Friday, August 12, 2011

Week 19: My Pregnancy Diary

Get ready for some serious bumpage this week--this little girl has gone through her growth spurt! And you should probably just come to expect to hear me say every single week, "I can't believe how big I am!" But honestly, that's how I feel. I don't know why I keep waking up expecting to be opposite, but I am constantly surprised with how much my belly is growing.

How Big is the Baby?
Baby Savannah has worked her way up to the length of a large mango this week!
I know the growth has been slow and steady, but I feel like between weeks 18 and 19 my waistline has doubled! The bump is definitely not a figment of my imagination anymore. I no longer look like I've been gobbling down creme-filled doughnuts all week long. I was joking with Aaron this week that sometimes I feel like I need a shirt that says, "I'm pregnant, stop looking at me!"

How I'm Changing?
Besides the obvious growing stomach, I'm just feeling a little fuller in general. More and more I can't stand to have anything tight around my waist, particularly when I'm sitting down. The good news is that I got a pair of super cute maternity capris from Target a few weekends ago. I love feeling like a skinny girl again in those jeans instead of the awful 'slip-a-hair-tie-through-the-loop-of-your-jeans-and-connect-it-to-the-button' trick. What a simple and easy way to make a girl feel chunky. I guess regular jeans aren't much of an option anymore. My hips have definitely spread and I think my chest is still growing. It might finally be time to consider getting some new bras. I'm starting to get those unflattering bra-is-too-tight lines under my shirts. Not good.

How I'm Feeling?
It's funny how quickly my standards for feeling well have adjusted. I keep telling everyone that "I feel so much better!"--which is true, but relative to my un-pregnant self I still feel pretty different. I still wake up and go to sleep feeling nauseous as ever, but over the course of these five long months I've learned to manage and get used to it. I kicked off the first morning to my second trimester with another vomit episode but unfortunately it hadn't been the last. I think this mango-girl just wanted to remind me who was in charge. Most of the time I am feeling really good. It's nothing like it used to be, and I've almost forgotten how horrific the first trimester was.
I have a little more energy and motivation than I did last week. Hopefully this will allow me to feel much more productive. I still find myself out of breath VERY quickly and have to stop and rest more often. AMC always gets a kick out of this after I run up the stairs.
On the eating front, I get really full much more quickly than I used to. My pre-pregnant self could shovel food by the plate full, and now I find myself taking tiny portions that I would have laughed at before. I don't seem to have the room in my belly that I did before, which leaves me hungry again 45 minutes after dinner. And I suddenly get very nauseous very quickly if I don't snack throughout the day. The other exciting news is that I am back to yoga again! AMC came home with a prenatal DVD that I had been wanting but felt inadequate to attempt because of my ever-exhausted body. Yoga is and always has been a beautiful cleansing for me. Physically and emotionally.

Here are a few more random pregnancy thoughts for the week:
Things I can't wait to eat again: Blue and feta cheese and Diet Dr. Pepper
# of times I get up to use the ladies room each night: Usually 3-4
Total weight gained: 8 pounds
# of outfits bought this week for Savannah: 12
Favorite pregnancy fast food: Arby's Roast Beef sandwhich

And with that, I am off to get on my mantra with yoga!
Yours truly, Me


  1. Enjoy that growing upper half while you can! If you are nursing, that sweet baby of yours will leave you with nothing womanly afterwards :) Pregnancy is the only time that I feel like a woman..haha! You are such a beautiful pregnant mamma! Keep going with your pregnancy journal, you'll look back on it with future pregnancies!

  2. Verrrrry cute, Janene! And I had no idea you were only 2 1/2 weeks more pregnant than I am! I hope by 19 weeks I've only gained 8 pounds! I've already gained 6 and sometimes I feel big- but you look so TINY! You look great. Oh btw if you want to feel cute and skinny, Forever21 has maternity clothes like skinny jeans with a stretchy upper half, and Motherhood has good sales on skirts and pants, even shorts if it's still hot there. You really do look super cute. And Ashleigh is right-you'll look back at this pregnancy journal for reference with your next one. I've already done it! Hope you're well!

  3. Such a great idea to journal blog this adventure! You look so precious and glad you're feeling skinny - you should. So glad you enjoy yoga too. Sweet AMC! Hope the nausea goes away soon. Love ya!

  4. I love reading your posts, you are such a fun writer! So glad you are feeling better! So happy for you!

  5. You are just too cute! I hope you don't mind I am forever going to blog stalk you!!! I am so happy for y'all! Congrats. You are such a wonderful example. Oh by the way I'm Kayla, I'm from Vidor too and I use to take piano lessons from Kim. Anyways I hope to see more of your posts!