Healthy + Hapai–21 Weeks

I’m shocked by how fast this week has gone by.  When Tuesday [our day to take photos] came around this week, Ben and I looked at each other and literally said, “already??  I knew time would start flying like crazy once we had the baby, but geez…


The baby continues to grow.  He’s now about 10 and a half inches long – about the size of a carrot – and weighs in at about 3/4 of a pound.  He’s gone through most of his vital developments at this point and just needs to grow from this point on!



I’m just going to come out and say it: I am a grouch this week. I’m not sure if it’s the hormones, the lack of good sleep [I can’t get comfortable on my side], or just being discontent with what’s going on in my personal life, but it’s been pretty bad since we got back from our awesome weekend vacation

I almost lost it when one of my clients started yelling at me for not letting her touch my belly yesterday.  Yes, she’s diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and has absolutely no filter, but REALLY?!  About five minutes later another client sat down next to me and told me how “fat” my belly was getting.  Ahh… the joys of working with severe mental illness. 

I have to keep reminding myself that my body is doing exactly what it’s meant to be doing at this point, and that my belly is beautiful.  I do have to say that I feel like I’ve finally reached that point where I’m a bit uncomfortable in my own skin.  Even at my biggest, I carried my weight mostly in my hips and thighs, so I’m really not used to having a belly.  I can’t wait til it is an undeniably pregnant belly rather than just looking like I’ve gained weight. 

Week 11 - sideIMG_8138

[Week 11 vs. Week 21 – What a difference 10 weeks makes!]

I haven’t been completely filled with fire lately, though. 

In my last post I wrote that the baby’s already getting spoiled with gifts, but Ben wanted me to let you all know that our baby isn’t spoiled, just very loved.  In any case, our baby got even more love this week.  We arrived home to a package sent from two of our best friends, Lorena + Luis, that had the cutest University of Oregon [our alma mater] onesies and more duck gear!


[We’ve already had to clear out a drawer for all the little one’s stuff.]

They also wrote a letter addressed to the baby that had me sobbing for over an hour [seriously, Lorena told me multiple times to stop crying while we talked on the phone].  I blame the hormones. 

Tidbits for this week:

Cravings: fruit like it’s nobody’s business, roasted veggies with cilantro… reading and naps.

Aversions: school school school.


[found this circulating on FB.  So. True.]

Plane rides taken with baby: Two – Thanksgiving weekend to Hawai`i island and this past weekend to O`ahu.

Workouts: less than usual this week… the low energy has really taken it’s toll, so I make sure to at least get a walk or some yoga in when I’m feeling extra lazy. 

Exciting new online workout find: Moms Into Fitness!  I stumbled across their free second trimester workout and am so excited to have the site as a resource for the rest of my pregnancy and beyond!  

Missing: sleeping on my back.  The snoogle’s great and all, but I toss and turn all night trying to get comfortable… and when I wake up I’m always on my back again. 

I just know that week 22 will be here sooner than I know it… even with all the grouchiness, I couldn’t be more excited for every single day of this process. 

I finally put together a Pregnancy Page!  You can find all my hapai posts and updates there.  Smile

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