Today I have reached 20 weeks, which means I’m halfway through. I have been thinking of doing weekly pictures for a while now, but keep forgetting, so now that I’m halfway through, I feel the need to do this more so we can watch our little baby grow 🙂 Before I get started on this week, I thought I’d live a quick recap of what has been going on in the first half of my pregnancy.
We found out we were expecting at 4w4d (4 weeks, 4 days) the day before my brother-in-law’s wedding. My husband was quite shocked that it happened so fast, but after the initial shock and after watching the happy couple get sealed for Eternity, I think he was finally able to get excited. We told Nate’s parents the night after the reception, his older brother & sister-in-law the day after, and my parents and brother on our week 5 mark. It was fun to see all of their reactions as this will be the first grandchild on both sides. My poor brother was a little upset that he was going to miss the birth and the first year and a half of this little one’s life as he will be leaving on his mission soon.
I had about 3 days of “morning sickness” during week 6 and other than that, I have been feeling pretty good aside from the first trimester sleepiness and a few days of the cold (which is made much worse when you can’t take any medication to alleviate the pain and uncomfortableness.
Our doctor has his patients do about 4 ultrasounds (week 8, 12, 16 & 20) but the way we had to schedule things we did them during weeks 9, 14 and 19. We found out the gender pretty easily at week 14 as the ultrasound tech was passing the scope over the little babe, and got super excited to be welcoming as our first child a baby boy! When we sent out the text to our immediate family to let them know we would be doing a quick gender reveal that evening, we sent a picture of the baby’s face as seen on the ultrasound. My mom quickly noticed how similar he looked to Baby Groot which has been his nickname ever since.
Now that you are caught up, here is a little “bumpdate” of week 20:
I had some pretty bad hip/lower back pain. It got pretty uncomfortable if I stood and then turned to go somewhere else. Felt pretty good as long as I kept moving.
The weirdest part this week was on Friday. Luckily, I didn’t have to work because my eyesight was horrible! I felt like I didn’t have my contacts in, but I could hardly read either. Not fun.
Really haven’t had any cravings at all. All I want is water, and seafood, which really is nothing new.
Most Excited For
Definitely most excited to feel our boy move around. Sadly, my placenta is right in between the baby and my belly so I can’t feel him at all… Nate keeps pushing on my belly to hopefully feel him move before I do, but there’s nothing
We got our big ultrasound this week where we got all the measurments of Baby Groot. It is incredible to see the little guy moving around so much and our excitement to see him grows everytime. I’m slightly sad that this was our last ultrasound, but thankfully we got it recorded so we can watch it anytime now. We did find out that he is about 2 days ahead of schedule (size-wise) as of Tuesday. He was measuring at 19w4d instead of 19w2d and measured at 11 oz, which is bigger than he is expected to be this coming week according to all of my pregnancy apps I have (realiable, I know… they know better than the doctor ;P)
The other best moment this week was getting to hear my brother speak about prepping for his mission (he leaves in 10 days… may or may not be freaking out right now…) The last few weeks have been interesting as I’ve wondered if my baby brother was ready to travel to the other side of the world and basically be on his own. I felt many emotions today as he spoke of his anxieties and inadequacies that he has felt over the last little while when things have started to become more real for him. But then to hear him talk about how he got a reassurance that he is being watched over, and that our loving Father knows his struggles, made me realize just how ready he is. As I sat in the congregation at church today, I reflected on the many “farewells” I’ve gone to and realized that he is so ready. I wanted to stand up and proclaim to the congregation that HE IS READY! Most of my fears were calmed as I felt the strong Spirit and realized that he was understanding the purpose of his mission and thought of the families in the Philipines that were waiting to hear the Gospel.