Sunday, October 26, 2014

20 Week Halftime Report

We're halfway there!!! (Whoa-oa! Living on a prayer!)

I've been enjoying Mama Holi's weekly pregnancy updates. I'm using her format to do a little halftime analysis of this pregnancy.

How far along? 20 weeks.
Clothing? Maternity on the bottom, half-and-half maternity and regular on top.
Stretch marks? No new ones, anyway...
Sleep? Don't talk about sleep today.  Waking up to pee, but waking up due to Katie Rose more often.  Molars are coming in, her blanket came off, she fell out of bed, she wants to come in my bed.
Best moment of this week? Pregnancy related?  When Katie Rose kissed my belly and said, "I love you, baby!" Also the get-together last Sunday at our friends' house in the country, and just the gorgeous fall weather.  And taking the children along with us to the mall to pick up my birthday present and they thought we were at the airport.
Worst moment of this week? Just being tired all the time.
Miss anything? Sleeeeep.
Movement? Yes!  First kick this week that I was absolutely sure was the baby.  A few other kicks since that first one.  All of them seemed surprisingly high up.  Is carrying high supposed to mean you're having a girl or a boy?  I've had one of each and other people claimed I looked very different, but I never really noticed other than I got a little heavier with Anthony.
Symptoms? Sleeeeep.  I've noticed my varicose veins showing up already, although I haven't had any pain from them.  I got them for the first time at the end of my pregnancy with Katie Rose and they HURT!  My mother and grandmother both have/had them terribly.  I also had a random bout of morning sickness this week after having had none of that for a couple of months.  Also Christmas planning.  A bit of early nesting?  I usually never even think of Christmas until, "Oh my gosh, it's Advent?!?"  I don't have much nesting to do directly for the baby, because really I already have a spring girl and a spring boy, so clothing=done.  We've got all the gear.  It's too soon to set the crib up so...  I did find a Moses basket at Goodwill and was stoked all day.  But we've got away from symptoms, so moving on.
Food cravings? Cheese and bacon.
Gender? I've felt boy all along, but we're planning to be surprised.  At my last ultrasound (~14 weeks), the tech said, "If you want to know the gender, I think I can give you a pretty good guess."  That confirmed my boy suspicion, because that's kind of early, and wouldn't a boy be more obvious?  Then a friend of mine said that another tech told her that it's easier to identify a GIRL.  So who knows?  We're still calling the baby Daniel until further notice.
Labor Signs? Nope.
Belly button in or out? It kind of doesn't exist.
Wedding rings on or off? On!
Mood? Pretty great.
Rituals? I don't really have any, other than praying for the baby every day.  Anthony has made a ritual of saying good morning to Daniel, though, and gets upset if he should forget.
Looking forward to? Seeing my midwife tomorrow morning, so hearing the heartbeat again! Halloween on Friday!  Still racking my brain for a middling-pregnant, last minute costume for me, that preferably requires little to no shopping.  Any ideas?


  1. YAY thanks for the shout-out! :) I love this update! I can't believe you're 20 weeks already...doesn't time just fly by AND crawl by at the same time when you're pregnant? It's the strangest thing. I've always noticed that OTHER PEOPLE'S pregnancies fly by for me, but my own crawls by...haha. Glad you're generally feeling well, and load up on that cheese and bacon girl!!

  2. I agree with the above comment about others' pregnancies flying by! So what's a Moses basket good for? Do you/will you use it in place of some other baby item?

    1. I will probably use it most when we're outside as a place to lay the baby somewhat more protected than just a blanket, and easier than setting up a pack-and-play. Also as a travel bed. It's probably only useful for a few months.

  3. How do you always look so cute in your pictures?!? It's so exciting when you feel those first few kicks. I'm so excited for you!