Ahhh the emotional tolls that pregnancy takes. You always expect your body to change while carrying another life, but you don’t always expect the feelings – both good and …. not so good, that come along with it as well. Hitting 20 weeks, the halfway part of my pregnancy felt so good in some ways, but I had also expected it to be more relaxed and less anxious but found almost the opposite to be true.
Officially halfway and I literally feel like I’m in a glass case of emotion 😬
We got to see baby Bear today – kind of. We had our anatomy scan, and since we told the technician that we didn’t want to know the baby’s sex, she told us she would just have us look away during certain parts of the scan. Well, apparently baby Bear was bum up, with his / her legs spread, so she said if we were any good at reading ultrasounds, it would have been too obvious. SO, our heads were turned during like 95% of the scan, and I didn’t even get to see a full body profile shot, nor did we get a 3D to peek (I know, first world problems). ((Rant over 😜))
The important part is that bthe aby is healthy, and the 4 chambered heart was beating strong. 20 more weeks, give or take,until we get to see this little one’s face, and none of my silly complaints will matter anymore 💕
How are my other Fall mamas? Anyone finding out the sex of their baby this week? Who else is ‘team green’ and is waiting to find out?
Yesterday I admitted I’ve been an emotional wreck lately with this pregnancy. I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you. I received so many messages and sweet words that I wasn’t alone in my feelings and there so many other mamas sharing their stories with me as well. I haven’t had a chance to respond to everyone yet, but I want you to know how deeply touched I am that YOU take the time out of YOUR day to write to me. The feelings of loneliness and isolation are real, and you all have done so much for my soul, I can’t even.
Today is already a better day, and we are a whole week closer to meeting our little Mister or Miss.
LOTS of rolls and movement after two days late last week with hardly any, which is wonderfully reassuring! Craving LOTS of berries: blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and can’t stand the sight of carbs or meat, but I also slightly feel like I might die if I don’t have a macaroon soon (*Hint Hint Hubby…)
I want to hear your old wives tales!
Someone told me that because I’m having tons of migraines, it means we’re having a girl. I was also told that because I’m so hormonal, it means we’re having a girl because we have ‘extra female hormones’ in me? And lastly, since I’m craving fruits and veggies, someone also told me we’re having a girl?
Anyone else cares to share any old wives tales they’ve been told? Were they true for your baby?
With H all I wanted were salt and vinegar chips (salty cravings) so that one was right, and the Chinese gender chart was correct as well!
(My toddler may have eaten a “2”, hence making “22” weeks impossible to put up. Why are toddlers so weird?!)
Baby Bear is moving like crazy these days, especially between the hours of 1 am – 4 am. Homeslice is definitely a party animal and likes to keep mama up at night.
Cravings are still lots of salads, berries, eggs, and English muffin with peanut butter, and this week the Husband finally found All Dressed chips, so I’m basically in heaven.
Bending over is super uncomfortable, thanks to baby Bear hanging out super low, so I basically forget something has ever existed if I drop it 😉
So crazy to think that there are only 4 months left in this pregnancy! Nesting has started full force, and now I’m on the hunt for any and all the baby things. I already have the most adorable romper to hopefully bring baby home in from @radrevolutionkids that I’m ridiculously excited about.
Tag your favorite small shops that have goodies for newborns and babies! I want to see them all!
How are my other Late Summer and Fall mama-to-be doing?
Just over here marveling over the growth of the belly between 22 and 23 weeks, and feeling like a major BAMF with this ridiculously gorgeous @novuink Lotus Flower Bloom Riding Wave Tattoo! Dreaming of the day I can finally get my half sleeve, so this will do in the interim ☺️. 23 weeks today and my hips ache 24/7, and seem to get wider every day – I’m not sure what’s grown more: my hips or my belly 😬. That just means a quick and easy birth, right?! 😉
Cravings: brown sugar pop tarts, strawberries, cold grapes, pesto, spinach, Oreos, and hummus. The sugary cravings have totally hit this past week and I probably shouldn’t admit how many pop tarts and cupcakes I’ve eaten…
Starting the search for things for the nursery and researching DOUBLE STROLLERS! Whaaatttt?! Anyone have a double they love (or for that matter, any to avoid)?
And how are my other late Summer and Fall mama to be doing???
24 weeks (yesterday, whoops!) and feeling every bit of it!
If my hips grow any more, I may have to petition to get them their own zip code, guys. This is seriously out of control 😬
In other news, I met with my first doula today! She was super sweet and I really liked her, but I realized we basically just talked for an hour and a half and I forgot to ask her any birthing questions, ha.
Did anyone else use a doula for their birth? Pros and Cons? Tips for someone just starting out on their hunt for one? Questions to ask?
I’m trying to go into this birth with more tools for success than I had with H, in hopes I get the birth I want this time around, because I still have so many negative feelings towards how it all happened with him. I remember feeling so out of control that I just gave in to every pressure the doctor gave me and I wish I had fought for myself a little more.
Late Summer and Fall mamas – let me hear it! How are you feeling? Any surprises this last week?
Baby Bear loves to kick H when we nap together, which H is not the biggest fan of, haha. Ohhhhh siblings 😜
Baby bear is kicking his or her heart out like there’s no tomorrow and does *not* like when I bend over or put anything against my belly.
Lots and lots of heartburn, so I have a feeling this baby will have lots of hair (like brother), as long as the old wives tales hold true!
Too many emotions this week to even get into, but if you follow along on my snapchat (👻 Shynnz) then you heard a little about the fiasco that is our current debacle with our tickets for our United flight back East tomorrow. I have a feeling there will be lots of tears at the ticket stations tomorrow, so if you see a pregnant woman in Boise or Denver balling her eyes out, come say hi 😜
This is real life 😬 and as good as it gets these days – no makeup face and crazy hair. I am still so, so, so exhausted, and feeling a little hungover after our trip back East. Anyone else fighting exhaustion with their pregnancy? What are you doing for it?
My midwife was a little concerned over how low my blood pressure is as well, so I’m trying to stay extra hydrated and make sure I’m getting enough protein, but I can’t even get near meats right now without feeling nauseous so lots of nuts and peanut butter toast to try and make up for it!
Any other suggestions on good protein sources that *are NOT* dairy (since this baby is just like H and hates all the delicious dairy filled goodness).
Baby is moving like some type of Cirque du Soleil gymnast, especially when I’m in one of my marathon grape eating sessions, or I’m sitting at my desk trying to work! I have a feeling we’re about to have another little tornado on our hands, come late September!