Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 20 weeks!

Hello everyone! 

Well, I am officially (as of tomorrow – so not quite officially) halfway through this pregnancy. Yay! I am so happy and very thankful. With each passing day this pregnancy becomes more “real” to me.

I’ve wanted to do this update since forever, but it seemed like 20 weeks was the perfect time.

Well, let me start from the beginning.

The first trimester was…ugh (most days). I am so glad I am over that! You know that thing they call “morning sickness”? Yeah, it’s a lie. It’s an “all day, err day sickness”. The nausea was intense. Thankfully, I only had one bout of emesis - fancy, nurse-y word for vomit. The nausea never went away, though. It was especially there when seeing, cooking or smelling chicken. Anyways, I’ll spare you the gross details. Ginger Ale was my friend.

My pregnancy belly didn’t quite grow a ton the first trimester. However, I did gain a few pounds - surprisingly, because I avoided food constantly. I think it was all bloat, since I've only gained 1 pound from week 10-17. I finally “popped out” around week 18!

I was also very hesitant to “attach” myself to this baby. And by that, I mean emotionally, because we are physically attached. ;-) A lot of prayer, crying and surrender to Jesus took place. It still is, but I am struggling less and loving more.

I slept a lot the first few weeks! I could seriously only stay awake for about 3 hours before I needed a nap. I’ve slowly been gaining my energy back, but I still feel very tired most of the day. I am also starting to feel the effects of “pregnancy brain”. It’s so real – unlike morning sickness. I’ve done so many things that do not make sense. One of those major fails was locking myself out of the house, during a thunderstorm, no cellphone, no car keys, nothing…while my husband was at work. My sister and my neighbor came to the rescue before I started crying.

As far as ultrasounds, we’ve had two. And both were very early because I was considered “high risk”. We first saw the heartbeat at 5-ish weeks! It was so surreal. It was around 94 beats/minute (almost same as mine). The nurse’s comment was, “For all we know, this heart could have started beating today, at your heart’s rate!” Swoon. We then had another ultrasound around 10 weeks. It had jumped up to 186 beats/minute! We also heard it. It was nice and strong, and very, very fast. We could distinguish the baby’s arms moving a lot. At around 16 weeks, our doctor did a small Doppler check (no ultrasound) to see how our baby was doing. The heart rate had decreased (normal) to 156 beats/minute. I think I’ve felt the baby move, but I don’t know if it’s actual movement or what. It feels kind of like nervousness in my stomach – if that makes any sense.

Our next ultrasound is at 22 weeks (2 more weeks!) and we will hopefully be finding out the sex of the baby. We are so excited! I feel it’s a boy (sometimes I feel it’s a girl), but I’ve been dreaming with baby girls most nights. People I’ve talked to think it’s a girl – even a stranger told me this – and only two people have told me it’s a boy. I think we are set on the names, but I’ll announce it when we know for sure.

As for baby “stuff”, we have accumulated so much. My sister-in-law and her husband gave us a lot of their items – even a frame for a crib and a bassinet! I am so grateful for this. The Lord has certainly provided for us through them, and I can’t wait to bless another expecting Mom and Dad as they have blessed  us.  In their items were also three boxes full of baby clothes (mostly gender neutral) for newborns and months 1-6. There was also a box full of maternity clothes – which I am starting to fit in! We haven’t bought anything new for the baby yet, but I am sure we will in these next few weeks. The checklist is still long!

Anyways, that is all for now. I am sure I am forgetting stuff, but let us blame it on the pregnancy brain. Please continue to pray for us as we approach the 22 week scan/anatomy scan. Thank you!

In Christ,