I have finally started to steadily put on weight over the past month or so, which is awesome for baby! Sometimes though, I find that I give myself the "pregnancy excuse" when I'm craving sweets, chowing down on way more than what's within moderation. I want to gain weight healthily from fruits, veggies & whole grains, not add pounds to my bum that are pure chocolate! I'm not obsessive about becoming "fat" because I'm pregnant! I love my body now and I have no problem getting bigger overall, but it just doesn't make me feel good when I'm not nourishing my body with real, healthy foods. Do you know what I'm saying?
As I prepare to pack on another 15lbs or so, I'm also preparing for baby in every other way imaginable. Reading baby sleep & brain development books; researching about labor, breastfeeding and what to expect after birth for me & baby, and so much more; stocking up on baby stuff; plus working on a few craft projects, namely sewing a Quiet Book for my little man. Phew! It's sometimes overwhelming! But with 12 weeks until I meet my baby, I love that I am building my confidence about becoming a mom with knowledge & creativity! I just need to work on flexibility and forgiving myself when I can't get everything done in a day! I'm sure plenty of moms out there can relate. ;)
Week: 28 weeks! I can't believe I'm already in the third trimester!!
Total Weight Gain: 12lbs total!! I definitely thought I would've gained more by this point in my pregnancy. But I love my body, especially the belly!
Exercise: I've been continuing my yoga routine five days a week. The video is just under 30 minutes long, and I add a few stretches & squats before or after the workout. I like this one because it focusing on breathing as well as stretching out and making space for baby. My upper rib pain is virtually gone thanks to yoga!
Nutrition: I've been continuing my breakfast of yogurt with organic berries, a light lunch and snack (usually peanut butter on toast or fruit), and big, satisfying dinners. I've been trying to add more tomato-based dishes into my diet so baby won't hate them like I did as a kid!
Food cravings/aversions: My tomato mozzarella creation with homemade smoothies! I saute garlic in olive oil and add organic cherry or grape tomatoes (sliced in half) to the pan. I mash them down so that its mushy but the tomatoes are still in tact. I then pour the goodness into a bowl and add salt, pepper & cayenne, and serve with fresh mozzarella & pita chips. Sooo good!
Signs of Stretch Marks: Still using Burt's Bees Belly Butter! Nothing new since last week.
Maternity Clothes: No new ones - I'm a serious shopping slacker because I just don't like it!
Sleep: Getting up every night to go to the bathroom now. My big belly wakes me up and baby's kicking keeps me up sometimes! Oh man, it's only begun!
Feeling: On & off this week. I've been feeling good physically for the most part, but my mood has been a little low this week. My husband has been working later hours and I've also been feeling guilty about my slacking with my blog and blog friends. :/ I really enjoy blogging and the friends I've met here, I've just been so busy trying to get things ready for baby that it was the first thing to give!
Baby Movement: Ouch! My little man has definitely gained weight since last week because he packs a hard punch! He also still has hiccups - so cute!
Belly Button In or Out? In
Wedding Rings On or Off? On
What I miss most this week: Blogging more! Especially not keeping up well with my friends Mrs. Shugar, Nadine, La Maman Heureuse and all of you who have been so sweet to me!
Best moment this week: Whenever I do yoga. It makes me feel so strong & alive!
Looking forward to: Getting my glucose (gestational diabetes) test over with - I had to reschedule it for this coming weekend. :/
Thanks so much for reading & commenting! I really appreciate it even though it has been taking me forever to get back to you! :)
xo kristen genevieve