I added some new categories. It’s kind of a lot, but I will probably tweak it as I go along.
How far along: 20 weeks, 1 day!! OMG!
How big is baby: A banana (seems like a funny one, well funnier than usual)! According to pregnant.thebump.com, he is now 6.5 inches and 10.6 oz. I think he may be a little bigger than that. He was already measuring 6.5 inches a few weeks ago, and he’s been ahead in weight by about an ounce or so at the past few ultrasounds. 🙂 I’m so proud of my boy!
–He’s got working taste buds.
–Now, he’s gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day — that’s significantly more than before.
–Building up meconium in his digestive tract.
–Genitals are fully formed.
Milestones: I am halfway through! I cannot believe it! Sometimes it’s still like a dream! It’s been 115 days since I found out I was pregnant, and I have 139 days to go!
Movement: On Monday, I felt real baby kicks!!!!! I kept thinking I was feeling “something” for the past few weeks, but it was so random. But Monday, I KNEW it was him! I had lots of “bubbles” and taps on my left side, where he’s been hanging out! Then, there was a tickly feeling like I was being touched! I guess I just needed a stronger nudge to know what I was feeling. 🙂 I’m so thrilled! I cried!! Yesterday, I felt him move and roll around on my bladder (and kick it)! LOL! I think he was rolling – that’s the only thing I can think of for such a strange (but awesome) feeling! I sat there in pure amazement for awhile. I can’t believe I am experiencing this!!
Weight Gain: 8 lbs total now. Grow baby, grow.
Have you started to show yet? Yes, I am finally! My belly has “popped” and grown quite a bit in the past 2 weeks! You can even see my belly when I’m wearing a looser top. People who know I’m pregnant have noticed a difference, but no strangers have said anything yet. Now I’m at home on modified bed-rest, so I don’t have a chance to see people. Wait til they see me the next time I go out!
Maternity Clothes: Definitely! I probably could wear some “normal” clothes, but they don’t fit right anymore. It’s not really due to weight gain – it’s that my shape has changed so much. My regular tops are getting too short. It feels like my clothes shrunk haha – it’s weird! Maternity clothes form so nicely to my new body shape. And they are soooo comfy!
Symptoms: Some of my earlier symptoms have made a comeback suddenly – like constipation and sore boobies. Other than that, peeing a lot. I’m still feeling fatigued, but part of that is due to Hypothyroidism. It seems to be getting a little better now that I’ve been on Synthroid for almost a month. Overall, I feel good! I’m very lucky!
Food Cravings: My sweet tooth has made a comeback! I didn’t want any sweets in early pregnancy. Now, my big craving is cupcakes! I also love the new “Green Apple” flavor in Skittles. I wish I could have a whole bag of just the red and green Skittles! I won’t over-indulge on the sweets though. Not good for blood sugar or weight.
Emotions: I’ve been very emotional! Lots of crying the past couple weeks. You all know I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, so that’s part of it. The pregnancy hormones seem to be in high gear, too though. I feel so bad – I yelled at Andy the other day. In my defense, he was being as ass. BUT I am not one to get that upset and raise my voice, especially over something silly. I felt pretty bitchy doing that. I cried and apologized to him. I’m normally very easy going and in a pretty good mood, so hopefully that’s not a new trend!!
Sleep: I’d say I get a good amount of sleep mostly every night at this point. I also take naps when I can. Rest is important. It’s been a little more difficult to get comfy considering my back/bum pain and expanding belly. I usually manage to do pretty well with my boppy body pillow and other pillows. Sometimes heartburn and leg cramps wake me up, but it’s not too much of a bother.
Best moment this week: Andy started his new job this week!! More money and more hours! Yay! There’s always lots of great moments. Anytime I hear my baby’s heart beat on the doppler, everyday I wake up and feel blessed to be pregnant, anytime I think of my baby boy, feeling KICKS and movement, and hitting 20 weeks! I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning every time something exciting happens, hehe.
Worst moment of the week: My Grandma’s passing. Although, I feel more at peace with it all now. She is in a better place, with Grandpa.
What I am looking forward to: Even though it came as a big shock/disappointment at first, I am now looking forward to having this break from work and resting! I’m still in pain, but thankfully rest is helping. There’s a lot to look forward to, baby-wise, too!! I need to plan lots of stuff!
Upcoming Appts/Other Updates:
–4/4/13 – Routine OB check up.
–4/12/13 – Our 11 year Anniversary!!!!
–4/16/13 – MFM specialist appt with ultrasound to re-check my Partial Placenta Previa and baby’s growth.
–4/19/13 – Orthopedic appt to see if I can return to work.
–At my OB appt this Thursday 4/4/13, we’ll be re-checking my Thyroid levels, so fingers crossed for good news!
–Also, I had my immune panel re-drawn last week, and my darn Cytokines are still high! We had been lowering my Prednisone (steroid) dosage very slowly, but now I have to go back on the high dose. We will work on tapering it off again, and re-check my immune panel in a couple of weeks. I think my back/bum inflammation could have caused the higher levels, but it’s a tricky one to figure out. I hope this immune stuff gets to a more reasonable level soon. Dr. Kwak-Kim actually called me herself this time, which was nice. She said there’s not really anything I can do to help things along, but she said (in a gentle, joking way) not to have a heart-attack about it. LOL. I just love her. 🙂
Belly pic: Whoa baby! 😉 I’m excited!
Week 16, I was wearing the same shirt as Week 20 – Wow! 😀