Hello, and happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. The baby turned 29 weeks on Thanksgiving Day, only 11 weeks left to go!
We spent Thanksgiving with Brian's family in New Jersey. Luckily for me, my father-in-law is a fantastic cook and he made all of the delicious food that we ate other than the desserts (which I made). We enjoyed the usual fixings, including turkey, stuffing (made with multiple types of bread, sausage, apples, dried cranberries, herbs and turkey sausage), roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash with a bacon balsamic glaze, mashed potatoes and loads of homemade gravy. Towards the end of our meal, I got VERY sleepy and was allowed to take a cat nap on the couch instead of cleaning up (lucky me!). The rest of the day was spent chatting and watching football. Brian and I also snuck in an afternoon walk around the neighborhood.
We eventually ate dessert, which included homemade apple and cranberry crisp and pumpkin gingerbread trifle. I wasn't sure what the trifle would be like, but we all loved it! I'll definitely be making it again. It was also very easy to put together. I made the gingerbread on Tuesday and assembled the trifle on Wednesday evening.
On Black Friday we woke up and took a long walk. Later in the afternoon, Brian's mom and I went to Buy Buy Baby and Carter's to see if we could find any good deals for the baby. Buy Buy Baby was somewhat of a disappointment (no good deals), but I did manage to snag a Bundleme for the stroller. Carter's was definitely a success, everything was 50% off so I bought some basics along with this adorable cuddly outfit.
The remainder of the holiday weekend was spent relaxing, going on more walks, and eating delicious leftovers made with roast turkey, including turkey chowder and turkey hash.
Now it's time to get ready for Christmas, I can't believe that I'll be home with my family in less than 3 weeks!
Here's what's happening with Baby Riley this week:
- Baby Riley is the size of a butternut squash (over 2.5 pounds and about 15 inches long)
- His or her muscles, lungs and brain continue to develop
- His or her bones are soaking up calcium (over 200mg a day) as the baby's skeleton hardens
And what's happening with me:
Weight Gained: Somewhere around 16-17 pounds I would guess, we'll know for sure at next week's appointment.
Favorite Moment: Last week I felt these little little taps near my ribs. It was very funny, I have no idea what the baby was doing but I don't think that they were hiccups because the baby is usually head down as far as I can tell. However, I have noticed what I think are hiccups on multiple occasions this week.
Workouts: Mostly long walks this week because we were in New Jersey for Thanksgiving, but now that i'm back in the city I've been going to the gym.
Symptoms: My uterus is definitely moving up closer to my ribs and it makes bending down more difficult. I also still get the occasional braxton hicks/round ligament pains when I am walking.
Food Aversions/Cravings: None in particular, but I ate my fair share on Thanksgiving day!
Sleep: Sleeping well and through the night!
Looking forward to: I am registered to take a breastfeeding class this week (our insurance pays for it) and we have a hospital tour scheduled for Saturday.