Thank you so much for all of your thoughtful and supportive comments on yesterday’s post! Sometimes the hardest posts to publish are the ones that are the most important to share. I know the blog has been pretty pregnancy heavy lately, but the truth is that my pregnancy is the biggest and scariest change in my life right now. Writing helps calm my mind, and allows me to process through my thoughts and feelings. I promise there will be non-pregnancy posts thrown in here and there, but for the most part, pregnancy and babies will probably be taking over the blog for a while. Speaking of pregnancy posts, here is my pregnancy recap from Week 8:
Week 8 is in full swing, and let me tell you, I have been feeling pretty darn tired! We stayed up late to watch the Super Bowl and by the time we got home from my parents’ house and finished getting ready for bed, it was about 11:30. Granted this may not seem late, but 9 pm has been my bed time for week nights since I have to get up at 5:30 for work.
I also had a doctor’s appointment, an ultrasound and blood work all done this week, I was having to work more to make up for my time missed and that just added to the fatigue I was already experiencing. I went to the gym for literally 20 minutes Monday before my doctor’s appointment, but I just wasn’t feeling it and literally had no energy.
Saturday night I stayed up until 11 and needless to say I was feeling the regrets of my actions come Monday morning. I had big plans with the elliptical after work, but instead I immediately laid down and took a nap once I got home. I slept for about an hour and then woke up to make dinner, BLT sandwiches.
After dinner I had my first real emotional breakdown of the pregnancy. I started watching “What to Expect when Expecting”, but hadn’t gotten a chance to finish it yet. I had seen the movie when it first came out in theaters a few years ago, but it totally took on a whole other meaning this time. I started uncontrollably bawling at the end of the movie when all the women are in labor. I don’t know what came over me, but I suddenly felt a huge wave of emotion and fear and just couldn’t calm myself. Tim thinks its probably best if I stay away from movies with labor for the rest of my pregnancy and I have to say I see his side! (Thankfully that really has been the only emotional breakdown I’ve had so far – even 17 weeks in! I think labor and delivery is already the scariest part of pregnancy for me, and seeing it on television just sent me over the edge.)
This week I have tried to get back to exercising regularly, but I am thinking I am just not quite there yet. Along with staying up to watch the Super Bowl Sunday, I also went to the gym for the first time in a week. I think that added to my exhaustion for the following couple of days. The rest of the week looked like this:
- Tuesday: Walk with Tim and Tebow
- Wednesday: Elliptical + Light Weights (About 30 minutes from start-to-finish)
- Thursday: Basic Yoga with my Mom
- Friday: Clean the House after Work (Vacuum, start on laundry, pick up from the week)
- Saturday: Walk with Tebow
- Sunday: Gym
Exhaustion and Nausea in the morning (the nausea typically went away after lunch time); loving pants and skirts with stretchy elastic or flowy dresses! I have also been trying to lotion really well before bed. I know stretch marks may happen, but I want to at least feel like I did everything I could to prevent it.
Food Cravings: <– This was not my healthiest week!
- Avocados ( <– one of the only healthy exceptions!)
- Chicken Sausage
- Toasted Bread with Butter
- Chicken Fingers with Ketchup
- Beef Queso Dip with Fritos Scoops (Super Bowl food! Healthy I know!)
- Dreaming of Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets and Waffle Fries (But haven’t yet given into that craving!)
- Kool Aid (My doctor actually suggested it since water has not been my friend so far..)
- Orange flavored LaCroix (I love anything sparkling!)
- Tomato Juice (I gulped down a huge glass during the Super Bowl)
- Ranch Dressing (The only way I can currently eat salads)
- Bacon (I had these on BLT’s with tomato, romaine and a little mayo – so good!)
- Basically anything salty!
- Fruit (Unfortunately) especially Pineapple and Apples
- Coffee (still!!)
- Hot Water and Hot Tea
Week 8 was also the first time we saw the baby via an ultrasound and it truly was amazing and one of the best moments of our lives. Seeing our sweet little baby up on the screen while I held my husband’s hands and had happy tears running down my cheeks was both indescribable and unforgettable. The pregnancy truly didn’t feel real until that moment. I was measuring 7 weeks 6 days at the time even though we are considered about 8 weeks 3 days. As of now the due date is still September 7, but we will see if that ends up sticking or if the date gets bumped back by a few days. <– As of now, 03/31, Sept. 7 is still the due date!