20 Weeks: I'm Halfway There!Lauren Jimeson
Yesterday marked the halfway point in my pregnancy. It’s hard to believe that 20 weeks have already flown by. The first half of my pregnancy has been rougher than I expected. If it wasn’t for the morning sickness that continues to linger I would feel perfect!
I am really starting to feel this little one move a lot! You can even feel some of her kicks from the outside as well. She hasn’t quite cooperated when my husband or daughter want to feel her move, but I am guessing it will only be a matter of weeks before we will begin to see her move from the outside of my stomach.
I went for my 20 weeks ultrasound appointment this morning for a check at the baby’s anatomy. This is Harlan’s favorite part of my pregnancy because she is able to see her “baby sister on TV,” as she calls it. Baby girl number two was moving around like crazy and even managed to put her arms up to mimic a wave. As soon as she did it I told Harlan that she was waving to her big sister. The grin on Harlan’s face couldn’t get bigger. She was so proud. The technician even gave her an ultrasound photo to take home with the words “Hi Harlan” on the top. Harlan held it tightly the entire way home.
The doctor came in and gave us the wonderful news that the baby is looking great and is very healthy. I couldn’t be more pleased to hear that. The only bad news was that we will now have to wait until 32 weeks to come back for an ultrasound. I have been so used to going every two weeks that waiting 12 weeks to see the little girl again will not only be tough for me, but especially Harlan.
Since I’ve hit the halfway point I wanted to give you some bits and pieces of my pregnancy journey so far:
The Baby: The baby is now the length of a banana. While I forgot to asks specifics today, she should now be about 10 ½ ounces and 6 ½ inches long. The doctor did tell me that she is weighing and measuring right on schedule! She can now start to hear sounds, both from inside the uterus and on the outside. Harlan has already started to talk to her and tell her stories, so it will be amazing when she is able to recognize her big sister’s voice.
How I’m Feeling Emotionally: I’ve definitely started to feel the emotions coming on quick. I sometimes feel like I can cry at the drop of a hat. I’ve noticed that my dreams have become a lot more strange and vivid and even remember waking up one night in tears from a dream that I had. Lately, I feel like I’ve been riding an emotional roller coaster.
How I’m Feeling Physically: Other than the morning sickness, which happens to be at its worst in the morning, I am feeling great! My belly feels like it is getting bigger every week and feels a lot heavier than it did when I was pregnant with Harlan. I do wish I was able to get to the gym more to work out, but unfortunately with Harlan in school and my schedule, it is hard to get there. I am walking a lot more now and trying to eat better.
Weight Gain: When I went to my doctor two weeks ago I had only gained 5 pounds. I’ve probably gained around a pound since then. I still feel like I am all belly, though.
What I’m Craving: I’ve been having cravings for fruit and smoothies. It seems to help with the nausea and is great because it’s not anything that is too fattening! I’m sure that will change as we get closer to the end!
What I’m Wearing: I’ve ventured into wearing maternity jeans and I absolutely love them. I bought a couple pairs of J Brand maternity jeans and they are the most comfortable jeans I have ever worn. I am still able to wear some of my jeans, unbuttoned with a belly band, but for the most part I am wearing maternity clothes. It’s very exciting to be able to wear cute maternity clothes because I didn’t wear any with my first, so I am fully taking in this experience.
What I miss: I really miss wine and sushi. I will cook with wine sometimes and the smell of it when I open the bottle really makes me miss it.
What I’m looking forward to in the next half of pregnancy: Harlan and my husband being able to feel her move and see her move from the outside. I would also love for my morning sickness to go away!