I can't believe it's been so long since I blogged! Life has been pretty crazy lately, but in some great ways. I could list them all, but honestly... why bother? They're over, and things are settling down now.
On the 8th, I had an Ultrasound. Ultrasounds are not without risks, and they can make some people more anxious (and an ambiguous ultrasound is often used to justify more invasive tests), but I really wanted one. I needed to see that my baby has a brain, and a spinal cord, and functioning organs so that I could rest easy. And I figured, "Well, might as well find out the baby's sex, too!"
So we decided to have a gender reveal party! We had a voting board where folks could guess baby's gender, size, and whether s/he'd be early, on time, or late. The votes were HEAVILY in favor of Boy, 8-9lbs, and Late. We also set up a Dinosaur Decorating table where everyone painted a little wooden dino for the baby's mobile and played an Old Wive's Tale game for activities. We had fabulous food based on my cravings -- chips and salsa, salmon, and cheese for the savory side; cookies and milk, berries, and chocolate (in the form of question mark cupcakes) for the sweet. And for the actual reveal, we had a PINATA! I had given the gender, written by the Ultrasound tech in a sealed envelope, to my BFF, and she filled up a pinata with wrapped candy. So when the reveal happened, it was a surprise for Miles and me, too!
My friend shot a video of the reveal, but since it's just on his FB page I can't really share it -- sorry. But the big deal is that IT'S A GIRL!
Of course, most of you know that from reading my little Friend Feed updates.
I'm so excited to have a girl. I would have been thrilled with a little boy too, but I really do feel like I'm meant to have a daughter. Miles is really excited to have a daughter, too, and to raise her right. We're going to raise an awesome, empowered, bold little girl! Her name is Josephine, after Jo from Little Women, and I hope she gets a lot of the character's traits.
Having the name, seeing the Ultrasound pictures, and of course, feeling her move have all made this pregnancy so much more REAL. During the 1st trimester, I mostly felt icky and paranoid. Now, I know that things are going smoothly, I can feel her dance and kick and squirm, we've painted the room and started building the furniture... This is really happening!
Being pregnant really is wonderful. It's an awesome excuse to sit in funny positions and do yoga poses at work. I get to practice relaxation techniques every night. I cut my caffeine consumption down without a problem and I don't even remotely miss alcohol. I've never felt better about my body. Oh sure, I weigh 184lbs now -- about what I did when I joined SparkPeople in 2008 -- but I LOVE my belly! And these changes are FASCINATING! I mean, come on -- I have an extra human inside me! MIND-BLOWING FACT: I HAVE THE EGGS TAT WILL GROW INTO MY GRANDCHILDREN GROWING INSIDE OF ME RIGHT NOW. Biology is neat.
I'm trying to be as healthy as possible, but I will admit that I am a far cry from my Whole30 self. I don't really mind this, because with an expected intake of ~2400 calories per day and a total lack of calcium in prenatal vitamins, I really need the grains and dairy in my life. What I DON'T need is the daily dessert that I've been enjoying for quite some time.
That said, it hasn't stopped me from getting all the right stuff! Miles and I have a CSA share that started 4 weeks ago, so every day I'm eating organic vegetables, especially dark leafy greens. I get LOTS of protein from a wide variety of sources (meat, low-mercury fish, dairy, nut butters). And of course, I'm exercising! The intensity is steadily dropping as the weeks go by, but I'm still averaging 35 minutes per day.
I'm also getting geared up for the birth. We're taking Bradley Method classes and I'm reading "Birthing from Within," which are both really confirming our choice to birth out of the hospital. I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to make the birth a positive experience for me, Miles, and (of course!) our daughter.
But before that can happen, well, I have to keep expanding! Here are some pictures of the progress being made!
Here I am at 17 weeks, in mid-April.
This is at 21 1/2 weeks -- I'd really popped! And I've gotten even bigger in the past week and a half!
Here she is! This is actually one of the best Ultrasound pictures I've ever seen -- I can't believe how clearly I can see her lil' nose!
Stage 1 of the nursery is done -- painting. We're halfway through stage 2 -- assembling the furniture. How awesome is that crib?
So, there's my long-winded update. Being pregnant is the bomb.
...Remind me of that in 12 weeks when I feel like I'm going to explode, okay?