August 28, 2012

20 Weeks Pregnant: The Halfway Point

We're halfway there!

The most exciting part last week was, by far, seeing this:

Oh, and this:

No surprises there! We would have been very happy with a girl, but it was kind of a relief to find out this baby I was convinced was a boy actually was.

I felt the first little flutters and jabs a few weeks ago, at 17.5 weeks pregnant. Aside from feeling the baby and getting bigger, I haven't even felt very pregnant the last few weeks. I had been having daily headaches, and now I don't even remember when the last one was. I've had some pretty bad restless leg syndrome since I was 7 weeks pregnant, which still hasn't gone away completely, but doing a few yoga poses/stretches before bed has helped me fall asleep.

Having no energy and not feeling well in the first trimester meant I wasn't able to do much, which was kind of depressing as an acts of service type person. I managed to find the energy to bake blueberry bread one day only to dump it directly on the floor as soon as I pulled it out of the oven. I'm much happier now, even though I'm still not doing as much as I was pre-pregnancy. The less desert-like weather has helped too, especially since I walk to work every day.

For a while I was worried I wasn't gaining enough weight. At 18 weeks pregnant, I had only gained 4 pounds. By 20 weeks, I had gained another 5 pounds, for a total gain of 9 pounds. I really don't think I've been eating more than normal or being less active, so it's just my body catching up I guess. I've tried to postpone buying maternity clothes so far, not wanting to buy too much too early, but after this most recent jump in weight, I don't think I'll be able to wait much longer!

I'm so excited to meet our baby, but I'm glad we still have another four months or so to get everything ready!


  1. Congratulations! Little boys are so much fun! You look so cute, love your little belly. And are people blind? I can see a big difference between the first picture you took and the the third (just because you've got that pregnant posture in the third), and from there it's definitely more and more distinct. There is definitely a baby in there!

    1. Thank you! Yeah, I'm not sure how anyone can wonder if I'm sure I'm really pregnant. Of course, I've been mostly wearing my regular clothes, so the bump isn't as defined unless you see me from the side, but it's still impossible to hide at this point!

    2. Ha, just got asked, "Are you growing at ALL? Any tummy at ALL?" When I said "I think so" she just laughed at me. So yes, apparently people are blind. :)

  2. Aw, congrats! So funny to know that your intuition was right. We're kind of thinking ours is a boy but we won't know until mid-October (assuming they'll be able to tell). Congrats on the halfway point; glad you're feeling better!


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