Maternity Clothes: I've been wearing a pair of maternity cropped pants and jeans that I've purchased and the rest of the time my normal shirts, skirts and dresses.
Stretch Marks: None yet!
Sleep: I'm still doing well with sleep - thank goodness! With the growing belly it definitely makes it hard for me when all I want to do is sleep on my stomach but I'm coping and rockin' the left side sleep position.
Symptoms: Just a growing belly! Sometimes I experience some sharp pains around the side of my stomach/oblique area but after a few deep breaths it typically goes away. I call these moments "growing pains".
Best Moment of the Week:
- 19: This week was probably one of the hardest I've experienced so far throughout this pregnancy. I don't want to be a debby-downer on a post that is filled with otherwise positive things, but we received some pretty terrible news during this week that has since shifted my view on this pregnancy. Russ' father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and to say it rocked our world would be an understatement. I immediately struggled with working to rediscover the happiness I was feeling about this pregnancy prior to the news.
- 20: We had our 20-week ultrasound this week and it was wonderful to see our baby in an ultrasound again. Seeing how much growth has occurred since our last ultrasound was absolutely amazing! All the measurements and tests that were done were normal which continued to put my mind at ease that this pregnancy is progressing normally and healthily. This appointment was definitely a 'best moment' for a few weeks!
- 21: My 28th birthday fell during this week and my Mom, Larry, Russ & I (and dogs from both households!) went south to Stockton Lake to camp for the weekend. My Mom and Larry brought their camper (so it was 'fancy camping') along with their boat so we spent a majority of the day on the water on Saturday and it was wonderful! It was so nice to get away, unplug from my phone, and just relax for a little while. I've always loved hanging out on the water (I find it so calming) so this little weekend away was exactly what I needed :)
Movement: Yes! I finally started to actually know I was feeling a baby moving around during week 19 and the baby has continued in moving and grooving through the weeks! At first it really kinda freaked me out a bit, but after the initial 'shock' of it all I realize how beautiful and amazing the feeling is.
Cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary - carbs are a constant but I've always been a lover of them so it's not that unusual for me. I'm just craving them more often.
Gender: Boy or girl??? We don't know and won't know until she/he arrives!
Belly Button In or Out: In. I have to admit that the thing that has been the weirdest to me so far during this pregnancy is how my belly button is...stretching. It grosses me out to touch it and just feels very strange (and honestly, gross) to me when I do touch it. I know this sounds really weird, but I just had to share.
Wedding Ring On or Off: On.
Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: Still eggs and certain fish. I'm back to eating salmon more regularly but only in very small serving sizes.
What I Miss: Nothing too terribly these few weeks. Sure, an occasional glass of wine sounds good but I'm not really feeling like I'm 'missing' it to the point where I get grumpy or sad about it.
What I am Looking Forward To: Beginning prenatal yoga classes during week 23! My Mom purchased a prenatal yoga course pass for my birthday and I cannot wait to get started!
Labor Signs: None, thank goodness!
Nursery: We haven't done anything but purchased a few articles of baby clothing so...no, nothing yet!
Emotions: These weeks were difficult. The news about Russ' Dad has created a shift in my thought process that for a while was quite negative. Thankfully, with the help of Russ, we were able to work through my thoughts together. I know my thoughts aren't the same as they were prior to week 19, but I was able to find a place that is mentally more positive for both myself and the baby and I continue to work on it daily.