How far along? 8 weeks, 6 days
Gender: no idea
Total weight gain: 1 lb as of last Thursday, maybe a couple more after this weekend, lol
Maternity clothes? I had to replace my sportsbras. I also bought a couple empire-waist style tops that I think I’ll be able to wear until I’m pretty far along, but they’re not marked as maternity. I bought some flat foot boots that I’ll be able to wear when I want to wear boots but can no longer handle a heel. I say all that counts as maternity shopping! I’m hoping to get pass-me-downs from a few people I have in mind–two who are due in December, and one who just had twins.
Stretch marks? No
Belly button? Innie
Sleep: I’ve been napping more often lately, 2-3 afternoons/evenings a week
Best moment this week (so far): Telling my best friend from high school and my brother about the pregnancy. Also, Darling Husband just got a new job that will really improve our financial picture. He starts in 2 weeks, after 11 months of part-time work without benefits (underemployment).
Worst moment this week (so far): At a baby shower for a cousin, my aunt called me out in a large group to ask when I’m going to have a baby. So obnoxious. I’m not telling until Thanksgiving, so I had to pretend I’m not prego and that I have no plans anytime soon.
Miss Anything? alcohol, sushi
Cravings: graham crackers, ginger ale
Classes? Not yet
Nursery progress? ha no. The baby doesn’t get a nursery anyway, just a corner of our bedroom. We have a spare bedroom that will eventually belong to him/her, but I want to hang on to my office space as long as possible, and also use that extra bed for visitors who come to see the baby.
Names picked? We have a girl name (named after both my parents) but are really having trouble with a boy name. We like family names, but the boy names in our families are boring.
Struggles? None really. This is easy
Most worried about? defending my choices and preferences to people who are going to feel entitled to an opinion. I am not interested in so much of “mommy culture”–I find it cloyingly sentimental, infantilizing, and boring. But I know if I complain about it people will ask, “well, why are you having a baby then?” Umm, because they aren’t babies forever, thankfully, and because I think it’s possible to have a baby without participating in all the BS our culture attaches to it.
Most excited about: Telling everyone at Thanksgiving!