I can’t believe I am FINALLY sitting down to write a bumpdate. From the start of this pregnancy I had it in my head that I would take lots of bump pictures and keep a journal with updates on how I have been feeling. Unfortunately… that hasn’t been my reality and I haven’t been doing all the things I have wanted to do, but I am actually okay with that!
HOW FAR ALONG AM I? This week I am 25 weeks! I seriously can’t believe how quick this is going by! It is bitter sweet because I have wanted to be pregnant for such a long time and I feel like this is passing me by quickly, but I also can’t wait to meet her.
CRAVINGS. I haven’t been craving one specific thing. I have just been wanting food in general!
BODY CHANGES. I am amazed at how much my body has changed. I have always been really thin, so it has been quite an adjustment with this growing belly. It didn’t take long for my belly to pop. In fact, it started happening at 12 or so weeks. Since then my belly has continued to grow and I don’t think it will stop any time soon! What really caught me by surprise was my butt/hip growth. I very quickly outgrew my jeans/skirts and had to hop into maternity jeans/more stretchy clothes pretty early. I haven’t gotten any stretch marks on my belly, but they are definitely showing up on my booty and hips.
Another thing that is happening is my belly button starting to pop out. I know this may not seem like a big deal to anyone else… but I have a confession… I HATE BELLY BUTTONS. Literally hate them with a burning passion. I don’t like touching them, looking at them, other people touching their own belly buttons, etc. They make me want to vomit haha. With that being said, I have DREADED (and I mean DREADED) having my belly button pop out. It is finally happening and I am just trying to ignore it the best I can… but it is really hard. Someone help me haha!
HOW AM I FEELING? Overall I am feeling pretty good and REALLY out of breath haha. Seriously, after I do anything I feel like I am gasping for air. I mentioned in my stories a few weeks ago that I had a rough few months at the beginning of my pregnancy. The nausea was INTENSE, I was extremely exhausted and emotional. I still do feel emotional at times (I will start crying at random moments about random things) and I am also still really tired. I also have been experiencing a lot of back pain that also started early on. I think I got the bad back pain because of how quickly my body started to change. Her head is usually on the right side of my body and that has been causing my right leg to go numb and tingle randomly throughout the day.
I have also been doing my best to love this new body of mine. Like I said above, it has been a big adjustment seeing my body change and to be completely honest, it makes me a little emotional at times. I know it is completely healthy to gain weight and for my hips to widen and for my body to just grow in general, but it is a bit alarming seeing how much by body really has changed. At the end of the day, though, I am just extremely grateful to be having a healthy pregnancy now.
FAVORITE THING TO WEAR. Lately I have been living in anything stretchy enough to comfortably cover this belly. Usually a pair of leggings (the ones linked above are my absolute fave), and any top that will fit. Sweater season is upon us, which makes it a lot easier to look cute and be comfy with the belly haha!
MOST ASKED QUESTION. The question I have been getting asked the most is if we have a name. We do have her full name picked out and are completely in love! We are waiting until she is born to reveal her name. I just want to meet her and match her name to her sweet little face before we start telling everyone :)
SLEEP/DREAMS. I am getting to the point where her kicks are waking me up in the night. I also wake up pretty frequently to go to the bathroom. Once I wake up, it is kind of difficult to go back to sleep, but I wouldn’t say I am having sleepless nights if that makes sense. I am a tummy sleeper, so one of my biggest adjustments is sleeping on my side instead. Charles said that he also notices me breathing harder in my sleep ;)
WHAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO. I am most looking forward to delivery day. I am very nervous, but I can’t wait to go to the hospital with Charles and prepare to deliver our little girl and have that experience with him. Pretty much every day I think about what this day is going to be like and it makes me so anxious/excited at the same time. I know it is going to be the best day of our lives so far!
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT PREGNANCY SO FAR. Feeling baby move is one of my absolute favorite things. Knowing there is a tiny human in me that is part me/part Charles makes my heart so happy it could explode! I have loved every moment of this experience with Charles. He has been so incredible and very attentive to my needs. One of my favorite things is when he gets real close to my belly and reads to baby girl at night time, then I feel her little kicks. It’s like she gets excited to hear him and starts moving around… I mean, does it get much sweeter than that? I am also thoroughly enjoying the nightly foot and back rubs… but I think they are well deserved ;) I truly am so grateful to have such an amazing husband by my side through this pregnancy.
Okay, I think that covers just about everything for now! I am going to try to write one of these every 4 weeks from this point forward until baby girl is here. Thanks so much for reading and for all of your messages/support throughout this pregnancy. I love you all!