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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.



Week 21: My Pregnancy Journey.

Hard to believe another week has gone by and it’s already time for another update!

How Big is the Baby?

Still focusing on length these days, and now our little boy is as long as a CARROT!

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My online sources tell me that he is now around 10.5 inches long, and weights 3/4 of a pound!  That sounds so big to me, even though I know he still has a looooong way to go.

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By now the baby is fully developed, and he pretty much just needs to hang out and grow!

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How I’m Changing

As expected, my stomach continues to get bigger!

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It’s crazy to me that I wrote about struggling with pregnancy body changes just a few short weeks ago.  Now at week 21, I’m loving the changes more and more each day.  My arms and legs are still strong, and being back in the gym has made me feel confident and healthy again. 

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How I’m Feeling

Honestly?  I feel amazing!  Of course I have my moments where I am cranky or emotional, but who doesn’t?  There are days where I feel so normal and active now that I honestly forget I am pregnant from time to time. 

Not that it’s not something I think about all.the.time, but I’m much less focused on how different my body feels now than I was a few months ago.   Funny that when I still looked like my old self and was barely showing, I felt like a totally different person.  Now, despite this bigger-every-day belly, I feel like my old self again. 

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One change I have noticed this week more than others is that I feel like I literally cannot drink enough water.  I am guzzling it all day long, and yet still feel thirsty all the time!  I’m wondering if this might be tied to the thyroid medication that I am taking now, and I’m planning to ask about this at my next doctor’s appointment.  The increase in thirst probably also explains the other gross side effect I have noticed this week!

Odds and Ends

I bought a bunch of maternity clothes at Target, Gap, and Old Navy this weekend and now I finally feel like I have a nice selection to choose from so that I can comfortably get dressed these days.  Embracing maternity clothes has made a HUGE difference in how I feel both emotionally and physically.  Now instead of trying to cram my bump into all my old clothes, I can celebrate it with clothes that are meant to do just that!

Also this past weekend, our nursery furniture arrived!  It is really just sitting unassembled in the space for now, so there’s nothing really to show you yet.  I am still trying to decide how I want to decorate the nursery, and am getting so antsy to get it all set up and looking cute. 

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You can read more about what I’m eating and craving this week over on Babble, or visit the pregnancy page for previous updates and links!

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Allison     at 9:56 pm

So glad to hear you’ve been feeling better lately. You look great!

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Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me     at 10:46 pm

You look so great! Love these posts!

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Gina @ running to the kitchen     at 2:00 am

You look great! It’s amazing how much you’ve “popped” in the past 2 posts. Maybe it’s just the maternity shirts now (which look great!)though.

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Amanda     at 4:05 am

You’ve come such a long way and you look so happy, too. I love this black top on you.

You make me want to have a baby!

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Elisabeth     at 4:58 am

You look beautiful, Emily! So glad the pregnany is going well these days with a good appetite again :)

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Jen     at 8:12 am

I cannot get over how gorgeous you look! Pregnancy really suits you :)

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Jamie     at 8:21 am

You look so strong, healthy, happy and beautiful! Sounds like you feel that way too :) So glad you’re at peace with where you’re at, and rolling with the changes like a pro. What an inspiration you are!

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Katherina @ Zephyr Runs     at 11:29 am

Aw you are such a beautiful future momma!! The maternity clothes suit you :)

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Caroline C.     at 11:49 am

Emily, you look fantastic!

I made the Mexican quinoa with black beans & avocado and loved it!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Ginger     at 1:06 pm

I really enjoy hearing about your pregnancy journey, even though I don’t have any children. I initially started reading this blog for recipes, but I really look forward to the baby updates.
I stumbled across another blog you might like, http://www.selfrighteousparent.com/
The woman who writes in also lives in the Pacific Northwest, so I thought you might find it interesting. Keep the updates coming!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Awesome – thanks!

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday     at 1:32 pm

It’s nice to hear that you’re feeling good. A happy pregnancy is a good pregnancy.

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Kate @ NaturaStride     at 1:59 pm

Looking great! Your hair looks fabulous too – have you noticed a change at all? (I remember my sister said her hair became very full/thick when she was pregnant) :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

It’s actually much drier now, although definitely longer too.

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Jennifer (The Gourmetour)     at 2:32 pm

eek!! Look at that belly! You look fantastic!

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samantha     at 5:08 pm

I’m so glad you’re feeling so great! You look so happy and so lovely!

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Cheryl     at 10:53 pm

Hey Emily! I’m sure you are not looking for pregnancy advice but I had a thought about the dry hair. Just wondering if you’ve thought about increasing your fat intake? Fat is an very important component in brain development. It’s possible you are not getting enough so the baby is getting it wherever it can. Just a thought. It’s worth a try! Congrats and best wishes!

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Rachelle     at 11:09 pm

You look amazing! You should do some pregnancy modeling.
I didn’t know that about the dry hair, thanks for the info.
Hopefully I will join the preggo club again in August or September :-)
Love your posts….

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Jen     at 11:23 pm

emily – you look phenomenal. the belly is perfect and your arms are looking so toned and strong. glad to hear you are feeling good!

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Michele     at 1:04 am

You have such a cute pregnant belly!

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Teri [a foodie stays fit]     at 1:52 pm

ummmm you are freaking adorable pregnant. that’s all.

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