24-Week Update

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Today, I’m sharing a little update to celebrate the 6-month mark! Time has floooown by! I haven’t done a pregnancy update blog post up to this point, so I figured I should document something. 🙂

| eating |

I am eating normally for the most part. I haven’t had as many cravings as I thought I would. Maybe those are still to come! I definitely indulge in a sweet treat every once and a while, but most of what I’m craving is fruit. I go through TONS of oranges and grapefruit each week. Oh, and cereal. Who can forget cereal?! There’s nothing new there though. It’s always been my little addiction. But now it’s more like twice a day instead of once a day! Right now, I’m on a Frosted Mini Wheats and granola kick. I’m glad my favorite frozen yogurt place is 15 minutes away because if it was close by, I would be there every. single. day. Their mango tango yogurt (plain, with no toppings) is to die for!! Cold and fruity. YUM.

| drinking |

I’ve always been a good water drinker, but I’m being extra careful to get my daily quota in these days. I don’t go anywhere without my water bottle and I fill it up many times a day. Other than water, I have one cup of decaf coffee each morning (with plenty of caramel macchiato creamer) and occasionally a glass of milk with breakfast (if pancakes or waffles are involved). I normally don’t care for soda too much, but I’ve found that my heart has a soft spot for root beer these days, so I indulge in a glass here and there.

| wearing |

Maternity clothes all the way! Can I just live in paneled pants the rest of my life?! Call me weird, but I love them. No buttons, no zippers, just comfy. I’m currently living on three pairs of jeans and one pair of cords (and some skirts and dresses). When at home, I wear leggings or pajama pants with tanks and sweatshirts that are waaaaay too small. Trying to fit this 6-month belly into normal tanks and t-shirts is a crack up! And as far as sweatshirts go, I may break down and purchase a maternity one, but for now I’ll keep squeezing myself into my trusty gray pullover.

| sleeping |

I’ve definitely been sleeping in a little more recently. I usually try to get up between 7:00 and 8:00 which feels heavenly after waking up at 6:00 for work for the last four years. I purchased a Snoogle body pillow this month and have been sleeping soooo much better! I was having trouble getting comfortable starting at about 18 weeks and knew I needed to do something. Some girls on a mom’s Facebook group suggested the Snoogle. If you don’t know what it is, check it out here! I thought I would nap a lot more during pregnancy, but I’ve managed with one or two naps per week on average. As much as I love sleeping, it does take discipline to take a nap when there is so much to do! Yesterday, I was able to hunker down for a solid two-hour nap and it worked wonders. I felt like a new person!

| feeling |

I feel great most of the time! I have normal aches and pains due to my stretching belly and I have little bits of heartburn here and there (mainly when I eat tomatoes), but overall nothing to complain about there! The main issue for me is back pain. Nothing new there, but the intensity has gotten worse. Everything is loosening up and shifting around. This past week was a struggle. I got to the point where I had to sit or lay down most of the day for a couple days because the pain was so bad. I have to limit myself to 30 minutes of house work or projects at a time or I am completely worthless the rest of the day. This is hard for me. I’ve been on a clean-out-all-the-rooms roll for a few weeks but I’ve had to take it slow and easy recently.

| reading |

So far, my pregnancy/baby/parenting book list is as follows:

Give Them Grace (completed)

The Happiest Baby on the Block (completed)

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (in progress)

 The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (in progress)

I would LOVE more book suggestions from moms out there!

| doing |

I finished my secretarial job at the end of the year and have officially been a stay-at-home-wife for the month of January and I LOVE it. Like love, love, loooooove it. So far, I have spent my time at home working on the nursery, organizing and purging every single room in the house (still in progress), reading baby and parenting books and magazines, doing pre-natal yoga videos a few times each week, taking a few naps here and there, and of course the usual running errands and cleaning. I also do volunteer work at the church and in the community each week. The freedom to rest, prepare, and minister in extra ways for these few months is a gift that I greatly cherish.

There is NOTHING better right now than feeling those sweet baby kicks and punches all over my belly! Her activity has picked up quite a bit this week and it’s so entertaining to watch my belly bounce around all over the place. I just can’t wait to hold her!!!

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7 thoughts on “24-Week Update

  1. Katie

    Ah! So sweet! Definitely enjoy the extra sleep while you can…I think I slept in every morning of the last 4 months of my pregnancy. I knew those lazy mornings were numbered. 🙂 I liked reading The Baby Whisperer a lot, Babywise was good too, but they are pretty similar and of the two I like Baby Whisperer better. I’ve just started reading

  2. Helaine

    I recommend ‘On Becoming Babywise’. As always with a grain of salt- but it helps me afterwards think through things and plan out my day. When I was so tired it helped my brain. 🙂 I wholeheartedly think there is good in schedules and your baby girl knows you will care for her and feels secure in it. 🙂 and putting effort in your and Daniels relationship is another way for her to feel that. 🙂 anyway.. Loved this post!! 🙂 looking forward to you having your sweet girl in your arms!

  3. Shanna

    ‘On Becoming Babywise’ helped me so much when I was a new mom… the theme of the whole book is a “flexible schedule”. The Ezzos came to Westside for a parenting conference when Joshua was a year old and it was great to be able to meet them in person!

  4. Emma Fowler

    I have been working through Babywise, and I really like the approach the author suggests. I also recommend Dr. Bradley’s “Husband Coached Childbirth” – it helped me immensely during labor and delivery. With my daughter, I was super obsessed with cereal and fruit too!

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