March 31, 2012
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22 Week Bump Report
22 Weeks Peekaboo RS
How far along: 22 weeks (technically, 22 weeks and 3 days today)

How big is the baby: Our baby is about 11 inches long and weighs almost a pound. If we were to go in for a 3D/4D ultrasound right now, she’d actually look like a newborn since her lips, eyelids and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums.

Total weight gain: According to my doctor’s scale this past week, I am up 3 lbs since my 18 week appointment. During my 20 week bump report, I was up 1.5 lbs…so I guess I’ve gained another 1.5 lbs in the past two weeks for a total of 9 lbs since the start of my pregnancy. My doctor told me at the start of my pregnancy that she wanted me to gain between 25-35 lbs so I feel like I’m right on track and maintaining well. As a point of comparison, I tend to check out Elena’s bump reports…as well as my mother’s weight gain during her pregnancy with me. My mom gained a total of 18 lbs during her pregnancy with me…and I was 9 lbs 3 oz. She always said she was all belly/baby, so I seem to be following in her footsteps.

Sleep: The sleep situation hasn’t changed a whole lot from a two weeks ago. However, I am now sleeping with a different pillow between my legs and that seems to make a nice difference.

Maternity Clothes: I haven’t talked about maternity clothes up until now because there wasn’t a whole lot to talk about. A lot of my pre-pregnancy dresses fit beautifully and I’m really enjoying wearing them now that we have nicer weather – and it’s kinda fun to show off my baby bump. Since my mall trip with Casey a couple of weeks ago…I’ve purchased a pair of jeans from H&M (LOVE THEM), some gym pants (so much more comfortable), a few pairs of capris for work and several maternity tops. For the most part, I’m pretty satisfied with these purchases…minus one pair of capri pants that makes me look like I’m wearing a diaper. I kid you not! I either need to grow a butt or never wear fitted shirts with that pair of capris again.

Best moment of the week (past two weeks): Our little girl is moving and kicking on a regular basis now. She also responds to our voices. For example, early last week, I was on my way home from a birthday party. Granted, I’d just eaten a piece of cake so I’m sure she was feeling the sugar rush…but I started talking to her. “Hey baby girl, your mama loves you.” She’d kick. This went back and forth for a good 15-20 minutes. Since then, I look forward to laying back every night and watching her move. My husband can also feel her move – which is pretty awesome. The only thing that feels kinda weird is when she is rolling over and I can feel her head move against my stomach. It almost feels like an upset stomach – my belly gets hard in one spot and then softens when she’s adjusted. So sweet!

On that note, at this point…she gets a little shy when she hears other people’s voices. While we were visiting my in-laws this past weekend, our niece asked if she was moving. She had been, but wasn’t moving right at that very moment…so I responded, “not right now sweetie.” Our niece quickly said, “that’s okay, I’m sure she’ll move soon enough.” It was pretty cute. Later, our niece asked us again if we’d chosen a name for our baby (for a few nights in a row, I think she called almost every night). The truth is we have, but we haven’t shared it with anyone yet…we’re still enjoying keeping it a secret for a little longer. I guess I could just tell her that we’re not sharing it yet, but I thought it’d be more fun to say “Dora…like the Explorer.” Apparently, our 7 year old niece hasn’t picked up on sarcasm yet. On Monday morning, she saw my husband’s cousin at school and promptly told her that she knew the name of our baby, but that she couldn’t tell a soul since it was a secret (she also doesn’t know what secrets are). My husband’s cousin said, “well what is it?” To which our niece said, “Dora…like the Explorer.” Considering I’d jokingly told his cousin the same thing when I saw her on Saturday, she had to chuckle to herself…but she wasn’t quite sure if she was more excited about the name or that she knew a secret. Either way, it makes me laugh. Just to clarify, we have NOT named our daughter Dora.

Food cravings: I’m really loving chocolate/banana/peanut butter protein smoothies from the Smoothie King and yogurt from Yopop (specifically cake batter yogurt)! And when I need a cookie…Girl Scout Shortbread cookies! I really wish I’d bought more of those this year.

Food aversions: The only thing that really irritates my nose is strong coffee. If I have a cup, it’s usually French Vanilla (or chai…gosh, that sounds good right now). However, the smell of Sumatra completely grosses me out. Whenever my coworkers make a cup, I have to move away.

  • Heartburn is back! I don’t necessarily eat anything that would provoke heartburn (I stay away from spicy foods or anything too greasy), but it’s been making an appearance lately. Tums have been my friend…but if it continues, I’ll probably have to start taking Prilosec daily. 
Gender: Girl! 

What I’m looking forward to: We haven’t made any progress on the nursery other than taking our fabrics to a seamstress who will be making our bedding and curtains. In the next two weeks, I’m hoping that my husband will have some time to take down the bed that is currently in the nursery. We’ll also be picking up our crib and bassinet – so that’s pretty exciting. 

What I miss: Nothing really – but I can already tell that I’m going to miss being so close to our little girl once she’s born. There’s nothing that compares to these moments where it’s just the two of us. 

Next Appointment: April 24th…regular checkup and glucose tolerance test.


    So excited for you! Pregnancy is the best!

    You look AMAZING! So glad things are going well. (- the hearburn)

    Dora could work if she has brown eyes and hair. ;) :D

    The only thing I miss about being pregnant is having “kick talks” with the babies. Love that. :)

    You are looking great! :)

    To answer your question about double exposures, they’re actually really, really easy to do. I might do a tutorial on my blog soon, but for now, a friend of mine just posted her own tutorial, which you can read here: Like I said, super easy and they can turn out beautifully!

    Ashley, you have always been just a gorgeous sweet girl… but you are just looking GORGEOUS mama! So happy everything is going so great! OMGosh, can’t wait to see the ba-zillion baby girl pics to come soon!!! XO

    Hey Ashley! I’m not commenting much, but I always read your bump reports. I’m soooo hapy for you, your hubby and Dora! ;)
    Best regards!

    Oh, I love that shot! Very nice capture, Ashley. :)
    BTW, I am hosting a giveaway that you may be interested in ;)

    Love following your Baby Bump reports. When my daughter was pregnant she, too, suffered from heartburn. Her doctor told her to chew gum and that seemed to offer her some relief.

    You are looking MAHVELOUS my dear! Also, probably an old wives tale, but I was always told that heartburn just meant the babies had lots of hair…I did, and mine did…so, there you have it – my completely unscientific opinion ;) I am so excited for you – again, thank you for sharing your journey with us! Can’t wait to see the little “Dora”…funny!

    I love it! You’re so cute! What does Kitty Paw think of the bump? Hehe :)

    I love your reports and you’ll love having this record of such a special time in your life.

    What a great picture of you! You are looking wonderful.

    This all sounds great; I’m so excited for you. It brings me back to when I was pregnant, it was a great time. I really enjoyed my baby bump! And, like you, really cherished the moments when it was just the two of us (with her in my belly).

    what a beautiful picture! you look amazing! so happy to hear that the pregnancy is going so well!! i am so excited for you!!

    Love these updates!!! You are doing great and will be a great Mother!!! So exciting.

    I love how each week you do something different and fun for your photo. I’m sure you are getting beyond excited.

    I just posted a tutorial for double exposure photography on my own blog! Check it out here: =D

    I’m loving your updates, and am glad you’re doing so well! Your photo this week is really adorable. :)

    Oh what memories you have brought back for me- including the glucose test. That’s something I blocked out- even though I did it 3 times :) Can’t wait for the next report! You are looking so beautiful my dear!

    you look so cute!! pregnancy is a wonderful time! i was fortunate enough to have great pregnancies. my favorite was feeling the babies kick and move around. what a special time! so excited for you and your husband!

    I agree with Gina, so many memories…I almost didn’t want her to be born so she could just stay safe inside. Then it was giving up nursing, her first day at school, and then letting her leave the house driving herself in the car…and oh my in a year she leaves for college! Love seeing your “bump” photos!

    I love all of your notes Ashley. It’s so good that you are documenting all of this. I’m so happy that you are enjoying every second of it. It just gets better and better!

    Enjoyed the update. Looks like everything is going great. V

    Such a cute photo! Love the name story with your niece!!

    You look sooooooo cute! I almost miss being pregnant… and that is saying a lot! I have missed keeping up with you lately… hopefully that changes soon :)

    Gosh you’re doing great, Ashley!! A baby girl…how exciting!!

    You are glowing Ashley. Reading your baby bump reports brings back memories of my own pregnancies. I’m not gonna lie- that glucose test is nasty and not fun but necessary. Have a great week

    you look beautiful! Glad to hear this has been a smooth pregnancy for you! (I didn’t have to wear maternity clothes until I was like 7-8 months pregnant {with my first} it was so nice-I freaked everyone out at work when I said I would be having a baby in like a month!)

    Such a cute picture. Love it!

    What a unique photo idea! you look great!

    You look so beautiful Ashley, pregnancy agrees with you! So much fun to read along. Stay well! ;)

    You look wonderful! I love reading your updates.

    I was thinking the other day that I must know 12-15 women that are pregnant right now. Crazy!

    Are you POSITIVE “she’s” a “girl”??? Heartburn with two = full head of hair and BOYS!!! ;o)

    Either way, love that you share so much! Such an exciting time!!

    be blessed!


    Are you POSITIVE “she’s” a “girl”??? Heartburn with two = full head of hair and BOYS!!! ;o)

    Either way, love that you share so much! Such an exciting time!!

    be blessed!


    Reading this makes me so happy for you. :)

    I rarely make comments like these and feel free to ignore – but 18lbs IS TOO LITTLE WEIGHT GAIN! Elena gained 40-50 if I remember correctly and I was “all belly” and gained about 38-40 lbs by the end. I lost all of it within the first trimester, so it’s really totally ok. They say if you’re at a good weight to begin with, 25-35 lbs is what you should aim for.

    YOU look so DANG CUTE! Love that photo. You are so creative. I can’t wait until you reveal her name. I know it will be something beautiful.

    I was going to say the same about the old wives tale of heartburn, a full head of hair, is true! And I kept one of my baby names a secret till he was born, drove people nuts. But I wanted to name my baby w/o a thousand suggestions, like name him after grandpa, or Uncle Joe, or whom ever, it was my turn this time to give him a name I wanted, hehehe!

    Not sure how ^ that’s anonymous!

    Awe, these updates remind me so much of my pregnancy, there truly is nothing like being pregnant. I too had the terrible heartburn, but ya know, I didn’t even tell my dr. I just lived on tums ultra. I guess I should’ve told him haha. Well, I can’t wait to find out what her name is and I just cannot wait to see her!! I know she will be gorgeous and man did you make me want a smoothy!

    I love this new picture! So sweet! I am so excited for you Ashley!

    So cute. Time is flying by. Your belly bump was sooo cute yesterday!