Category Archives: Bump

23 weeks

How far along? 23 weeks, 4 days
Baby Size: 1.1 pound – about the size of a large mango.
Total weight gain: 11 pounds
Maternity clothes? This outfit is all maternity! I’m still wearing normal clothes regularly, but my shirts are getting a bit short.
Stretch marks? Still moisturizing!
Sleep: Two bathroom breaks a night has been pretty typical, but I’m sleeping great and feeling well-rested in the morning.
Best moment(s) this week: Sending Matt off to his new job in the mornings; hanging out with Mom, Dad, and Eloise; and finally picking crib skirt fabric after visiting 5 fabric shops!
Miss Anything? I can’t really think of anything.
Movement: Baby A is moving all the time now, even throughout the day I can feel her. The past two days I have also been able to see my tummy move when she kicks harder than usual. I love it!!
Food cravings: Cheese. Vinegary things (like pickles and the cucumber dill salad, which I made and devoured last night).
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing I can think of.
Gender: Girl.
Labor Signs: None.
Symptoms: Thank goodness my rash is better this week. I’ve had 3 days of no itching and am hoping it stays that way.
Belly Button in or out? Still in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Mood: Happy happy happy!
Looking forward to: My first appointment with the Vanderbilt Midwives tomorrow.


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22 weeks

How far along? 22 weeks, 5 days
Baby Size: 1 pound and 8 inches long!
Total weight gain: 10.5 pounds
Maternity clothes? I’m definitely fitting into maternity clothes now, but I can still get away with wearing my regular clothes too.
Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep: Our bed has been so comfortable this week after being on the road last week. I’m loving my body pillow and haven’t had any problems with my hips hurting so far.
Best moment(s) this week: Spending time with Matt’s sister Mackenzie, getting settled into our new place, and registering at Babies R Us!
Miss Anything? I’m missing our community group and game nights with friends back in Seattle this week.
Movement: She is most active (or at least I can feel her the most) at night and in the morning, especially when I’m lying still. I still love feeling her every time, and now it’s even more exciting because Matt can feel her move too!!
Food cravings: Fruit snacks, chinese, salads.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Everything is agreeing with me now. I have even had onions a few times, and they haven’t bothered me at all like the did in my first trimester.
Gender: Baby girl.
Labor Signs: None.
Symptoms: I’ve developed some type of rash over the past week…I’m not sure if it’s pregnancy related or not, but sensitive/itchy skin is common during pregnancy. A little dizziness off and on. Feeling great most of the time!
Belly Button in or out? Still in, slowly getting flatter.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Mood: I have had my ups and downs this week with all the transition, but overall happy :).
Looking forward to: Decorating, my parents coming to visit, and picking out fabric for Baby A’s nursery.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

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21 weeks


How far along? 21 weeks, 5 days
Baby Size: Over 12 ounces (I said banana last week, but that’s actually this week. Oops!)
Total weight gain: I haven’t weighed myself this week, but probably 9-10 lbs.
Maternity clothes? I’ve been wearing maternity tanks + cardigans all week on our road trip. I’m looking forward to sundresses in Nashville!
Stretch marks? Still using my belly butter.
Sleep: It’s been a little harder to sleep this week since we’ve been in various hotels, but I still can’t complain too much.
Best moment(s) this week: We are almost to our new home!! We’re staying in Clarksville, TN tonight and will finish the drive in the morning so we have the entire day to move things into our apartment. The road trip has been a long trip, but it’s been so fun to be with Matt all week. We also got to stop in Arthur, Iowa to visit Matt’s grandparents for a day (but more on our road trip later).
Miss Anything? Our bed! We’ll finally be able to sleep in it again tomorrow night.
Movement: I love feeling baby girl move and can feel her most often when I’m lying still. A couple of times, I’ve felt little kicks when we put music on…maybe we have a little dancer in there!
Food cravings: I’m ready to cook this week after eating out nearly every meal. I’m really craving a good cookout :).
Anything making you queasy or sick: There were a couple of really bumpy stretches of highway this week – thank goodness I didn’t get sick!
Gender: GIRL!
Labor Signs: None.
Symptoms: Feeling more and more movement and feeling some of the stretch in my tummy on occasion.
Belly Button in or out? Still in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Mood: Eager to get to Nashville.
Looking forward to: Settling in our new place and getting organized this week!

After we’re all settled in I’ll be working on a post with highlights from our trip. Matt gave me a really awesome camera as an early birthday gift before we left, so I’ve been taking photos all week. Stay tuned!

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20 weeks and halfway there!

Moving week is here!! Saturday we packed up everything in our apartment, and today several friends came over to help us load the Uhaul. Dan and Emily are letting us sleep at their house tonight, and Emily graciously helped me with the 20 week photo since I hadn’t taken one yet this week! We are leaving first thing tomorrow morning and will take most of the week to get down to Nashville so posts may be a little spotty. You can follow me on Twitter {@lauren_aiken} for updates from the road!

Now for a 20 week update! I can’t believe we are halfway to meeting our little girl!

How far along? 20 weeks and 6 days
Baby Size: Approximately 10 inches from head to toe, or the size of a banana!
Total weight gain: About 8 pounds.
Maternity clothes? I can definitely fit into maternity tops now.
Stretch marks? Nope. I’m using my belly butter daily.
Sleep: We finally got a body pillow last weekend, and I’ve been sleeping really well with it!
Best moment(s) this week: Celebrating Matt’s birthday, a sweet baby shower thrown by the ladies in my community group, my last day in the office, and spending lots of time with friends before our move.
Miss Anything? Relaxing. We’ve been on the go ALL week!
Movement: I’m definitely feeling little movements almost every day now :).
Food cravings: We had Thai tonight for our last meal out in Seattle (one of my early pregnancy cravings)!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Gender: A sweet baby girl!!
Labor Signs: None.
Symptoms: Little kicks and a growing tummy.
Belly Button in or out? Still in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Mood: A little anxious this week since I’ll be seeing a new group of midwives in Tennessee.
Looking forward to: My first road trip and lots of one-on-one time with Matt!

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