Week 19: starting to look as pregnant as I feel

Pregnancy: 19 weeks, 4 days

Weight: +16 lb

Highlights: feeling the baby move, strangers starting to notice the bump, going on a Baby Moon with D

Lowlights: no more sleeping on my back, back pain (ouch!), peeing when I sneeze sometimes (what the WHAT?!)

Overall feeling: starting to “feel pregnant” way more often thanks to my bump and the little chicken nugget rolling around in there. It’s a fun/weird feeling!

Work and life have felt like a bit of a whirlwind lately. I’ve taken on freelance writing jobs through Upwork to hopefully keep some form of income rolling during my unpaid maternity leave. That, on top of nonprofit work, leaves me feeling ready for a nap most days (but too busy to take one).

I know all of this work and planning will pay off once baby is here though, so I won’t complain too much. And also, lots of (non-financial) aspects of baby planning have been really fun.

Like picking out a nursery theme! We’ve decided on Winnie the Pooh because D and I both loved the cartoons as kids. Also, it’s gender neutral, which is perfect since we won’t find out the sex until later this month.

We’ll be staying in our 1 bedroom apartment until the baby is about 6 months, so for now the theme will mostly be seen in the baby’s crib and toy selection. But we’re being clever with the space we have to make it work. I’ve even converted our old book case into a baby closet. The wallpaper is supposed to be a stylish version of 100 Acre Woods from Winnie the Pooh (I tried to find something whimsical yet still appropriate in an adult’s bedroom).

(Don’t mind the old mattress and wrapping papers! This whole room is a work-in-progress right now for baby and we just bought a new bed.)

I’ll share more pictures of our nursery nook progress as we go! I think once it’s all finished it’s going to look really nice and cozy for baby.

Well, that’s it for my week 19 update. Next week will be the halfway mark to meeting our sweet baby and on the 14th (Valentines Day!) we finally find out the gender. Can’t wait!

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