21 weeks: Plans
21 weeks begins the start of the funny pregnancy stuff for me. Even though I’m not that big yet rolling over is now a struggle, and at my best friend’s bachelorette party I needed a little push to change positions. It was really funny (well, to me at least). I am also finally coming to terms with this new life. Things are not and will never be the same. Right now the baby in my belly is my priority, and I know I need to slow down. I can’t be constantly on the go anymore as I get tired. Also, if I do too much bambino reacts and gives me weird pains in my belly that I know can’t be good. I am finally listening to all the books (and um, my doc) that say to put my feet up as much as possible and rest when I need it. I took that to mean hire a cleaning person to come clean our condo. That sounds about right, right?!
Oh wait, I completely forgot to take one. I guess pregnancy brain is now starting to kick in?
There is a lot of planning and big decisions to be made when you’re having a baby. What will you do for maternity leave? When will you go back to work? How will you organize the baby room? What will you eat the first few weeks?
PhillyBoy and I are lucky in that we are on the same page for almost everything. Also, we are both mega-planners so we like talking about our plans for the next few months. Now that bambino is past the halfway mark it is time to consider those first weeks with baby. I’m such a Virgo that I’ve already addressed almost every big issue. Some are easier to address than others.
And since you’ve all been asking questions about this stuff I’ll share the answers.
For work I am probably going to take the standard 3 months off of my day job. I’d like to keep up with all of my freelance work, but in reality I won’t have as much time to share as I do now. Even now I have begun paring down the different side jobs I have to make them more manageable. It’s part of the sacrifice I wrote about above and also realizing that I need downtime these days.
As long as everything goes well and the baby hasn’t arrived yet my last day of work will be the Friday before Labor Day weekend. I then plan to have a few major cooking days with my mother in law (yay!!) to stock up our freezer for the first weeks with a newborn. I figure it will make dinners a lot easier if I just have to take something out of the freezer. So far on the list we have bolognese sauce, nonna’s meatballs, marinated chicken breasts, eggplant and buffalo chicken calzones, lentil soup and a white bean soup. Any other ideas of good freezable items that will cut down kitchen time significantly? As soon as the cooking is done I am going to get my butt over to the famous Rocky steps to try and get labor going.
This week I realized that I really love this baby in my belly already. I’m so in love. I love when he kicks me and I love thinking about the life we will have with him. I can’t wait to hold him in our arms and kiss him all day long. I can’t wait to see PB as a dad. I love this period in my pregnancy where I’ve fallen in love with bambino and fallen in love all over again with my husband. I’m just so full of love this week.
I also love the food at Siena and couldn’t help but order a side of eggplant parm and sweet potato fries to go with my salmon and salad. I ate about 3 bites of each but man was it yummy!
Here’s what Babycenter says about 21 weeks:
How your baby’s growing:
Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now.
This weekend I had a really fun and unexpected bambino experience. Read about it here!
Random facts of the week:
Official doctor weigh in: 12-13 lbs for the pregnancy overall so far
Currently craving: only healthy stuff really. And honey mustard. I’m starting to fill up really fast and I want cold, light foods to satisfy my appetite.
Cryfests this week: 1 maternity clothing related one, and it was bad. It was solved with some tears, some helpful comments, and a friend willing to pick out my outfits for me via text pics of my outfits.
Things that are now uncomfortable: driving for more than 2 hours at a time, rolling over in bed, tying my shoes (because my belly lays on my thighs and it feels weird), zipping up dresses (because I can’t reach as far)
Any pregnancy questions for me? I know some of you must be as curious as I once was.
For more pregnancy posts, check out the PhillyBaby tab on the left sidebar of my home page! And for some more pregnancy talk, visit my blog on Babycenter!