Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

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BUMP there it is.

 

How far along? 20 weeks!
How big is baby? As long as a banana, assuming the banana in question weighs 10.5 oz and is 6.5″ long from head to rump. Starting next week, measurements are from head to toe instead.
Maternity clothes? Forever and always, my friends.
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep? The same – not wonderful, but certainly not terrible.
Best moment this week? Finding out the sex! Will was able to feel the baby move the day after I wrote my last update, so that was pretty cool, too.
Miss anything? Not really.
Movement? Yes, and often. This kid has mad leg strength and I quake in terror when I think about what that will feel like in another month or two.
Food cravings? Other than ALL THE FOOD, no. I’ve been SO hungry lately and have turned into a hobbit. Can’t miss second breakfast or elevensies.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No.
Have you started to show yet? Have you seen the above photo? Yeah, I’d say so.
Gender? Girl! We totally caved!
Belly Button in or out? Out.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time? STRESSED OUT, but that has more to do with putting our house on the market and preparing to move than it is pregnancy-related.
Looking forward to? This might sound odd, but there’s nothing specifically related to the pregnancy that I’m looking forward to at the moment. I’m quite happy with how things are going, there’s just a LOT of other things going on right now that are commanding my attention. So I’m just grateful that this is a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy that is progressing exactly the way it’s supposed to.

So. Wow. Halfway there! Lots of people have been telling me that this pregnancy is going by so quickly, and my standard quip is, yeah, it always does when it’s not YOUR pregnancy. But truthfully? Ever since my (pretty minimal) morning sickness faded away, it’s felt like WARP SPEED AHEAD.

It’s a nice feeling, though. I don’t know if the next 20 weeks will go by as quickly as the last 20 have, but I appreciate feeling like time is flying by rather than dragging.

I promised myself about a month ago that once I hit the halfway point, I’d start doing my Hypnobirthing relaxation exercises again. We took a Hypnobirthing class with Natalie and I LOVED it. I practiced my breathing and listened to the relaxation tracks on my iPod over and over and over again, and all I can tell you is: it worked for me. It REALLY worked for me. I had an amazing natural birth with Natalie that, while not pain-free, was NOTHING like what you see on TV, or even what many well-meaning friends and relatives had warned me about.

(Snarky side note: if I had a nickel for every time someone told me, “don’t be a hero” and just get the epidural, Natalie’s college fund would have about a million dollars in it. I know people mean well, but please, don’t say that to anyone you know who is planning a natural birth. Just…don’t.)

Anyway, I have much much much more to say about Hypnobirthing and natural birth, and I swear I will get to that at some point before this baby is born. Hopefully. But for now I just wanted to note that I’ve started practicing again, and saying my birthing affirmations, and even though it sounds like New Age BS that’s right up there with using crystals to heal cancer, it’s not.

I look forward to listening to my relaxation track every night before I go to sleep. I even use it in the middle of the night when I wake up to pee and can’t go back to sleep because my brain is like HI SO GLAD YOU’RE UP LET’S THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG WITH THE HOUSE BEFORE YOU SELL IT.

And then the baby is like WOOOOO MIDNIGHT RAVE!!11!!1!!

What a jerk.

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