Bumpdate: 22 Weeks & A Strawberry Patch

How far along? 22 Weeks

Size of baby? A huge spaghetti squash!

Stretch marks? Not yet. Still diligently putting on cocoa butter every night.

Sleep? And it hits. The problem with sleeping. The last couple of nights, I've gone to bed and then I just sit there. I'm not sure if it's the change in the weather or my body (probably a little of both), but I could not get comfortable! Kyle was such a sweetheart and gave me a back massage to help but I still found myself not drifting off like I normally do. I resorted to the pillow between the knees and that seemed to help on the first night but the second night, it took me about an hour and a half to fall asleep. Ugh! I hope this doesn't start a trend.

Best moment this week? Flying out to Utah to visit family for a wedding, homecoming and blessing! Post to come.

Maternity Clothes? I've received some clothes from Kyle's sisters but I have yet to try them on. I'm still seeing what I can make work with what I have. Kyle was yet again so nice and suggested we take a family outing to Target to get a couple of essentials. And then...I had to admit that I can't zip up most of my skirts. I don't know what it is...I just don't want to have to buy any yet! I think it's the thought that I will only be wearing them for a short amount of time and I don't want to spend the money on them....but it looks as if this fight will come to an end soon.

Missing? Exercise! I've been trying to go on walks and eat well but I miss the daily morning hard gym workout. Until I was pregnant and my work schedule changed, Kyle and I were pretty diligent about getting to the gym every morning for a solid hour. And I loved being able to exercise my body and feel like I was making a difference. I know right now is the most important time to be exercising, but mentally AND physically, it's been a challenge for me. I feel like I am not making progress how I used to...but then I think about my little girl and how she needs me to exercise and I remember where my motivation should come from. Plus, I will need to be in some sort of shape once she comes so I can get back into the swing of things easier.

Movement? It might just be the fact that I now know what she feels like but I feel like she is moving ALL the time. The other night it seemed like she was pushing her feet and hands out and just holding that position for a couple of seconds and then releasing. I was laughing with Kyle the other day as I told him that it just felt like she was doing somersaults in a row for a good five minutes. I guess she's got to keep herself entertained somehow!

Food cravings? I've actually been craving healthy salads and fruit which is great! After our Utah trip especially with all the good food we had, I've wanted to get back into healthy eating and cooking.

Food Aversions? Nothing this week.

Bump? It was so funny to see family and hear all the different comments on my bump or lack of one. I heard "you're barely even showing!" to "cutest baby bump!". It probably also depended on how much I was eating. I had bought my dress for the wedding before I was pregnant so from my perspective, the bump was definitely showing through the dress.

Gender? Girl! It's so fun to have events with family where I think forward to the future and how this little girl will be loved by so many.

Names? We are trying to keep names quiet but told family this weekend and got all kinds of responses. I try not to let any response change my feelings about the names we've picked out for now. Kyle seems to be leaning to one name while I am leaning towards another. So for now, we will just have to see what her name is when we meet her.

Labor Signs? Nope! Although after being on my feet all day at the wedding, homecoming and blessing and traveling all over, I could definitely tell the toll it was taking on me and baby. So tired!

Looking Forward To? Feeling these little kicks more. It seems like Kyle hasn't felt her as much lately so I'm looking forward to her growing and packing a more powerful kick!

We went to pick strawberries this weekend and it was so fun! I loved seeing them all laid out and it was really hard not to buy more than we should have! The trip was also accompanied by a trip to Willard's BBQ (of course). I can't wait to make jam and pies and smoothies and more! We also got some sweet photos of our baby girl that I can't stop looking at!

I love her! And I love what Kyle said about her too!

Definitely a girl!

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