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20 WEEK UPDATE

October 30, 2015

We had our twenty week appointment this morning! Twenty weeks! Halfway! I am so grateful Stefan has been able to make it to all the doctors appointments so far. Well, at least all the big ones. Here's a little update on how things are going:
Weeks: Twenty!

Gender: Boy

Food cravings: Sugar, mostly. I think that's just my lot in life. Something I may never kick and will very likely pass on to this baby.


Food aversions: Sandwich bread, too much meat.. I mostly only eat really plain foods. Anything with too much flavor or spice is a no go. It's been so weird to lose interest in food. I used to eat because I loved it, I loved food. Now I eat because I don't want to feel hungry anymore, and because I want the baby to be healthy. But I don't get excited about eating my favorite things like I used to.


Movement: I haven't felt the baby yet, but I am dying to. One morning last week I did have some really killer cramps, but I think it was probably my muscles stretching to make more room in there. It didn't feel like tiny baby kicks. Everyone keeps telling me that it's hard to recognize the baby's movements in the beginning. Like maybe I am feeling them, but passing them off as gas or "butterflies" or something? Whatever, I don't feel anything.

Sleeping: For a month or so I was waking up once a night - usually between two and five o'clock in the morning - to use the bathroom. Besides all the tossing and turning, I mean. I toss and turn a lot, but I usually really woke up once to use the bathroom and then I could always get back to sleep quickly. Lately sleeping has become even more difficult and uncomfortable. I've been trying to sleep on my side, and putting a pillow between my knees has really helped make that more comfortable. But every day I wake up feeling achy and sore. I don't feel like I'm really getting a good nights sleep. Still lots of tossing and turning. Aside from sleeping at night, I have also been loving any naps I can squeeze in during the day. My only problem is that I am such a great napper, I become a horrible napper. I can't nap for less than two hours. Once I'm down, I'm down for a while. Some days though, that's okay. I get so tired while I'm doing my homework that I can't keep my eyes open anymore and I just fall sideways on the couch for a couple hours. Poor Stefan keeps working through the whole thing..

Could I have written a longer paragraph about sleeping!? Well now we all know what I value most in life.. Jeez.

Emotions: I think I've cried a few times, but nothing more than my usual. Actually, some of the songs at church really get me these days. Actually, I kind of sobbed for a half hour last Sunday for no reason.

Purchases: We had been given some really great gifts, but I hadn't bought anything myself until last week! Stefan was out of town, so I went took myself on a date to the mall one night and bought a couple loose shirts for me and two baby onesies with a pair of little pants. The baby stuff at H&M was buy two get one free!

Exercise: I cannot bring myself to run. I cannot. But I have been going on more walks, and I want to use all these free yoga class coupons I have and start going to a prenatal yoga class each week. I'm also still in this ridiculous flexibility/functional fitness class at BYU. Sometimes our graduate student "teacher" tells us to do something and I give him this look and think to myself, "You have never been pregnant. I am not doing that." Not sorry, I don't want to do/physically cannot do thirty second planks. 

Odds & Ends: Maternity leggings are everything. And when my boss tells me I can't wear leggings to work... I don't like it. Give me a break, I sit behind a desk and I have to wear a baggy blue polo anyway. I really don't think my black stretchy pants are a problem here.

One of my dear, dear friends paid for me to get a massage. Unrelated: If you are looking for the perfect gift for a mama to be, pay for her to go get a massage. Also unrelated: Look on Groupon for good massage deals! I may or may not get another one before March rolls around.

I think that's all the updates for now! I just want to say how happy Stefan and I are. We know we are so fortunate to have this baby. We know we are so fortunate that I haven't been sick and miserable. We feel unbelievably lucky and grateful and happy, and we are in love with this tiny little boy!

^^^ Happy Halloween from our skeleton baby striking a pose with that hand under his chin! haha
^^^ Oh and me copying him ;)

4 comments :

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You are the cutest skeleton mama ever

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Aw. cutest pregnant lady ever. I just discovered your blog and I love it. Following along.

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Thanks Natalia! Your new blog looks so great!

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