Somehow these weeks keep flying by and baby is getting bigger and bigger. When Danny and I found out back in February we were going to welcome a baby into the world I don’t think we had any clue what to expect. (I’m referring to this pregnancy…not having a baby because clearly, we still have little idea of the reality of a baby. Our baby will sleep all the time, only cry for short amounts of time and just be smiley and happy…right? )
Many people when they get pregnant eventually do posts about their journey to pregnancy and what worked for them to get pregnant. I really don’t have much to say on that topic because we were lucky enough that it just happened*. We were pretty surprised and probably in disbelief for the first 3-4 months. Even hearing baby’s heart beat and getting ultrasounds didn’t totally make it real for us. I always envisioned when I got pregnant there would be lots of tears at the first ultrasound/doctors appointment, but really the tears didn’t come until the 16 and 20 week appointment. I kind of even felt pretty detached in the beginning. While I was always somewhat excited, the surprise and disbelief kind of got the best of me. (*Note: Even though I didn’t do anything to technically prepare to get pregnant, I do feel that eating healthy, exercise, being at a healthy weight and not having an overly stressful life all did help!)
Fast forward to 24 weeks and now I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve spent the past week taking time to lay down each day and watch baby C kick and move across my belly, something that is truly alien like. I also ask baby if it’s a boy or a girl almost daily…but I tend to substitute our secret baby names in for boy or girl. Either way there really is a baby inside there and it’s all very real. Danny has gotten into the habit of saying hello and goodbye to baby when he goes to work, which is just the sweetest thing ever. The excitment I see in his eyes is so special to me. I know that he is just going to be the best father.
Now that I’m crying…
Onto this week in pregnancy! I’m almost at 24 weeks. 16 weeks to go..give or take some time. I’ve been feeling good and I really am taking everything in stride (I think…). I have had some uncomfortable nights where I just feel like I want to detach my belly from my body, but I mostly just feel really good. Heartburn has also made a somewhat nightly appearance, but I’ve dealt with that on and off my whole life, so it’s not awful.
Food: Food is blah again. I’m not excited to eat much but I’m still eating healthy. I also have found that occasionally I get REALLY full from a normal or even smallish dinner. Last night I had a salad with chicken, feta, chickpeas and some veggies and I felt like I ate a Christmas Day feast! I think it depends where baby is. My favorite foods right now are homemade pizza, cheese and corn pasta…and watermelon…still. Random, I know. I’m not really into dessert at all…but I do have some sort of chocolate usually each day. This week it’s been in the form of chocolate covered fruit & nut bars. Yum.
Exercise: Still going strong. This week so far I had a session on the elliptical/short full body weight session, 2 runs and a Jillian Michaels DVD. Tomorrow I’ll probably just go for a walk. Tuesday was a HARD run. I walked more than usual, which I’m totally fine with. I’m not sure what made it especially hard, but I got through it with walking breaks. Today I got out at about 6:45 a.m., did 5 miles and felt great with only 1 walking break.
Belly: I feel like belly has grown a lot in the past two weeks. Some nights I feel HUGE, but most of the time I’m just enjoying it. I have no clue how much I’ve gained at this point. At 20 weeks I gained 8 pounds, so I’m guessing it’s between 10-12 pounds at this point. I’m overall happy with how I look and I think keeping up with exercise and healthy eating has really helped with body image. I feel strong.
Sleep: I love sleep. I really do. I go to bed (on the couch) most nights by 9 and then move to my bed at 10 after Danny fights with me to get me up. I usually sleep until 6-7 with one wake up to use the bathroom.
That was a long update and not even much has changed..besides my belly. I’ll leave you a picture of my (dry peely) belly. I woke up this morning and rolled over and baby C promptly did the same, making my belly totally lopsided. I thought it was so funny I had to snap a pic (and send it to 5 people.)
Feeling very lucky and grateful to be enjoying this pregnancy so much.