Friday, January 17, 2014

Little Peep Bumpdate {Weeks 19 & 20}

19 week collageDate: 1/1/14
How far along: 19 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: Little Peep is the size of a mango (or heirloom tomato depending on which website I refer to hehe)
Developmental milestones: The vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells, coats Little Peep’s skin.  I know that sounds gross, but think about what you would look like if you took a 9 month bath…..See you’d probably want some vernix caseosa then too.
Maternity clothes: Oh yes and I love ‘em
Weight gain: I think I’m up about 5lbs.
Stretch Marks: So far so good
Sleep:  I sleep like a baby ;-)
Best moment of the week: This week we had our anatomy scan appointment (1/2/13); this was definitely my favorite appointment.  It took about 3 hours at the hospital to get everything assessed (to make sure we are still out of the “high risk” zone).  It may have taken a while (and I had to take 3 potty breaks during the scan) but it was so awesome to watching our SON wiggle all around.    He very quickly gave us a show to let us know, without a doubt, what gender our Little Peep is.  His heart rate was 145 and he weighs about 11 oz.  The tech kept calling him an “acrobat” because he would just move all over the place, and when she would press on my belly with the monitor he would wiggle away.  At one point we saw him holding his hands, like he was praying, and another time we saw him doing the “happy baby” yoga pose (which the Mr. was just doing the night before!).  He has really lonnnnnnnnggggg legs and lean feet; they look like a carbon copy of the Mr.’s!  I think the majority of my belly is reserved for legs (which my hubby is 6’7 so this makes complete sense lol).  At the end of the scan the tech switched to 3d and 4d and let us play to get some fun pictures.  She was so nice to spend so much time with us making sure we could soak up as much time with him during the appointment as possible.
Movement:   On the first day of week 19 (1/1), I felt Little Peep move for the first time! Maybe I felt it earlier because during the ultrasound I felt it when I saw it….I think I just thought it was digestion or something, but I will say 19 weeks officially because that was the first time I was certain because the punching woke me up from a nap.
Cravings: Pizza!!! And the totally terrible kind: Tostitos pizza that the Mr. and I lived off of when we were in college
Gender:  BOY!!!! Here is our gender reveal!
Belly button in or out:  Still an innie
Wedding ring:   On, and I love looking at my new ring still :-)
Anything making you queasy/sick: You might not believe this, heck I hardly believe it myself, but coffee isn’t sitting well with me.  I love the smell of it and the taste of fru-fru coffee, but just plain coffee (even with milk and sugar) just doesn’t taste good to me lately.  It’s way too bitter for me.
What I miss: Nothing really
What I’m looking forward to:  Next week when I hit 20 weeks and I’m halfway there to meeting Little Peep
Labor signs:   No, and hopefully still not for a while
Symptoms: Some back pain still and my growing belly :-)
Nursery:  The ball has started rolling here, and I’ve got some great ideas (great to me of course) that I can’t wait to start on.
Emotions: I’m just so excited to know the Little Peep is doing well and that he is a he!!! I cannot wait to watch this little one grow.  I can’t stop thinking about all the fun we are going to have.
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~20 week collage
Date: 1/8/14
How far along: 20 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: Little Peep is the size of a banana! 
Developmental milestones: Now that Little Peep has working taste buds, that will impact what foods he prefers once he arrives, I have been eating LOTS of fruits and veggies.  I want him to prefer the healthy stuff, so anything processed, fried, sweet, etc. is pretty limited in my diet. 
Maternity clothes: Oh yes!  The Mr. and I went on a hike on Saturday morning and I tried squeezing into pre-preggo pants, and it was pretty painful.  I think I might have to purchase some pants since I only have 2 pairs of jeans and 2 pairs of leggings.  Later that day, I was cleaning up the house in a regular t-shirt and my belly was hanging out of the bottom…..it was NOT attractive lol  I think I may be due for some nursing bras too (I’m going to skip maternity bras, just because I’d rather purchase only one new set of bras instead of two, just from a financial perspective).  Tips on great nursing bra brands????
Weight gain: I think about 6 lbs since my pre-preggo weight
Stretch Marks: Still good here, I think, since I can’t see the underside of my belly anymore without contorting myself in weird positions in front of the mirror.
Sleep:  I am sleeping like a baby with 2-3 potty breaks a night
Best moment of the week: 1- One of the highlights of this week was probably realizing that I was halfway done with this pregnancy.  To be honest it has been really bittersweet.  I love being pregnant and am embracing every single day and aspect of this pregnancy; however, of course I can’t wait to meet my little boy.  I’m definitely not to the point where I’m wishing this pregnancy goodbye, but I am looking forward to seeing his face, and learning his personality.  2- A dear friend from my Sunday school class invited me to her house to help clean her out of baby gear.  I am not above hand-me-downs, and am completely grateful.  Hearing those rattles jingle in the backseat of my car as I drove away brought a couple tears to my eyes.  Thank you Michelle!
Movement: Is increasing more and more!  I absolutely love feeling him have acrobatic practice in my tummy.  He loves to dance while I’m listening to praise music in the car.  It feels like I have a bag of popcorn in my belly just popping away.  I think I may have felt hiccups on Sunday night at church, but I’m not completely sure about that.
Cravings: Still pizza :-)
Gender:  BOY!!!!
Belly button in or out:  Innie
Wedding ring:   On
Anything making you queasy/sick: Mouthwash at night is still churning my stomach.
What I miss: Nothing
What I’m looking forward to:  My bestie from college, who was in my wedding & a pledge sister in my sorority, is coming to visit next weekend and I can’t wait to spend the weekend with her :-) Also I will have my next appointment next week with my new care giver; I’m really looking forward to this appointment.
Labor signs:   Nope and I’m totally cool with that!
Symptoms: My belly is starting to get a little bit bigger so bending over, and trying to get up out of the recliner is getting tougher.  I am grunting more and more when I have to bend over to pick up stuff.  My back pain is back but I have been doing some exercised to help with this and it seems to be helping. Heart burn is much better and I’m not even popping the Tums anymore, I have upped my calcium intake with fruit smoothies everyday and that has seemed to work pretty well.  I still have shortness of breath, but I imagine this will only get worse as Little Peep and I grow.
Nursery:  I’ve got lists and ideas rolling around and things are starting to be crossed of the list!  I can’t wait to see it finished!
Emotions: I’m feeling pretty good.  My anxieties about his growth and health have decreased, but I am feeling a little push to prepare everything (nursery, home, work) so that we are ready way in advance for his arrival.  I don’t want anything to be last minute where I might feel rushed or unprepared.  I want to be ahead of the game as much as I can be.
xoxo Darby

6 comments :

Jessica said...

I am so happy for you reading through this! The anxiety never fully went away for me, but there was a HUGE sigh of relief once I got to the stage where the book said, "Most babies if born now would survive". That calmed me down considerably! Plus, feeling those movements is so reassuring, isn't it?? Love that! It was 19 weeks for me too!

Kristen Phifer said...

I recommend Nutured Family for nursing bras. They will help fit you and have a good selection.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

definitely doing yoga helped me to stay somewhat limber and relaxed...and it helps with labor too and hopefully all the other aches and pains that carrying a baby will bring. i LOVE your bump pictures from up top...you are glowing lady!!!

Emily said...

You look so cute and happy in your pics. :) Love reading these. Hooray for less heartburn!

Heather said...

Pregnancy looks SO good on you!

Can't wait for the nursery reveal!

Jessica K said...

Your smile keeps getting bigger and bigger each week I swear!! About the bras. I went to Motherhood Maternity, and they were amazing. Helped me find a great fit, explained how large they would get after delivery - ect. Just make sure to ask for help - and try to go to a maternity store if you can!! Great support is going to be a huge thing - and make it easier to nurse!

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