Week 15/16 Bump Update

Week 15 and 16 Blue Dress

Symptoms:   There have been a few days in which I’ve felt a little bit dizzy now and again.  It’s usually when I’ve gone more than 4 hours without having a little something to eat.  I’m noticing a pattern that really the only sign that I’m pregnant is eating for the needs of two.  #Blessed

Changes to My Body:  I can tell that I haven’t been workout as hard for the past several weeks.  Certain parts of my body that were smooth are a little more soft.  It’s been a little difficult getting used to this change, mentally, but I know that it’s all part of the process for a wonderful outcome in the end.  Plus, anything that I find uncomfortable about my body is something that I can tackle when the time is right.

Weight Gain: Not sure about the numbers, but have felt a body composition change: fuller hips, and less defined waistline and muscles.

Workouts:  I am still walking about 6-9 miles a day, depending on if it’s a cardio day or not.  The days that I go to the gym are spent focusing on either upper or lower body.  Here are a few of my routines:

Second Trimester Low Body


Cravings:  Honey Crisp apples, pineapple, Chinese chicken salad/tangy salad dressing, orange juice, and still loving my sweet potatoes.

Aversions: None! The streak continues! #16WeeksInARow

Overall I’m Feeling:  Positive and anxious!  We have a 3D ultrasound in 8 days (not that I’m counting) and we cannot wait to find out the gender of our baby.  It will be interesting to see if the various at-home gender tests are accurate in their prediction of a boy.


Purchases:  We have been very fortunate that our parents/extended family love us so much.  We have been able to add crib, rocking chair and ottoman, play yard, and high chair to our nursery.

Crib High Chair Play yard Rocker

Looking forward to: a speedy, yet quiet 8 days!!

Low Body Second Trimester Pregnancy Workout and Gender Wives Tales

I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a pretty smooth-sailing pregnancy, so when I have the energy in the morning to hit the gym, I want to try and make the most of it.  I’ve modified the low body exercises so that I do most, if not all, without weights and at a slower pace.  Here is what I did this morning:

Second Trimester Low Body

I try to get in around 10,000 steps a day, and thanks to my FitBit, I am able to easily track them.  Because it was raining this morning, I decided to stay longer at the gym and use the recumbent bicycle for a nice 20 minute cardio session.

Tonight we are going to our friends’ gender reveal party for their 4th expectant bundle of joy.  I got a preview of some of the games we are going to be playing, and of course one is a betting pool to see who can accurately guess the gender before the official results are shown via a colored-cake slice.  Our friends are super creative, so they made up a chart that revealed all the possible results based upon old wives tales and tricks.  I thought it was so adorable that I would create my own list.  Dan and I won’t find out what we are having for another two weeks (!!!!!), so we will be able to tell how accurate these tests really are.

Carrying high versus low:  Boy

13 Weeks Dress

We didn’t do a Week 14 picture because we were so busy and I was frankly not feeling up to it. I will have to make up for it this weekend.

I am guessing this because I don’t really think that I am showing enough to say that I am either way, but maybe a bit on the low side since that’s where I feel a little more pregnant, if that makes any sense.

Increased Acne: Boy

I have not had any extra acne since becoming pregnant.  I’m fairly lucky that I only get a random pimple now and again.

Baby’s Heart Rate: 155 at the last ultrasound, so Girl

Cravings, Sweet vs. Salty/Savory: Boy

I tend to go for either treat really, but mostly salty.  A few weeks ago, I craved salty, greasy fries.  My new kick is sweet potatoes with ketchup and anything under the category of Mexican food.  Salty and savory taste buds lead to another male in the family.

Chinese Birth Chart/Calendar: Boy

Dreams about the Baby: Boy

I’ve only had one dream about our baby, and it was about me preparing the family to go out somewhere.  I was dressing our son in many layers of clothing, so I am hoping it was a dream about visiting my family in Michigan.

Husband Weight Gain: Boy

My husband has had the metabolism of a teenager since the day I met him.  He hasn’t increased his eating, but has helped me to indulge now and again.  He hasn’t gained any weight, so all signs point to boy.

Morning Sickness: Boy

I am one of the lucky ones that didn’t experience any negative pregnancy symptoms, which includes morning sickness.

So even though all the home remedies for detecting baby’s sex are pointing to a Boy, I am going to keep an open mind as we go to our appointment in a few weeks.


Week Thirteen Baby Bump Update

Welcome to Week 13!

13 Weeks

13 Weeks Dress

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:

12 vs 13 Dress

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:

2nd Semester Low Body

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:

Turkish Delights

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!  Player 3

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.

What to Expect 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.

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer