How far along: 20 weeks. According to “them”, that’s halfway! If you’re a math geek like me, though, then you know it’s not quite halfway. Either way, I still can’t believe I’m already at 20 weeks!
How big is baby: From BabyCenter.com: baby is about 6.5 inches long from head to bottom, 10 inches from head to heel, and weighs about 10.5 ounces. When I went to the doctor Monday, he estimated that baby was about 10 ounces so that seems to be right on track. Apparently up until 20 weeks, baby is measured from head to rump since their legs are curled up against their torso. From here on out the baby will be measured from head to heel. Anyway, baby is about the size of a banana.
My symptoms: None that I can recall (although that in and of itself could be a pregnancy symptom…). But really, I feel great! Other than the ever-present-but-thankfully-mild heartburn.
Weight/belly: +12 pounds.
Movement: Lots and lots now! It’s no longer the maybe-it’s-baby-maybe-it’s-a-muscle-twitch feeling of a week or two ago. Now I feel obvious kicks or punches and I’m feeling them multiple times a day. I felt the most on Monday during my ultrasound. Baby did not like the ultrasound wand! When the tech would hold the wand in one spot for a while, baby would give it a hard kick or punch. They can’t be felt from the outside yet, but wowsers do I feel them on the inside!
Food cravings: Reese’s pumpkins! Yep, it’s that time of year again…time for the shaped Reese’s (aka the very best Reese’s ever made): Reese’s pumpkins, then Reese’s trees, followed by Reese’s hearts, and finally ending with Reese’s eggs. Mmmmmmm….
Where was I again? Oh yes, cravings…well I picked up some Reese’s pumpkins earlier this week and now that I’ve eaten them I want more and more every day. A delicious but dangerous craving.
Food aversions: Still not interested in peanut butter. Peanut butter ice cream? Yes. Reese’s peanut butter cups? Oh yes. But regular peanut butter on apples, or bananas, or banana bread, or on toast, or any other way…no thanks.
Sleep: Still pretty good. I had one night where I woke up in the middle of the night with an aching knee and arm and was awake for about an hour before I was able to go back to sleep, but other than that one night I’ve been sleeping well.
Best moment(s) this week: Finding out if Sweet Baby is a boy or a girl! We are doing a gender reveal on Saturday so my lips are sealed until then. It is hard to keep it a secret, but I’ve made it through two work days and church last night – just two more work days to go and then we get to announce!
Also, getting to see baby via ultrasound. Like I said earlier, baby was pretty active. Not necessarily cooperative and moving around enough for the tech to see all she needed to see, but also not a fan of being squished and made that known with punches and kicks. The lady doing our ultrasound said that baby was shy and kept his/her legs curled up underneath, but over the course of the 30 minutes he/she moved enough to find out the gender. She also had me get up halfway through to use the bathroom hoping that would get baby moving. Apparently they still didn’t get all the pictures they needed, though, so I’ll have another u/s at my next appointment.
Toward the end of the ultrasound she turned the screen toward us and we got to watch for awhile. It was amazing how much baby has grown and changed since our last ultrasound (9 weeks ago)! Baby was all laid back, looking pretty relaxed. At one point, it even looked like baby was sucking his/her thumb, but may have just have had their hand near their face. It’s crazy how much I *don’t* feel. I mean, I feel lots of movement, but while we were watching on the screen baby moved his/her arms around a lot and I couldn’t feel it at all – so I guess baby is moving way more than what I actually feel. We got to see baby’s face straight on and it was a little creepy – still very skeletal. The tech said that baby hasn’t gotten their face fat yet so it still looks pretty much like a skull right now.
The doctor says everything looks good. Both my uterus and baby are measuring as they should. He said I have a low lying placenta but that it shouldn’t be anything to worry about.
Funny comments: I have so many this week! Too many to list here, in fact, I think I’m going to do a whole post about it. See, this week in library I let the kids guess if they thought I was going to have a girl or a boy. I made posters (one for boy and one for girl) and the kids wrote their names on whichever one they thought I was going to have. Well, it seems that most of them had no clue I was pregnant and were totally surprised when I told them we were guessing the gender. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have said anything and let them just figure it out on their own time (I honestly thought more of them had noticed) because now there are constantly asking me questions and talking about the baby.
Anyway, over the course of the week I’ve had some hilarious comments from the kids. I’ve been keeping a running list of them so stay tuned to hear them later.
What I’m looking forward to: Our gender reveal party Saturday and getting to tell the world if baby is a boy or a girl!!!!
Baby items purchased: We went right after our appointment and bought a pack of gender specific onesies to use for announcement pictures.
Thoughts: I am just so excited! Now that I know what we’re having, I can’t wait to get started painting and decorating the nursery!