Making it to the halfway mark last week seemed like such a big deal, but then I remembered just how long twenty weeks is. I’m so anxious to get to the end and meet my baby! Since we still have a long way to go, Sam and I have been focused on getting things accomplished around the house so we’re not scrambling at the end. Over the weekend, we started cleaning out our second bedroom (which used to be my office) so that we can convert it into a nursery. (I’ll write more about that project later this week.) Things like designing the nursery and working on our baby registry help me to pass the time while also preparing for the huge changes this little nugget will bring to our lives in just over four months.
How far along are you? 21 weeks and 3 days.
How big is baby? The size of a pomegranate – 10.5 inches and 12.7 ounces.
Total weight gain? I haven’t weighed myself since my last appointment where I was up 4.8 pounds. I have an appointment later this week though and I’m sure I’ll be up another pound or two. This belly makes itself known a little more each day (see photo above).
How are you feeling? My main issue now is (what I believe to be) acid reflux. I think that’s the reason that I’m still throwing up every morning and the reason that I feel uncomfortable after most meals. I’ve tried to clean up my diet a little bit to get rid of the foods that aggravate it. I also read that sweet apples and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water can help with this problem. I’ve been eating tons of apples, but I’m a little nervous to try the apple cider vinegar. Other than that, I’m feeling pretty great which I attribute to walking two miles most days of the week.
What are you wearing a lot of lately? This Liz Lange for Target maternity tank dress. I’ve worn this dress so many times since I bought it. I even wore it with a lightweight park and Hunter boots to church yesterday. As glad as I am to see Fall and it’s cooler temperatures, I’m very sad that I won’t be able to wear this super comfortable dress anymore. Thankfully, it comes in a long sleeved version. I’ll probably buy it in a few colors because I love it that much. I’m carrying this baby pretty low so dresses are definitely my clothing of choice right now.
How’s your sleep? I literally sleep with 5 pillows every night. Two under my head (to combat the acid reflux issues), one to support my back and a thinner one to support my belly and one between my legs. Last night as we were getting ready for bed, and I was getting into my ideal sleep position, my husband kept saying “I don’t have anywhere to put my arm!” I guess the baby and I have officially invaded his side of the bed. Sorry Sam!
Food cravings and/or aversions? For the first time, I don’t think I noticed any. Aside from still avoiding fish, I think my diet is pretty much back to normal. I’ve even resumed my daily Starbucks habit. I’d also like to note that tonight I am cooking my first dinner in about 15 weeks. In the interest of full disclosure, my crock pot is doing most of the actual cooking, but that’s mostly because I wanted to make enough food to last a few days in case this burst of energy and motivation is just a fluke.
Best moment this week? Sam was able to feel the baby move for the second time this week. His reaction was so cute and funny. After he felt the first kick, he even said, “Did you do that?!” It’s so great for him to be able to feel a tiny bit of what’s happening inside my belly.
What are you looking forward to? My second Centering class this week. I can’t remember if I’ve talked about Centering on the blog yet, but it’s a form of group prenatal care where 10-12 pregnant women meet with one midwife and a nurse in the same intervals as you would have your individual prenatal visits. We do all of the usual stuff (weight, blood pressure, fetal monitoring) and then we discuss pregnancy topics like nutrition, exercise, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, etc. I really enjoyed the first class and I’m looking forward to going again. I’m planning to do a more detailed post about prenatal care with midwives and centering in the future, for anyone who is interested.