Bump Update: 16 Weeks

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It’s a sweltering July day and, sweet people, I’m sixteen weeks and a few days pregnant.

Baby Update: We’re 16 weeks and with 24 weeks to countdown! ๐Ÿ™‚ Isn’t that exciting? Baby is now the size of an avocado. (Awe!)

Fun Fact: Baby Duncan may be able to finally listen to outside sounds! That’s perfect because I’ve 1) been talking to baby since day one and 2) have so many lovely classic pieces, lullabies, hymns, and sound tracks to fill our time and hearts with.

Mood:ย My mood has been much more relaxed and hopeful than in previous weeks. June was full of sweet busy times with family but it was also exhausting. July has been much more relaxed and helpful in my settling into our new home and establishing a routine which in turn has helped me settle into the reality of becoming a momma.

At 16 weeks moodiness seems to be takingย a back seat although, like my friend Angel, I can struggle with strong and unexplained feelings of irritation or anger. My unexplained anger was actually my first prompt for taking a pregnancy test! I’ve also been told that I was abnormally aggressive during my first trimester which is something I hope is calming down.

So, overall, emotions are stabilizing back toward my normal. I still get weepy during sad movies (I cried again while watching Jin and Sun reconnect on Lost and during the last episode of The Office). I’m thankful God has shown some areas I can work on and given me the grace to 1) learn to be gracious again and 2) be gracious with myself and realize my 1st trimester was really stressful, crazy, and hormonal and mood changes are to be expected.

Sleep: Ah, sleep. It’s been interesting learning to sleep with my 16 week belly. Normally, I’m a stomach sleeper so learning to lay on my side has been difficult. I love it when Dalton turns to his side — I literally leech to him using his back like a pregnancy pillow. He graciously lets me do this (most of the time) except for when the house is hot (our thermostat has been chaotic). He hates waking up to me sticking to his back with both of us sweaty! Haha!

Weight Gain: Honestly, this is why I have avoided bump updates (tisk, tisk, Frannie — why are you so vain?!). I had read that few mommies gain weight during their 1st trimester and some even lose weight. At 16 weeks I’ve gained around 5 pounds.

I’ve been on slight bed rest/light rest orders since week 9 and have had two subchorionic hematomas (blood clots) most likely from two separate placenta tears. Plus, Missouri is hot, hot, hot this summer! In other words, my first trimester I took pretty easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

When we discovered we were pregnant I beganย an awesome exercise routine but after spotting began I didn’t want to aggravate any issues. So, I’ve been pretty exercise-free these past months.

Mainly, my weight gain has been in the tummy region (hello, belly) and in the chest region (hello, bra size increase). ๐Ÿ˜‰ Honestly, I’m not too worried about my weight gain because, other than special occasions, we have a healthy diet. I haven’t had one poptart or bowl of sugary cereal even though I’m dying to partake in these cravings!

Cravings: Speaking of, I am craving all things carby and sugary, like the said poptarts and cereal. Donuts, root beer floats, and pumpkin pie are also on the want-list. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Exercise: With my blood clots being absorbed and decreasing in size I am feeling brave enough to begin exercising again. My plan? Stretching, long walks (on cool days), and kegels.

ย Sickness: I’ve been enjoying nausea-free days for the last two weeks or so although I have headaches from dawn until dusk. I’ve been focusing on eating more protein (to fight against low blood sugar headaches) and good posture (to fight against tension headaches). Neither seem to be helping so until I discover why I’m getting headaches every day I’ll continue taking an afternoon nap which is the only thing that eases the pain for a few hours.

I am thankful that my sciatic pain is nearly gone. During week 14 and 15 I struggled with a sharp pain any time I lifted or moved my legs. I began some sciatic-specific stretches which eased the pain. Now, at week 16, I haven’t had one sharp twinge which is wonderful!

Best Part of Week 15: Dalton and I had a really great weekend together; God has been so kindย in giving me such a hard-working, loving man and I love spending time with him! Also, my mom was able to visit for 2 days which was utter delight — she spoiled me with a homemade bag of puppy chow and we had lots of good time visiting and antiquing.

Looking Forward To: Seeing moreย family this week as well as an upcoming coffee date with a sweet friend. Also, I’m only a few weeks away from our next ultrasound! (Yay!)

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Are you a preggy Mommy? Maybe you’ve already had your little one? Or maybe you’re a single friend who isn’t near the season of having children yet? Either way, what are some things that surprised you about my list or that you experienced yourself? Do you have any ideas of what pregnancy will be like?ย 

Love, blessings, and coffee,

Frannie

15 thoughts on “
Bump Update: 16 Weeks

  1. Very cute. Have you considered hormone headaches? With my first I bad such severe headaches I couldn’t stand light. I hope it goes away for you!!

    1. Hello, Rosemary! I have considered hormones being the culprit (those tricky things!). I’ve started drinking a little coffee again and that seems to help but I’m still not sure of the cause.

      I hope you aren’t having any pains during your pregnancy! <3 Blessings to you!

  2. Totally single friend checking in!! *grin* I just said this to Angel, so please don’t think I’m copying myself, but it’s true for you too – you look so fresh and pretty!! I’ve never been able to see the “pregnancy glow” but I do think you both look even sweeter and healthier than usual despite the body oddities that baby brings!!

    Hmm, surprises – I knew that pregnancy brings mood changes (hel-lo, dad jokes), but I didn’t realize they could be different from trimester to trimester, nor that anger and aggression were common in the first. I’m definitely adding that to my “things to expect” list. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love you, dear friend!! Sending big aunty hugs to you and Dalton and Ollie!!!
    ~ Vicki

    1. Awe, Vicki! Thank you, sweet person! That makes me feel good because sometimes I do not feel fresh and pretty! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Yes, both of those things were new to me as well! It is amazing how many changes really do happen — I vastly underestimated them until now! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Love to you! Thank you for the hugs! We appreciate them and you!

  3. You looks so pretty!! I love your baby bump pic! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’– And I am very much looking forward to coffee with a sweet friend on Friday too… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I love your update and hearing about all the pregnancy changes, moods, and cravings. It really brings back memories! Something to expect…Well get ready to have to go to the bathroom a lot, near the end of my pregnancy I felt like I was running there every half hour!
    Also, You are making me want to watch Lost and The Office while having a pop tart! LOL

    Love to you my friend, I am so blessed to have you in my life! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Hello, Amy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!! Like I said to Vickie sometimes I feel more like a giant potato so your words are encouraging!

      And how interesting! I already run to the bathroom more than normal so I can’t wait to see what the 3rd trimester brings!

      I love having coffee with you today! You are such a blessing to me! Love to you!

      1. I loved it too- I wish we could have coffee together EVERY morning! ๐Ÿ˜Š With how fast time flys when we are chatting we’d probably never get anything done though!

        Love and hugs to you my friend, you’re the best ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. Awww… Frannie! You look RADIANT! I am just so happy for you! ๐Ÿ˜€

    And what a blessing that so many discomforts are no longer affecting you. I can relate to the sciatic pain. I experienced that in the days following my surgery last year. To the point we didn’t know what was causing such pain, and fears of a blood clot, sent me to the emergency room. I pray that pain stays FAR away from you. And that you will find relief from your headaches.

    What has surprised me most about pregnancy? The anger is at the top. My temper has always been a work in progress, but the unexpected bouts of getting upset over the simplest things (dishes in the sink again…) has shocked me and my sweet hubby to the core…

    And another thing is how much of a bed hog I have become. In our entire three years of marriage, I have happily stayed to my side and never felt the need to sprawl out. No more. I keep telling Justin we may need a kind bed VERY soon… ๐Ÿ˜›

    Have a sweet day talking and bonding with your sweet one!
    Angel

    1. Hello, sweet Angel!

      Oh, I am loving your baby updates and posts — they are so fun and encouraging!!

      Thank you for your prayers. I’ve started drinking coffee again which seems to be helping some but I’m still unsure of the cause. I’m glad you no longer have the sciatic pain! It can be awful!

      And I understand the anger and temper issues! This really surprised me and I’m sorry you have had to go through it. It really can be shocking (to both spouses). I will try to remember and pray for you as you work through it. (But I cannot help but smile because I;ve gotten angry over dishes in the sink – again – too!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Haha! A bed hog! That is too cute! I can understand a little bit but I’m more of a bed hog because I’m trying to squish as close as I can to Dalton, my body pillow. Who is trying to squirm away from me and my excessive body heat! Ha!

      Blessings to you and your sweet family! I’m so glad we can keep in touch!

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