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20 weeks | baby bump

How far along: 20 weeks. (From the Bump) Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation... baby's genitals are now fully formed!

How big is baby: The size of a cantaloupe.

Weight gain/loss: No change from last week, still +8 from original weight.

Maternity clothes: Nothing new here.  Just wearing what fits and what doesn't make me look like a house.

Stretch marks: Nothing new here either.  Just the same from what was left from Coen.

Sleep: Sleeping was okay until about Wednesday night when Coen started to really sound like he was laboring to breathe.  It was an awful sound and an awful thing to watch.  His chest was contracting with every breath and it wasn't getting better.  Thursday morning he woke up sounding like a seal or dog barking and my husband was able to take him in.  We found out that he was suffering from croup and an ear infection.  The healing process is still taking place, but he's working through it and so are we.  There are still a lot of days to go and a lot of mucus to drain, but it's happening and he's sounding a lot better.  But in the meantime, I'm a jumping mess trying to listen for him and to hear him breathe through the night.  It's scary when you think about it, but luckily, we're on the up-swing of this crap going away.  Last night there were one too many times when I could hear him struggling that I ended up co-sleeping with him earlier in the night and he slept so much longer because I was right there to help him through his coughing fits.  I'm not sure if he was crazy about the set up, but it made me feel better about it.  Hearing him breath was just was just reassuring when he was right next to me.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I had a craving for grapefruit and aside from that, nothing outside of what I had already shared.

Gender: It's a girl!

Movement: Yes.  Just from time to time and I can start to feel her more when I am holding Coen.  It's like she knows that he's cramping her space and she's not happy about it.  Which is funny, but either way, that's when she "speaks up" and shows herself more... I feel her other times too, but not as much as I will once she's bigger.

The belly: Here, I'll show you.

What I'm loving: I'm loving that I'm still not feeling pregnant.  It's completely a blessing, because I know that many people don't get a symptom free pregnancy. I wouldn't want it any other way.  It's been so nice!

I'm also loving some of these rummage/flea market/garage sale deals that I'm finding and all the little girls clothes that have barely been worn and are just completely darling.  It's fun to spend a little bit of money on things like this, when I know that they will run the risk of being stained.  It's just fun to find a bargain and I'm not really worried about where they come from.  I'm finding everything from Janie & Jack, Carter's, Gap, Old Navy and Crazy 8.  It's been very fun and I cannot wait for the next couple weekends because there are many more sales to hit up!

Another thing that has been really great is that my mom, who was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer 5 years ago, was re-diagnosed with cancer again about 8 months ago.  She's already had 8 rounds and a scan that says she's "cancer-free"!  Her cancer nurse said it's the best scan she's seen from my mom since this whole process started, so we are all very thrilled to know and hear of this good news!  It means a lot to have my mom around and I know that Coen loves spending time with her too.  It's going to be great to have both babies get to know her and we are fortunate to be close to her so that we can see each other a lot.

Lastly, I'm excited for my sister and all of her efforts with the Miracle Dancer Benefit that she directs and has directed for the last 3 years.  Her hard work has paid off and she was actually recognized with a "Teal Spotlight Award" this weekend, which was really cool!   She's worked her butt of for this organization and has raised over $25,000 to date.  Such a great accomplishment.

What I miss:  One-on-one time with Coen.  This is a big one and I know I talk about it almost every week, but it's just something I worry about.  I know it will be great and it will be fun and fine, but it's just an unknown that I worry about or think that I will miss.

Symptoms: My back/hip were bothering my a few days this week, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The nursery: So, we have sage walls and I had thought about navy as another color to bring in, however I've been thinking about lavender and coral as well.  I don't know what's better and I don't know how it will work out, but I've been going a little batty on Pinterest trying to see what works.  It's not easy to put a room together based on something that already exists, but I'm trying.  Should be interesting.

What's different/the same this time:  Everything is just about the same as last time, aside from the weight-gain, like I mentioned last week!  But that's okay.  It will balance out in the end.  Can you believe I'm half-way there?!

What I'm looking forward to: The next 20 weeks and (of course) meeting this little girl!  It's going to be an absolute blast!

Best moment of the week: Watching Coen learn.  He's just so fun to watch.  To watch his wheels turn when he tries to figure something out or when he follows a pattern from what you had just done or when he pushes the dog away because he's smothering him with kisses or when he tries to put his toys away in his basket or when he drinks out of his sippy without any help.  It's amazing how his little brain works and it's mind blowing to sit there and just watch everything unfold.  Such a joy, that boy....
Oh and this....

Not only that I bought these for him and he's so flipping adorable in them, but that he would actually wear them for a pretty long time and wouldn't try to rip them off.  It was seriously a moment that I'm still smiling about.  I mean, look at that face!!!!

Next appointment: Monday, April 23


Whitney said…
Seriously cannot believe you're at the halfway point already!! Do you feel like it's flying, or is it just me??
I can't believe you are 20 weeks already! Crazy.

You look fantastic!

(That last picture is AWESOME!)

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