Pregnancy – Week 26

Week… 26

Baby is the size of… an eggplant

Highlight of the Week… Aside from receiving excellent news about my maternity leave benefit this week, baby’s movements have changed in such a cool way! This week, baby has started stretching and taking up more space, which means out of nowhere I can feel baby puuuushing outward from my body. Up to this point, it’s been all kicks, punches, and tumbles, but suddenly, there are hard spots on the surface because baby is hanging out on the edges. We can’t yet identify if it’s the head, butt, or back, but it’s cool all the same.

Frustration of the Week… I had the most epic meltdown this week over finding a sweatshirt or jacket! In complete and utter honesty, my hormones have stayed shockingly well under control through my pregnancy. I have small bouts of PMS-like emotion every four weeks like clockwork that last about a day – if that. Unfortunately, that day landed while I was selecting clothing for my upcoming trip to Dublin. I need a jacket or a sweatshirt because, well, it’s a bit chilly there. Let me tell you why this is so frustrating. First, I have a closet FULL of long-sleeved options already – running jackets, rain jackets, zip-up hoodies, everything you can imagine. But my belly is too big for all of them. That’s right – not a single one will zip or fit. Second, IT’S SUMMER HERE! As in it’s hot-hot-hot! Not only is it hard to find maternity clothes in general but try finding a black light jacket or zip-up sweatshirt that is appropriate to wear in the workplace (maternity or a size up) in Arizona in May. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Thankfully, I found one through ASOS online and it’s not perfect but it’ll work for what I need.

Eating a lot of… Veggies and shrimp! And… brownies. Hubs made brownies and I couldn’t control myself.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Referencing back to my frustration this week, hubs went on a massive hunt for a black jacket for me the day after my meltdown. He spent hours going to stores, combing through racks and racks of clothing trying to find me a viable solution. He truly is the best!

A Tidbit… I finally got a belly band to help with ligament and back pain. Game. Changer. After extensive research, I invested in a Belly Bandit and it has made all the difference in my comfortability and pain management. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but since we are planning for a second pregnancy, the return on investment is pretty great. If you use my link, you can get 5% off your purchase.

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