20 weeks: Halfway there!
In case you missed it…. it’s a boy!!!
I suddenly really feel like we are having a baby. Cue the panic!
This week has been so exciting and very bambino-centric.
Who knew these fill up and you might not get in to the dates you want? And who knew they could be so long? After my friend told me we had to sign up immediately I called and got us in. The class is 6 weeks long and 2.5 hours per class. I’m suddenly very nervous. That seems really long no? Apparently they also cover infant care, breastfeeding, and different labor scenarios. I hope we learn a lot because I know nothing. First class is on Wednesday!
We went to one furniture store and picked out our crib and accompanying furniture. We are decisive people. No purchase was made yet but as soon as we figure out the configuration of the room and how much space we really have we are going to go for it! I will share soon I promise. On the same note, what are the best baby sheet brands and crib accessory brands? We prefer items made in the USA or just, well, not China, when at all possible.
It’s a boy!
I am now picturing life with a baby boy and his little friends… A ton of our friends have boys and if they are anything like their dads they are going to be hard to control. I sense a lot of boy punkiness in my future.
PB has a name he loves for bambino which I will not share. He has started talking to the baby with that name. Let’s say the name is George. PB now says “Morning, George!” “Love you, George!” “Do you think George looks like you or me?” “Is George wreaking havoc?”
You get the point.
Anyway, with so much George-ing around I was just bound to fall in love with the name. PB was sneaky and made that happen! So we now have a boy name we love love love!
My weight gain.
I still don’t have anything official from the doctor yet as our appointment isn’t until the end of the week. I’m gaining weight fast though. On Saturday the scale was 1 lb heavier than Friday and Sunday 1 lb heavier than Saturday. How is that even possible? I don’t understand. You could say it is water weight but this is what happened last month too. The scale jumped up a lot in just a couple of days after holding steady for awhile. I’m still measuring 7-9 days ahead so I feel ok about it, but as of this morning I’ve gained 11-13 lbs so far. Let’s see if the official doctor’s weigh in agrees with that.
Will I gain most of the weight in the second trimester and then taper off slowly or will I gain even more in the third trimester?
In combination with the scale jumping (not even creeping!) I have been exercising a good amount. Nice weather and new sneakers mean I’ve been sneaking out for walks at least every other day. I mean formal “this is exercise” walks and not just strolls to the market etc. It feels good! I did a bit too much on Saturday- lunges, squats and a bit more- and my legs were so sore from that. Otherwise it feels excellent to break a sweat and feel the sun on my face.
And um, when did this happen?
There is no mistaking that there is a baby in my belly, and I love the smiles I get from strangers now.
I learned, after a very long night, a lot about getting a good night of sleep.
- I MUST exercise because when I don’t my muscles hurt so bad. MY IT band was KILLING me one night and then my inner thighs needed to be stretched and then my shoulder hurt. I just can’t get comfy!
- Bambino wakes me up between 3 and 4 am every night with kicks. Bad boy! I don’t mind that part though.
- Allergies suck when you can’t take any medicine for them, especially during the night when you can’t breathe.
- I need a snack before bed because when I don’t have one I wake up famished in the middle of the night.
- Pillow propping and tucking needed. More here.
- I’m a crab when I’m tired.
Here’s what Babycenter says about week 20:
How your baby’s growing:
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)
He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).
*For the record our baby was already 13 oz ten days ago and not 10 1/2 ounces like the average 20 week baby.
Random facts of the week:
Overall weight gain: about 11-13 lbs as of 20 weeks 5 days
Currently craving: apples with peanut butter, salads with lots of avocado, unsweetened iced tea (need to make some decaf asap!), pb banana smoothies, grilled cheese sandwiches from RyBread.
Snarfle fests: 2, one a big handful of Terra chips right after waking up from a nap and stolen from PB and the other a Take 5 bar with 2 Reese’s PB cups
Cry fests: a few, but it is understandable because it was Mother’s Day on Sunday.
Things I say to bambino: Mostly I say hi or apologize for sneezing. Is it weird that I do that every time? I sneeze, then apologize for jostling him. HA.
Foods that no longer taste funny: Filtered water! I have finally gone back to my Brita after switching to solely bottled water for months. The tap water suddenly tastes normal again and not like metal and mildew (EW).
Clothes I’ve purchased: 5 things. I already returned one, a shirt from Gap, and now I’m waiting on the rest to come in the mail. I hate shopping for clothes on the internet and I wish that more stores carried maternity in store. Also, I don’t understand how women bigger than me find maternity clothes because I am mostly buying size L tops already.
Edited to add: Also, I’m constantly super happy OR on the verge of tears. Feeling very hormonal this week.
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