This week, our little one’s ears are more developed and Mini Mitch should be able to hear us talking. This will make Dad happy since he likes to say good morning and good night to my tummy.

This week wasn’t super eventful for us, though I’m starting to feel like baby stuff is taking over. We attempted to get our registry done yesterday. It’s definitely going to be a longer process than that since we both like to research everything and know we’re getting something that is going to be super practical and is great quality that will last. We did make some progress though!

We also started Bradley Method classes this week. It’s going to be a 12 week course, which I’m looking forward to. Tonight’s class was more or less an intro, nothing too heavy, but it made me wonder if we’re more educated than your average joe’s. There really wasn’t much that we covered that I didn’t know, though I’m sure that will change…and tonight’s topics were things like exercise and the importance of a healthy diet, which are both of interest to me and a regular part of our life. So, maybe it should have been more confusing to me if I hadn’t known something we covered?

Looking at this picture, I’m realizing how long my hair is getting! It’s time for a haircut!

26weekrv

How far along? 26 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +14 lbs
Maternity clothes? I actually wore non maternity jeans and a non maternity top to work on Friday. Trying to get them in while I can! I was shocked when my jeans buttoned, but they did!
Stretch marks? Still haven’t noticed any.
Sleep? I woke up once this week with a charley horse, but other than that, I’ve been sleeping pretty well. Haven’t been getting up to pee in the middle of the night even.
Best moment this week? Chris coming home from his work travel on Friday. I hate coming home, alone to an empty apartment…and checking under the beds and behind the doors and in the bathtubs…
Miss Anything? Nope! Still doing just fine.
Movement? This is pretty similar to last week. Someone is definitely nocturnal around here. It doesn’t keep me up, but it’s fun to feel at night before going to bed.
Food cravings? Whatever makes the least dishes to wash.
Anything making you nauseous? Nope.
Symptoms? Still holding strong with the heartburn and the pain in my side. I talked to the doctor who did my surgeries last summer this week and she said she actually removed endometriosis from my round ligament, then surgically repaired the ligament…SO, I’m probably feeling both round ligament pain and pain from scar tissue. At least I know I’m not hemorrhaging…
Gender Prediction? Still unsure, but my thoughts have been more toward boy items lately, though that could just be my desire not to turn my house into a princess castle coming through.
Labor Signs? Nope!
Belly Button in or out? Still in, but shallow.
Wedding rings on or off? Still normal here. On.
Mood? Been pretty normal this week, from what I can remember. Just trying to do all the things.
Looking forward to? I have nothing planned this week, so what I’m looking forward to is trying to finish up the registry and maybe get some new flats for the fall – all my old flats need to be thrown away without hesitation.
Now some words from Dad: Hi Everyone! This week, my work travel revealed to me how my priorities have really shifted during the pregnancy. Instead of going out and indulging with friends, I had a really low key trip that consisted of work, running, and going to bed early. Although I missed seeing friends on the short trip, it was super refreshing not to miss out on any marathon training and head into work with a clear mind (read: no hangovers). I also think I missed Melissa more than ever this trip – so it was apropos that we FaceTimed instead of calling one another each night. It made for some nice screen shots I took of us making silly faces at one another…  :)

Echoing what Melissa said above, it was nice to make some movement on the registry and start the Bradley classes. My sisters had some valuable input, along with the people who helped us out at buybuy Baby. I look forward to completing the registry, but in all honesty my first priority this week will be getting rid of this cold/bug that I picked up on my way home from New York. Like any paranoid father-to-be, Sunday night consisted of me insisting to sleep on the floor of our bedroom because I really don’t want to get Melissa sick! She thought I was taking over-the-top measures, and she’s doing OK 2.5 days into me being sick, so please knock on wood, or cross your fingers and your toes that come week 27 the Mitchells are all feeling groovy. Peace out until next week!

 

This week we had our 24 week appointment. We listened to the baby’s heart beat, which was in the 140s. My midwife also measured the size of my uterus, which was 26cm. The measurement should be within 2 cm of the weeks of gestation, so 22-26cm at the 24 week appointment. She then remarked that the baby must have long limbs…which the ultrasound tech also commented on at our 20 week ultrasound. So, we’re expecting a long, skinny baby.

A tidbit that I forgot to include last week was that while we were in Italy, Chris asked me at dinner one night if I had to pick three adjectives to describe what I hope for our child to be like, what would they be. I said kind, curious, and motivated/driven. I then returned the question to him and he said healthy, honest and a reader. It ended up being a really interesting conversation about what we hope for our child and why. It’ll be interesting to see who this kid grows up to be!

25weeks

How far along? 25 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +12.6 lbs, I’ve lost a little of that past weight during the week now that I’m back to my normal routine.
Maternity clothes? I could probably wear more than I am, but I haven’t been super motivated to shop for them…and I’m less interested in online shopping than going to an actual store. No one seems to carry maternity clothes in store, which is annoying since that’s something you really should probably try on.
Stretch marks? Not yet!
Sleep? I was really tired this week. Probably partly from adjusting back to our time zone, but I’m also going to attribute some of it to pregnancy. I was just uncharacteristically exhausted every night. I even took two naps this week and still slept just fine all night!
Best moment this week? Making it to the 24 week appointment and knowing that 1. the baby is viable and 2. everything looks great.
Miss Anything? Can’t say there’s anything I’m missing this week. Keeping up my work outs and eating pretty much the same way. No complaints here!
Movement? Still lots of movement, mostly at night. It’s a great feeling. Trying to figure out patterns and what exactly wakes Mini Mitch up and causes some movement. I did walk into the bathroom one morning this week, where we had music playing, and felt the baby start moving.
Food cravings? Still nothing specific.
Anything making you nauseous? Nope.
Symptoms? I found out at my appointment this week that the “round ligament pain” that I’ve been feeling for the last few weeks is more likely scar tissue being stretched, which makes complete sense based on where this pain has been. Some days it’s worse than others, but my expectation now is that this isn’t just going to be a second trimester ache. Based on how this has been going, I expect this to be a pain I’ll feel for the rest of my pregnancy. If it ends sooner, that’ll be wonderful, but if not it’s going to feel great come January.
Gender Prediction? No prediction from me still. Chris says he’s losing his conviction that it’s a boy. Who knows!
Labor Signs? None yet, thankfully.
Belly Button in or out? In, but it’s definitely flattening out.
Wedding rings on or off? On – fitting normally
Mood? Kind of stressed out this week – work has been busy, along with all the the baby related things I’m really starting to feel the need to get done. I was also a bit irritable the end of the week, which may have been attributable to how tired I’ve been?
Looking forward to? Hopefully this will be a fairly quiet week, though it’ll likely be busy at work again. Just looking forward to taking it easy. Definitely NOT looking forward to Chris being in New York for 3 days this week.
Now some words from Dad: Like Melissa said above, it has been a pretty busy week! Today (Sunday) is the first day I’ve felt like everything is back in order, and yet I know the week is going to take off like a jet on Monday and not slow down until I return from New York on Friday night. In the pregnancy arena, my focus right now is centered on two things: registry and childcare. When I first started thinking about the registry, I definitely had a haphazard outlook on it – harkening back to the days of our wedding registry, I didn’t think it would require much thought… WRONG! Even though I initially thought a baby registry would be as simple as picking what you like, it really isn’t, because so many things you’d register for require research for health/safety reasons. It’s definitely been an eye-opener, and something I’m looking forward to having done. Childcare, on the other hand, is one of those things that’s tough because you want to take care of it early, but you want to make sure you do all the research you can. We’re now in the process of scheduling visits with childcare centers, along with discussing the potential of a nanny/nannyshare. So much to consider! If you have any products you registered for that you LOVE, let us know! And if you have any insights on childcare, please share! We’re all ears right now.

 

 

This week was absolutely action packed and lots of fun. We ended our time in Rome, then headed to Cinque Terre, which is unlike anywhere I have ever been. It looks a little bit like Greece, but isn’t all white. The 5 villages there are so pretty and so unique! Also, the food was great!


The coast line in Monterosso where we stayed.


The town of Riomaggiore.


The town of Manarola.


The town of Corniglia, where we stopped for lunch along our trek at Caffe Matteo. Definitely recommended.


Hiking into Vernazza from Corniglia. You can also see Monterosso in the distance.


The view of Vernazza from the other side of the village.


Hiking down into Monterosso, the largest of the five villages. I think we had the best meal of our trip here at a restaurant called Miky. You need a reservation and we definitely recommend it.


Sunset after dinner in Monterosso, the night before we left for Florence – it was so pretty!

After Cinque Terre we moved on to Florence where we ate, saw some art, ate some more, saw some more art, ate again…


#chrisjumping with Florence in the background!


The Duomo in Florence. So pretty and absolutely nothing like I expected it to look. I’ve never seen another building like it! We climbed the stairs all the way up to the top of the dome. That picture is a couple down.


We saw the David while in Florence. I had no idea it was David of David and Goliath. I learned a lot on this trip!


The view of Florence from the top of the Dome of the Duomo.

From Florence we headed up to a town called Correggio where we attended a friend’s wedding. The wedding was so pretty and we were so happy to be there!

We ended our trip with a 20 hour travel day and made it home just in time to go to bed at an early, but acceptable time.

24-weeks

How far along? 24 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +13.4 lbs – only put on 3 lbs while in Italy! I consider that a success!
Maternity clothes? Still the same. Maternity jeans, regular shirts and dresses
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep? Still sleeping fine. I’ve noticed that it is naturally less comfortable to sleep on my back nowadays, which is how I normally sleep, so I’ve moved to sleeping almost entirely on my side
Best moment this week? This is a tough one! Probably our exploration of Cinque Terre – it was definitely my favorite of the places we visited in Italy.
Miss Anything? I missed fruits and veggies this week. So. Much. Pasta.
Movement? Definitely lots of kicking, which I’m loving. It’s so enchanting to feel this child move inside of me. It draws my hand to my stomach every time. I want to feel every move.
Food cravings? Nope
Anything making you nauseous? Nope
Symptoms? Holding strong with the heartburn, but the biggest thing this week was the round ligament pain. It’s supposed to be a quick, stabby pain. Well, it’s stabby, but it has been pretty constant and even woke me up one night. It has been pretty painful and nothing helps it! I imagine if I had a hernia, this is how it would feel. I’m hoping like most of my other symptoms that it only lasts a couple weeks. I also had some swelling in my feet and hands this week, but I think that can truly be attributed to walking 10 miles a day and 95 degree heat.
Gender Prediction? Still no feelings one way or another, but starting to wonder a bit more.
Labor Signs? Nope
Belly Button in or out? In, but it’s getting more shallow.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? Exhausted. This week completely wore me out! I definitely feel like I got winded more easily while hiking and was more exhausted from the heat every day.
Looking forward to? I have a dinner this week for something called Bump Club where they have experts come talk to you about a certain subject. This month the topic is breastfeeding when you come home from the hospital. Should be interesting! I also have my 24 week appointment, so I’m looking forward to two things. :)
Now some words from Dad:  Hi Everyone! Wow, what a week it’s been. Italy was a ton of fun, and Melissa was a trooper the whole trip, but it’s also nice to be home. 24 weeks is a milestone Melissa and I both marked down in our heads, because it happens to be the week in which the baby is considered viable. This means that if the baby were born at any point now, it has a better than 50% survival rate. THAT SAID, we’re hoping the baby enjoys its temporarily home and decides to stay for the full term of his or her 40 week lease agreement :)

Now on the lighter side, I want to share a story. The other morning, Melissa was laying next to me and went to get out of bed. As she was getting up, she yellow “Ow!” then gave me a temporary stink-eye as if I had done something to her. I said “What? Are you OK?” to which she replied, “Yeah, why did you just poke me?”
I didn’t. Someone was kicking her. 😂

This was quite the busy week both at work and at home. The office was closed on Friday, so it was a short week and we left after work on Thursday night to begin our trip across Italy, ending with a friend’s wedding! There was a lot of cleaning, packing, prepping, and working to be done before we left. Not to mention errands to be run and workouts to be squeezed in! We made it though, managed to get some sleep on the plane and have spent the last 3 days exploring Rome. We adjusted to the time change pretty well and have seen so many things. Here are a few pics!


At the Trevi Fountain.


Inside the Pantheon.


The alter in St. Peter’s Basilica.


A hallway in the Vatican Museum, leading to the Sistine Chapel.


#chrisjumping in front of the Colosseum, next to the Roman ruins.

How far along? 23 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +10.4, though I used a questionable scale in our hotel room, so can’t really be sure.
Maternity clothes? Still working with maternity jeans and my normal shirts and flowy dresses.
Stretch marks? Not yet!
Sleep? I’ve had a Charley horse threat here and there, but been able to wake up and avoid disaster. Other than that, been sleeping just fine!
Best moment this week? Probably the sight seeing around Rome and the Vatican. Specifically, I think our favorite has been the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. The volume of art there and the time that it had to have taken to create it all is mind blowing. Just one specific room took 9 years to paint.
Miss Anything? Well, being in Italy is making me miss wine a bit, but the smells have been enough so far.
Movement? I’m pretty confident now that the movement I’m feeling is the baby. There is a bit of a pattern to it and it’s low enough that I’m pretty sure that’s what it has to be. Also, Chris has felt it and said there’s no way that’s food! :)
Food cravings? Nope, just gelato because, when in Rome…
Anything making you nauseous? Nope
Symptoms? I’ve been really tired walking around Rome. I’m a bit annoyed at how much I want to sit or rest. I’ve also been much hotter than usual. I was wondering when this overheated pregnancy business was going to kick in and it seems to have happened. I’m also still having a bit of round ligament pain – mostly when I’ve been walking too much.
Gender Prediction? Still nothing from me.
Labor Signs? Nope
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On, though I have been super swollen since we got to Italy. It could be heat or dehydration or all the walking.
Mood? Samesies.
Looking forward to? Heading to the Cinque Terre!!
Now some words from Dad: Hi everyone! This really has been a super packed week. As much as Melissa has written about being tired, I’ve been the one who has taken naps both yesterday and today *wink wink*. Melissa has been so strong throughout her pregnancy, and this week has been no exception. My pregnancy-related highlight of the week has either been A) feeling the baby kicking or B) talking baby names with Melissa. We’re still undecided, but after a few glasses of wine (for me) at dinner last night we tossed around the idea of using the middle name “Kong” if it’s a girl so we could call her Queen Kong.

And that’s all I got for this week! Ciao!

22 weeks

The baby should weigh about a pound this week. Our little one is probably a little less than that, since it weighed in on the smaller side at our ultrasound, but who knows!

This was a pretty normal week around here. We worked, worked out, came home, made dinner, did dishes, got ready for bed, got some sleep, got up and repeated about 5 times.

Since I don’t have much to report, I’m going to keep it short and sweet and move along to my questions!

How far along? 22 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +10.6 lbs, just packing it on here lately
Maternity clothes? Same as last week – rocking the maternity jeans, sticking with my non-maternity shirts and still wearing the dresses I can in my closet. My wardrobe is definitely thinning out and forget about skirts.
Stretch marks? Still none yet.
Sleep? Still sleeping just fine. I did wake up in the middle of the night once this week though with my first charley horse. Oh man did it feel like it was never going to end. My calf was sore for a few days after. Oh, and if you’ve never looked up the history of the term charley horse, look it up, it’s interesting.
Best moment this week? My grandparents were in town this weekend for their first visit since we moved here. It was nice to show them around a little bit, spend some time with them and get some Chicago pizza with them!
Miss Anything?
Nope – I do need to start missing sugary snacks a little more…
Movement? This week I’m starting to think what I’m feeling has to be baby. I’m not feeling it a lot, but it seems to be around the same times (though I do eat at the same times every day) and I’m thinking it’s too low to be my stomach.
Food cravings? None
Anything making you nauseous? Nope
Symptoms?  
The charley horse is definitely a new one. Still some heart burn, but it seems to be letting up a bit (I think I’ve narrowed this down mostly to tomatoes). Also some round ligament pain (or pulling near my hips).
Gender Prediction? Our nephew says its a boy and one of our nieces says it’s a girl.
Labor Signs? Nope
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? Even keel
Looking forward to? Really digging in and getting moving on all things baby. Taking a Bradley Method (natural child birth, father coached, class), putting a registry together, getting some things for the bedroom, etc. Also, fall football and fall baking!
Now some words from Dad: Today’s entry will be more of a reflection of a story I told somebody earlier this week. My sophomore year in high school I had an English teacher named Mr. Deines. Two distinct happenings from his class have stuck with me throughout the years. The first, which has nothing to do with this blog, was when he caught one of his top students reading Cliff Notes of “Catcher in the Rye” in class. He promptly scolded her while ripping up the Cliff Notes book in front of the class, which was both terrifying and amazing at the same time. The second memory I have of Mr. Deines is from when the topic of beauty came up in class. He told the class that “the most beautiful women in the world” are pregnant women. Of course, as 15 and 16-year-olds we all replied “Eww!” and “that’s so weird.” But now, 15 years later, I can say that A) I actually see where Mr. Deines was coming from and B) I kind of agree with him! Amid all of the celebrities, models and People Magazine telling us how we should define beauty, I find myself having a hard time not looking at a pregnant women and thinking “that’s a beautiful sight.” Even though I know that being pregnant may not be the most glamorous of occasions, it’s something that women, if lucky, are able to experience only a few times over the course of their lives. It’s a deeply special occasion, seeing a woman being strong, bringing a new person into the world. Seeing Melissa, and all the other moms that are going through this special time in their lives, it’s a blessing to be able to witness the beauty of a pregnancy. It’s the opposite of the sometimes vain and narcissistic society of celebrity we live in – and it always makes me smile.

21 Weeks again

Not a whole lot new to report this week. I’m just trying to get into the researching and to learn about what we should buy/register for, what we shouldn’t, what classes we should take, what I need to get done now versus later, etc.

I did take a pilates class for the first time this week in about two years. It was a good workout and I’d definitely like to keep it up. I had a nice soreness afterwards from it too. Pilates is supposed to be good to help improve labor and delivery, so I figure why not! Maybe I’ll add some pre-natal yoga in too. We’ll see.

How far along? 21 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +9 lbs
Maternity clothes? Definitely rocking the maternity jeans, but sticking to my non-maternity dresses and shirts still.
Stretch marks? Not yet. Fingers crossed slathering lotion on is helping my cause!
Sleep? I was actually prompted this week to Google whether babies in utero have growth spurts like babies do once they’re born. I’ve been super tired this week, even though you’re supposed to have all the energy in your second trimester. Turns out they can/do, so wondering if ours went through one this week. In the meantime, I’ll keep getting all the sleep.
Best moment this week? We finally booked our hotels for Italy this week…which is good since we leave Sept 1! I was getting really stressed about it, but feel SO much better now!
Miss Anything?
Not really.
Movement? Definitely feeling movement, but I’m still not positive if it’s baby or digestion. I guess we’ll see how it continues.
Food cravings? Well, I went and got that cupcake this week. Does it count now?
Anything making you nauseous? No nausea.
Symptoms?  
It seems like the heartburn let up a bit this week. Probably partially because I have discovered Tums. Though, I really don’t feel like I’ve had to take them much. Not much other than just being tired.
Gender Prediction? Jury’s still out.
Labor Signs? Not yet!
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? Normal. Just tired.
Looking forward to? Our upcoming trip to Italy!
Now some words from Dad: Hi everybody! This week-on, I’ll be adding a couple of my own thoughts on pending parenthood and Melissa’s pregnancy. This week, we finally started a Google Doc where we’re sharing names we like! The name conversations have been fun and surprisingly not acrimonious at all. Figuring out the deal-breakers up front (like avoiding names of exes) has made the brainstorming so much easier. I’m super pumped to pick names, because I feel like names make you visualize what kind of person your child might become. That said, I’m keeping my lips sealed on whatever names we pick! I CAN tell you, though, that we’ve taken Gaylord off the table for our boy names… :)

20 Weeks

We are officially halfway to 40 weeks! It’s going to be here before we know it!

We had a pretty eventful week this week! And in a good way. On Tuesday night, I went to something called Bump Club, where I listed to a talk about Sleep Strategies and Sleep Safety, which was super interesting. At the end of the night, I was sent home with a goody bag with tons of stuff in it (2 swaddles, 2 bottles, a burp cloth, a pacifier, samples of a bunch of things, 2 books, etc) – pretty great if you ask me! I also won a stroller and a car seat in the raffle at the end of the night! So crazy and so amazing!

On Wednesday night I had my first pre-natal massage. Kind of weird, but definitely enjoyable. I certainly wouldn’t turn one down.

Then, on Friday, we had our 20 week ultrasound and appointment. I was really nervous about this appointment given we hadn’t really had any screening done prior to now. Everything looked great and we got some pictures too!


Here’s a profile we got to see during the ultrasound. Mini Mitch weighed in at 34% for weight, but its limbs were long, so it seems like this kid is definitely ours. The baby was in a really good position for all the pictures that needed to be taken and the ultrasound tech kept saying how chill the baby was throughout the whole thing. It was nice that I didn’t have to get into any weird positions or get up and move around for her to get what she needed.


This is one of the cooler pictures I thought we got. I love that you can see the pelvis, spine, ribs, brain and even a little ear. If you look closely you can even see all the little vertebrae. It’s amazing how well developed everything already is at the halfway point!


Eventually this little one woke up and started to move around more. It looked like it was enjoying a little morning yoga holding its foot above its head with its hand. You can see the other little foot up above the belly.

We chose not to find out the gender, which turned out to be just fine since Mini Mitch was not in the mood to reveal all. There still isn’t a person in the world who knows the gender of this kid. Guess we’ll all just have to wait and see!

How far along? 20 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss? +7.4 lbs
Maternity clothes? I wore a pair of maternity jeans for the first time this week and they worked out just fine. Other than that, still sticking to my regular clothes.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep? Still sleeping just fine.
Best moment this week? I had a pretty eventful week this week, but the best thing was probably the 20 week appointment and seeing the baby via ultrasound. It was so nice to see and hear that everything looks “fantastic.” It definitely helped to calm my nerves a bit.
Miss Anything?
Nope.
Movement? Turns out what I’ve been feeling truly has been food digesting and not the baby. My placenta is in front of the baby, so that is acting as the punching bag for the time being, keeping me from feeling any movement just yet. Hopefully soon, once this little one is a little bigger.
Food cravings? I kind of want a cupcake, but I haven’t acted on it. I’m not considering it a craving until I just HAVE to run out and get it.
Anything making you nauseous? Nope.
Symptoms?  
Heartburn. Every day. Every time I eat or am hungry. I did take Tums for the first time in my life this week. It helped, I think. Oh, I also half remember leg cramps a couple of times this week. Not enough to fully wake me up or even remember first thing in the morning, but I’m pretty sure they happened. Calf cramps. Twice.
Gender Prediction? Still don’t have one, but Chris and mom think it’s a boy.
Labor Signs? None.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? Pretty even keel.
Looking forward to? I’m ready to start planning things.