Technically, a day late, since I’m 16 weeks today. But week 15 is over!
Big development this week was purchasing a mom-mobile for me.
I’m now the proud owner of a 2010 Toyota Rav4!
We went to the dealership yesterday and engaged in some major haggling. Well, by major, I mean, we did our best. We brushed up on DadHTP’s car haggling tips beforehand, and did our best to use them. We visited three dealerships, and eventually decided this Rav4 was the car for me. (I liked the Honda CRV as well, but it was pricey, even used, and the Nissan Rogue, but the dealer near us had a very limited selection.)
Unfortunately, because we NEEDED to drive home a car this weekend, we probably weren’t as aggressive as we could have been, but we’re happy with our purchase. We worked with my car dealer (in another state, boo) uncle over the phone, and he helped us work out our offer strategy over lunch. Ultimately, we paid $500 below list price, and over $1000 under Blue Book value, so I feel pretty good about that!
(Her name is Daenerys Targaryen. Dany, for short.)
Anyway, to make this baby-related—before the past few weeks, I’ve driven a tiny car (a Corolla) and Tim has driven a giant car (an Envoy). We decided it might be better to switch that around, because given our schedules I’ll be doing much of the baby and child-carting. We’re still waiting to see if Tim’s SUV is a total loss, but if it is (I hope I hope I hope), he’ll be getting a regular midsize car to replace it.
We ultimately chose the Rav4 because it’s roomy without being ginormous, safe, can fit two rear-facing carseats in the back comfortably, and I am a Toyota loyalist.
In other baby-related news, we took baby steps towards starting on the nursery this weekend, thanks to my mother-in-law!
Our nursery will likely be a vintage-y children’s book theme, so she brought us all kind of old books she’d picked up at her local library sale.
Our plan is to use pictures from these as nursery artwork.
I want to frame the pages from this alphabet book either spelling out the baby’s name and/or initials:
(No, we’re not naming the baby Lily if it’s a girl. Just an example.)
The other books have some gorgeous illustrations I can’t wait to frame, like this one, from a childhood favorite of mine, Corduroy.
I have no decorating sense at all, but I have the help of a friend and hopefully it’ll come together well.
This week, generally, I feel fabulous and often forget I’m pregnant. The “symptoms,” if you can even call them that:
- Extreme hunger. I am starving. I woke up in the middle of the night the other day and ate trail mix, if that gives you any idea of what it’s like.
- Sciatic pain and leg cramps. By the end of most days, especially if I’ve been on my feet a lot, my left buttcheek is killing me, and I’ve had some nasty leg cramps before bed.
- Round ligament pain. Lots of aches and twinges.
- Bubbles and flutters. I may or may not be feeling the baby move a little bit at this point. It could just be gas, I’m well aware, but I’ve had a very light sensation like popcorn popping a few times that feels almost ticklish. It happens most frequently at night, after a big meal, when I’ve laid down on the couch to watch some TV. I’m sure it’ll take a few more weeks to feel movement for sure, but I think this might be it.
I had an OB appointment this week and all was well. Lumpy’s heartbeat was 156, and they had to chase him or her around my stomach with the Doppler wand because of all the movement! I was hoping for a quick ultrasound peek to see if we could find out the sex of the baby, but no dice.
Fitness-wise, I made it to CrossFit twice. I was shooting for three times, and had planned on going Saturday, but I didn’t think we’d get the check for my car so quickly and we had to go car shopping instead.
I’m getting super anxious to find out if Lumpy is a boy or a girl! Just three more weeks until we find out…I hope they speed by! I haven’t let myself do too much shopping yet, but I know that’s when the floodgates will open. I know a lot of people don’t find out until the baby’s born, but I feel like, for me, knowing whether we’re having a son or a daughter will really help both of us with the bonding process during pregnancy.
Here’s hoping week 16 is another good one!