It feels so good to finally have this news out and be able to share updates with you girls about my pregnancy. It’s not been the easiest journey, but things feel a lot smoother as of lately, and most days are good days.

Now that I’m seriously showing, I am going to start sharing some bump-dates as the weeks go on–figured that could be a fun way to keep in touch but also look back on after the fact. I feel a little guilty I didn’t start these sooner, but I have also been so sick and not really up to taking many photos so better late than never 😉 However, moving forward, I plan to document a lot more (and also continue to share regular blog content you know and love).

Side note: I wrote this post a couple weeks ago when I was 19 weeks 😉

Let’s jump in!

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How big is the baby?

Mango or 5.98 inches & 8.5 ounces.

What’s the gender?

Still unknown, we find out in a week and a half and are so excited!

How are you sleeping?

I’m sleeping eight to nine hours a night, which is a far cry from the usual six I used to get pre-pregnancy (and yet am still tired come morning, imagine that 😉 ). I was always a night owl but now can’t make it past 11pm. That said, I’m waking up one to two times per night to use the restroom.

Movement?

Not yet, but everyone keeps saying anytime now.

Clothing & Getting Dressed

Getting dressed is challenging but more fun now that I’m showing and it’s obvious I’m pregnant, versus just that awkward in-between stage. I’ve been wearing a lot of bodycon dresses with kimonos or oversized cardigans, and have started wearing maternity denim.

Any stretch marks?

Not yet, and just picked up this lotion from Walmart on the weekend which I’m slathering all over (especially belly, love handles, butt & boobs) after I shower.

What do you miss?

I miss being able to do the things I used to do after work or on weekends like shopping or going out with friends. I still do it sometimes, but I’m usually so bagged after a day of work, I just want to crawl into bed.  I also miss cocktails and sushi!

Cravings & Aversions

I’ve been craving salt this entire time, which has thrown me for a loop because I’m normally such a sweet lover.  My eating has totally changed due to this.  I also won’t say no to juice/iced tea, eggs, carbs in general, cheese and most ethnic food.

As for aversions, so many!  Eating is a bit of a struggle on a daily basis and I find it hard to find things that appeal to my head, tastebuds and stomach.  The biggest aversions have been to all the things I used to eat regularly, like salads and vegetables—I can’t do it anymore!

Symptoms

Tired and by about 3pm my ribs start to hurt.  Everything is started to stretch and has been moving around and up for a while now so I find sitting all day doesn’t help.  When I get home from work and can lie down, it really relieves my rib pain being horizontal.

Mood

Generally good but more irritable than normal—which has been pretty consistent since the beginning!

Workout Routine

I’ve been trying to walk every day, but that’s something I’ve only started doing recently.  I couldn’t workout at all in my first trimester—I was just so sick, simply shuffling around was awful as I had all-day nausea.  This has totally surprised me, I always thought I would be up in the gym when I got pregnant and it couldn’t be further from the truth.  Simply walking is tiring enough, when I can do that, but I am consciously wanting to get my body moving if and when and as much as I can.

Belly Button in or out?

In, but I have a pretty deep belly button to begin with, so now it’s looking a little more like a ‘normal’ belly button lol.

Worst moment this week?

Feeling nauseous again all day, for one day. When you deal with that everyday (as I did in the first trimester), it’s awful, but once you start having good days, it’s hard to go back to feeling sick again randomly. I also threw up for only the second time another day this week–I felt so awful all afternoon and nighttime rolled around and it was just 10x worse. Puking helped, haha. I’m so thankful I don’t feel as bad as I did before, but almost feel like more of a wimp when it hits now!

Favourite moment this week?

Telling a few colleagues I’m pregnant and seeing their positive and excited reactions! It truly is so energizing and touching when people are genuinely so excited for this new chapter in your life. Pregnancy can be a difficult, scary and sometimes isolating journey and things like this make it so much better!

Looking forward to…

Wearing some of my new fall maternity clothes I snagged. I found two pairs of designer denim on sale (these distressed ones & these non-distressed ones; non-maternity versions here & here), a couple sweaters and more. I’m looking forward to fall dressing like I always do, just in slightly new way this year 😉

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