Nursery

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Beet’s nursery is coming together! It’s been so fun decorating the room and it’s becoming my favorite room in the house. I’ve never envisioned my hypothetical nursery to be very “kid-ish,” and I figure if I’m going to be the one who is spending the most time in that room, I might as well make it a room that I enjoy being in. BEET WON’T EVEN CARE, ANYWAY, RIGHT?  But I think she will like it. =)

The room is mostly all black and white, with pops of color coming from her toys and mobiles.  Both of the mobiles were independently given to us as gifts from my friends Moorea and Jenny.  My friends know me so well!  We hung one over the crib and the other over the changing table.

The framed Robyn+Royksopp concert poster was from a show here in Seattle this past June.  Beet’s first concert, when she was about 9 weeks along in-utero!  The “Oh Whale” print was a gift from May and the “Oh Baby” print is from calligrapher Jenny Highsmith.  My sister drew the adorable “Heart Skipped a Beet” print.

I’m 38+ weeks today, so I have less than 2 weeks until Beet is here.  AAAAH COMING SO SOON.

8 Months

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5 weeks to 35 weeks

Well, whadya know, I’m 8 months pregnant and Beet’s on her way here in 4 weeks! OR LESS!

I had the intent to document my pregnancy on the blog this entire time, complete with symptoms, thoughts, and cute pregnant belly photos, but in reality, I didn’t have the motivation to put together cute outfits or interesting blog posts. I’d see all these cute pregnant ladies on Instagram and I’d be like, maybe I should wear a dress tomorrow! Inevitably, I’d end up wearing black leggings, a black slouchy tshirt, and black ankle boots. Sometimes a grey slouchy shirt.

So here’s a nice documentation of my bump progress! Everyone likes grids of photos, right? As of today, I’ve gained about 40 pounds. 40 POUNDS. At the beginning of my pregnancy, my doctor told me she’d like to see me gain about 30 pounds, sooooo…… *shrug* I’m eating pretty healthy (minimal junk/processed food, fresh fruits and vegetables everyday, only water) and actually not eating significantly more than what I usually eat, so despite my initial horror at climbing scale numbers, I’m trying to remind myself that it’s just my body doing what it needs to do to grow a tiny human inside of it.

2nd trimester was pretty great, as was the better part of 3rd trimester. I had energy, a cute-sized bump, clear skin, and generally good moods. I still could only sleep about 6 hours a night, but I was sleeping the whole way through and not waking up every couple of hours, which was an improvement. The only minor hiccup was that during my anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks, they found that I had a shortened cervix. As your pregnancy progresses, the length of your cervix shortens until the time you give birth, at which time your cervix becomes paper thin. At 20 weeks, your cervix should be about 4.0-4.5 cm long. At 20 weeks, mine was measuring 2.5 cm., which put me at risk of going into preterm labor. SCARY because at 20 weeks, the fetus wouldn’t be viable outside the womb yet if I were to go into labor that early. Usually, most women are prescribed to be on bedrest at this point, but my doctor just told me to “take it easy” and prescribed progesterone to stabilize the shortening. Luckily, subsequent monitoring didn’t show any further shortening and my pregnancy continued on without bedrest or early appearances by Beet.

3rd trimester has really flown by! It started off pretty great, but now that I’m finishing up my last month, it’s starting to get pretty uncomfortable! Carrying around this extra weight really puts a strain on your back and I can’t be out and about or on my feet for more than a couple hours without my back starting to hurt – which is pretty annoying. I’ve never had heartburn before, but now, I find myself waking up in the middle of the night coughing and choking on stomach acid. It tastes like your threw up in your mouth with hot, burning barf. So you know, really delicious. Turning and changing positions while sleeping is now a pretty big ordeal, which means waking up several times a night. One major development this trimester was the onset of Braxton Hicks contractions, or as Husband like to call them, “Toni Braxtons.” They call these “practice contractions” where your uterus sporadically contracts and tightens in preparation for the real thing. Unlike what happened on FRIENDS when Rachel got Braxton Hicks and went to the hospital because they hurt so much, mine haven’t hurt and are mostly just uncomfortable since your belly basically gets rock hard for about a minute at a time. It’s not uncommon to get them randomly, but pretty much since my 3rd trimester started, I’ve been getting Braxton Hicks all day, everyday. I get them more frequently when I’m on my feet and walking a lot, when I go from sitting to standing and vice versa, if I carry stuff, and at night when I’m just sitting on the couch. Not painful, but as Beet gets bigger and bigger, every once in a while, she feels like she’s going to fall out of me.

So I’m now at the point where I’m excited for Beet to come out, but at the same time, I want to keep her with me where she’s nice and safe for as long as possible. BECAUSE ONCE SHE’S OUT, THERE’S NO GOING BACK.

20 Down, 20 To Go

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Lululemon dress (similar here), Urban Outfitters vest (similar here), Alexander Wang shoes, Baleen Necklace (similar here)

First outfit post in MONTHS.  I’ve finally past the point of ambiguous “fat or pregnant?” and little Beet is now a proper baby bump.  I’m still managing to (literally) squeeze by with my normal clothes, but as soon as the weather gets colder, I think I’ll have to give in and buy at least one pair of [black] maternity jeans.  Until then, this dress has been one of my favorites.  It’s the Noir Dress from Lululemon (not on the website, but still in stores) and was a gift from my sweet mother-in-law.  I did size up to a 6 to accommodate the growing bump, but it has a great thick stretch all over, so I think I’ll be able to wear it for at least another month or two.  Also, TECHNICALLY NOT MATERNITY CLOTHES, so that’s nice.

This week marks the official halfway point of my pregnancy!  So crazy.  It’s simultaneously gone by REALLY slow and REALLY fast at the same time.  I had my anatomy scan on Monday and we found out that we’re having a GIRL!  As my sister dubbed, she’ll be a HEAD BEET IN CHARGE.  #HBIC

Here’s Beet drinking and hiccuping amniotic fluid.  She’s so cute.

Mini Wear | 1

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images from Shak-Shuka, Fawn Shoppe, and Style Pit

I’M SO EXCITED TO DRESS MY MINI ME.  Not knowing whether PHITUS is a boy or girl isn’t really a problem when a lot of the things I like are unisex.  Also….who says babies like wearing color?  Right?…RIGHT?

Here’s some cute stuff I’ve found while partaking in my new favorite activity – perusing baby paraphernalia.  I’ve refrained from buying a single thing for PHITUS thus far, if you can believe it!  At the beginning, it was mostly because I was paranoid about jinxing my pregnancy, counting my chickens before they’ve hatched, etc.  Maybe I still kind of feel that way, but I haven’t bitten the bullet yet.  Maybe after Monday, when we get to see PHITUS on an ultrasound again, it’ll feel right.

Before I was pregnant, I was under the impression that you got to see an ultrasound of your baby every time you saw the doctor.  BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN MOVIES.  You have doctor visits once a month for the duration of your pregnancy (and even more at the very end), so AWESOME – I get like 10-12 ultrasounds, right?  I WAS WRONG.  I get 3 ultrasounds.  THREE.  I got one dating ultrasound at around 8 weeks to estimate how far along I was and the due date.  I got my 2nd ultrasound at around 13 weeks to do my NT scan, which tests for down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.  Then I get my anatomy scan at 20 weeks (next week!) to confirm gender and baby’s measurements/development.  The wait between each ultrasound is SO LONG.  What is PHITUS doing in there? Is PHITUS growing ok?  What does PHITUS look like now?  These burning questions….you do not know the answers to for weeks at a time.

Husband wasn’t able to make it to my 2nd ultrasound, and waiting 7 weeks seemed so long to be able to see PHITUS moving around and actually looking like a baby, so he called to see how much an additional elective ultrasound would be.  $700!  IS YOU CRAZY?  We did find a privately-owned ultrasound place that essentially provides the “glamour shots” version of an ultrasound (i.e., photo packages, videos, viewing room with couch, other ridiculous offerings, etc.) starting at $100, but they won’t do it until you’re at least 18-20 weeks anyways, so we decided to wait for our medically-scheduled one.  Needless to say, we’re really excited to see our Beet again.

Anyway, looking at baby stuff was a fun way to pass the time.  I started this Pinterest board as soon as I found out I was pregnant.  See more of my babby inspiration here!

It’s just a babby

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8 weeks | 18 weeks

I currently have 6 pregnancy apps on my phone (NEED MOAR INFORMATIONS) and the Ovia Pregnancy app is one of my favorites, in part because of this feature.  It shows you exactly how big the baby’s hand is, as shown to scale on your iphone screen.  LOOK AT HOW TINY!!1~11!!lfdkajfla;ks.

At first we were amazed at how small, yet perfectly formed the hand was.  The next thing you know, we were like, WHOA that hand is BIG.  It’s really crazy how fast a fetus grows.

I’m well into the 2nd trimester, one week shy of the halfway mark.  So far, the second trimester is pretty awesome – especially compared to the first!

FIRST TRIMESTER

  • Extreme fatigue – I had always heard about this “fatigue” you get from pregnancy, but I wasn’t prepared for just how fatigued you’d actually get!  Like, waking up, then a couple hours later, getting tired.  Tired at work.  Tired in the middle of the grocery store.  Tired while driving.  It got so annoying to fall asleep at 8pm after dinner!  I think I wasn’t expecting this degree of not feeling like myself – lethargic, unproductive, and inefficient.
  • Difficulty sleeping – On top of the fatigue, I wasn’t able to sleep more than 4-6 hours for months.  Waking up at 4am and laying there for hours became a pretty frequent occurrence.
  • Acne – WORST SKIN EVER.  I stopped all of my prescription acne meds a couple months before we decided to start trying to get pregnant, so my skin was already starting to act up.  Once I got pregnant, oh lord.  In addition to my regular problem spots (cheeks), I was breaking out in places I never got acne before (forehead and chin). I went back to my dermatologist who gave me the bad news that there was nothing she could prescribe me that would actually work, but that my skin would most likely get better towards the end of my 2nd trimester and 3rd trimester as hormone levels evened out.  She did prescribe me a topical antibiotic (Finacea), which unfortunately, wasn’t that effective.
  • Boobs – Hurty, sore boobs.  I was lucky in that the worst of it was over in the first few months.  I’ve had friends who had painful boobs for the majority of their pregnancy, so I was pretty lucky in that sense.  Now, they just continue to get HUGE.  I went up 2 cup sizes in about a month. @_@
  • Headaches – Oh, the headaches!  I went through an entire 200-count bottle of Tylenol in my first trimester.  I would have non-stop headaches, from the time I woke up, to the time I went to bed, for days at a time.  Advil isn’t allowed when you’re pregnant, so I was popping Tylenol every 4 hours, which helped only a little bit.
  • Morning sickness – I was #hashtagblessed to have little to no morning sickness.  There was maybe a day or two per week where I would have mild nausea throughout the day – like an all-day hangover or car sickness.  I haven’t had to throw up at all thus far, so fingers crossed.  I did have a bit of food aversion with random things – like the smell of cooked kale and room-temp cooked chicken.  Just the thought of it made me nauseous!
  • Stuffy nose – I wake up every morning with a stuffy nose now.  Husband even started making fun of me and doing this impression of me half-asleep, holding one nostril closed, and inhaling to unstuff my other nostril.
  • Nosebleeds – This was an unexpected one – random nosebleeds and bloody snot/boogers!  So good.

SECOND TRIMESTER

  • Acne – As my dermatologist foretold, my skin did get better as pregnancy progressed.  It’s far from clear, but I can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel at this point!
  • Lower back pain – My lower back actually started hurting at the end of the first trimester, even before I was even showing!  I was surprised at how the addition and redistribution of a couple of pounds could have such an effect.  It gets worse if I’m out and about for long periods of time, or if I’m on my feet for too long.  It gets better when I remember to correct my posture and tuck my butt under.
  • Stuffy nose – still got em’
  • Nosebleeds – still got em’

They call the 2nd trimester the “honeymoon period” of pregnancy, and so far, it’s true.  Nausea, headaches, fatigue/sleeplessness all subsided.  Getting my energy back has been SUCH a relief.  Plus, PHITUS is becoming more and more noticeable, which is fun to see (and also fun to not just look fat).

Next milestone – I’ll officially be 20 weeks along and halfway through my pregnancy next week.  AND!  We’ll be finding out whether our little Beet is a boy or girl next week!