Bump Update: 22 and 23 Weeks

At the very end of week 23, it's hard to believe the little guy only has about 16 weeks of cooking time left!  Things are really starting to blur together, and since my 22nd and 23rd weeks were pretty similar, I've taken the liberty of posting them as a two-fer. 

Looking at these photos makes me so depressed about leaving my hairdresser - almost every time I go to see her, I suggest we do something a little different than last time {just for fun}, and not only is she always a sport about it, she always does a top-notch job.  Last time, she added some highlights and a red-ish glaze.  I'm really going to miss her!  It's so hard to find the right stylist - here's hoping it doesn't take me too long to find one in Austin.

This 22 week snap was taken by my lovely Mum at my parents home in New Hampshire {the light there is far superior to that in our LA condo, as is the cooking}.  After my parents claimed they could hardly see a bump, I bought this form-fitting {at least for preggo ladies} fuschia number and voila: BUMP.

I have to mention the necklace I'm wearing in this 23 Weeks shot - it's my new favorite!  It's a near-perfect knock-off white version of this Kenneth Jay Lane necklace {which I bought for a steal on Gilt and LOVE}.   I saw it in a shop display case in New Hampshire and had to have it - there's not a hint of real gold on this version, but honestly, who cares.  You can find this fantastic coral knock-off necklace here.

Ok, on to business - here are the stats from these weeks!

Weeks cooking: 23

Weeks remaining: 17 {due date, though I wouldn't bet the ranch on it, is July 17th}

Size of baby: 1 pound, 4 ounces!  Woohoo!!  Wonky baby feeder is working!  We saw the specialist again last week, and he said everything looks just fine.  No restrictions  issued, nor warnings involving the dreaded word "rupture" given.  Happiness.

Weight Gain: about 15 pounds.  I refuse to feel guilty about this since I eat a healthy diet for the most part, I go on plenty of long urban treks, and the baby is growing well. I will say, however, that I think 5 of those pounds are directly attributable to the amount of treats I had during my visit to New Hampshire.

Maternity Clothes: Not so much.  I'm trying to wear "normal" clothes for as long as possible and so far it seems to be working just fine.  It helps that the only pants I wear any more are workout pants, which have so much elastic they could probably fit two watermelons in them before the seams gave out.

Symptoms:  MAJOR belly ligament stretching going on these days.  I tried to lift my carry-on into the overhead compartment on my flight from LA to Boston, and let's just say that I'm not doing that again until this guy is no longer occupying my belly.  It was a pretty big WAKE UP, YOU'RE REALLY PREGNANT NOW call.  I can no longer roll over in bed without feeling like my sides are splitting.  Also experiencing some minor swelling, but long walks and lots of water seem to be keeping that {mostly} at bay.

Food Cravings/Aversions: nothing new here.  My appetite feels pretty normal.

Sleep: the 3am wake-ups have pretty much stopped, though I can't sleep past 6:30 or 7am. Not complaining!

Sex: BOY!  We're trying to pick out a name and it's not easy - I'm steering clear of (1) "trendy" names, (2) misspelled names {seriously, I don't understand why folks think this is a great way to make their baby's name unique - he or she will be spelling out their name for the rest of their life}, and (3) names that lend themselves to undesirable nicknames.  Shocking how many names these filters will sift out!

Movement: rocking and rolling.  Mr. Curieuse gets a huge kick out of feeling some big kicks and punches every night.

What I miss: Margaritas and more than 1 cup of coffee.  And all of this house-buying madness has really made me wish I could have a glass of wine at night!

Looking forward to: closing on our Austin house this coming week, so I can FINALLY start making concerte nursery plans!


  1. You look adorable! And I feel you on the trendy, weird spellings of names. I'm not a fan either.

    BTW, I go to Urban Betty in Austin and have for several years. The stylist I used to go to isn't there any longer but I've gotten 2 haircuts from Ryan there since the other gal left and I've been happy with the outcome :) It took me nearly 2 years to find a place I liked.

  2. @storiesfromatx.com What a coincidence - my hairdresser did some research on Austin salons for me (see, she really is the best) and Urban Betty made her list! Thank you for recommending! I'll definitely have to check it out.

  3. classic names! i absolutely love the name henry.

  4. Totally agree on no trendy names.... our girls (the one here on earth already and the one in utero) have very, very painfully traditional names with traditional spellings. I just think classic is the way to go with something someone has to keep... forever. We close on a new house this coming week too - yikes! Buying a house is a busy time!

  5. Such an exciting time for you! You look amazing! Happy to find your blog and be a new follower. Congratulations on your summer baby arrival! :)


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