How far along? 18 weeks
Baby’s size? Sweet potato (5.6 inches)
Total weight gain/loss: Not sure, but I’m guessing right around 9-10 pounds based on last week’s weight.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: I’ve been having a little bit of a harder time sleeping the last few nights due to my belly getting bigger. I sleep on my stomach, so it’s been getting rather uncomfortable. I suppose I’ll have to start transitioning to being a side sleeper. Bring on the pillows!
Best moment this week: Opening up a baby registry at Target! It’s so fun! Another kinda cool moment… I was lying on my back (don’t worry, it was very brief) while doing a yoga video, and I noticed my belly was a little lopsided to one side. It was at that moment that it really did feel like a little baby was in there!
Miss Anything? Nah, not really this week.
Movement: Nothing super obvious yet!
Food cravings: These aren’t consistent, but I’ve had random cravings this past week for cereal, dark chocolate, and cold leftover enchiladas (don’t ask!).
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, not really!
Gender: I have a feeling it could be a boy, but I really have no idea. I had a dream on Sunday night that we had a boy, and I haven’t had any dreams like that so far. Who knows!
Labor Signs: None
Symptoms: More tired than usual, “pregnancy brain”, and a rapidly growing tummy! I also had my first experience with heartburn the other night. Ugh, no fun!
Belly Button in or out? In but starting to stretch out more!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! I get so excited thinking about our baby at times that I can barely stand it!
Looking forward to: Cuddling and kissing our baby.
(FYI: I deleted a few of the questions since the answers will most likely be the same from here on out!)
This week was a pretty darn good one on the pregnancy front! I felt good, didn’t have any major meltdowns, and am getting more excited as the days go by. The only pregnancy moment (or at least I’ll blame it on that) involved some major “pregnancy brain”. I was at the grocery store yesterday, loaded my groceries in my trunk, and walked my cart over to the “cart station”. I usually put my purse in the child seat, and somehow I just left it in the cart without even realizing it until I got home. Doh! I raced back to the store and fortunately someone had turned it in where they had it locked up safe and sound. I felt like such an idiot! Oh well, I’m just thankful someone turned in my purse and I got it back with no hassles.
Today I wanted to briefly go over maternity clothes, what brands I’ve been loving, and how I feel about them. I’m pretty much wearing maternity clothes full time now except for the occasional non-maternity top that I squeeze myself into. Maternity clothes are more comfortable, and I feel more confident in them since they adapt to my changing body. My torso is also pretty long, so finding long enough shirts has always been a challenge… Add a growing belly on top of that, and maternity tops are lifesavers.
My go-to maternity brands have been Old Navy and Target by Liz Lange. Right around 10-11 weeks, I went out and bought some maternity skinny jeans, black dress pants, leggings, and a couple long sleeve tops from Old Navy. They were having a great sale and I got all of that for right around $80 – can’t beat that! I find that most of their maternity styles are cute, comfortable, and affordable.
My parents have sent me several items from Target as well, all of which I am so appreciative! They sent me a couple dresses, a few long sleeve shirts, and a couple three quarter length “dressier” tops. These items have helped me tremendously as I get ready for church and substituting throughout the week. I also bought a few long maternity tank tops from Target to wear while I work out and under sweaters.
I don’t spend a ton of money on clothes as it is (bargain shopper right here!), so it’s been difficult for me to justify buying an entirely new wardrobe for only 6-7 months. However, I’m also finding how important it is to feel comfortable and confident as my body is rapidly changing. That being said, I am so thankful for Old Navy and Target and their affordable prices.
I think getting a handful of basics is key and then you can work around those. For example, I really like wearing the long tank tops I got (they are cheaper) under an open sweater that I already had in my non-maternity wardrobe. Old Navy and Target’s lightweight long sleeve maternity tees are also generally pretty affordable, and I like to add scarves or other layers to them to mix things up.
I have a feeling I’ll be pretty darn sick of all of my maternity clothes by the time the baby comes, but it might be just the motivation I need to get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes.
- If you’ve ever been pregnant, where did you get your maternity clothes from?
- When it comes to buying clothes, are you a bargain shopper or a spender?