Pregnancy Update: Week 39

Hey, folks! I’m still here…still pregnant. Am I ready to have this baby? Yes. But am I happy that she’s holding out for exams to be done? Hell yes. Two more days, Baby – that’s all I ask.

How far along? 39 weeks and 2 days.

Cheesy selfie of me drinking Amazing Grass

More normal pic but with no makeup

Baby’s size? A watermelon. Really?!?! Do I look like I swallowed a watermelon? So cliche. She’s 19-21 inches and 6.2-9.2lbs.

Weight gained? Between 20-25 lbs. At last week’s appointment, my doctor said I had only gained a pound in the last three weeks. A student asked how much I had gained. When I told her (and the other few students at her table) 25lbs but that about 4lbs of it was extra blood, their faces were priceless. I’d like to think I may have just prevented at least one teen pregnancy.

Stretch marks? None. Wahoo!

Sleep? I’m up a lot more often, and lucky if I am out for more than three hours at a time. Strangely enough, I’m not tired at all during the day and have been going to bed around 10pm. While I’m tired, I’m not exhausted. Is my body prepping itself for life with a newborn?

Best moment(s) this week? Brody and I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary on Friday! How quickly time goes by. I am one lucky lady to have such an incredible husband and best friend. To honor our marriage and enjoy some alone time, we headed to Nostrano for a nice dinner together.

Nostrano’s menu
I failed to take any pictures besides this one – boo. However you can see the entree options – all sounded amazing. Brody had the Brodetto and I had the Braised Pancetta. Holy yum! For dessert we shared the Affogato: caramel gelato, espresso poured over it, sprinkled with sea salt, and served with three mini sugar-coated donuts. This dessert is on my top 50 food and drink items in Madison (which I am still adding to and will post eventually).

Miss anything? The same stuff, but I would like to share what I WON’T miss: my hair. It is freakin’ incredible! So thick and so much of it. It’ll be a sad day when it starts to fall out a couple months after birth. Brody suggested I get on Rogaine now.

Looking forward to? Meeting our baby and being done with school (and not “working” again until the end of January).

Movement? My belly is tight! She is squeezed in there, so there’s not a lot of wiggle room. I still feel her throughout the day, though – typically under my left rib cage where her feet and knees are.

Food cravings? Iced coffee, sugar (Sunday was a bad day for this – chocolate covered acai berries, homemade chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, ice cream), and butter and honey on toast.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Chicken breasts still gross me out. I had a chicken gyro last week, and although I ate it, it was mainly because of the tzaziki sauce.

Exercise? Walking is all I do now. Jena and I did three laps at the park on Monday (over two miles), and that felt great. I am looking forward to running again eventually.

Gender? Girl.

Labor signs? I had lots of Braxton Hicks on Saturday. Then yesterday morning I felt what I believe were two real contractions; they felt more like period cramps and were low. I’ve also had a lower back ache since Monday. I think my body is getting ready!

Symptoms? “Watermelon” belly, some swelling in the feet, and then obviously the labor signs I just described.

Belly button in or out? Out. Also, I heard your belly button turns black after as it heals and goes back to normal. Is this true or did I misunderstand someone who was talking about the baby’s belly button?

Wedding rings on or off Off at night and on during the day.

Because a lot of my posts have been baby-centered recently, I’ll leave you with pics of Moose and Frankie that I took this morning. They are so excited to be big brothers!



Happy Hump Day!

What I Ate Wednesday

Hi folks! How is your Wednesday going? Mine is going quite well, except I did wake up to some odd sensations in my right knee and right hip flexor. I’m trying to be optimistic and be logical about it; I need to rest, ice the affected areas, and take some ibuprofen. As my 57 year old coworker/carpooler said, “When you run 18 miles, you should expect your body to respond in some way.” Good call, Dave.

Time for What I Ate Wednesday hosted by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. April’s theme, extra cup of veggies, is motivating me to make good choices (at least on Wednesday) with my vegetables. As I’ve said before, I am great with my fruit intake but struggle with that other part of the pyramid…or plate…or whatever it is this year. Regardless, thanks to Jenn for organizing WIAW every week!

Breakfast @ 6:40am

Last night when I took the pulled pork out of the freezer for dinner tonight, I noticed a lonely bagel in a drawer. Every year for Christmas, Brody and I go to Ohio to spend the holiday with his family, and there are certain food joints we tend to visit annually; Barry Bagels is one of them. This chocolate chip bagel tasted amazing toasted. I topped one half with light cream cheese and the other with TJ’s peanut butter. Realizing it was Wednesday, I snuck in a serving of veggies with a glass of Amazing Grass. I bought this last year and haven’t used much of it. It tastes okay but doesn’t dissolve well. Let’s just say the last sip is not a pleasant one (texture-wise). Although it isn’t pictured, I also had an iced coffee with skim milk.


Snack @ ???am

During my prep hour, I stopped in another English teacher’s classroom to see how she helps her AP students prepare for the test. Later, between classes, I grabbed a few almonds and dried bits of mango to stop my stomach from eating itself.

Lunch @ 12:45pm


*Not my picture – from Allrecipes, link below

At the grocery store on Sunday, I purchased some meat, including ground chicken. It has about the same stats as ground turkey, and I thought it’d be good to mix up our protein sources. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do with the chicken, so I headed over to Allrecipes and found this. I had everything it called for, and while I do enjoy grocery shopping, all I want to do after work is get home. They turned out well and had good flavor. They’d be good with pasta and marinara or on a meatball sub. We ate ours with broccoli cheese noodles (from a package), and I had this exact same meal for lunch. I completely spaced out and failed to take a photo. For dessert I had strawberries and a few flavored Tootsie Rolls.

Snack @ 4:45pm
I tend to crave carbs after school, but to do a better job with my veggies today, I microwaved a small sweet potato and topped it with Greek yogurt. Then I remembered the pita chips from Trader Joe’s and finished the last serving as I graded quizzes.


Dinner @ 7:45pm

Brody and I threw together a quick dinner of pulled pork sandwiches. I also had an apple to cleanse the palate.

Most likely I will have something sweet before bed, maybe a chocolate pudding pop or some dark chocolate M&M’s.  What I wish I had is Yogurtland.  Here’s a photo documenting my first (and only, so far) experience at this heavenly place.


There you have it; another day of the eats of a pretty normal 20-something (okay, almost 29 year old) girl.

Have a great night!

Of my three main meals, which one would you be most likely to also eat?

P.S. The spacing of this post is totally annoying me.  I like it to be more organized and have spaces between the “ideas” (in this case, meals), but I haven’t figured out everything about WordPress yet.  I also wonder if it’s because I have an Apple.  I’ve heard Windows Live Writer is the best for writing posts, but that it’s not compatible with Apples.  Boo.