Happy Friday! As short weeks typically go, this one flew by - which is what I can also say (for now) about this pregnancy. I am already 22 weeks, and over halfway to my due date!
It's been so much fun to watch the progression through our baby app (we are using the What to Expect pregnancy app) and it's become our Sunday morning routine to watch the video together and learn about our little peanut's developing body. Tim and I have been making an effort to document the pregnancy and while I originally planned to post updates each week, that just isn't feasible. Sorry peanut, I'm not the kind of mom that is already writing in your baby book! I am, however, painting watercolors of the fruit or veggie they are each week, so I guess I'm that kind of mom - whatever kind of mom that is.
This week, our babe is is the size of a papaya. No wonder it's getting difficult to bend over or lean forward like I used to! The biggest and most exciting update to share is that I finally feel movement! For the past 4-5 weeks, I've been getting constant questions from my doctor, nurses, ultrasound techs, friends and family about whether or not I could feel kicks or flutters. I've read that people have felt movement as early as 13 weeks and as late as 25-26 weeks. In an effort to keep up with my zen pregnancy mantra, I refused to worry about it and told myself I'd feel them when I felt them. I took comfort in my ultrasound tech's opinion when she told me that the location of the placenta and my strong (HA!) ab wall were barriers that would keep me from feeling movement until 20 weeks or so.
Lo and behold, week 21 rolled around and I felt my first kick! I'd call it more of a flutter, or that feeling you experience when you cherry bump on a swing or ride a rollercoaster. I can't put into words how overwhelmingly surreal and wonderful it is to FINALLY feel movement, and know without a doubt that there is a living, moving, developing baby in there.
In addition to feeling the kicks, I've noticed that all of a sudden, I actually FEEL pregnant. Up until week 20 or so, the only issue I had was an uncomfortable lower back. Now, as my belly keeps growing, my abs are feeling the pressure and I can actually feel them stretching apart. It's not pleasant, but it's true! I've never read / heard that anywhere, so future pregnant ladies - you're welcome. Or, I'm sorry. In addition to the ab stretching, my legs get sore really easily and it's becoming a challenge to get up easily on my own. I'm sure I'll feel like a beached whale in no time ;)
All of the mild issues aside, it's been an EASY, uneventful pregnancy and I couldn't be more thankful! We found out what we are having (we'll reveal that soon!!) and we're becoming more and more connected to this little peanut. The nursery plans are coming along, as well, and I'm excited to share those soon.
Since I haven't been keeping up with the week-by-week posts, here are the bumpdates from weeks 18-21:
I hope you all have a pool to dive into, a friend with a boat, or a hose with a bucket to dump on your head this weekend... it's been a hot one lately! Happy weekend!