11.10.2016

Half Way There

I've made it to the half way point. **praise hands** A part of me feels like the baby will be here in no time, but I also feel like 20 weeks seems so far away. I mean, we still have Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine's Day, and St. Patrick's Day to get through. The leaves still have to fall from the trees and Charlotte's one snowfall in the winter needs to blanket the grass until it all melts away in the afternoon sun. Flowers will be blooming again before my due date rolls around and daylight savings will have already graced us with her sunny presence. Still so far away, right?


To tear or not to tear?!

You know what else feels so far away? Finding out the gender of our baby when I have the results in my hands! I could just tear open the envelope this very second. I would jump up and down rejoicing, I would call my baby by his or her actual name instead of referring to him or her as Juice Drop, and I would feel a little closer to the precious boy or girl kicking and flipping around in there. But that would also take away a special moment for our family who lives in Ohio, another moment they won't get to experience because we live here and they live there, 8 hours away. Sure, I could open the envelope now and we still have the party the day after Thanksgiving. They would all still be surprised. But that's no fun, and my reaction wouldn't be authentic. They deserve authentic. And for that I'll wait. Two weeks can't come soon enough but it's only two weeks away. 


How far along? 20 Weeks
How big is baby? The size of a paper airplane (if the paper airplane were made from an 8.5" x 11" paper), and is sprouting teeth buds underneath those gums, as well as lips, eyelashes, and eyebrows. 
Total weight gain: 11 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes
Sleep: Not too bad. Breathing a little better now that we've added a humidifier.
Best moment this week: it's been a tough week in our country no matter who you voted for, so this is a difficult one for me. But because my kids are still naive to the things of this world they are helping me put things in perspective. We made a thankful tree this week adding leaves to our tree each day and drawing the things we are thankful for on the leaves. While this world is broken there is still so much to be thankful for. The best moment this week was seeing my kids get excited to talk about all the things they are thankful for. What beauty.  
Miss Anything? a glass of wine
Movement: Yes! But just little pops. That darn placenta is blocking every big blow and it makes me sad a little. 
Food cravings: anything
Gender: Thanksgiving can't come soon enough!
Symptoms: bloody nose, out of breath, round ligament pain, indigestion 
Belly Button in or out? In between
Happy or Moody most of the time: generally happy but the flip can switch at any given time.
Looking forward to: feeling more bumps and kicks so the kids can start feeling the baby.

Pregnant with Anna at 20 weeks
Pregnant with Theo at 20 weeks

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