Momma & Baby are growing

Both Momma and Baby have been growing a lot lately!  I’m trying to focus on the amazing things my body is doing to nourish and create this life.  God’s design for creating a new life truly is incredible.  Having never had this type of transformation occur, I toggle between moments of amazement and bewilderment.  It’s strange to see my body taking a shape it’s never had before.  It’s harder to sit back and accept that I can’t control what’s happening.  The hardest part is realizing that my preconceived image of what a pregnant woman looks like is not what I will look like.  I am not the tall, slender woman with long, sleek legs and arms and a perfectly round and tight pregnant belly.  I am short and curvy and not anything like the pregnant models or actresses normally thought of as “beautiful pregnant women.”  Today I am at the exact mid-point of my pregnancy, assuming I give birth at forty weeks.  My goal for the next twenty weeks is to learn to love this new shape I’m becoming.

Baby is now nearly seven inches long measuring from crown to rump and weighs approximately 11 ounces.  That’s about the size of a large banana.  Baby’s momma, yours truly, has been eating a wide variety of foods to provide an array of necessary nutrients as well as taking a prenatal vitamin once daily.  It is also reported in many studies that a child’s palette develops while still in the womb, so this variety of foods should help promote the acceptance of many flavors by Baby.  We’re having enchiladas tonight! Yummy! Baby should definitely like spicy food if my diet is any indication. 

This week Baby’s eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed.  Pretty neat, huh?  I think this ultrasound picture of Baby from last week is cute!  Maybe that’s just the proud momma coming out in me 😉

19 weeks, 2 days

Every evening I look forward to the moment my husband gets home from work.  We enjoy our quiet evenings together  over dinner and walks.  Sometimes we watch a Netflix movie or play online.  Regardless of what we do, these evenings are the highlight of my days.  He has been such a blessing to me, and I know he will be an excellent dad.

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It’s a…

I wasn’t going to share this information yet, but I’ve changed my mind since so many of you have asked what we’re having.

We went to the hospital for our anatomy scan/20-week ultrasound on Thursday.  It was so exciting to see our baby moving on the screen as the technician passed the transducer probe across my belly.  We saw ten fingers and ten toes!   All the measurements taken led to the doctor’s announcement that everything was developing on schedule.  It came as a surprise to me that the entire ultrasound portion of the appointment only took about 20 minutes.  I’d read previously that these appointments could easily last two to three times that long.  Maybe it was quick because all the measurements showed on-traget growth and nothing had to be rechecked.  The technician asked us if we wanted to know what we’re having.  We told her we wanted to know!  When she broke the news to us we were so excited.  We’re going to have…a baby!  (I was really pulling for a unicorn, but I know I’ll be just as happy with a baby.)  You didn’t really think I was going to spill the beans, did you?

We’re still just saying “Spot.”  We haven’t decided on a name yet.

17.5 weeks

Wow!  How did I get this close to the 1/2 way mark already?  Our baby is about 5 1/2 inches long from crown to rump and weighs around 6 ounces.  It’s incredible that our baby was only the size of a poppy-seed 14 weeks ago. 

In less than two weeks we have our big ultrasound appointment.  The doctors will carefully look at the baby from head to toe to find if everything is developing well.  We also might find out the sex at this appointment.  I haven’t decided if we’ll announce that bit of information immediately.  It would be kind of nice to have it as our own little secret for a while 🙂  I’ve shared everything else up to this point.

My parents came to visit us last week.  Showing them our town and hang out spots was fun.  We sure did eat well (or a lot) while they were here!  This baby will certainly not be malnourished!

I’m working on our baby registry.  If anyone has suggestions for things they thought were absolutely necessary with their kids (or kids they saw grow up) or things that were a waste of money and not used, I’d love to hear them!  I’m having a hard time picking a playard.  There are so many to pick from.  I guess I need to take another trip to the store to see them in person and really inspect the features and designs.