22 Week Bumpdate

How far along? Today I am 22 weeks 6 days

Baby is the size of: spaghetti squash!

Total weight gain: last week I had gained a total of 9 lbs. so probably close to 10 lbs by now. I’m not weighing myself between appointments though

Symptoms:

  • Sore ribs. Still.
  • The belly on my skin is starting to get itchy. I heard that scratching it makes you more likely to get stretch marks. Is this just a wives tale?
  • Peeing quite a bit now. I was never a huge water drinker before pregnancy but now I can’t get enough of it.
  • I’m starting to make funny grunting sounds when I get up from the couch. I don’t feel like I’m big enough yet to necessitate those noises but whatever.

Food cravings:  Eating loads. Every couple of hours at least. I’m really good about bringing my breakfast and lunch to work to save money, but yesterday I ran out of food at 1pm. I had eaten a granola bar, plain Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries, a veggie enchilada with some rice for lunch, followed by an orange. Followed by a slice of peanut butter toast. Followed by an apple. All by 1pm! And I was still starving. I walked to a local grocery store and bought some things to just keep stocked at my desk so this doesn’t happen again. I now have black beans, instant brown rice, olives, soup, crackers and trail mix on hand. Oh yeah and we had cupcakes in the office yesterday, so add 1 chocolate cupcake to that food list. Yeesh. 

Things that make me queasy: nothing at the moment. I have started eating eggs again, though I’m still not a fan of the smell of them cooking.

Maternity clothes: I have one pair of non-maternity jeans that I can still tolerate. Everything else is either leggings, maternity jeans, or tights. I need to get some more maternity jeans. I’m now mixing in a couple maternity tops with my regular ones. My pre-pregnancy sweaters are starting to be a tad short when stretched over the bump now.

Sleep: I’ve been super uncomfortable lately. It doesn’t seem to be bump related though. Our two cats sleep in the bed with us and it can get a little crowded. I’ve woken up twice this week all in a huff and making S scoot over more to her side of the bed. I love that she’s so cuddly at night, but for some reason lately it’s super aggravating to have something touching me on both sides while I’m sleeping. One cat usually is curled up against me and either S or the other cat is curled up against my back. I need more space!

Purchases for baby: we went to my sister-in-laws this weekend and picked up a bunch of hand me downs. I haven’t had time to go through it all, but the gist of it: 

  • A nice bassinet with a wooden stand
  • A like-new car seat
  • A stroller (I haven’t inspected to see if the cat seat connects to the stroller yet)
  • A diaper genie with lots of liners
  • Lots of towels and swaddle blankets
  • Crib and bassinet sheets (couldn’t fit the crib in our car so we have to pick that up another time)
  • Both of my nieces have very pink rooms, so my sister-in-law also gave me pink bumpers for the crib. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that we will NOT be decorating the nursery in pink.

Purchases for mama: a sump pump for our basement! Yay? We’ve had problems with water collecting in our basement during this rainy season (it’s all concrete and unfinished so at least there’s no real damage from it). We realized the sump pump that came with the house is about a million years old. It doesn’t turn itself on and off in response to the water levels in the sump basin, so we bought a new one! Hoping to install it tonight, just in time for a weekend forecast full of rain. Wish us luck. 

Best moment this week: I’ve been taking an express bus to work lately instead of the commuter train. The bus is way less crowded so I always get a seat, unlike the train. The train also gave me mad motion sickness during the first trimester. So my commute is much nicer these days. Yesterday I had to take the train home for the first time in about 2 months, as I had an evening meeting and the express bus stops running after a certain time. I walked into the train, saw there were no empty seats and so just stood like everyone else. No big deal. But a woman looked at me, looked at my bump and got up from her seat and offered it to me! I took it! It was the first time anyone has done that. I wasn’t wearing a coat, which is probably why my bump was so noticeable. I could get used to this.

Miss anything: not really

Looking forward to a cozy weekend at home just cooking some nice meals and enjoying the warm indoors and maybe starting a new book. I do love rainy days.

The Bump: here’s the standard work bathroom selfie for your viewing pleasure.  

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10 thoughts on “22 Week Bumpdate

  1. The little bump is so present now. Your weight gain is perfect, try not to focus on that too much. Actually don’t focus on it at all. Just stay tuned with your body and don’t take eating for two too seriously and you’ll be fine. I gained different with each baby and you look slender naturally so you’ll loose it all just fine and if you don’t don’t freight over it. You look like your glowing. Train rides sound fun. I can’t imagine that but it sounds awesome and slightly adventurous. Do you guys live in the middle of the city if so which one??!

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    • Thanks! I’m not concerned about the weight gain, thank goodness. It all seems pretty normal. We live near San Francisco in the East Bay. So I used to take BART, the subway/commuter train, to work everyday. It’s faster than the bus, but everyone is crammed in there like sardines. Not much fun when you’re pregnant.

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      • Oh my goodness you live in San Fran and take the subway! You got balls. San Fran is sooo busy for me but I love it for day trips. We live in Sacramento not too far!

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  2. Great looking bump!
    Your comment about the grunts when getting up from the couch made me laugh- I now do this when bending down, standing up, lifting anything or anything involving my feet!

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  3. I think it’s awesome how much pregnant women can eat. It is part of what makes pregnant women so endearing! Obviously the baby is taking a lot of energy, so I say eat up!!
    I grew up in a house with a crappy sump pump, and I remember having to wade through water with rubber boots on to turn on or fix the sump pump when it hadn’t done its job… We also used to get dead frogs in the sump pit… So yeah, good luck with the new one!

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  4. I’ve made several runs to the grocery store to get shelf snacks for my office too! It sounds like you have more restraint with your rice and beans, because my runs usually include a donut, muffin, or chips…:/

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    • Oh I’ve had my fair share of donuts and chips. Lately I’ve been on a protein kick and can’t get enough of it. Plus, my office mates are constantly bringing in candy and sweets, so I just load up in those whenever possible 🙂

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