Tuesday, March 22, 2011

21 Weeks!!!

So I'm officially a few days over 21 weeks and am now "over the half way mark"...except the second part seems so far from now!!! My belly's definitely gotten bigger, although I can still probably hide it fairly well if I wanted to. But if I wear anything tight then game-over...there's definitely something there and I'm finally looking more pregnant and less like I'm overdoing the donuts.

So I have been feeling pretty well and went on my regular jog yesterday (2 miles) with the kids. On the days when I don't feel like it we walk. I have also been very busy this weekend. I'm almost done cleaning the house from top to bottom - this is my Spring cleaning and I like to wipe everything down, vacuum, clean all the bathrooms, dust, etc. I also washed the dogs today as they were getting stinky and itchy.
I will be graduating this Thursday - hallelujah! It seems like grad school has been a long time but really it flew by. There were the nights and weeks when I was completely stressed and hardly got any sleep but overall it wasn't a bad experience - and I'm all the better for it. Thank goodness I didn't get pregnant any earlier though, that would have been tough. Even the baby was very planned we were still a bit surprised that we conceived so fast, and we're definitely very thankful for that.

I made lots of food in anticipation of Nick's homecoming from Alabama, plus the fact that when I was in school I never seemed to have enough time to cool. I made tons of baozi (filled buns), mantou (plain buns) and baked 2 loaves of banana bread. The baozi contains pork with lots of organic cabbage and the delicious green onions, as well as garlic and a blend of spices. They were extra good this time. I love the mantou too - they're plain but delicious with a bit of hummus or even fruit preserves. The banana bread is more of a bread and less of a cake and they turned out great the bread machine - very simple. I made them with some wheat flour but they're not whole wheat since I was afraid they would be too dense. They're also not very sweet - which I prefer. So that's what I've been up to! I still have yard work to do but I think I'm going to leave that to Nick. It's harder now since I can't go non-stop. I have to remind myself to take breaks and my back gets sore too. I also have to stop for more water breaks and snacks. But overall I'm still feeling great.

I am also super thankful that I really never got any morning sickness, just a bit nauseated a few times, nothing a few candied ginger couldn't handle. But the one pregnancy symptom that has followed me from the very start is the frequent urination. I can't remember how many times I just finish flushing and washing my hands that it hits me again...REALLY? I just went...and it's supposed to get worse in the third trimester? How much worse can it get? (knock on wood, please let it NOT get that much worse!)

Aside from that our baby's definitely a little wiggle-worm...I get non-stop action for awhile when I lay down...and now I'm even feeling this ninja during the day! Luckily the baby's still only about a pound...

Well, it's Tuesday night and I'm exhausted. I still have lots to do before Nick gets home. These past 5 weeks have gone by slower than I had hoped...sometimes I feel like I'm back in the days when he was deployed for 7 months! The good thing is I just keep busy with jogging, cooking, cleaning, reading, finishing up school work...etc so it hasn't been too bad.

I will post a 22 week belly pic later this week - after I squeeze into my service blues for graduation! Wish me luck!