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I cannot BELIEVE that I’m now 6 months pregnant. Like…what?! Where did time go? I’ve also got a feeling that this will be THE primary feeling for basically the rest of ever. Ha! This week’s posting schedule got a little wonky with so much travel happening, but I wanted to make sure I popped in with a Bumpdate since it’s been a hot sec since we talked baby-related things! I was at a conference in Atlanta last week, where everyone and their mom could not wrap their heads around the fact that I’m 6 months pregnant. Apparently I don’t “LOOK” 6 months pregnant? I’m beginning to feel like I’ve got a soccer ball there since I can no longer paint my toes solo – ha! J was a saint and played pedicurist last week, but I’m not sure I want to put him on leg-shaving duty soon, too…where’s the service for pregnant folks who need handmaids to put on shoes?! Ha!
How far along: 24 weeks!
Gender: COMING SOON… 😉
Baby size: As big as an ear of corn – Baby G wears 1.5 pounds!
Cravings: Still all the fresh things! Give me all watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes in sight and I’m a happy camper. 🙂 Also STILL wanting lemonade every second of every day.
Aversion: Still not a bacon fan. Also any heavier meats in general have just not been a thing for me. I think going vegetarian for pregnancy would’ve been an easier feat than giving up wine!
Movement: Baby G has been moving more and more – it’s such a crazy feeling. There has been movement for awhile now, but this week I’ve started to feel hiccups, which is wild! Hiccups are more of a softer, regular tap instead of a random, harder hit like what you get in an actual punch or kick. Not at the point yet where I can discern WHAT is doing the hitting, but I’ve got a feeling that’s coming soon, too! It’s also become much more obvious + regular to have movement the second I slow down for the day. If I’ve been up + about running errands or flying around my house cleaning, things are pretty chill. But the second I sit down or lay down in bed for the night, let the circus commence!
What I’m Wearing: Basically living in t-shirt dresses + comfy clothes! But, I AM being intentional about not “letting myself go” and ONLY wearing all the Barefoot Dreams + Wildfox things – ha! I’ve bought a few maternity things – a few dresses, longer tops, + pants – but TBH, pants in general aren’t my cuppa anything right about now. I’m planning on investing in a *good* pair of maternity jeans for fall since I know I’ll be more into pants when it’s not, say, 85 degrees outside. 😉 But for now, anything airy + breezy is where it’s at!
Belly button: …is now thiiiiis close to being an outie! J actually noticed it first – he saw my belly button and was like WHOA, WHAT’S HAPPENING TO YOUR BELLY BUTTON?!?!
Sickness: NADA. I am #blessed. Haven’t thrown up ONCE all pregnancy.
Weight gain: About 25 pounds so far! When I tell people that, they’re apparently surprised and don’t think I look like I’ve gained any weight at all. I say it’s because it all went to my boobs, butt, and thighs. So really, I’m just a woman now. 😉
Physical changes: The biggest is the obvi one – definitely round in the midsection now! I think one of the HARDEST physical changes thus far, tho, has been the hip problems I’ve had. Hands down. If ya follow along on Instastories, you might’ve caught me talking about that pretty candidly in the past few weeks. Before I even knew I was pregnant, I went a bit way too hard in an OrangeTheory fitness class…and stress fractured my hip. Or, at least that’s what the orthpedic doc thinks happened. By the time my hip pain was consistent + painful enough where I sought help from an ortho, I was already about 6-8 weeks pregnant…so on the day I was supposed to have an MRI to nail down whether or not it WAS a stress fracture, I got the call that I can’t have any imaging work done on my hip with it being so close to where the bub is hanging out. Fine enough…stress fractures heal on their own with rest anyways, so I thought things were working themselves out on their own. Until the last week in July. When I was at one of my best friend’s weddings and danced in heels all night long…and couldn’t walk the next day. OOPS. At this point, I was already experiencing round ligament pain on the *outside* of my hips from pregnancy (totally normal), but the *inside* of my hip where the potential stress fracture was was basically just reignited with fury. I was then experiencing a really swell combo of inner hip pain (stress fracture), outer hip pain (round ligaments), AND pain going into my lower back/upper back thigh – sciatica. It’s a really frustrating feeling when doctors don’t know what’s going on (of course they’re human and don’t know ERRR’THAANG, but I saw multiple docs who were all pretty dumbfounded as to what exactly was going on), and two just told me to keep taking pain meds everyday as needed. NOT what I wanted to hear, since I’m not tryna be relying on Tylenol to get through the next 3 months without excruciating pain – ha! SO. That was a doozy, but time will tell. Thankfully, the inside has been far less painful nowadays (bless), so I’m hoping it’s back to healing. Will report back. 😉
Skincare routine: These have been my go-to morning + nighttime skincare routines for a little over a month straight now! I shared all of the products + ingredients I’ve been using consistently in that post, so that it’s all in one handy dandy spot for you guys. Spoiler alert: Glycolic acid has been a godsend!
Workout routine: Walking up the stairs everyday. HA. But really tho, I admittedly haven’t been the greatest in the workout category lately. I walk up/down the steps in our house daily, which oftentimes feels like a workout in and of itself, so I haven’t been gunning to run to the gym for more. I’ve done some weight workouts for upper body, but still have to be careful since there are weight limits they impose on ya when preggers to not overstress anything. My goal has been really to just listen to my body more overall! I try to stay active + move around as much as possible…until my body feels like it needs rest. And then, as HARD as it is for this girl to ~rest~ sometimes, I have to sit my booty down on the couch with a cuppa joe + a book and chill the heck out. I reaaaaaally miss the ab work I did consistently pre-pregnancy and always prided myself on having a strong core, so that’s something that will likely be a pain point post-labor – but I’m giving myself grace and am going to just be intentional about every stage of pre + post-partum, and allow things to transition as they may!
What we’re most excited about: J is most excited about meeting the bub – I’d probably have to say the same. Really stoked to see both of our personalities and attributes and quirks come together in another little human. Also excited to have a real glass of wine again. 😉 Ha! But really, I think right now is moreso just a period of realizing THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING. Also excited to have my registry all good and done and feel more in a place of “we got this” than we are right now. Is that a reachable destination, really? New parents chime in here, por favor.
What we’re least excited about: J says “not having my regular sleep schedule.” I say LABOR. We’re at the point of needing to sign up for all sortsa classes (like a childbirth class), find a pediatrician, etc and our OBGYN has been pretttttty completely UNhelpful up to this point. So it feels like we’re really flying solo with the help of good ol’ Google to figure out what needs to happen when. Which we can totally handle – it just makes things a bit more nerve wrecking for Type A planners like your girl over here. 😉
A few Q’s from you to hit on, too…
Best/worst parts about being pregnant?
Best is knowing what an insane BLESSING this is, to have a human being growing inside of me. A human being that we made, that’s a mini version of the two of us put together. That’s INSANE to me. Ultrasounds are the best moments for that, I think, since it’s a reminder that it’s a real human in there and not just an alien taking over. Ha!
Worst I’d say has been the joint problems I’ve had, but that’s pretty specific to my own case. I feel so grateful that I wasn’t sick at all and could function pretty close to my known normal, so I can’t complain too much there!
What are you most looking forward to as a mom?
Seeing our bub’s personality play out, fosho. J + I have pretty strong personalities. We’re both super outgoing, passionate, hardworking people…we’re both also quite theatrical. I would be *shocked* if our kid was anything short of a total firecracker. So, should be fun. 😉
How is Jamie holding up?
He’s so chill about it all! He’s come to every single one of my appointments thus far to hear the heartbeat. He hasn’t been as into talking to my belly or anything as I first thought he’d be, but I think that’s pretty understandable; the men have it the hardest in that they’re just seeing us change physically, and they SAY there’s a baby in there, but otherwise, they just get to show up on D-Day (delivery day, yo) and BOOM, there’s your child. So he’s been good! His excitement grows the closer we get, I think, and anytime we’re around friends’ babies he’s all about it. Neither one of us grew up around many other kids, or babysat or anything, so we’re both prettttty inexperienced in the baby department. It’ll be fun to just learn the ropes from the ground up together!
Hope you enjoyed this 24 week bumpdate!
If you guys have any specifi Q’s you want me to A related to pregnancy or any of all that jazz, let me know – I base any sorta “mom” content entirely on what you guys ask for/want, so hollah at me if there’s something specific you’re curious to hear more about!