Busy, busy, busy….that’s what this week was. Not necessarily with baby-related things, but more so with home-related things that tangentially relate to baby. The reader’s digest version is that we found out a week ago on Saturday during our annual furnace check up that we needed a new furnace. Cut to: me picturing the furnace going out with a week-old baby in the house at the end of February. So, we scrambled around and made appointments with three different companies, all of whom told us different things about what was wrong and what we needed to do. Fun times.
We finally decided on one of them and it was installed on Friday…just in time for us to schedule having new windows and doors installed this coming Tuesday. We’ve really “been making it rain” in the From Scratch household lately. Contractors love us right now. But I’m choosing to focus not on how much money we’re bleeding and on how this is making our house more attractive/better in the long run. Right. That’s the ticket.
In other news, we’ve finally decided on a paint color for the baby’s room (a harder task than you might imagine) and hopefully we’ll be getting it painted in the next few weeks. We’re planning on picking up the crib sometime after Thanksgiving (hoping for a pre-Christmas sale, but not holding our breath) and then we can finally start getting the nursery set up!
I’ve been in serious nesting mode lately – I meticulously wiped down the drawers in the baby’s dresser, let them air dry, and then lined them with shelf-liner paper. I organized our magazines by title and category, and threw out old issues that we no longer need. I *finally* bought curtains and curtain rods for our 2nd spare bedroom (something I’ve been meaning to do for, oh, 2 years). I bought a new shower curtain liner because ours was slightly dingy. I baked apple cinnamon muffins from scratch because I felt the urge to bake something – and yes, I felt better afterward…although that might have been because I ate several of them warm from the oven.
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How far along?: 21 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Around 10 pounds.
The Bump: Still, around the same as it was last week. Although, I can feel the baby kicking higher in my body – the other night, she was karate-chopping my hip bone with reckless abandon.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Having all of our “house-stuff” settled so we can be ready for this winter. (Speaking of which…I was reminded on Twitter this morning that Christmas is two months away. Craziness.)
Maternity Clothes: A few weeks ago I posted about how I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for a winter coat. I refuse to simply buy a larger size because, frankly, that makes me look gigantic and man-ish, and telling me to “use what you already have!” isn’t really an option when I wear my winter coats on the fitted side and can barely button them at 21 weeks. Oh, and let’s not forget that I live in Wisconsin and it gets down below zero here. Now, that doesn’t mean that I have$800 to spend on a maternity coat that I’ll wear for around 5 months.
Long story short, I looked around online and didn’t find anything that I was crazy about. Luckily, while perusing the aisles of my local Target the other day, I found this coat:
I held my breath as I tried it on, as I have ridiculously long monkey arms and a three-quarter sleeve winter jacket is not a good look. It was long enough in the arms! And it fit in the stomach and there was ROOM for my stomach to get bigger! And it was cute!Fantastic. Sold. Cross it off the list of things to worry about.
Symptoms: Well……this week brought about a little phenomenon called Braxton Hicks contractions, something not typically seen in pregnant women until the 3rd trimester. Fantastic. I was getting them with quite a bit of regularity – usually first thing in the morning and when we’d be watching tv at night. They didn’t hurt, but they were uncomfortable…and they were a bit disconcerting. So, I called my doctor and he said that I need to double the amount of water I drink every day (I was drinking at least 50-60 ounces of fluid daily) and I need to not exercise and refrain from “strenuous housework.” So, I’m not really sure what the housework thing means…can I still vacuum? (I did.) I did make an attempt to increase my water intake, though, and they went away! So, yay for water and no more BH contractions, but boo for having to go to the bathroom 592 times per day.
Belly Button in or out?: In.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Craving: chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate in very small doses = okay, but still no bueno in larger amounts.
What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach.
Milestones: Hmm…not sure what milestones I reached this week. I’m pretty sure another week is sufficient!
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Sorry for the grainy picture - we’re losing daylight quickly these days!