Welcome to Week 13!
I have to be honest, there hasn’t been a lot of changes from Week 12 to Week 13, as you can see from my pics below:
Symptoms: Luckily I’m still feeling really great. I have times during the day in which I feel really tired, physically, and I need to sit more often. Fortunately, I have very understanding students and co-workers who have been super sweet to me. I’m still going to bed fairly early. Friday and Saturday nights I stayed up to almost 9:00pm, so there’s a victory: one for me and one for Michigan State over the Oregon Ducks!
Changes to My Body: Still no weight gain, but I will tell you it doesn’t feel that way. I feel as though I’m on the verge of developing a visual bump in the next two or three weeks. My clothes are fitting a little bit differently, but I think that’s due to a few over-indulgences in the carb realm as well as a slight reduction to the intensity of my workouts.
Weight Gain: None
Workouts: I took a break from doing strength training this week and focused mainly on my morning walks. Mentally, I just wasn’t into hitting the gym. I went back this morning for the first time for a low body workout and I feel great! Here’s what I did:
Cravings: Root beer, berries, and pretzel chips. I’m finding my “Ohhhh that sounds good!” brain goes more towards salty treats than sweet. Don’t get me wrong; I can eat the mess out of some sugary goodness. There are some truly sweet women at work who have taken me under their wings since finding out I’m pregnant. Last week, I was presented with this plate of heavenly goodness:
I somehow managed to bring a piece of that cake home to Dan.
Aversions: None! #Winning
Overall I’m Feeling: Eager. I am excited that I finally was able to share our amazing news with our loved ones. We are planning on a trip to Michigan for Thanksgiving, which will be the first time seeing most of our family since the spring, and I could not be more excited!!
Purchases: I ordered a onesie that I thought was perfect for my husband. He’s an absolute XBOX fanatic!
It’s a 0-3 month size, so I think we’ve discovered the “coming home from the hospital” outfit.
In other baby-related shopping, my mom and I went to Barnes and Noble to snoop around for a bit, and I picked up the next book in the “What to Expect” series: What to Expect in the First Year.
I also wanted to look for a book for my husband. He’s been so incredibly supportive during my pregnancy, and I know that he will me an amazing father. The more general knowledge that we both have about what life will be like when we bring home Baby Ferrari, the better parenting team we will be. I ended up finding him a book that appealed to both his sense of humor and desire to be as educated and prepared for baby:
Caveman’s Guide to Baby’s First Year (via Goodreads)
Congratulations! You’re a father. Now what?
The follow-up to the hysterical bestselling Caveman’s Pregnancy Companion.
You managed to survive pregnancy without getting hit in the face by a blunt projectile hurled from your wife’s sling. Now the birth of your baby has ushered in a bewildering phase where your crude, uncivilized, and underdeveloped ways will surely be put to the test. Offbeat and humorous but full of useful tips, Caveman’s Guide to Baby’s First Year will lead you from a Fatherhood Aptitude Test to the 10 Commandments for Cro-Magnon Fathers to a Yoga Party (quasi-erotic yoga poses designed to reduce stress and stimulate the body). Along the way you’ll find candid advice on all topics, from the mechanics of breastfeeding to baby proofing the home to instructions for toys even a caveman could make himself. So if you’ve been wondering what to do now that best thing that ever happened to you happened, leading to an anxiety-ridden life of no sleep, no sex, and more time picking out formula than ordering beer, fear no more! There have been quite a few advances since you first stepped out of your cave (vaccinations, infant massage, and baby sign language to name a few) and it’s all here, accompanied by charts, diagrams and other illustrations straightforward enough for you to get your Paleolithic head around.
What I’m Reading:I noted earlier this week that I’ve been reading Secrets of the Baby Whisperer and how much I’m enjoying it.
I’ve continued to read about setting up flexible structures and how to approach a crying baby. I know there are a million different philosophies on both topics, and each parent will make the best decision for their child, and I’m far from an expert about parenting, but I appreciate the gentle and humane methods of viewing parenting and your baby that Tracy Hogg presents.