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16 weeks




I can’t find my watermark file anywhere so a quickie one will have to do! This is in California at Muir Beach.

Today I am 16 weeks pregnant. I’m not really into doing the weekly bullet point updates and comparing the Chicken to fruit, but I do want to occasionally keep some notes on changes and how I’m feeling. So how about a little update, shall we?

I feel like I’m staring to look a little pregnant and less like I’ve been drinking too much beer, although I have yet to have a stranger mention my pregnancy so maybe it is all in my head. 🙂  So far I’ve gained about 12 pounds, which I think is about where I should be, maybe extra pound or two thanks to the DELICIOUS gluten-free cookies and stacks of toast I consumed over the holidays. Bad Belle!

The only craving I have really had is for scrambled eggs, which is ridiculously poetic. Thanks Chicken! I eat two egg whites and one full egg every morning, scrambled with hot sauce and topped off with two tablespoons of roasted red pepper humus. For my dairy free ladies who miss cheesy eggs, red pepper or spicy humus makes a pretty good savory substitute! I also have two pieces of toast with breakfast because I’m pregnant and pregnant ladies get toast WHENEVER BABY (or hormones) DEMAND 🙂

Pregnant friends have complained about all the peeing in the past, but I never really put a lot of stock in it. Sure, you pee a little more, big deal!? HA! Jokes on me. I pee all the damn time. So much that after a day of using scratchy office TP my lady bits are irritated. I think I might start BYOR (Bringing My Own Roll) to work! Along the same lines,  I seem to have gotten the constipation under control. My solution? Two stool softeners before bed and 120-oz of water during the day. It’s actually not at all hard to get 120-oz down either with how thirsty I have been.

Not a lot of aches and pains to report. If I stretch in odd ways while sleeping I’ll be woken up by a sharp pain in my lower abdomen. Is this my round ligament? I have no idea! My legs are sore and feel heavy at the end of the day, which is something I don’t understand considering I have a desk job. Maybe it’s from the 9 trips to pee? I’ve also been having some dreadful shortness of breath that is stressing me out. This just started in the last few days and I’m not yet sure if it is pregnancy, anxiety or allergies. I’ll give it a few more days and if I don’t see an improvement I think I’ll ring my midwife.

I’m shooting to exercise for at least 45 minutes 5 days a week. For example, on Monday I did my Summer Sanders’ DVD, on Tuesday I rested, on Wednesday I walked 3 miles, on Thursday I did more Summer Sanders and this morning I did a prenatal yoga video. While huffing and puffing up the steep headlands of California the Professor and I decided that we need to work a weekly hike into our schedule. Hiking uses an entirely different muscle set then walking in the neighborhood and really gets your heart pumping. Last weekend we did a lovely 6 mile hike at Raven’s Run and this Saturday we are planning the same.

Now that I’m pregnant I find myself extremely hesitant to do anything that could put my baby in danger. While in California we hiked from the Tennessee Valley Beaches all the way to Muir beaches. It was a long hike with lots of hills and cliffs and I was a nervous disaster walking along those thin ledges! Normally I would trot and jog along with complete confidence in my balance and feet. Not this time, though! During that hike we came upon the outreach pictured above. It was so breathtaking and I wanted to go to the end of it and stare at the ocean and take gutsy photos. I got halfway out and the fear was so paralyzing that I had to sit down to compose myself and then have the Professor hold my hand the way back. It was the first time in my life I’ve been afraid of heights!

And last but not least: Pants. Still squeezing into the two pairs of pants that continue to sort of fit. I have tried maternity pants from Gap, Old Navy and Loft now and none of them fit properly. It’s terribly frustrating and I’m considering the pros and cons of wearing mumus instead! If I have time this weekend I might hit up a few consignment stores and see what they have as far as pants go. I’m still able to wear my stretchy shirts, and I’m loving the new sized up tanks and cardis I ordered a few weeks ago. Maybe I’ll do an early maternity fashion shoot soon?

That’s about all the notes I can think of right now. Honestly, the past 16 weeks have been pretty easy – a welcome change from the past two years for sure! I’ll take a new bump photo tomorrow. I need good natural light in my sewing room to get that fun shadow effect – photography snobbery beats timely photos. 🙂 I hope you all have a lovely weekend!



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  1. January 11, 2013

    Tomorrow morning for breakfast I’m having one full egg, scrambled with hot sauce and topped off with two tablespoons of roasted red pepper humus!

    • January 11, 2013

      I assure you, it will not be disappointing. 🙂

  2. Ginny #
    January 11, 2013

    Congratulations on 16 weeks, I am so happy everything with your pregnancy is going well!! Can’t wait to see the bump 🙂

  3. January 11, 2013

    That photo is BEAUTIFUL! Every month, I seem to have a “Why don’t I live in California?” thought… perhaps one day I’ll act on that. Can’t wait to see another belly pic! And another hot tip for getting “creamy” stuff without dairy: avocados. Throw some of those in with the eggs, and it’ll be exactly like mozzarella.

    • January 11, 2013

      We ask ourselves the same question daily. We are currently working as hard as humanly possible to get there in the spring, too. Hopefully it will all work out!

      • January 11, 2013

        I wholeheartedly agree with this plan.

  4. January 11, 2013

    Ha! I love the scrambled egg craving. Poetic indeed!

    What about making maternity pants? I’ve seen some ideas for cutting the top off regular pants and sewing a stretchy bit on from reclaimed fabric.

    Can’t wait for more photos!

    • January 11, 2013

      Not quite ready to hack up pants I intend to fit into again. However, if push comes to shove I might very well end up there!

  5. jak #
    January 11, 2013

    love everything about this post!! stunning photo! glad youre eating eggs, and love, love, love the idea about hiking weekly. that’s a great habit to get into now and to keep up when chicken hatches!!!

    i’m 18 wks now and started feeling pregnant just 2 wks ago, so same as you. all sudden dude, my bump is taking off. guess that’s the difference you were referring to as ‘too much beer’ vs really being pregnant. its obvious now. it’s not a beer gut. dont know what to do about the pants dilemma but i do recall my mom when she had my younger sibs doing what april said and ‘trickin’ out some maternity pants from pants she picked up at thrift or that she had that were getting old. she just hacked em up and sewed panels on them. among her other stylish maternity duds were her homemade gingham jumpers. i will be doing neither of these things for fear of being fired from my job prior to maternity leave, but hope you find a stylish solution that works for you, hahaha!!!

    • January 11, 2013

      Haha! Yeah, I’m not ready to dive into making my own maternity pants! I’m going to hit up a maternity consignment shop I just read about this weekend and see if they have something that will work for me and not cost an arm and a leg. I’ll be sure to report back!

  6. January 11, 2013

    Sounds like things are going super well!

    I’ve gained 12 pounds too – and I’ll be 16 weeks tomorrow. Sigh. Not the end of the world, but not where I wanted to be at this early point!

    I laughed out loud when you said you crave scrambled eggs 😉

    • January 11, 2013

      I’m so glad I’m not alone in the 12 pound gain. I am trying to be positive about it but it’s not easy! Yup, scrambled eggs. I wanted them for dinner last night but the professor said no. *pout*

  7. January 11, 2013

    I love this update! Velour sweatsuits, leggings with sweaters or dresses, and old navy maternity pants are pretty much what I wear all the time now. The maternity pants sag a lot, is that the problem you have as well? I also crave eggs with hot sauce in a tortilla and I can’t wait to make my husband cook me your Mac and cheese recipe! He challenged me to a seven day cook off where I will tell him which meals I want him to cook. So far I decided on duck confit and your Mac and cheese. And maybe a chocolate soufflé? Though I don’ t see that turning out for the best lol.

    • January 11, 2013

      Nom nom nom, eggs in tortilla sounds WAY better then my salmon salad and quinoa I’m eating right now! And Chocolate souffle sounds perfectly reasonable to this pregnant lady 🙂

      I tried the old navy skinnies and they were a little too big in the tummy and then WAY TO TIGHT in the lower leg. Like, uncomfortably tight. I don’t understand because I never thought of my lower legs as unusually muscular. Who knows though! Hopefully I’ll have some better luck at consignment shops this weekend.

  8. January 11, 2013

    Belle!!! It’s funny, because the one major food aversion I’ve had my whole pregnancy is scrambled eggs (no offense 🙂 Don’t worry too much about the shortness of breath. I have it too, and it comes and goes. From what I can tell it’s “normal”. Pregnancy pants: Are the worst. I have to say….as loathe as I was to spend $95 on mine…Pea in the Pod has some AMAZEBALLS pregnancy pants that fit really really well. Some of the pairs I tried on were $200 (yeah right) but the moderately priced ones still fit very well. I’ve been wearing mine every day.

    • January 12, 2013

      Also, check out this maternity site: I saw some cute stuff there, and the prices don’t seem to be ridiculous.

  9. January 11, 2013

    YAY for 16 weeks! Don’t worry about the shortness of breath and round ligament pain. I remember feeling the same way around the same time. I know exactly how you feel about the danger thing. I think our minds and bodies shout out “warning danger” a lot more even with just crossing the street or walking down stairs.

  10. January 11, 2013

    Don’t have time to read the comments so sorry if I’m repeating but I wanted to recommend the belly band for keeping those pants in rotation for a while longer. I LOVED mine and used it as much post partum as I did during my pregnancy. You could get at least another month of use out of your pants if you had one.

    Happy to read that all is still going well. 😉

    • January 11, 2013

      I wish I could use the belly band. The problem is that the bulk of my gain so far seems to be in my ass and legs. Not flattering. I have no idea why my ass must grow, too 🙂 Hopefully my new prenatal buns of steel workout video will take care of some of it!!!

  11. January 11, 2013

    congrats on 16 weeks! I also am doing the Summer Sanders’ DVD – man talk about working your ass!

  12. January 11, 2013

    My maternity bottoms are: very voluminous full-length black skirt from Target, hideous pants from motherhood maternity x2, and a pair I adore from JC penney’s. Try out the stuff from Penney’s – unhideous and comfy. Also, you don’t have to look amazingly sleek – you’re pregnant! Enjoy it and don’t be fussed about the awful pants. I think of it as several months of my own ugly pants party and laugh often.

  13. January 12, 2013

    That’s my local beach!! I go there all the time with the twins in the summer 🙂 Beautiful photo. I’m so bummed we didn’t get to hang out.

    Congrats on being 16 weeks 🙂

  14. January 12, 2013

    Have you tried the under the belly pants? The ones with the full panel I always found to be too big regardless of size without the belly to hold it up.
    Also, the breathlessness is probably pregnancy – I get it too, and sometimes all I’m doing is sitting down!

  15. January 12, 2013

    Definitely sounds like you are having some round ligament pain! I had those a lot during the night too. When I was in my 3rd trimester my husband decided to surprise me with new handlebars & a new seat on my bike, hoping that would spur me to go on a ride. Um, no… I am klutzy enough on my bike when NOT pregnant, so there was NO way I was getting on that thing with a big ‘ole belly! And I wanted to share that I had a vivid dream about you a couple of nights ago. I was flipping through your ‘baby book’- the story of your child- anxious to get to the end. And there she was- a gorgeous, healthy baby girl (named Sallie in my dream!). So that will now be my official guess for you on boy vs. girl. : )

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