Happy Friday! I’m channeling fall with today’s look. How fun is this zippered tunic? It comes in another color too, but I love this wine/burgundy color for fall. Can you tell I’m ready for sweater weather yet? Did you catch Monday’s post about transitioning your summer dresses for fall? Yeah, I’m ready. It can be fall any day now. Bring on the pumpkin spice. Sorry, summer lovers.
I also wanted to share a second trimester update because I’m officially in my third trimester now! Whaaat? It’s going by so quickly!
We have our first baby shower this weekend and we’ve made some great headway on our little guy’s nursery. Now it’s time to start thinking about what expectant parent classes we’ll be taking and sign up for a hospital tour. Yikes- things are getting real!
The second trimester definitely felt longer than my first trimester but it still went by quickly. Time flies!
Appetite & Cravings
I still never experienced any morning sickness or nausea. My appetite definitely started to get back to normal after a few weeks into the second trimester. I still eat a snack between breakfast and lunch, but I don’t feel like I need to eat every 2 hours anymore, which is a relief!
I’m also back to my pre-pregnancy feelings about eating Taco Bell, and I haven’t been in weeks! My name is Britney and it’s been several weeks since my last Taco Bell run. I haven’t had any strange cravings yet and there have not been late-night emergency ice cream runs. 🙂
Energy & Activity
My fatigue got a lot better as I moved into the second trimester. For several weeks my energy level was back to a mostly ‘normal’ level. I was able to get so much done during the second trimester. Mathew and I had some house projects which included painting the baby’s room, painting and redecorating our office, yard work, painting and organizing our garage, and a few other random home improvement projects.
It was my goal to work hard and finish with the goal of making for a much more relaxing third trimester. I’m glad I got it all done because I could definitely feel myself getting more tired over the last few weeks.
I’m also happy that I’ve been able to get back into exercising during my second trimester. I’ve been doing small amounts of yoga and stretching (hoping to amp this up over the next few months) as well as walking.
I have a few friends and neighbors that also enjoy going for walks, so I’ve been teaming up to get exercise. My husband plays softball on Tuesday nights and it’s a little over 1.5 miles from our house to the park he plays at, so I’ve been walking to his games every week too. I probably walk 3-5 times each week- sometimes short walks, others are longer.
Sleeping has been okay. I sort of feel like I can’t get enough, but I’m doing what I can to go to sleep early and get naps in on the weekends when possible. I mentioned here that I recently purchased a king sized pillow to help side sleeping be more comfortable. Some nights I use it, others I don’t. I usually wake up at least once each night to change positions.
Our baby boy is getting bigger and bigger (if you couldn’t guess by my growing waistline). I started feeling baby wiggles fairly consistently around 16 weeks, and the wiggles became stronger and more noticeable as the weeks went on. Movements are bigger and can be felt (even seen) from the outside now, which is as amazing and incredible as it is weird. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get used to the feeling of someone living and moving around inside me.
We had an anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks and found out we’re having a boy. It was amazing to see the baby on the ultrasound screen. I was hoping he’d be active, but it seemed like he was taking a snooze the entire time. The technician showed us the four chambers of his heart and lots of other body parts. It was such a blessing to know that he’s growing and healthy.
I feel so blessed that I haven’t had intense back pain, nausea, heartburn or some of the other more uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy that other women often experience so far and that as far as we can tell our baby boy is healthy. That being said, it hasn’t been easy watching my body change – especially in photographs every week.
Most years I spend spring and summer being extra active and shedding any winter pounds that sneaked up during the cold months, but this year was a little different. I know that weight gain is expected, normal, healthy, and necessary during pregnancy, but it’s still hard to feel like I’m gaining weight in more than just my belly.
Other body changes have taken some adjustment as well, and feeling vulnerable mixed with pregnancy hormones can make me feel a little more fragile some days. Although I will say I haven’t felt too emotional/ hormonal and I haven’t gone crazy on my husband (or anyone else) so far.
Overall, I’m happy, healthy, feeling blessed, and life is good.
Outfit Details: burgundy zip tunic – Gap, similar non-maternity | denim – Gap, non-maternity here | ankle booties – Nordstrom (order up one size) | leather tote – J.Crew | sunglasses – Target | necklace – Nordstrom | crawler earrings – similar | lipstick – L’Oreal Infallible Paints in Spicy Blush
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Are you ready for fall? What is your favorite fall color to wear? If you’re a mom, how did your second trimester go? Any advice as I move onto the third trimester?