Halfway there already?! Just kidding, I think i've felt every single part of this 20 weeks. ;) I remember when we first saw those two pink lines thinking that we would never make it to 6 weeks, then 8, then 10. Each week seemed like such a milestone that was to be celebrated because our baby was that much safer inside me, and we were that much closer to meeting him! It really is crazy to be sitting here at 20 weeks halfway done! Everyone tells you that the last half of pregnancy flies by. I'm trying so hard to really enjoy these last few months of being a family of 3. Just Jake, myself, and our little bear, Axl. I'd be lying, however, if I told you that i'm not starting to get a little impatient to meet our son! I can constantly feel him moving and grooving and kicking me, and it just makes me so anxious to kiss him and squeeze his little baby bottom! (I have a thing for baby buts. watch the video below) ;)
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How far along? 20 weeks!
Total weight gain: I'm still not quite at pre-pregnancy weight from my first trimester weight loss, but I think from 16-20 weeks i've gained 2 pounds. The weight gain has been slow in the beginning, but now that I have an actual appetite, I know those days are gone!
Maternity clothes? Almost exclusively! I can fit into most of my pre-pregnancy tops, but pants and dresses basically all need to be maternity. Whoever invented the stretchy waistband needs a batch of cookies. On behalf of uncomfortable pregnant women everywhere, I salute you.
Stretch marks? none yet!
Sleep: Sleep has been excellent! This is the one thing that hasn't been any problem for me from the beginning. I can barely keep my eyes open past 9:30, and I usually need to wake up 2 or 3 times a night to use the restroom, but when I hit the sheets, I have no problem cruising to snoozetown.
Best moment this week: Tough question! I think filming/editing a video and writing 3 blog posts for the week was a major accomplishment. I literally told Jake on Monday night "I am CRUSHING it this week!" I can't tell you how many times in the last few weeks i've written full to-do lists for myself just to get in bed and say "tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow this list can wait a day" <---thats some good improv. Also, we are 98% done with home renovations for now, and i'm SO excited to finally have our house back together. Check out the Vlog below for a quick little house tour through the madness :)
Miss Anything? I can honestly say, nothing! This is the best part of pregnancy for me. I've felt pretty good and definitely have the energy I was lacking the last 5 months. I got hit with a yucky bug last week, so I did miss being able to take some medicine for relief, (cause let's be honest, Tylenol blows) but now that i'm on the mend life is good.
Movement: ALL.THE.TIME. I'm seriously convinced we have a karate master or soccer player on our hands. I had felt goldfish movements and a few subtle kicks when we had our 16 week appointment (that was closer to 17 weeks) and my doctor told us that it would probably be a month or so before we could feel those movements from the outside, well, THAT NIGHT he was moving away, and I had Jake put his hand on my belly just in case, and BOOM! One big kick! Now Jake feels him kick nightly. I'm so glad he can be a part of that, it makes it so much more real.
Food cravings: Cherry Icees! But it must be Icee brand. I have craved these since the beginning of pregnancy. I can't get enough.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I've been doing pretty great, but garlic and melted cheese send me straight to the toilet every single time. I am a cheese/garlic addict so it's the weirdest aversion, but I can't be anywhere near it. Italian food has basically been a curse word in our house.
Gender: Little baby boy :)
Labor Signs: No labor signs, however, last week I started getting these really uncomfortable but not painful feelings in my abdomen. For maybe 15-30 second stretches, my uterus contracts and gets SO TIGHT and HARD. Like hard as a rock. and then it releases and it's fine. I started to freak out over the weekend that something was wrong, but after speaking with my nurse she said it was likely just Braxton Hicks contractions and that my body was just getting itself in shape for labor!
Symptoms: I still have a very sensitive gag reflex, and if something smells very strong or I get very hungry I almost immediately need to throw up, but its nothing compared to the first 18 weeks so i'm doing great!
Belly Button in or out? innie still, but those days are short lived! My belly button is very obviously becoming an outie. It's so weird!
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY! so, so, SO HAPPY! Lately i've been thinking about Christmas so much, and even though our little one will be barely 8 weeks old at the time, I can't wait to show him the Christmas lights, and put him in warm Christmas jammies, and snuggle him by the fire. Everyone knows how I feel about the "ER" months, and thinking about sharing that love with my Son seriously gets me weepy. #hormones
Looking forward to: Our anatomy scan! We have it on the 25th and we will be almost 22 weeks then, but I can't wait to see him again since it's been almost 2 months, and of course, it puts your brain at so much ease knowing he is growing just as he should.
That was pretty long winded, but i've been so bad about updating you on all things baby, so I wanted to fit it all in there! I promise these are going to become at least bi-weekly. For fun, here are the last few weeks of baby bumps as taken by my iPhone. Please don't judge the messy house in the
background for all of them ;)
I also had so much fun filming my first ever pregnancy Vlog, I totally embarrass myself through the entire video, but you can get a peak at our home renovations, and get the first glimpse of our little mans's nursery!
Thanks so much for sharing this journey with me! To read more on my pregnancy, click here!
Until Next Time,