20 Week Update

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How far along: 20 weeks {now 21}

20 weeks copy

Weight Gain: About ten pounds—this better be the only time in my life I get a pat on the back for gaining four pounds in four weeks!  {My belly might actually look big at some point if my boobs would just slow down.}

Baby's size: Baby G is the size of a banana! {Doesn’t that sound big?}

Sleep: Don’t even get me started.  If I hear “It’s just to get you ready for the baby,” one more time… Thank God for Unisom!

Maternity Clothes: Jeans!  Why didn’t you people tell me about maternity jeans??  They’re amazing! I was holding out as long as could like it was some source of pride to say I was still wearing my regular jeans. Whatevs—bring on the elastic panels!  No more muffin top, no plumber’s butt.  I just started wearing them last week and will likely not return. Ever.  {Otherwise, I’m living in my tank tops and cardis and loving this fall weather.}

Food cravings: Nothing in particular, but if it’s anything it’s salty and protein-y…cheese please! {But what else is new?}

Food aversions: Still have NO interest in ice cream.  Normal diet otherwise.

Symptoms: Back pain is much less this month, but I’ve also been off my exercise game so I think that’s why.  Ligament pain has been a bit stronger, but only occasionally, and I sound like I just ran a marathon when I climb stairs which is awesome for my ego.  Still living by Colace {This brings my nightly meds count to Colace, Unisom, prenatal vitamin, and iron supplement.  Seriously, who’s going to buy me a little pill organizer?}

Doctor’s Appointment: I had one this week—Doc says I’m textbook so far.  The heart rate was 139-145, so it has successively dropped at each appointment.  During our ultrasound the doc pointed out a little spot on the heart and said something like, “…not a defect…sometimes associated with Downs Syndrome…”

{Record scratch}

“Come again?”

After a few moments of confusion, he explained that what he saw is a normal part of the heart that you can’t always see on an ultrasound but when you can it is sometimes associated with Downs.  Anyway, we had genetic screening done in the first trimester so that is all fine.  Baby G perfectly healthy!

Movement: Didn’t feel much after I initially felt flutters at 16 weeks, but they’ve recently started back up and are gradually getting stronger.  Tyler hasn’t been able to feel it though.

Belly Button: Still an inny but it’s getting shallower by the day!

What I’m looking forward to: Decorating the nursery!  {And moving—tired of living among boxes and ready to be in our new place.}

What I miss: Completely jealous of all you people drinking pumpkin beer. {And wine and sushi and sleeping on my stomach…apparently April Harvey and I are the same person.}

Gender: It’s….a…

Gender Reveal{These are the little announcements we sent to our family. Loved the scratch off idea.}

GIRL!  I was shocked.  I 100% convinced myself over the last month that this little baby was a boy—I was looking at boy clothes, boy nurseries, boy names, and had {slowly} grown sincerely excited about it.  The morning of our ultrasound I remember praying, “God, I know this a boy and I’m so thankful.  Just please give me a little girl at some point.”  What do I know?  I’m pretty sure, only one person scratched off “girl” on those cards—everyone thought it was boy. 

But we are tickled to death at the thought of a girl!  I’ve been warned that I’ll now be #2 on totem pole around here.  The day we found out, Tyler went out and brought home a small pile of pink clothes for baby girl.  And when he leaves the house in the morning, he tells us, “Bye girls.”  Cutest thing ever.

We are so thankful that this pregnancy has been smooth and relatively painless.  It seems like every week I grow more and more amazed at what is happening inside of me—what an amazing Creator we have who so carefully orchestrates us and moves in our hearts.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

                     - Psalm 139:13-14

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