WEEK + DAY: week 17 day 0
WEIGHT GAIN: about 6 pounds total. i'm on track! hope to keep up gaining at a healthy pace. still receiving comments on how i don't look pregnant & how "lucky" i am...it's freaking me out lol.
but i blame it on my loose clothes. above i really went skin tight ;)
SYMPTOMS: i'm exhausted. all the time. napping has become a serious part of my life. still have lower back pain but walking has helped. did i mention i'm exhausted?
FOOD CRAVINGS: noodles. any kind -- chow mein, persian macaroni (my mama's), ramen...anything. but i have been behaving! loading myself up with fruits, veggies, nuts & whole grains. the temptation is sooo real. ugh. been recently giving in to coffee but keeping it one cup 2-3x a week & purely decaf.
FOOD AVERSIONS: diet soda (sprite, 7 up). this saved me in the first trimester but now i only want water or sparkling water. i still don't like chicken.
EXERCISE: i'm back at the gym!!! taking it easy with an incline speed walk on the treadmill for 30-35 min followed by weights. been targeting lower body with squats & lunges & upper body with bicep curls & chest press thanks to the cable machine. still heading to the track 1-2 days just to walk outside & making sure i rest at least one day a week. i purchased a prenatal yoga dvd to help guide me through stretches & poses for some downtime & relaxation - let's see how that goes.
NEW DISCOVERY: laybabylay.com has great nursery ideas with the option to sort by color & links to purchasing any items you like on their site. Stitch Fix recently started offering a maternity box; i received my first one a couple weeks back. very fun!
LESSONS LEARNED: always carry emergency snacks & water. there have been times where i've felt very lightheaded to the point where i need to sit down with no snacks or water in sight...never again! see below for my new favorite snacks (besides salty pretzels, yum!). love my ban.do tumbler; carry it everywhere loaded with ice & lemon squeeze.
FAVORITE BABY PURCHASES: everything's on hold until the reveal. i purchased a couple neutral items from baby gap but being suuuuper patient. oh, i did get baby hangers (lol) because the nursery closet is finally cleaned out & ready...already have a small collection going thanks to my sister & some sweet friends!
FAVORITE MAMA PURCHASES: obsessed with nourish snacks. love the flavor & guilt-free goodness.