

 

 

 

5 Most Productive Writing Habits of Famous Writers

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“When I was in my graduate writing program, we were required to read the work of great writers. In addition to this, we read books on craft and wrote essays studying the craft of great poets and authors. Why?”

Currently in March 2015

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I wasn’t really “reading” these this month (since I’ve already read them each a few times), but if you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend heading over to Spry to read the ABC’s of Fiction Writing series. On 3/27, we published the final letter, and now we’ll collect all of the posts on one page for your easy reading.

Listening: Honestly – the radio. I haven’t really been listening to anything new this month.

Excited: that I started and finished my baby registry this month. I’m sure I might tinker with it in April as well, but all things considered, it is complete!

Watching: the usual TV shows I watch.

Wearing: Trying to wear as much of  my normal clothing as I can until my closet selection gets narrowed down to almost nothing!

Wishing: for health for my family, friends, and Baby Girl O.

Drinking: Keeping this boring, per usual: cranberry juice, water, orange juice, and hot chocolate on occasion.

Loving: when I feel the baby move. It’s my favorite thing ever.

Loathing: The minor sore throat I had last week. Being sick while pregnant is the least amount of fun ever.

Admiring: my awesome friends and family for all the hand-me-downs we’ve received for Baby Girl O. I think we’re fully stocked on clothing until she is about 6 months old!

How was March, my friends? I hope it treated you as good as it treated me! 

Check out what I was doing, thinking, and feeling in January and February.

Pregnancy Update: 24 Weeks

How far along? 24 weeks

Total weight gain: 9 pounds as of my last visit 2 weeks ago. I love my baby belly!

Maternity clothes? One of my closest friends is due in May, and she just gave me a bunch of maternity shirts, so I feel as if I have a brand new wardrobe. If I can get through this pregnancy only purchasing one pair of shorts and a few dresses I will be the happiest girl ever. However, at this point I’ve really had to let go of quite a bit of my normal wardrobe. I’ve even packed a bunch of it away in totes to make some room in my drawers for Baby Girl O’s extensive clothing selection. I think she may have more clothes than I do at this point.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: Still nothing to complain about. I have my occasional days of crappy sleep, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s going pretty well.

Miss Anything? Not really, I’ve been so content these past two months of pregnancy. I mean, I occasionally think about things I cannot have, usually food or drink, but I don’t really miss them. I’ll eventually have them again – no big deal. For now I just want to enjoy all the joys of being pregnant.

Movement: Yes! It is the very best thing. Mr. O has felt a decent amount of movement, and just a few days ago, Wolverine felt movement for his first time.

Food cravings or aversions: I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m really enjoying my food. I’m still not 100% on board with some of the food I was grossed out by in my first trimester, but I’ve been enjoying food very consistently in this past month. It seems to me that “cravings” are just thinking of a food and then wanting it right away. As an example: On Friday at work one co-worker had pickles and another one had chocolate covered raisins. I then ate a couple raisins and one pickle spear because I wanted them.

I don’t know why, but I expected that cravings would be food I really wanted much of the time. I expected to be in love with popsicles and eat a few a day. That hasn’t happened. It’s usually a think of something and want it right away, and then forget about it just as quickly.

Gender: It’s still a girl. I don’t expect that to change.

Symptoms: My pregnancy symptoms have come and gone. I occasionally have hip pain, especially while sleeping. I’m getting random pains that are close to my hips but more in my stomach and pelvic area, so I’m guessing that’s round ligament pain. But in the grand scheme of things I’m feeling wonderful.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: I’ve definitely become more outspoken while pregnant. I’m also probably a little less patient than I was before. I haven’t really noticed a huge shift in mood though, and I think that’s pretty great. I’m feeling pretty content right about now.

Looking forward to: More and more movement. I am loving all these little dance parties happening in my uterus right now.

Thoughts: I feel so grateful to be pregnant at the same time as my two closest friends. Granted, one has already had her baby, but it’s been an awesome experience. I’m also beyond grateful to my friends and family members for the awesome hand-me-downs this little girl has received so far. We are fully stocked for clothing until about 6 months, and I still have another friend who wants to give us some clothing. So wonderful.

Previous updates: 16 weeks, 20 weeks

Pregnancy Update: 20 Weeks

IMG_5884.JPGHow far along? 20 weeks pregnant as of today.

Total weight gain: That I know of? 0 pounds. Which is up from the -2 pounds as of the last update. It’s likely that I’m actually +2 at this point, but I’m only weighing myself at my doctor’s office, and I won’t be back until 22 weeks. I actually feel much more confident about the weight gain at this point, because my food intake drastically increased around week 17. Plus, my belly went from almost nonexistent to obviously noticeable, so I’m doing something right.

Maternity clothes?  Still loving my maternity pants. I wear them pretty much every day with my normal clothing for tops. I’m very grateful for this. Wearing my own wardrobe has been such a blessing. I know I’ll need to mix things up a bit when the weather is actually warm, but I’m planning on wearing dresses and flip flops only in the summer.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: Sleeping on my side.

Miss Anything? Since the last update? Not too much. I’ve been thinking about some of the foods I can’t eat here and there, but in the grand scheme of things I don’t seriously miss anything (at least this month).

Movement: It happened! I felt the baby move “for real” for the very first time at night on Tuesday, February 24, while we were laying in bed. When I felt it I knew for sure that the baby was moving. I’ll be honest though, before this happened, I’ve been feeling a lot of movement, and I knew that it was probably the baby, but because I have never been pregnant before I didn’t know for sure. Well, that movement convinced me that everything I had been feeling previously was in fact the baby. It was super awesome and I’m now feeling it pretty consistently throughout the day. The baby was dancing away during the ultrasound and it was so incredible to watch, especially since I could feel some of the movements while seeing it.

Food cravings or aversions: I haven’t noticed that I’ve been craving food in the way that I expected to crave food. One thing I have noticed is that when I see a food or think of a food that intrigues me, I suddenly want it. And when I say that I want it, I mean immediately. That doesn’t mean I get it, I just want it. My aversions are a little better. I’m eating a tiny bit of meat, which I’m pleased with. I also went out for breakfast and ate an egg-white omelet, and it was incredible.

Gender: We found out that we are having a girl!

Symptoms: Some lower back pain that seems to come and go, and also one really bad leg cramp. It’s been a real nice month.

Belly button in or out? In still.

Wedding rings on or off? On still.

Mood: I’m still loving the second trimester. This is just the best. If I could feel exactly as I do now, I’d want to be pregnant so many more times.

Looking forward to: Honestly, with the weather we’ve had in Southeastern Mass., all I can think about is the snow. I am so very excited about the spring. I just need to get out of this horrific winter.

Thoughts: I’m halfway through this pregnancy, and I cannot even believe it. I’m so very pleased to be at this point because I felt as if I’d never get there in the beginning of the pregnancy. At the same time, I think pregnancy is so beautiful, so to think that it is already halfway over is also a little sad. I loved the my 20 week ultrasound, and I hope to schedule a 3D ultrasound before the baby is born so I can see her one more time. Everything just feels really great at this point.

Previous updates: 16 weeks

Gender Reveal

The big news is here. On Thursday, February 26, we found out our future baby’s gender. We asked our friends, family, and Facebook friends to share whether they thought we were having a girl or a boy, and girl was the big winner, with about 40+ people saying girl and 32 saying boy.

My guess was boy. Mr O and Wolverine were both guessing girl. Well, now that we know, we’d like to share our happy news with you.

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We’re having a girl!

Currently in February 2015

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 1.26.47 PMReading: I read a few books in January. This month I didn’t read any books, but I did read my weekly updates in my baby book, and I’ve done a lot of research reading for work. So in the grand scheme of things, I wish I read a book, but I did read an immense amount.

Listening: I cleaned out my home computer this month and in doing so I jammed out a bunch to iTunes. It was a great time.

Excited: to finally find out the gender of our baby. Yes, I know what we are having, and if you follow me on Facebook, you probably know as well. I just want to announce it in a separate blog post, so you’ll find out soon!

Watching:  Better Call Saul, Blacklist, Walking Dead

Wearing: My normal shirts still and my maternity jeans or normal leggings.

Wishing: For warmer weather and melted snow that doesn’t turn into a 4 inch sheet of ice.

Drinking: hot chocolate, a lot of water, cranberry raspberry juice, and that is about that.

Loving: spending time on Pinterest planning out things for our new baby.

Loathing: The snow. Everything about the snow.

Admiring: My best friend who just had her first baby. The delivery and past month and a half has been a bit of a transition for her little family. They’re all doing wonderful though, and I am so very proud of her.

How did February treat all of you? 

Four Things

photo-1428591501234-1ffcb0d6871fI’ve seen this post going around the interwebs. Since my friend Kristen shared hers, I figured I would too!

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

1. Er

2. Er-Dog

3. Annie

4. Mom #2

 Four jobs I’ve had:

1. Benefits Coordinator

2. Psychiatric Case Manager

3. Service Desk Clerk

4. Writer

 Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1. Elf

2. Finding Nemo

3. Home Videos

4. Pretty Woman

Four books I’d recommend:

1. Drinking: A Love Story – Caroline Knapp

2. Operating Instructions – Anne Lamott

3. Now What? The Creative Writer’s Guide to Success After the MFA

4. In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction

Four places I’ve visited:

1. Aruba

2. Norfolk, VA

3. Seattle, WA

4. North Conway, NH

Four things I prefer not to eat:

1. Nuts

2. Beans

3. zucchini

4. rice pudding

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Lobster

2. Ice Cream

3. Pho

4. Sushi

Four TV shows I watch

1. The Walking Dead

2. Grey’s Anatomy

3. Blacklist

4. Orange is the New Black

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

1. Having a baby!

2. Warm weather

3. Watching Wolverine with his sibling

4. No more snow (Fingers crossed?)

Four things I’m always saying:

1. “What’s up, Bud?”

2. “How was school today?”

3. “How was work?”

4. “What do you want to eat?”

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Pregnancy Update: 16 weeks

IMG_5721.JPGHow far along? 16 weeks and 3 days

Total weight gain: -2. I’m working on gaining weight in my 2nd trimester. Never did I think this would be a problem I’d have!

Maternity clothes? I love maternity pants. I am so much more comfortable wearing maternity jeans that my old jeans which still fit, but are so tight on the belly.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty well overall, but my sleep is much different than it was before I got pregnant. I notice that I wake up more often in the night, and I’m very alert when I wake up (usually to roll over).

Miss Anything? I miss a bunch of stuff like coffee, adult beverages, cold cut sandwiches, oysters, tuna, and any kind of sushi. But to be honest with you, I’ve barely given any of it any thought this entire pregnancy. I thought I’d care much more, but I haven’t noticed missing anything except randomly if it pops in my head.

Movement: I don’t think I’ve had any movement yet. Last week I felt something that could have been a “flutter,” but I haven’t felt it since, so I’m not sure if I truly felt anything or not. The baby moved when my doctor was checking the heartbeat this week, but I couldn’t feel it happen!

Food cravings: I don’t think I have any actual cravings yet. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the only lunches I actually enjoy. I’m definitely at the point where I am getting more interested in food. Other food I seem to be enjoying: strawberries, cheese of any kind, homemade pickles, green juice.

Aversions: Oh, yes. This entire pregnancy so far has been about aversions. Up until about a week or two ago, meat was my arch enemy. I didn’t like thinking about it, looking at it, smelling it, and I certainly wasn’t interested in eating it. This was horrible. I’m a big meat eater, and I don’t enjoy being grossed out by a food I usually love. I’ve been trying really hard to eat a little bit of meat if I can. I’m also grossed out by eggs, which is another one of my favorite foods.

Gender: We will find out in about three weeks. I 100% truly do not care whether this baby is a boy or girl. Growing up, I always wanted a little boy first, as I had two older brothers, and that was my “normal.” I’m so fortunate to have Wolverine as a stepson, so I no longer need to worry about having a boy first. I’ve got one. All three of us would be happy with any gender baby, and we’re just looking forward to finding out.

Symptoms: Headaches that last all week, round ligament pain, and occasional uncomfortable feeling near my coccyx (bottom of my spine near my butt).

Belly button in or out? In still.

Wedding rings on or off? On still.

Mood: I truly didn’t feel hormonal at all in the first trimester. I’m starting to feel it here and there now. Nothing with consistency, but I might find myself a bit weepy while watching a commercial, and I definitely have a lot to say to other drivers (hint: it’s usually not nice). I’m convinced this baby will come out with road rage. That’s really the only time I find myself feeling hormonal.

Looking forward to: Everything about pregnancy. I want my belly to get bigger and my baby to grow. I’m excited to find out the baby’s gender. I find it completely amazing that I’m growing a human inside of me, and I just want to enjoy the entire pregnancy experience.

Thoughts: Now that I’m out of the first trimester, I feel like I’m kind of on a pregnancy-high. Besides the occasional discomfort, I’m currently really loving pregnancy. It’s not that I didn’t love pregnancy in the first trimester, it’s simply that I felt like crap. Plus, I was so worried about growing the baby. I just wanted to get past the miscarriage stage. I also wanted to feel more human again. I felt like I’d never be 16 weeks pregnant, and here I am. Actually, I’m nearing 17 weeks by the time this posts. I just feel so blessed to be here. Also, if you want me to be honest, I adore my belly. The picture that goes with this post isn’t even a great one, but I just love to look at that belly growing.