20 weeks down, 20 to go (although this end might feel a little longer since 2 weeks of the first 20, I wasn't actually pregnant!). But regardless, in 20
LB asked me last week if I felt like I was entering the really good stages of pregnancy (ie, my stomach is suggesting I'm not just fat, but is still not so big that I'm uncomfortable, etc.). I think, honestly, I might be approaching the end of the good phase - my prediction is that in the end, weeks 15-24 will be my most fond. Because as my belly grows and grows, so do some of the unpleasant symptoms everyone talks about.
So - on to my week...
How Big is Baby?
Baby is the length of a banana.
-starting to get heartburn more frequently
-getting headaches almost daily (not super bad ones - sometimes it's just a hint of a headache)
-feeling general pressure in my lower abdomen - just as if everything is packed really tightly down there
-starting to get tired again - not tired like, "I didn't sleep well last night" but tired in the 1st trimester exhaustion sort of way. I need to try not to overdo activities - and this week was full of days packed with multiple physical activities.
According to doctor's scale, 9 pounds. Right on track-ish (the pregnancy website says 10 lbs at this point).
It's growing & growing!
Many of my "normal" skirts are still fitting fine, but maternity pants only. (And I like wearing maternity shirts because they make my belly look bigger. :) Note: the only time in life you want that!
Food Aversions / Cravings
Not really. Just trying to eat healthy. I had a lot of peanut butter this week.
Last Doctor's Appointment
I had one yesterday and we did our 20-week ultrasound! It was so great to see the babe on the screen! The last time we saw him/her there were just a bunch of blobs. Now there's an actual, tiny person in there. Seeing sweet little hands and feet pressed towards the camera just about melted our hearts. Brain development looks good; organ development looks good; spine development looks good; no cleft lip; and we have 2 arms, 2 legs, 10 fingers and 10 toes. Baby wasn't cooperating with us, though, because we were only able to get 3 of the 4 pictures of the heart we needed. He/she just wouldn't turn to the side, no matter what we did (I even tried walking around to get him/her moving). We'll have to wait until our next appointment to try again - so, 3 of the 4 heart pictures looked good.
Yes! What a joy to feel little pushes from the inside! I swear some of them are so strong I can feel them from the outside, too (if my hand is on my belly), but Jonathan has yet to feel one.
What I'm Looking Forward To
-more people undeniably knowing I'm pregnant (because of belly)
Preparations and Decisions Being Made
We had a pretty productive conversation about names the other day, so that's good. We looked at a daycare and filled out applications for other ones. And I think I'm going to start the arduous task of researching stuff we need (ie, which carseat is ranked highest for safety, stuff like that). I also spent maybe half an hour looking through bedding sets for a nursery (and didn't really like much I saw [unless it cost $500+]).
Seeing the little baby was soooo reassuring! I think in the back of my mind, I was worried there were two heads or something weird (since we hadn't seen him/her since 7 weeks!). And I'm so happy with what we saw! I wish baby would've cooperated for the 4th heart shot, but I guess we'll wait another 4 weeks for that. It's also nice feeling the kicks and nudges; they remind me there's a little person in there. So I'm feeling good right now, for the most part, which is a nice place to be!
Note: when we were in the ultrasound room, Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder came on the radio - Jonathan thinks it's a sign. We'll see...
And here's the belly. I have on maternity pants and a maternity shirt. The lighting is a little weird because we got home too late from an event to take a picture outside (and I can't stand the way pics look with the flash on).
From the front: