Loosened from the mud, I find myself floating in a world of possibility.

So can you.

Week 25

I hate admitting this to myself, but the truth is, I need structure in my life. I enjoyed my weekly schedule when I was working a regular job. I always felt more frazzled in the academic environment where months could by before an important deadline hit.

I want some structure here on this blog. I want some structure in recording/documenting my pregnancy. My pregnancy journal is not taking off and at this point, is more like my travel journals. This blog is all over the place in terms of topics, focus, stuff. Maybe a little bit of structure would help anchor it.

So, I'm going to try something new. I found this somewhere when looking for journal prompts and it seemed like something I could get into. Anyone else out there reading this pregnant? Lani? Want to give it a try?

OK. Here goes:

Week 25

3 December 2009
How far along? week 25 day 5
Weight gain: So much! More than what I planned for. I've been eating healthy, I swear. And, now the baby is getting noticeably bigger so the weight gain is not just me.
Sleep: Interrupted about 3 times a night to go and pee. Some nightmares. Wonder why I even have nightmares when I never really had so many before. Dreams are surreal and vivid, so much so that I wake up confused and uncertain about what is real.
Best moment this week: Realizing we could have matching pigtails. Oops. Just gave it away: It's a girl. And, realizing what a great father the Big D is going to be.
Movement: Tons of kicking. Oh My Goodness. I can't imagine it not starting to hurt when baby gets bigger. Sometimes the kicks are so strong, my stomach shakes.
Food cravings: Fruit. Can't get enough fresh fruit.
What I miss: Drinking herbal tea and China Cola.
What I am looking forward to: I've always wanted a friend who would be adventurous with me in the kitchen, cooking, canning, etc. I just realized that baby might be interested in keeping me company, or at she will be until she gets bigger and runs out of the kitchen.
Next challenge: Glucose test next week. Gotta eat super healthy this week so that the test comes out good. My sister tested positive for gestational diabetes, but then she did opt to eat McDonalds on the day of the test.

This was all the daring I could muster for as big as I feel. Everyone says "you're supposed to gain weight." Yet, even my doctor seemed concerned at first, but just recently she said that some women just put on more weight than others. The women in my family get round all over and right now, I'm not ready for that phase of my life. My mother is no help. When getting measured for my sari blouse for the baby puja, she insisted the tailor (seamstress) add a couple inches in the seams so that it can be let out should I get even bigger. No way! I'm planning to slim down after this whole pregnancy thing is over. Baby will keep me going, I'm sure! Got a health club membership so that I could swim, but haven't dared the bathing suit yet. Probably should before I get even bigger!

Weekly Wisdom: "Every little girl needs a good father." I don't know where I heard this, maybe a movie or TV show, or even a commercial (blame it on the prego ditzyness), but when I did, I just knew that my little girl will have the greatest father there is. Someone who is whole-heartedly supportive, full of love and compassion and is, best of all, someone who is fun. I should know. I married him for all these reasons!

From BabyCenter:
"Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture."

I can't wait to see what you look like, Baby! Will you have D's thick blonde hair? Probably not the blonde, but hopefully the thick. Will you have his hazel eyes or my dark brown? Will your skin be dark brown like mine or somewhere in between his Norwegian pale and my Indian dark? All I do know for sure is that with this large of a gene pool, you are going to be extra beautiful and extremely smart! And representative of all that is good in this country, this millenium and this world!


  1. I've been so far behind on all things internet! So, I'm just catching up. My mother and my mother-in-law have been telling me to keep a pregnancy journal but I've not yet attempted it. I blame my total exhaustion (when will this end!?!) I like the structure you chose and I like reading about your experiences.
    I'm at 10 weeks and 1 day.
    No weight gain...yet. But, food doesn't agree with me much right now.
    Sleep? I could sleep all day but don't. By nighttime...I can't sleep.
    Food cravings? I can't get enough of fruits and sweets. Meat and salads make me ill right now. :)
    What I miss: Coffee.

    My mom wants to buy me a journal...perhaps I will let her do that and I will use this structure...Thanks for the motivation!

  2. Hi Lani! Sorry about the delay in my response. It seems that my comment notifications go directly to the spam file.

    Just wait, in a few weeks, you will be feeling better. My friend said, she just woke one day and the sickness was gone. That's what happened with me. When I was sick I stayed inside too much. I know that if I had walked more in the fresh air, I would probably have done better. Hope you are getting lots of fresh air!

    I was the same way - I ate lots of fruits and sweets. I feel bad for all the CSA produce that went into my compost pile, but oh well, at least I got through it. I remember D grilled a steak one weekend while I went for a walk and I could smell it a block away, but couldn't eat the dang thing. Pretty soon you will be in that phase of wanting to eat really healthy. And you've heard that old wive's tale about craving fruits and sweets, haven't you? It could be a girl. It turned out to be true for me even though I had sort of convinced myself it was a boy. The night before the ultrasound, I dreamt of a girl, so I was prepared when I went in.

    I hope you will continue to share your experience. You are the only one I know who is pregnant, too.



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