Pregnancy Update: 22 Weeks!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Hey all! I'm 22 weeks along now and according to my internet research, it's a big milestone week for baby: he finally weighs one whole pound!! This realization prompted me to get going & finish my research on baby products. Oh, and finally make a decision on a crib already!

I have been debating what crib to buy since before we even started trying to conceive, and its not an easy task, especially because I am horrible at making spending decisions. I knew the most important factor in a crib that I wanted was that it would not only be non-toxic by federal standards, but also had the Greenguard seal of approval, which means the paints & stains have much lower (if any) concentrations of phthalates, VOCs and formaldehyde. 

The second most important factor was finding my favorite looking crib for the price. That's where I ran into trouble. The crib that I really wanted was about three times the cost of the crib that baby really needs. We ended up going with the lower cost crib, knowing that over time it will get heavy use by a few more kids. But its not always easy to accept the practical path. The way my husband & I see it, we can afford either crib, but if we can save money here, we can use it towards something else later. Now that it's over and the crib is ordered, I'm at peace with my decision, but the process was so emotional for me!!

Week: 22 weeks along!

Gender: Boy!

Total Weight Gain:
Just over 5lbs! I gained weight this week - yay!! 

Exercise: I've been making an effort this week to do squats and some exercises that will strengthen my arms and back. I can't do my old "normal" yoga podcasts anymore because of my belly, and I'm still searching for a good prenatal yoga videos that are both doable yet challenging enough to strengthen my back.

Nutrition: Still eating yogurt for breakfast & snacking on bananas {the clementines at the store weren't good this week :/ so sad!}. Dinners have been later & not as healthy as I would like because my husband's been working late this week.

Food cravings/aversions:
Chocolate. It's a problem. 

Signs of Stretch Marks: Not yet! Still using my Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and it seems to be helping my skin stay soft so far! 

Maternity Clothes: No new clothes this week, just the one shirt from Motherhood Maternity that was featured in my last update

Sleep: Sleep is getting more difficult the bigger my belly gets, but I finally caved and got a pregnancy pillow! I've been putting off spending the money for a while, but now that I have one, I wish I would have bought it two or three weeks ago. I got the Leachco Snoogle on Amazon. So far I like it; I'll let you know how I feel after a couple weeks with it.

Feeling: This has been a bit of a roller coaster week, as I mentioned above. I'm just trying to stay positive and remember than everything will turn out okay. But despite all the stress, I've noticed my little boy has been kicking me higher on my belly than before, which is so exciting!  I love him so much :)

Baby Movement: Stronger everyday!

Belly Button In or Out? In

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

What I miss most this week: There have been a few moments this week where I've wanted to have just a taste of pinot noir. Strange. 

Best moment this week: Getting to spend some quality time with my husband this past weekend & finally deciding on a crib!

Looking forward to: Going on a birthday weekend getaway trip up to northern Vermont for a food crawl with my hubby!! I've been waiting for this for a couple months!!

Is anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed by making decisions & spending money on all the stuff for baby while pregnant? I know my preggo blogger sister Mrs. Shugar can relate to me on this! Am I crazy, or is the crib decision especially sooo difficult?! 

Also, let me know if you girls have any ideas for back strengthening exercises to try or a good prenatal yoga video. I generally like podcasts because I can find videos for free, but a DVD suggestion would be good, too!

xo kristen genevieve


  1. We cosleep so I am not sure what is the best crib, but I am working on getting my yoga teacher training; will ask my teacher what prenatal DVD or workout she recommends!! Gaiam TV has quite a good variety os ones you can stream.

    1. That would be great, thank you! I'll definitely check out Gaiam TV, I recognize the name. That's so exciting that you're working on yoga teacher training! I've had a few friends that have done certifications and they say its a lot of work but its work that pays you bountifully. Thanks again for your help! :)

  2. Aaaahhh! I see your bump! I love it! Congrats on buying a crib. That's a huge step and very exciting! I haven't had the courage to even begin to look into this. To be honest, I've been avoiding it because it's really overwhelming to me with all that's going on. I do need to get going on this since we will be having our baby shower invites sent out in the next few weeks. Yikes! Thanks for sharing about the cribs stuff regarding what is safe. No clue about that!

    Regarding a video, Mr. ShuGar and I tried this one together yesterday

    It was kind of fun. When she started doing push-ups I was really impressed. I've been doing my regular Zumba & step (without the step). I've gained 18 pounds. Oh my! I asked my doctor and she said that was ok because I thought that might be a lot. Here we go at another week! You look great =)

    1. Thanks for the workout suggestion! I'm cheap & have been using free podcasts which so far have worked out well but once my belly gets too big, I'll definitely need this!! Zumba sounds fun, too, I've actually never tried it.

      Buying a crib (as I mentioned in the post) was pretty stressful. But I would definitely make buying a crib soon a priority unless you want to use a bassinet first. If the crib isn't available in store, it can take 12-16weeks to order!! I knew wanted a crib set up in my apartment at least a month before my due date, in case I deliver early. Luckily my crib was available in store, but not many are! I hope I'm not stressing you, because really, in the life of a little one, its not that big of a deal to them! But as a planner, I understand its a process, so I just wanted to let you know. Good luck, sister!!


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