Christmas is over, I am getting fat!

Ok, I know you’re going to say I’m pregnant, blah blah blah… but really, Christmas makes me fat every year. I thought that due to my aversion to chocolate I would be saved from the Christmas munchies and wouldn’t gain a bunch of extra weight and be perfectly on track for my next check up. I was wrong.

At Christmas I like to bake a bunch of cookies and put together cookie “baskets” for my friends. Except the baskets are actually plastic tubs. And since I am giving these cookies out to friends, I obviously have to taste-test them to make sure they are edible, right? So here is a list of what I made: chocolate mint delights, soft molasses cookies, chocolate brownie cookies, chocolate chip cookie mini-muffins (they are just chocolate chip cookies made in a mini muffin tin), thumbprint cookies, lemon cookies, mini cheesecakes and mini-loaf-pan sized carrot cakes. Everything came out really good and the carrot cakes looked and tasted wonderful. In addition to all these things, I also made a carrot cake for the husband’s work holiday part and for our niece (since she has been asking for one since last year).

I had great ambitions of taking pictures of all my baked creations but never seemed to manage to get it done. In fact, I only managed to take pictures of my tree and most of the decorations on Christmas Day itself.  I’ll post those eventually. I really am lacking in motivation this year.

As for Christmas itself, I had a good day. The husband, kitties, and I slept in a little and got up lazily. I made fake pinch cake for breakfast (which was super tasty, even if it was the bootleg kind) and then we opened presents. The kitties got a stocking and have had a blast playing with all the wonderful toys in it. I got most of the things I asked for and was very happy with my presents. The husband was surprised with his big gift from me and was happy with the rest of his presents too. The only thing missing was my family. I had a little meltdown after presents got opened as I was missing my family and feeling left out. But my sweet husband understood and held me until I pulled myself together. Then we were off across town to have dinner and open presents with my in-law family. Dinner was turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, corn, and rolls. And we got the leftovers. Whoo hoo! That’s the good thing about having a sister-in-law who doesn’t eat leftovers. After we digested a little we opened presents and then had a slice of carrot cake *drool.* It was as good as it looked. The downside to the day was the horrible coughing fit I ended up having that really wore me out.

My current craving is citrus. Specifically oranges, tangerines, and clementines. I have eaten a ridiculous amount of them over the past week and see no end in sight. I’m addicted. But I figure, as a craving, oranges are probably not such a bad one to have. It’s better than ice cream, cookies, or other sugary or salty things one could crave.

Needless to say, the weight gain I mentioned in one of my last posts might not be totally accurate at this point. But I shall not enlighten you on the current total. I don’t think it’s horrible, but we’ll see next week at my appointment.

As far as the baby, he is a jumpy bumpy baby. He does most of his acrobatics while I’m sitting still or trying to sleep. I’m still sleeping on my belly but I’m pretty sure I’m not far away from needing some kind of pillow. Maybe it will help me sleep better as I’m currently having a lot of trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I feel tired all the time again and can never seem to sleep enough. I’m not as tired as the first trimester but seem to get worn out a lot easier than I had been over the past two months. My belly has also “popped” and I definitely look pregnant. One day when I regain some motivation I will have the husband take new pictures to post. I can’t promise that will happen before the baby is born though.

Symptoms, curiosities, and decisions.

For the last few days I have been plagued with severe calf cramps. I believe this is another one of those things people forget to tell you until after you’ve already started experiencing them. I’ve had calf cramps off and on for the last few weeks but it was the worst the last few days. Not a whole lot seems to help either.

Another new thing is not being able to breathe after I eat. It’s like between the baby, his accoutrements, and my stomach, there is no longer any room for my lungs. So it’s either breathe and starve or gasp for air and eat. If you even know me a tiny bit you’ll know which one I choose. I mean, gotta feed the baby, right? Also, when I tie my shoes I notice that I’m having trouble catching my breath too. Too bad I can’t wear flip flops to work.

An interesting thing I’ve noticed in the past week or so is my belly will get really tight and hard sometimes. I’m guessing it’s when little man is shifting around. I don’t feel him moving, just feel a hard knot on my belly. The other night when I laid down to sleep I couldn’t seem to get comfortable. I kept trying to adjust my nightgown and pajama pants until I realized the problem was me. Well, in me. He had shifted over to the left side and was pressing into the bed. It took a few minutes for him to shift away. I told TJ I think it’s time to get a belly pillow.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that Holly is very attached to me these days. If I’m on the couch she’s on my lap or sitting next to me. She’s very proprietary of me and prefers to lay on my belly if she can. If I have the laptop on my lap (usually I’m reclined on the chaise part of the couch – especially now after I eat) she has taken to laying across my arms since she can’t get to my lap. I’m waiting for her to get kicked a few times to see how she reacts. She’s also become very jealous of Powell and doesn’t really like it when he’s around me or getting attention from me.

So, in light of the fact that the shower is only two months away, we have been trying to finish our registry and have gotten stuck on the stroller aspect. We started out at Babies ‘R’ Us who had about 15 strollers total and then went to Target who had about 7. Then,  tonight, we went to Buy Buy Baby. It’s a baby store that’s owned by Bed Bath and Beyond and has tons and tons of baby stuff. They had about 60 strollers. At least. There are travel systems, three-wheeled strollers, strange space-aged orbiting strollers, and $1500 strollers that I couldn’t even afford to push. You can get a stroller that holds an infant carseat or one that comes with it. Some of them fold up one-handed, some of them are lightweight, some of them lie flat, and some of them have adjustable height handles. Seriously, I had no idea it would be this hard. We like the maneuverability of the 3-wheeled strollers but they are a little big and often bulky.  You have to look for construction, wheels, the storage at the bottom, the ease of taking the infant carrier in and out, the weight, how big it is, how it folds/unfolds, and of course, how much it is. So some we liked but felt “cheap,” others seemed really nice but had one or two crappy things that might be deal breakers, some folded badly… I’m telling you, I felt like my brain might explode. So we thought going there might help us decide and I think I feel just more overwhelmed. So we are no closer to picking a stroller than before. I guess we have a few more months to figure things out. But if you have any wonderful advice to give regarding strollers (or any other baby gear for that matter) please feel free to share it!

Things That Go Bump in My Belly

(Written over a week ago)
So I think I’m finally feeling little man kick. I’m 20w 2d and this past Sunday night I was laying on my stomach trying to sleep (trying is the operative word; I don’t always sleep well, especially if I know I have to get up early) and felt a few “pops” inside. Today as I’m relaxing on the couch, I have felt a few more but in a different spot. So I’m not sure if he’s what I’m feeling or not. The placenta is on my belly side so the doctor said that could hinder me feeling little man until later. But it’s not a sensation that is familiar to me so I’m
assuming he’s finally making himself known.

(Back to today)
Almost 10 days later I’m sure it’s him I’m feeling kick. It’s such a strange feeling and it often takes me by surprise. I never felt the fluttery feeling people describe; just the pops and bumps. Sometimes it almost gives me the “stomach drop” sensation like you get on roller coasters. I don’t really know how to describe it.

So far I’ve gained 10lbs. At 21w 5d I don’t think that’s so bad. I am trying to eat as well as I can, but considering this kid has a penchant for pasta and potatoes I’m not getting as many veggies as I should be. Recently though I’ve started craving chocolate milk so I have at least a glass of that a day. I’m sure that counts for something. That’s really the main craving as of right now. My mother-in-law is here for Christmas and made us a batch (ok, two) of potato soup and I’m having difficulty not eating that every meal. I really should have known this kid was a boy simply for his food choices. Meat, potatoes, pasta… no sweets or veggies. Definitely a boy.