Mom to Be Monday: Week 17. Busting into Maternity Clothes

Happy Monday friends!  I skipped out on a baby update post last week because I was busy studying and worrying about a test for work.  But I passed it and all is good here 🙂

As soon as I woke up on Saturday, I feel like my stomach just expanded overnight with zero signs of it shrinking anytime soon.  Up until this point, everyone’s been commenting on my lack of having a bump, stating that I’m “still so small.” HA!     

7 WEEKS
17 WEEKS

   

This weekend I also broke down and purchased my first pair of maternity jeans.  The rubber band trick and belly band just weren’t cutting it anymore.  While it was good in the beginning, when I wore fitted tops, it became evident that my pants were unbuttoned.  Not quite the look I am going for.  Plus, getting them undone to go to the bathroom was just becoming a hassle.  I decided to head to the Gap because they have true to size pants.  Every other store I’ve visited have just had small, medium, or large and the jeans end up being too short for me.  At the Gap, I can still wear the same jean size pre-baby, they just have the panel added in.  I decided to just splurge on one good pair of jeans, because with the way the weather’s been here the past few weeks, I’m sure I’ll be spending the majority of my summer in dresses, shorts and a swimsuit.

I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t had to purchase too much for maternity clothes.  Currently I’m working at the base, and they provide you with maternity uniforms at no cost.  Free work clothes are always nice 🙂 When it comes to basic every day stuff, I’ve been scrounging Craigslist for good deals and I have found some really cute stuff so far.  See the outfit that I’m wearing for this week’s picture?  Top is compliments of a Craigslist purchase and capris are borrowed from a co-worker.  I just don’t see the point in going overboard with clothes that I will only be wearing for such a short period of time.  I will buy the a few basics and just save them for the next pregnancy.  On my first trip to Motherhood Maternity a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a buy one get one 50% off.  I left with a maxi dress, and 3 tank tops for about $50.

Our Little Bambino

Baby C has blossomed from an orange into an onion this week.  Baby weighs about 5 oz. and is about 5 inches long.  The big thing this week is that baby came move his/her joints and is developing sweat glands.  We’ve been working up a sweat here with our daily walks and some low-impact Turbo Fire.  The baby is also making the switch from soft cartilage to hard bone, which means one thing for mom: CALCIUM!!!  The umbilical cord and placenta are also growing stronger and thicker.  Some of my apps tell me that baby can now start hearing my voice, so I’ve been talking and singing up a storm.  We like to listen to the Michael Buble station on Pandora as well as recite ABC’s and Twinkle Twinkle.  Hubs also likes to chime in and talk to the baby from time to time. 
How I’m Feeling 
Large, but in a good way.  Not the “I feel bloated & chubby” way.  I find myself from time to time randomly touching and rubbing my stomach.  Hubs and I  have been going to our Bradley Method classes and so far I’ve been really enjoying them.  I like that it carves out a set time in our week to just focus on baby and what’s happening here.  Our instructor couldn’t have put it any better.  “He gets to leave the pregnancy at any point in his day, but you, the mom are sleeping, eating, breathing this baby until the very end.”  
My energy levels have been pretty good.  I’ve been doing some form of exercise just about every day.  I’ve also added Turbofire and jogging/walking back into the mix but only with my husband in attendance.  That way, if something were to happen while I’m jogging, he’s right there beside me.  I’m pretty careful when I run and I always stop and slow down when I get tired.  But it feels good to be running again.  I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’ll savor it while I still can.  At our last doctor’s appointment, our doctor said the heartbeat sounded very strong  and healthy so to keep doing whatever it is I’m doing.  One thing I’ve stopped doing is weighing myself on a weekly basis, it was just so up and down and all over the place and it frustrated me so much.  So, I’m leaving that in my doctor’s hands and so far she’s happy with the results.  According to her scale, I’ve gained about 6lbs between my 8wk appointment to my 16 wk appointment.
I’m off to start chopping veggies for a stir-fry, enjoy the rest of your evening!     
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