Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pregnancy Journey - 22 Weeks


Ready for some 22 week updates?!

Weight:  Somewhere between 11-15 pounds I'd guess. Eleven pounds gained as of last week.  I make a point to eat extra each day (although it truly just happens without any effort at this point).  I really feel like my bump has grown a lot in the last week, so I'm sure I've put on some more weight.

 Body:  I love how it's changing and my belly is growing!  My skin has been good this week too.  Just a few minor breakouts on my face, but they cleared up quick.  I've really physically felt very good this week.  I've had some aches and pains like a pain in my butt or maybe it's more my lower back? Ha!  Also, I went on a nice walk on Sunday and I felt a little right side pain almost like I pulled a muscle.  I just tried to take it easy after that.

Outfit on 22 weeks - got to love those stretchy shirts and maternity pants!

Cravings:  Basically just need to eat something every 2-3 hours to stay feeling good.  As always, I just try to stick to clean, plant-based eating. 

Here's an example of one day of my eats during the last week:

breakfast 7AM:  kashi GOLEAN cereal with vanilla almond milk

second breakfast at 9AM:  organic sprouted wheat cinnamon raisin bagel with Tofutti cream cheese

Lunch 12:30PM:  almond butter & jelly sandwich on Ezekiel sprouted wheat bread, apple, salad of mixed greens with cranberries and walnuts with a tarragon dressing

Snack 3PM:  handful of cashews and raisins

Dinner 6PM:  whole wheat penne with tomato basil sauce with a Tofurky Italian sausage 

Dessert 7PM:  homemade peanut butter cup

And I drink water all day long.

Sleep:  Last Wednesday and Thursday I was up for 2-3 hours each night.  Apparently at 2AM I like to be wide awake and ready to go for the day, but then by 6AM (when I really need to get up for work) I'm a zombie.  I still had lots of energy on Wednesday, but on Thursday the lack of sleep hit me hard.  I was truly exhausted all day at work and felt sick from it.  The fun part was that while I was up in the middle of the night I felt the baby moving.  So then I was happy I was awake because I love love love feeling him move around!  I guess our little boy is just training me for sleepless nights.

This pup loves bedtime

On Thursday night, I slept from 8PM to 6AM (up very briefly at midnight).  Talk about needing sleep.  Sleep over the weekend was OK, but on Sunday night I slept from 9PM to 6AM - now that's how you start the workweek right.     

Best Moment(s):  Any time I feel the baby moving around is the best moment ever.  I want to ask him "what are you doing in there?!"  At work, I've noticed that I tend to feel him move most around 2PM.  It's after lunch and I'm back at my desk.  Several times I've noticed him moving around this time.  It makes the workday so much better.  Also, generally after dinner I'll notice some movement.  And if I'm up in the middle of the night I have felt him moving around occasionally then too.  It totally makes being up at 2AM worth it.

Closet of pure cuteness!!!

 On Sunday, we visited all our family.  I was so happy to see everyone.  My sister-in-law and mother-in-law were so kind and they gave us so many hand-me-down clothes that my nephew had worn.  They are so cute and I feel so lucky.  Our baby already has quite the wardrobe.  THANK YOU x million!  

My sister-in-law also made a scrumptious breakfast and the sun was shining that whole day.  Wow, I've forgotten how amazing the sunshine makes me feel.  

My brother and Bailee

  In the afternoon, we celebrated my dad's birthday.  We went on a family walk with all the dogs (4 humans, 4 dogs).  Have I mentioned how precious my parents new puppy, Bailee, is?  Love her.  And it was wonderful seeing my parents and brother.

Also, I received the invite to my baby shower over the weekend thanks to my wonderful cousin.  They are so cute!  We have an owl theme going for the baby.  I can't believe the shower is just over a month away.

Goals:  Get outside more now that I think Spring has arrived.  OK, there is still a little snow left in our front yard, but I'm ignoring it.  

22 weeks came quick and next week is my doctor's appointment - woohoo!  


  1. You look great!!! I was wondering what your doctors say about a vegan diet while preggers? I go through phases where I can't sleep then nights where 9 hours fly by. I HATE IT!

  2. I'm a little disapointed that you don't have any crazy cravings to talk about! I was hoping you'd be eating pickle, jellybean, and almond butter sandwiches by now ;-) Looks like everything is going well -- I might be a little crankier about missing out on sleep though!

    1. Well pickles do sound absolutely delicious right now! I promise to do better with my cravings haha! :)

  3. I feel your pain about the whole skin issue-- I feel like a freaking teenager again! GO away bad skin!

    I'm so happy that you are feeling him move now! Isn't it the best? You are never alone ;-) When I was pregnant with Caroline, I'd ask her questions and wait for kick responses...she made a lot of good decisions for me while in there ;-)

    1. I love that! He's my buddy that goes everywhere with me - so awesome :)