Halfway there!

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I hit the 20 week mark today. That means I’m halfway done with this preggo journey. That means in just a few weeks, my baby could reasonably be saved if she were to come early.

That shit is crazy. 

I can’t believe how quickly the first half of my pregnancy has gone by. Even the time-crawling, this-will-never-end nature of first trimester is fading into distant memory. (Thank you, whatever biological mechanism is helping me forget the gory details of those first couple months).

In some ways I don’t feel like I can take credit for being halfway done; after all, for the first 2 or 3 weeks they count, you’re not actually pregnant, and for the first 5 or 6, most people don’t know they’re pregnant.

In any case, though, the 20 week mark triggered my anxiety and oh shit this is real buttons like no other milestone has yet. I washed some of the gifts we’ve gotten (how awesome are these?! Thank you Jamie, Nara, and Rena! :))

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… and then promptly had a little freakout about how we haven’t done anything to get ready. No nursery furniture or decorating or plans. We’re not on any daycare or preschool waiting lists. We’ve had one halfway serious conversation about names. Neither of us knows how we’re going to handle work once the baby comes. (Oh, the joys of working for yourself: there’s no official time off for maternity or paternity, there’s no one to take over your role while you’re bringing a new life into the world), and absolutely no pay while you’re doing 3am feedings instead of hustling for business.

That anxiety storm has passed, at least for now. I woke up this morning feeling much more relaxed, knowing that one way or another, we’ll figure it out. So in the meantime, I’m borrowing one of those pregnancy update blog templates to check in on myself, midway through:

Because every bump photo needs some duck lips.
Because every bump photo needs some duck lips.

 

How far along? 20 weeks.

Baby is a… banana. Yuck. I hate bananas. Can I choose a different fruit?

Weight gain: no clue. I haven’t laid eyes on a scale in two months. If you’re waffling between an OB and a midwife, here’s another bump in the pro midwife column: there’s no forced weigh-ins. 🙂

Symptoms: overall pretty good! Hungry all the time. I usually get one or two good energy days, then have a wipeout day. Now that I’ve figured out the pattern, I am handling my fatigue days better. I also get really short of breath when I climb the stairs, and dizzy when I stand up.

Cravings: potato chips, but I’m pretty sure that was a pre-existing condition that can’t be blamed on the pregnancy.

Aversions: still not into meat or sweets. I have ice cream occasionally BECAUSE I’M PREGNANT, DAMMIT, but most sweets don’t appeal.

Movements: I’ve felt two movements, really far apart. The first was little butterfly flutters, really early on – I think it was around week 12 or so. The second was the softest little jab during week 18. Waiting for more, and more consistent, movements.

Excited for: our anatomy scan, which I have yet to schedule. I have a feeling seeing an actual baby in there might prompt another freakout.

 

p.s. I realized I’ve been telling everyone I see in real life, but have yet to officially announce on the internet yet, so here goes:

It’s a girl!!

🙂

The end.

Snacking, all the time snacking

The thing about being really hungry all the time is you have to always be prepared to be eating again.

Since I’m trying to be healthier this second trimester (making up for my potato chip sins of the first few months!) I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of quick, nutritious, protein rich, and packable, snackable foods.

My lifesaver has been Wild Friends Nut Butters. All their glorious, delicious flavors keep me from getting bored when I eat my second or third apple with nut butter of the day.

Now, let me back up a moment. When it comes to foods, I’m usually a purist: I like my coffee black, my yogurt as plain as plain gets, and my nut butters sans sweeteners and other additives. So most Wild Friends flavors aren’t something I’d naturally reach for, but during BlogFest, I practically lived on their mini chocolate almond butter packets, and hot damn, it’s a powerful counterargument to my purist inclinations.

It’s just a bit of unsweetened dark chocolate and agave added in – which in my book is just a more efficient way to make your chocolate-nut butter combo happen, and I’m enjoying having “dessert” as a snack.

wild friends chocolate almond butter apple

 

I’ve been exploring all the flavors, too, because Wild Friends was kind enough to send me NOT JUST that delicious chocolate almond nut butter, and vanilla espresso almond butter, but also a sampling of all their flavors in convenient mini packs.

I’ve been taking them EVERYWHERE:

wild friends sandcastle
To the beach! Is this sandcastle awesome or what? I had no hand in making it. 🙂

 

And on hikes:

wild friends on the rocks at the cascades

 

sweat pink wild friends almond butter

Tigger wants some Wild Friends in his mouth, too, but he'll have to settle for this stick.
Tigger wants some Wild Friends in his mouth, too, but he’ll have to settle for this stick.

And kayaking:

wildfriends kayaking
Forgive this blurry picture; I took it through my well-worn “waterproof case,” aka a ziploc bag.

 

I am LOVING all the flavors. It’s so fun to mix it up so you’re not snacking on the same thing every day. Or multiple times a day, as the case may be. 😉

I received complimentary product to try. All appetites and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support Fit Approach, the #sweatpink community, and AMB. 

 

A party you can do in your pajamas

#LJInspired sweat pink instagram challenge

ALSO. For all of you who prefer parties that don’t require makeup or getting dressed or moving off the couch (first trimester ladies I’m talking to YOU!), join us tonight for the Lorna Jane twitter party.

If you’ve never done a twitter party before, this is a great one to start with. Here’s what you can expect:

  • A series of questions that everyone will weigh in on, using the #LJInspired and #sweatpink hashtags
  • A flurry of activity and responses and @ mentions and retweets like you’ve never seen
  • A big uptick in your Twitter engagement and following (in case those things matter to you!).
  • Nice people, prizes, loads of inspiration, and no dress code or cocktails you have to politely refuse.

‘Nuf said. 😉

 

Feeling grateful, and inspired

One thing that’s really helped me get through the first trimester was trying to focus on the good parts about not exercising or eating only white carbohydrates. I’m so fortunate that this is really the first time in my life I’ve been laid low for health reasons—and what a blessing this particular malady is in the long run. It’s so easy to take our bodies and our lives for granted when things are mostly running along as they should. Getting taken out back by the pregnancy fairy is the best possible reason to spend some time doing nothing but taking care of yourself. Even if “taking care of yourself” takes on new shapes and new meanings you never expected.

gratitude sweat pink lorna jane

It also makes me so, so grateful for having the ability to work remotely, in my pajamas, most of the time. I’m blown away by the women who find ways to fake it til they make it at their day jobs, especially those kinds of jobs that require you to be ON for most of the day. I’m looking at you, teachers, nurses, sales people, managers, all of you. You’re amazing.

I can’t help but wonder if men went through this, if there’d be a more gracious form of maternity / puking-your-guts-out-creating-life kind of leave for those early parts of pregnancy.

Anyway. Let’s focus on women out there who are crushing it, no matter what. Starting next week we’re partnering up with Lorna Jane, women entrepreneur and founder of her eponymous workout apparel line. I’m in love with their products and with Lorna herself; she’s such an inspiration to women everywhere. Fun fact: she started out cutting up old leotards (this was the 80s, people) to create workout clothes that stayed put AND made her feel fabulous. She’s coming out with a new book, Inspired! and I’m joining in the fun.

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So can you! (pregnancy not required!)

Join me, starting Monday, for a fun 5 day #LJInspired Instagram Challenge hosted  by @FitApproach & @LornaJaneActive (yes, there are prizes!)

Here are the daily prompts:

  • Day 1 (Monday, July 13th): How do you dream big? #sweatpink #LJInspired @FitApproach @lornajaneactive
  • Day 2 (Tuesday, July 14th): What’s your fave healthy swap? #LJInspired #SweatPink @FitApproach @LornaJaneActive
  • Day 3 (Wednesday, July 15th): Who inspires you? [Tag 2-3 friends!!] #LJInspired #SweatPink @lornajaneactive @fitapproach
  • Day 4 (Thursday, July 16th): What does happiness mean to you? #LJInspired #sweatpink @fitapproach @lornajaneactive
  • Day 5 (Friday, July 17th): What makes you an #LJInspired girl? #sweatpink @LornaJaneActive @FitApproach

And don’t forget to join us on 7/21 from 5:30-6:30 pm PT for a fun #LJInspired #SweatPink Twitter party for another chance to win prizes & a copy of Inspired: https://www.facebook.com/events/852624931491346/.