Pregnancy Update: 20, 21, 22, and 23 Weeks

I feel like a full fledged preggo person now–I look pregnant when I go in public (except when I wear oversized sweatshirts and yoga pants… then I just look like a slob!). I’m feeling lucky that I work at home because I still get so tired sometimes, and I don’t always feel great (and I can mostly live in yoga pants).

My skin is kind of gross right now–I need to do more of this to try and make it less dry and icky looking. My hair is dry too. I think I need to consume more coconut oil. One day, I had coconut oil frosting for breakfast (which does not appeal to me right now), and baby E went nuts–I think he liked it. He’s pretty hyper in general, and over the past three weeks he has begun moving around almost non-stop. I can see and feel him kicking and punching me, and Dave likes that part–I think he finally feels like he’s a part of it.

We’re liking the Bradley Method class a lot. I’ve been 90% dedicated to doing all the exercises and relaxation too. I haven’t weighed myself–I don’t like feeling chubby, and I don’t want to look at the number because I’m eating what I need to eat (and not eating junk), so the number is irrelevant to me. I don’t want to bring it into my focus at this point. I inadvertently looked at some pics from a fitness photo shoot I did last year, and that really did not make me feel love toward my chubby thighs—so I’m just focusing on what I’m doing, not what I look like or what I weigh. That’s working–I don’t think about it mostly, and I actually feel good about my approach to being healthy and somewhat fit!

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My belly feels like a rock–my skin and ab muscles are stretched so far, and I know this is just the beginning. No complaints here, just a bit of concern about what the heck is going to happen. I can barely do cat/cow stretches in yoga because my ab muscles hurt from stretching.

Sleeping is not comfortable, although the huge pillow I bought is nice. My back muscles are completely knotted, and Dave has been really nice to try and massage them out (even in the middle of the night). I may get a massage, or I may just try and stretch more. I’m not sure yet.

Nothing is awful—it’s just not fun. I don’t actually have a single complaint about how I feel or what is going on right now–it only sounds like it because I am being honest about the details! I don’t mind any of it overall, and I know it’s for a contained amount of time.

We’re moving on March 1, and I am so excited—goodbye city, hello Marina del Rey! I’ll be back at the beach, walking there instead of the gym. I’m looking forward to cleaner air, the beach, the farmer’s market across the street, and being in a brand new apartment. I could practically cry with excitement over the washer and dryer and new bathroom. It’s going to be a perfect place for the three of us. My friend Pilar lives down the street on the marina too, so that will be nice for collaborating on more projects (we did the pregnancy and post-partum nutrition and yoga courses together).

I have been busy trying to make progress on some projects I’m doing… and in the past month there have been over 150,000 people here on my blog. I updated some recipes and pictures, and a couple posts have gone viral on pinterest (mostly this one). It’s a fun game—and I’ve met some really great people through the process. I’ll fill you in soon on the new projects I’m working on. For right now, I’m going to go take a nap. Because I’m tired and pregnant, and because I can!

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