Wednesday, July 18, 2012

20 Weeks: Halfway

 Some rather LARGE views from the top...
How far along? 20 Weeks!!! 
Total weight gain: 8 lbs. Maybe a bit more.
Maternity clothes? 1/2 and 1/2. Thank goodness for Summer. I have been lounging around in workout clothes and Daddy's basketball shorts. (Hence the lack of full body belly shot) The break and the heat don't provide many opportunities to get all gussied up. I will be on the hunt for some back to school maternity wear soon.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: I am actually sleeping really well still! Started trying to sleep on my left side has been a bit of a challenge. As an avid "back sleeper" I usually wake flat on my back.
Miss Anything? Margaritas. It just sounds so refreshing on these hot summer nights. Fro yo and coconut milk ice cream have been filling that void.
Movement: More and more! I feel so lucky to have already felt her move this far in the pregnancy. She is crazy right after dinners and after anything sweet. I love feeling her little feet kick softly against my stomach... I know eventually these flutters will turn into drop kicks to the ribs! I can't help but smile imagining her tumbling around :)
Food cravings: Sweets. I am usually not a sweets eater, more of a salty girl, but this week I have been wanting the sugar. Last night I made some delicious Paleo dark chocolate banana bread! So delicious.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Raw meat. Stink... my gag reflex is still at an all time high.
Gender:  Baby GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Some pains. I am attributing them to growing pains. My doctor said so far everything was still below the belly button at week 19 but I am starting to feel the stretching again.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: This has been a great week! I am so happy and getting more and more excited to meet this baby bird! I love getting to know her and feel like her personality is showing already through her crazy acrobats. Get ready daddy... we've got a wild one!
Looking forward to: The bedding coming in! My AMAZING in- laws spoiled us with buying our entire bedding set from Pottery Barn! It was on back order until the end of this month so each day I have been waiting for a call or for the doorbell to ring. I cannot wait to put it in the crib! Then we can start planning all of the fun details. Girls are so much fun!

 (Got some new chalkboard pens :) 
I love that at Week  20 she has started to hear! What an Amazing God we have!

Best moment this week: My first chalk paint experience! After daddy went to work the animals and I started painting baby girl's dresser and rocking chair. Both pieces were a laminate wood which would not adhere with a regular gloss paint and after researching, chalk paint was the only solution. Both just need a sealant coat and they are finished! :) 

On multiple occasions I have been doing something in the kitchen and Tom disappears. I find him in the nursery. When I ask him what he's doing he responds, "Just looking around admiring." So sweet... what a good daddy! And I am no different. I walk in at least a dozen times a day whether to just look or to sit in the rocking chair praying for you or reading. We cannot wait to meet you sweet girl!  

My sister put on her big girl pants and went to register at Buy Buy Baby with me this week. Holy moly.... talk about overwhelming. There were no break downs or stress induced diarrhea which both happened to friends, but there was many feelings floating around with a side order of hormones. There are just SO many options. So after 2 1/2 hours of standing, walking and scanning, we treated ourselves to some delicious Mexican food and all was well. It is so fun to think about a pink squishy baby in all of that fun stuff.

Hello sneaky kitty! Tucker thinks the changing pad is his own personal bed.
We go back to the specialist next Tuesday, the 24th. It will have been 3 weeks since they saw the VSDs on her heart. And we are praying big that they have healed. We trust in God's plan for our sweet girl and for our family and for the outcome. In every moment like this that we have experienced in the past year, year and half, I am ever so thankful for the love of Jesus. When I succumb to feelings of doubt and try to take on the worry myself, it is so freeing to give it to God and know that I do not need to worry. It has already been decided! And in all circumstances Tom and I give thanks for this gift we have been given! 

One detail has already been added in the nursery. (Gotta love Pinterest ideas & chalkboard paint)

Baby Girl, 
Do you know how loved you are already? You have so many people praying for your growth, and for God to heal your tiny heart. There are so many people who are waiting anxiously to squeeze and snuggle you. You are one spoiled girl already. Not only by me and your daddy but by the entire family. Each time someone comes to visit there is usually a little surprise for you. Your daddy loves you so much. He is so proud of your room so far, beaming with pride when your crib was finally set up. He wants only the best for you already, thinking of your safety while you sleep. We cannot wait to see you again next Tuesday and see how much you have grown. We love you Baby Bird!

I cannot wait to see those baby buns in those sweet ruffles. Thanks Aunt Megan! (for the blankie too!)
Zebra lovey... LOVEY! From Grandma and the Sweet Hat from Aunt Christie.

LOVE shopping for little girls! :)

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