Holy cow, when did I become six months pregnant? It feels like the time is both flying and creeping along. March will be here before you know it, but let’s get through these holidays first, shall we? In the last few weeks, I think I’ve started experiencing every pregnancy symptom there is when you’re in the second trimester, which has been rough considering I went from no symptoms to ALL of them. I experience a lot of gas pain/pressure in my ribs and back, getting comfortable has become increasingly difficult, and I get breathless just sitting on the couch! I’ve been trying to do some prenatal yoga to help me feel better. But, enough about that!
baby size: 11.8ish inches and 1.3ish lbs, about the size of a large zucchini or ear of corn. He’s now considered viable if we were to be born tomorrow!
cravings: Chocolate-y cereal and cookies (fig newtons and sugar cookies). Y’all, the amount of sweets I’ve been eating this pregnancy has been unreal. I’ve always preferred salty and crunchy foods over sweets (like chips, fries, and savory cheese) but since becoming pregnant and having cravings, I’ve wanted the sweet stuff. I’m a little concerned that I’ll end up with gestational diabetes or something. I’ve gotten much better about balancing my intake of healthy foods with the sweets, but I still have that bowl of cocoa puffs before bed just about every night.
feelings: Emotionally, I’ve been staying pretty stable. I have had a few days recently where the crying has been free-flowing because of current life situations, but nothing that hasn’t been controllable. I figure I’m allowed to have a little catharsis every now and then. Physically, however, I’m feeling it. Like I mentioned above, I’m having all the symptoms right now and that’s making me a little moody.
movement: Baby boy is moving All. The. Time. I still feel him most in the evenings when I’m relaxing on the couch, but he does randomly kick and punch throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll even feel him moving around in the middle of the night if I wake up from a weird dream or have to go to the bathroom. It worries me just a little on the days he’s really still, but I guess he needs his rest like everyone else.
miss anything?: The holidays are coming up, which means parties and dressing up are just around the corner. Right now, I miss getting to wear all of my pretty and fancy dresses to holiday gatherings. And, while I haven’t done a deep search, it’s been harder than I expected to find a fun, glittery cocktail-style dress for pregnant women.
looking forward to: Working on the nursery. The crib is up and we’re debating whether we should paint the room before we get any more furniture. Initially, I wasn’t interested in painting but here lately I’ve been changing my mind. We’re going with a woodlands/forest theme so I’m thinking we might paint at least one wall light blue and then put up a tree decal and paint some clouds. It seems like a lot of work so we’ll see what we end up deciding.
how we’re prepping: We’re still adding items to our registry to prep for baby showers. I have very little experience with babies so I’m practically clueless when it comes to knowing exactly what they’ll need besides a bed, food, and diapers. I’ll add a bunch of things to the registry and then remove them, and sometimes add them back! Do we need a changing table or should we invest in a dresser with a changing pad? Which mattress is best? What are the pros and cons of everything? Ugh, it’s very overwhelming.
best moment of the month: Not specifically related to the pregnancy but I really enjoyed spending Thanksgiving with our families, some of whom haven’t seen the bump in a while, if at all. I love family so getting to spend the holiday with them while we’re prepping for our own little family was one of the best things to happen this entire year.
That’s it for now. Be sure to stay tuned for next month’s updates.
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So cute! Time is winding down now. 🙂
A woodland nursery theme sounds so cute!
you are such a beautiful preggo!! so exciting you’re getting so close!!!
Picking things out as a first time Mama is hard. Some things work some don’t. Blankets are a must (I did go through those a lot!) diapers (ask for TONS and not just the newborn size) wipes and sheets. I also liked onesies and swaddles. Other than that I realized I didn’t NEED many things until they got older! You look adorable!
Thanks for the suggestions, Ruth. I’m so glad that there are other mamas out there to help me out a little. I think I’m going to have to add more blankets and diapers to my registry!
Congrats on the pregnancy! Sorry to hear you’re getting hit with the uncomfortable symptoms right now – I hope they’re not too bad 🙂 I’m surprised it hasn’t been easier to find a fun cocktail maternity dress for the holidays though! Good luck with all the preparations – sounds like you’re keeping very busy!
Thanks, Liz. I know that I could be experiencing a lot worse right now and I really don’t feel all that bad overall, so I try not to complain too much. Dresses aside, it has been really fun being pregnant over the holidays so I just focus on how much fun I’m having 🙂
Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! You’re just a few weeks behind me…I always love being pregnant during the holidays. (and tis the season for those sweets….being pregnant AND Christmas time…so live it up!!) 😉
And that’s all babies really do need at first….bed, food, and diapers…hah! Two things for newborns that I really like are the nightgowns (even for boys) because they’re so much easier to change baby’s diaper at night when you don’t have to worry about buttons or zippers. They have boy gowns at Target. I also used cloth diapers (the gerber ones from Target) as burp cloths….worked out great for me!
Good luck with everything and enjoy every minute. Baby boy will be here before you know it!!
I’ve had a lot of recommendations for the sleep gowns so I’ve added a few to my registry. I’m so glad to have other moms out there to help me figure it all out. Definitely makes it easier. Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it! And he will be here in the blink of an eye. I can’t wait!
Nikki! This is so great. Love that you took your bump pic in front of the tree. I am sure it is hard not being able to dress up or party during the holiday’s but you are doing something so much better, creating life!
Lee, you’re so right, creating life is so much better than party dresses. However, I actually did find a dress in my closet that will work with my belly, as long as it doesn’t get too much bigger in the coming weeks! 🙂