Hi all, first off I’d like to thank you for all your sweet pregnancy wishes. I feel SO loved. Seriously, last week I was driving home and thanking the Lord for blessing me with such supportive, and kind people in my life.
Um yeah, I’m not quite sure how people get their belly photos to look cute, but no matter how many times we tried, it was just not happening today. lol
I decided to do a separate baby page for those of you inclined to ‘follow’ me on my journey. :) I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and I didn’t want to bombard anyone’s feed with baby related things. Buuut I do want to update the rest of you on how these past few weeks have been. Before I got pregnant, some of my favorite posts to read from other bloggers were pregnancy updates. I’m not really sure why, but I would love reading about how different everyone’s beautiful journey was. I know some people do weekly updates, but knowing me and my commitment level, I think maybe I’ll try to group them into every few weeks/trimesters… I guess we’ll see as the weeks go by.
*Edited to add: Oops, I’m still trying to figure out how to post my pregnancy posts to the Baby Ivanov page. Thanks for your patience. Hopefully, I’ll figure it out soon. :)
How far along?: week 10. woah, It seems like a big number…double digits and all. :) I still don’t really ‘feel’ pregnant, but I’m sure that will change soon enough.
Baby size: Prune
Weight gain/loss: I’m certain that I didn’t lose any way because (thankfully) Ive been able to keep my food down. I’m actually not planning on weighing myself during my pregnancy. Numbers have never been my friend, and I don’t want to get wrapped up in gaining a certain number. Of course my doctor will still be weighing me, and I’ll just ask her to tell me if I’m making healthy progress.
In the photo above, you could kind of see a belly protruding. I’ve always had the incredible (<–ha!) ability to make myself look 4 months pregnant (especially after a big meal), so I think that my belly will ‘pop’ aka start showing pretty soon. :)
*this is just a personal preference based on my past battle with my weight. I don’t think that you’re a bad person if you weigh yourself. :) Whatever helps you on your health journey.
Cravings: I’m really weird with cravings. I’m a visual person, so most of my cravings have come from me seeing people post food/recipes online…but then again, those cravings were there even before the pregnancy so who knows. :) I do crave fresh fruit (especially citrus), and smoothies seems to be the only way I’ve been able to get my veggie intake lately. In the first few weeks I remember craving hamburgers (iron deficiency?), but those cravings have disappeared (possibly thanks to prenatal vitamins?). One last craving I’ve been having is for salt. Chips, pretzels, saltines. The more salt the better.
Aversions: Smells. Ha! Going back to food for a minute…Sometimes I’ll smell food, and it’ll make my stomach church, but then I’ll eat it and be fine. I always feel like my fridge stinks, no matter how much I clean it. Sometimes kids at school don’t smell too ‘fresh’, and I have to lean back a little when talking to them. ;0 Oh, and coffee stinks to me now? Oh the horror! :) I actually think it’s a good thing, because I probably shouldn’t be drinking it anyway. I have like 1 cup every week or so, but it’s a hit/miss.
Exercise: In the first few weeks I was pretty good about going to the gym/taking a walk outside, 3-4 times a week. Last week I kind of slowed down, but I’m hoping to get some good walks in this week. I don’t do any crazy workouts because I don’t want my heart rate going up too high. It’s funny for me to see how my previous ‘easy’ levels on machines are becoming my regular pace. As long as I’m still moving, I’m okay with that.
Sleep: Pretty good actually. I haven’t hit the ‘crazy tired’ phase yet. Maybe because I try to nap everyday? lol
Looking forward to: Our first prenatal appointment next week. I’m hoping to hear the baby’s heartbeat, and get an ultrasound. I’ve heard that pregnancy starts to sink in after hearing the heartbeat. <3 I’m also looking forward to buying pregnancy pants. Not gonna lie, mine are a bit tight around the belly area…and we all know how much I like to be comfortable. :)
*Random tidbit of info: The white brick wall above is located near our house and every time I used to drive past it (for the past 3.5 years), I would always tell Andrey how much I loved that wall, and that when I would be pregnant I would make him take photos of me by it. Today, I finally made him do it, and we felt so funny standing in front of a random wall.lol I really feel weird taking photos of myself(maybe because I didn’t grow up in the #selfie generation), but I really want to remember my growing body/baby, so I sacrificed my pride. :)
*Another tangent: See pink shirt above? It’s actually from Target’s maternity line, and I have a few other colors that I have been sporting since last year. I really dislike my t-shirts riding up, and when my cousin Erica clued me in to her ‘buy pregnancy shirts because they’re longer’ secret last year, I was sold.