Dec 3, 2014

20 weeks

How far along: 20 weeks - holy moley I am halfway! I'm so thrilled to be here!

How big is baby: In the past two weeks Lemon was the size of a bell pepper, an heirloom tomato, and is now the size of a banana!

Excited about: Knowing we're going to have a little boy! I honestly didn't care whether Lemon was a boy or a girl but hearing he's healthy and being able to say "he" is a whole new way of connecting now! (Also, a friend of mine told me I'm going to be a great boy mom because, "I don't take any sh*t." Ha!)

Anxious about: Being asked if I've felt the baby kick. (See below). Also, we're trying to get serious about saving money so I can take a good chunk of time off after Lemon is here (some of which is not paid). I know we'll make it work and figure it out, but it's a bit stressful to think about!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I've started to notice there are a few foods that are higher in acid that bother me (a lot of marinara, sometimes apples, etc). but otherwise nothing I'm really craving or avoiding. I am SO susceptible to suggestions though it's hilarious. Someone mentions a certain type of food and I'm like "oh my gosh, that sounds so good," or when eating I say, "mmm, this is the best piece of bread (or insert another basic thing) I've ever had!"

Gender: A healthy baby boy!

Movement: Our ultrasound last week did a lot to calm my anxiety, but the fastest way this creeps back up is when people ask me if I've felt any movement. I don't think I'll feel any "real" kicks for a few more weeks and I don't even know if I'll be able to identify these elusive flutters people keep referring to. I know the question is asked because it's a natural next step and everyone is curious, so I try to just smile, say "not yet," and remember that the doctor said because my placenta is in the front, it would take a good kick for me to feel something.

The belly: Growing! So far I think I'm just expanding in the stomach which is fine by me!

Miscellaneous: We told our families our big appointment (i.e. the ultrasound where we found out gender) was December 1st, but it was actually last week. Since we hosted Thanksgiving, we wanted to surprise them, and oh did we! We actually have it on video and the reactions are fabulous - I think it will be great to show Lemon once he's here!

Things that made me cry: This is a new category I'm adding - I think it will provide some amusement and also a few touching moments. (Plus it'll give you a look into my crazy, and who doesn't love that?)

*The day before Thanksgiving, Ben ran to the store to get us food for that day (our fridge was packed with Thanksgiving stuff, but we didn't have lunch or dinner for the day before). While he was gone I took all the ingredients out I'd need to make pies, figuring I'd save myself time later. Right before he got back I realized we didn't have any eggs, so when he walked in the door (his hands full of groceries) I started crying (and I mean crying), and blubbered, "I'm really sorry but we don't have eggs so you're going to have to go back to the store." He asked me why I was crying and I said, "I don't know!" He set the groceries down, gave me a kiss and said, "Okay, well I'll be right back." God bless him for rolling with it!

*I had almost an hour long conversation with my mother-in-law about pack-n-plays and carseats and it was so much fun! When we got off the phone I picked up Lemon's blanket to knit for a bit and then cried all the happy tears. I never thought I'd get to have these conversations and while parts of me are still nervous I feel like I can finally be excited and I'm just so grateful!

*The technician at our ultrasound was awesome and gave us so many pictures afterwards. There's one that's just of his feet and I don't know why but it makes me tear up every time I look at it.

Best moment of the week: Our anatomy scan ultrasound. The tech was delightful and I'm pretty sure we laughed through the whole appointment! I still get nervous sometimes but hearing I am in no way high risk and our son (our son! ahh!) is healthy and looks great gave me such a sense of relief!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I love this post so much. :) I am so glad that your appointments continue to go well and give you more assurance that everything is going to be OK. I hope you can feel him kick soon because I know that will give you even more assurance! I'm thinking of you guys and praying! Hooray for being at the 1/2 way mark!!!!!

Stephany said...

20 weeks! Yay! Grow, Lemon, grow!

Can I just say how much I love your Thanksgiving story? Mainly because I can relate, and I'm not even pregnant! Emotions, man. ;)

Nora said...

Love everything about this post!!!

Also, I learned something today. Didn't know that if the placenta is in front (or even could be in front) that the baby has to kick harder for you to feel him. Thanks for the education =)

So, so, so, glad that you have a happy/healthy baby. Can't wait to see pictures and meet him. this baby is going to be so loved!

Amber said...

I hope lemon gives you a good strong boot soon as if to say "i'm here mom!" :)

Love these updates! That is so fun you had such a long conversation with your mother-in-law. I'm sure it's so fun to start thinking about and planning for little lemon to come along!

Non Sequitur Chica said...

Don't feel anxious about the kicking. I didn't feel a strong kick until 19 or 20 weeks because of my placenta placement- it's totally normal. It stinks that you can't feel movement as much in the beginning, but the placenta placement helps later on (at least for me) and I didn't get any huge kicks that hurt.

Alli said...

Things that made ME cry: This post!

Katelin said...

Eeee love hearing about this. The anatomy scan was seriously my favorite. Technology is amazing. Also I'm so excited that lemon is a little boy. I mean I'm so glad you found out, even though I'm not, because it's just exciting - if that makes any sense, ha.

Also, crying. It just keeps on coming.

Also again, You look SO CUTE. xo

Nicole said...

This is such a happy post! And seriously, what a cute baby bump you are growing!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I just love this!!

a/k/a Nadine said...

I have an anterior (front) placenta as well. At my 23 week appt. my nurse confirmed what I'd been feeling was indeed the baby kicking (I was afraid it was just gas, lol). It's so reassuring every time I feel it now. :-)

Glad things are going so well for you!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

(((())) I'm so excited for you!

Amy said...

Oh no the dreaded anterior placenta! Yeah probably will be a few more weeks but rest assured baby IS moving and you WILL feel if! :)

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