Sunday, August 28, 2011

Week 15

Week: 15
Baby Size: 4-4.5 inches. It's about the size of a naval orange (or softball for the food-adverse) and weighing in at about 1.75 ounces.*

Gender: Still no idea.  And may I add:  will Sept 30 get here already, please!  I will say that most people who take a guess say girl.  No one has based it on anything so far (although one did say that she could see me with a girl), but I've had 3 people guess girl since I announced. 

Maternity Clothes?: I put on a pair of dress pants that fit me perfectly before pregnancy the other day for work, and they don't even nearly fit now!  I managed to get them to stay up with the B-Band, but I did go to Target this weekend and buy a pair of maternity dress pants.  It may not look like much is happening below the belt, but my pants are telling a different story!

Sleep: Still really well.  Although pregnancy seems to be giving me some really odd nightmares.  Last night was spider eggs hatching, and all I had was an organic pesticide to spray them with.  For some reason they were in the litterbox so I was spraying there too, but then Beau was in there (somewhat quantum mechanically, since I didn't see him get in there) so I had to stop spraying.  It was very odd.

Diet and Exercise:  I'm doing very well with my diet and exercise.  I thought it would be much harder, since I am on my own for both lunch and dinner now with the night classes.  I usually have something frozen with some fruit for lunch, some cottage cheese for a snack, and then a salad or sandwich for dinner.  Maybe not as healthy as if I were eating Brian's cooking for dinner, but pretty good for a girl who hates cooking!  I do manage to exercise every morning.  One of the benefits of part-time is that I have a ton of time at home to keep up with an exercise regimen.  I can usually manage 2 miles running on the treadmill, then 1.5 walking on a steep incline.  Before working night, I would alternate that with yoga twice a week, but yoga happens too early for me to get to in the morning, and the evening classes are at the same time I am teaching.  I'm looking into prenatal yoga DVDs to fill the gap--any suggestions?

Movement: I'm doing the ever-so-enjoyable "was that gas or the baby" now.  Mostly, I suspect gas.  I'm actually really excited to feel the baby move for the first time, but not so excited about having feet digging into my internal organs all the time!

What I Miss: Sushi this week.  I've been promised some on my birthday next month :)

What I'm Looking Forward to: Getting back into a teaching groove--this first week was a bit rough!  See below for details. 

Best Moment this Week: Getting my sister-in-law's hand-me-downs from Brian's parents (who are visiting this weekend looking for a place to rent in Sac).  It's so nice to not have to buy everything new!  It'll also be really nice if Brian's parents do manage to find a place they can rent here, since it means tons of free babysitting for us :)

Pregnancy Body-New and Exciting!..maybe: 
Not much to report this week.  I've got acne like a teenager again and my face feels like an oil slick by the end of the day, which really sucks, but overall I feel pretty good.  I was having some hip pain earlier this weekend, but I think it was from wearing heels all week and not baby-related.  I am way less heat tolerant than I was before--even a short time outside makes me very uncomfortable.  The treadmill we bought may have been one of the best investments ever!

Baby Milestones: Baby is continuing to grow very rapidly.  It has very thin skin through which you can see the blood vessels.  It's also covered in fine hair called lanugo which will disappear as I pack on the fat to insulate it more.  I find that fascinating, as our primate cousins get the hair at this point, but never really lose it!  Evolution!  It also may be sucking its thumb.  Eyes and ears continue to move to their final resting places on the face.  If I had an X-ray, the baby's skeleton would be visible.

Food Cravings: Still not all that many, although on Friday I really wanted some chocolate ice cream.  I also noticed that Chipotle is often on my mind, as is the broccoli-cheddar soup from Panera.

How's Dad?: Still fantastic!  He's read the Baby Bargains book I ordered from cover to cover now, and is still amazed at how much everything costs.  He's also willing to get me things (drinks, snacks) so that I don't have to get up.  What a great guy! 

Tid Bits: As I mentioned above, classes didn't exactly start out smoothly for me.  My Bio class is fine--I taught it during the summer, so I know exactly what I'm doing.  The chem class is another matter.  I made some really bone-headed mistakes during my first lecture that I fear make my students question my qualifications to teach.  I did better the second lecture, but I know I've got a lot of ground to make up!  Labs are going well, although I think I talked too much the first lab period, and now the kids have to work pretty hard to catch up!  I told both of my classes (more of a "I'm pregnant, but this won't affect you guys at all" kind of thing), and have chatted with moms in those classes a bit during lab.  Overall, I think it will be a fun semester.  

I start a University of Phoenix online course this week, which will make things hectic again, but I'm really glad I stuck with UOP.  I'm not going to be in the classroom teaching in the spring, and having courses to teach online will give me something to do besides hang out with baby all day.  Not that I mind getting to see my baby all the time, but I just know I am not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom!  You ladies who do it have my unending admiration!!

I should mention that the girl who e-mailed and asked if she could miss the first 2 weeks of class ended up dropping the course so I didn't have to deal with a sullen student this week.  I also have way less people than predicted in my chem class.  I was told that I should be pretty full--instead, I have 1 full lab and the other lab with 10 people (out of a possible 24!).  I guess Friday from 5:00-8:15 is not the most popular time to take a lab class!  

And I want to end by sending a huge Congratulations to our friends Brian and Andrea who got married on the 27th in State College, PA!  We weren't able to travel there for the wedding, but we are so happy for them, and look forward to seeing the pictures and hearing all about it!  Mazel tov you 2!!

*All baby information comes from Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 6th edition, by Curtis and Shuyler.

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