21 Weeks: Saturday Snapshots

April 21, 2012

Can you tell in this photo that I have pigmentation on my forehead? My doctor says it’s melasma, when the melanin in your body goes a little crazy and makes pigments darker on your face in response to sun. I think the main purpose of the changing pigments all over is to make your nipples darker so the baby can see them when he is born. No comment on the status of those…

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Another weird body thing – I have blue veins all over my chest. Like in a scary road map way!! They are so obvious that I can see them across the room in Pump! I tried to take a photo, but the lighting wasn’t totally cooperating. But you can see a few!

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In other news, we have a crib mattress!! After a fair amount of research, I decided on this one by Naturepedic. It cost more than our crib did. Ouch. But it fits the crib well, and I think it was a good purchase.

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The swaddled bear loves it.

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In other nursery décor news, baby now has a set of bunting flags from Etsy in grey, yellow and blue! I’m hoping to hang them above the crib soon. I could have DIYed this, but by the time I purchased all the materials, hauled Karen’s sewing machine from the attic, butchered half of the flags and found a few hours to do all of this, I decided I would rather support someone else who enjoys sewing and has an Etsy shop. [Note: I am going to make something with the sewing machine soon…but it will be a much more simple project!]

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Earthy Nicole April 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

I had those blue veins until I quit nursing! They’re probably much more obvious on fair skinned women like us! That mattress is pretty expensive but at least you’ll be using it a while. The crib mattress is what goes in a toddler bed (I cant remember if yours converts or not) so that helps with the sticker shock, lol. My little girl is three and is still in her toddler bed and I haven’t got plans to buy her something bigger for at least another year. And oh my, I love the bunting flags! I’m not very crafty at all so I would have done the same as you and just bought them.

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2 Karen April 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

Adorable flags!! and I agree.. sometimes it’s better to support someone who makes a living doing this and save your spare time for other fun projects! Have a happy Saturday!

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3 Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 21, 2012 at 8:49 am

I always say that it looks like someone used a blue maker all over my chest when I’m pregnant. Fortunately, that goes away.

Oh, and so does the dark nipples. A lot of people get the linea negra for the same reason but I never did. I hear that goes away in a few months after delivery.

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4 Jessie @ Graze With Me April 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

The lines nigra stays as long as you breastfeed. It’s a hormonal thing…

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5 Allison April 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Not necessarily. I breastfed my first son for 15 months and the LN went away at about six. I am eight months into breastfeeding my second and the LN was gone at four months.

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6 Allison k April 21, 2012 at 8:56 am

The only thing I can do on a sewing machine is run a simple line….and it usually isn’t straight. I got out my hand-me-down sewing machine last weekend to make cloth wipes, only to recall that I didn’t know how to thread the damn thing (it is olllllld and more complicated than my moms machine). My mom took the cloth wipes home with her, so she can run the seams.

As for skin changes, I sort of expected to get “the mask of pregnancy” but didn’t. I think maybe due to the majority of my pregnancy being in winter…now my nipples on the other hand…look like they belong on a different person!

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7 Jessie @ Graze With Me April 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

I’m happy to say that as a mom still nursing her 7 month old, both the nipples and my face pigmentation are back to normal. The veins however, are still all over & highly visible. And my boobs are always about 5 degrees warmer than my body…

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8 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food April 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

I have both the pigmentation (a small spot on my neck and a few dots on my belly/near my boobs) and also sooooo many viens! Mine aren’t as much on my chest, but all over my belly it’s crazy. Love the flags you got for the crib. And what a good idea swaddling a bear, I’ve gotta try and master that one soon!

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9 Jennifer April 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

Super cute crib! I love the flags and the swaddled bear. (haha)

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10 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles April 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

The vein thing is crazy for me too, my chest and tummy look like a map of blue lines as well. It started really early too. Enjoy the weekend!
And, those flags are *super* cute!

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11 Andrea April 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

Love the bunting flags – so cute!

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12 mandie April 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

IT’s funny your crib is on our top two list (in a different finish). I am curious though, we have a mesh crib bumper and some of the reviews say that this crib does not work well with a bumper, have you tried it? Are you going to use a bumper?

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13 KERF April 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

We aren’t, no

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14 Meagan April 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

We used a mesh bumber (but on a different crib) mainly to keep the soothers from falling on the floor. When it came to our baby being able to find his (and later, her) soother and put it back in himself, without me having to drag my exhausted butt out of bed, we did whatever it took (shy of duct tape!!!… atlhough have to admit, I did think about it…) ;)

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15 Angel7 April 21, 2012 at 11:08 am

I can see the melasma on my face as well. I do not mind it, though, because it inevitably goes away.

You can swaddle really well :) I do not think I can do that good of a job.

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16 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

I can explain the veins. Learned it in my lactation educator education program…it’s your body becoming more vascular as it builds the milk pathway. All those milk ducts, and milk-making equipment, requires lots of bloodflow and as your body is laying down the ductwork, it has to lay down lots of veins, too. So that’s why you’re noticing them. Totally normal!

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17 Emily April 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm

interesting! thanks for letting us know!

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18 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Those bunting flags are so cute!! What a great idea for baby decor. And the swaddled bear is just adorable :)

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19 Kara April 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I recently found out that melasma is very common among pregnant women. Fortunately, it normally goes away after birth, but if it doesn’t there are many things to treat it. I often visit this website, SkinTour.com for skin-related stuff – It is by a dermatologist and she has a whole bunch of information on melasma. I hope this helps!
http://www.skintour.com/in-depth/melasma-in-depth

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20 Alicia April 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Hi Kath. I have melasma as well. It’s from birth control pills, not pregnancy though. I started getting when I was living in Puerto Rico 2 years ago. Despite changing to a lower dose of BC, it hasn’t went away. Thankfully, nobody notices it!

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21 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs April 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Hey who swaddled the bear? Thats perfection! haha. Love the flags those will look so cute hanging.

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22 KERF April 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I did :) It’s not as great of a swaddle as it looks :)

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23 Mom April 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

So glad the Bears are cooperating. I bet you have very few jealousy issues when the baby arrives.

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24 robin April 24, 2012 at 6:54 am

hahaha

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25 Erin April 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I have those spots on my forehead and I had no idea they were from pregnancy. Good luck getting rid of them. My baby is two and I still have them. :)

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26 Meagan April 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I’m with Heidi… that is one impressive swaddle!
Best to get good at it now… I swear swaddling is the key to a sleeping baby!!!

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27 Emily April 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm

another person here whose chest got really veiny – boobs, too! They still are, 11.5 months into nursing my son. I thought I would like to see how much bigger my girls got, but I’m too distracted by the veins ;) Something “the books” didn’t tell me!

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28 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) April 22, 2012 at 6:45 am

Blue veins…..so true!! I am 38 weeks 2 days and it is insane the blue veins that run like a road map down both sides of my tummy. I wonder how long they appear so distinct?

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29 Lee April 22, 2012 at 7:54 am

I have melasma (I think from birth control) on my upper lip. Not the best place for it, but nothing I can do!

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30 Melissa April 23, 2012 at 12:18 am

I do too! ugh, i just read about it in that link someone posted above and it says it can become permanent if not treated??? I have been on the same BC that caused it for a long time & don’t want to switch.. :(

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31 Rachelle April 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I’ve so got a round spot on the end of my nose. Drives me freaking nuts! :-p

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32 Meredith April 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

A friend of mine had melasma with her pregnancies and swears by apple cider vinegar (topically) to lighten the spots. A nice, natural solution :) I’m sure most people won’t even notice!

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33 Abby April 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm

One of my friends just forwarded your blog to me. I am also 21 weeks pregnant and am really enjoying reading through your experience, which in some ways is very similar to mine so far and in some ways different (I’m thankful that I did not experience morning sickness!). I am looking forward to reading more and will update you on how mine is going too. I am freckly naturally and haven’t seen a difference in my coloring yet… however being freckly means I’m also pale so those veins are an unfortunate part of being me even when I’m not pregnant! I love your crib! We just set up our crib and bedding this week. It really makes things more exciting for me. Enjoy your week!

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34 KERF April 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Hey Abby! Welcome! Glad to have another preggo twin :)

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35 Kat April 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

All the weird changes that your body (and emotions) go through is ridiculous! And I think the mattress might be the most important purchase other than the crib anyways – so worth it to spend the $$ there.

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36 Hope April 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I thought of you when I saw this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/88273548/modern-grey-and-yellow-argyle-elephant?ref=pr_shop I think your nursery needs it.

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37 KERF April 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Love that! Going on my wish list :)

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