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Cheese Baby: 13 weeks

Posted Jun 19 2013 10:00am

Since we’re taking pictures anyway (and have been since 7 weeks…yay first time parents!), I’m going to try to post weekly updates on the blog. Typically I want to do this on Mondays, because I technically “switch over” at the end of the previous week, but we were traveling this past weekend.

13 weeks, 3 days. Finally in the 2nd trimester (according to my What to Expect app, and so that’s what we’re going with!)! Can’t say I’m sad to leave the first behind.

cheese baby_13weeks_1We ran out of printer ink, so the bibs didn’t really print well. But I was too impatient to wait until we went out and bought more.

The belly is starting to pop! Slowly I think I’m actually looking pregnant, not just bloated. And it definitely pops out a lot at night. We took these pictures in the evening and when I look at them now, I feel huge (a fact that I’m sure I’ll laugh at in a few months).

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Clothes: still fitting into all my regular clothes, though these days you might find me with my pants unbuttoned when I’m sitting for long periods of time. I try to refrain from doing this at work…

Cravings: CHEESE! Still only cheese…and salt. Dairy and salty foods are the only 2 consistent cravings I’ve had throughout pregnancy, which is funny since I don’t eat a lot of dairy or salt normally (besides my cheese addiction, of course). My normally raging sweet tooth, on the other hand, has all but disappeared. Well, except for the day last week when I had a strong but sudden craving for York Peppermint Patties. Don’t ask where that came from, since I can’t remember the last time I even had one. Well, before last week anyway. These days Evan and I have been enjoying them out of the fridge after dinner.

Aversions: Coffee, hot tea, and other hot foods (particularly soup packed with lots of veggies). I’m starting to incorporate more vegetables into my diet, but I still don’t crave them like I used to. I’ve also discovered that flavored iced lattes, while not super healthy, seem to sit just fine.

Other Food Stuff: I’ve been trying really hard to get more variety back into my diet, and although it has slowly become easier, I’m still happiest eating the same things meal after meal. There was a several week period when I ate a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast every single morning. I’m trying to break that habit…and not just when we run out of cream cheese so I’m forced to eat peanut butter instead (funny to think that used to be my favorite food and now I could take it or leave it). I make myself eat a “delicious” bowl of Fiber One cereal a few times a week just to, you know…keep things moving. And today I actually made a smoothie for breakfast. You know, with fruit and almond milk and even some spinach! Probably should get an award for that one.


Other things that I’m loving: basil+fresh mozz+cucumbers+tomato is the best sandwich combination ever created. I’d eat this every day if I could. Frozen veggie burgers (a food that I rarely buy because I prefer to make my own) have become a staple. I really try not to eat a ton of processed veggie meats for several reasons, but partially because I don’t think an abundance of highly processed foods (no matter how “natural” they claim to be) is all that healthy for anyone. But I also really need protein. When you don’t feel like cooking and you haven’t been able to stomach beans, your options become a bit limited.

cheese baby_13weeks_4Sans race bib for comparison. I feel positively huge in this photo. Where did that stomach come from?

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Symptoms: I’m finally starting to feel a difference in my energy levels. I’m still super tired in the mornings (although I can never sleep in anymore) and crash pretty hard at night, but during the day I usually feel pretty good. And the nausea seems to be subsiding as well. I feel sick every morning, but it’s not so bad that I can’t force food down. Digestion is still…errr…slow, but getting better (thanks Fiber One!).

And although I’ve been lucky to escape any weird skin issues so far, this past week saw the appearance of a lovely pimple the size of Rhode Island right on my forehead. Pregnancy just keeps getting lovelier and lovelier.

cheese baby_13weeks_3Starting to see the outline…and my huge pimple

Running: is getting better! After a long stretch of avoiding the watch, I finally wore my Garmin on a run at the end of last week. And I was pleasantly surprised by the paces. 6 miles at 8:15 (with a mile at 7:54, look at me cruise!) was a welcome sight after I had convinced myself that I was running 9:00+ minute miles. I also ran for an hour on Saturday, and although the pace was much slower than the day before, it felt so good to be out there running “long” again. I am cautiously going to increase that distance as much as I can over the next several weeks. I don’t expect to be out there running for hours, but I really want to consistently aim for 5 days of running a week (plus my daily walks) and 1 – 2 days of lifting. Now that I have a little more energy to spare, there isn’t any real excuse not to.

duxbury_beach It helped that my “long” run had such an amazing view.

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