The Second Trimester: Weeks 16 and 17

Hi friends, I'm still playing catch up as I'm currently 20 weeks along. I promise to get weeks 18 and 19 up this week as well! Last week was the start to winter term, so there's the whole studying, life, exercise, and homework thing I'm juggling again. 

Week 16

How I'm feeling: Relieved. Winter break is here, which means three weeks off from school! This week I spent time preparing for Christmas - purchasing a few last gifts, mailing packages, sending out our holiday/announcement cards, etc.We had an early Christmas with my parents (since we will be in the midwest) filled with good food, laughter, bowling, Christmas movies and more.

*I curled my hair (I know you can't tell) on this rare occasion, so felt it needed to be photographed.

Nausea has subsided, but sleep has been rough. I am pretty sure I felt baby Moe kick or move one day. It almost felt like a little "pop" in my belly.

Baby: is the size of an avocado (~4.6 inches, 3.5 oz)

Weight gained: 6 lb.

What I'm wearing: Still very much the same, some maternity and some of my regular clothes. H&M maternity jeans, Gap maternity ponte pants, and one pair of regular jeans (Hudson's that are super stretchy).

Exercise: Still keeping up with the running, yoga, and weight lifting. Also did some spinning on the bike trainer this week.

Baby preparations: We got a Solly Baby Wrap, Lifefactory bottles and a set of aden + anais swaddle blankets from my parents for Christmas. Our first official baby items!

Week 17

How I'm feeling: Still having trouble sleeping well and through the night. I think it's partly because I am 100 percent a back sleeper and have been trying to transition to sleeping on my left side (where the blood flow is best for myself and baby) and it just doesn't feel natural to my body. Also, traveling probably didn't do me any favors.

It's fun to finally see some kind of evidence of baby growth going on in there.

This week I think I have felt the baby moving a bit, but it's a hard feeling to describe. It's just like something is going on in there that doesn't normally happen.

Baby: is the size of an onion (~5.1 inches, 5.9 oz)

Weight gained: 7 lb.

What I'm wearing: Same as before.

Exercise: I did a refreshing 10 mile run before dawn with Sweaty Emily this week. I have to say, those last 3 miles were killer on my pelvis region. I guess I need to incorporate a bit more walking if I want to hit these kinds of distances. But it wasn't anything that an epsom salt bath and some yoga didn't help cure.

Once in the Midwest for the holidays, I managed to fit in a few chilly 5 mile runs (with walk breaks) out on the country roads. I also fit in a yoga flow, HIIT workout, kettlebells and a few walks.

Cravings: vegetables and lots of them (sweets overload)!

Baby preparations: Nothing this week. Just watching our little niece (17 months old) and nephew (2.5 months) and taking mental notes for the future.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Related posts:
Pregnancy announcement
The First Trimester
The Second Trimester: Weeks 14 and 15


Leigh said…
Did you end up a pregnancy pillow? I used to be a stomach sleeper and the pillow definitely helped me with transitioning to sleeping on my side. You are looking fantastic by the way :)
Amber said…
I was just chatting with my coworkers the other day and I feel like the sleeping thing when pregnant and with young kids won't bother me *as* much because I NEVER sleep through the night! I get up at least once, if not 2-3 times every night to pee NOW and I'm not even pregnant!! lol. Or it's just going to get a million times worse when I am pregnant one day...

You are looking so great! Glad you got to spend some time around your young niece and nephew, that must have been fun knowing you're growing one of your own in your belly :)
I hope you find a way to sleep better! Hopefully getting some sort of pregnancy pillow will help. I pretty much never sleep through the night as I always get up 1-2 times to go to the bathroom so I can't imagine what I'll be like when I am pregnant!

You look so cute! I love that you are starting to show - your little bump looks great!

The highlight of my weekend was cross country skiing!
Oh man, that sleeping thing would be hard for me, as I am a stomach sleeper. I sometimes sleep on my side (like when camping) but I always wake up with a sore hip and/or on my stomach!

You look great! I think you are a more stylish in maternity pants than I ever am! I am glad that you are feeling better and are still getting your exercise!
Jessica Jarrell said…
You look great Lauren! Such a cute, tiny bump! :)

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