Monday, January 6, 2014

20 Weeks -- We're Halfway There!

20 Weeks!!!  We made it to the halfway point!  If this were the Super Bowl, Beyonce might be shaking it on stage right now.  Well, I may not be a sports fan, but I simply could not let an occasion like this go by without a song, so CLICK HERE PLEASE to help celebrate us!!!!  {Sorry, I'm a big fan and just couldn't resist!}

Source: The Bump
Current symptoms include:
- Weird/scary dreams
- Stuffed nose/nosebleeds
- Pain below left rib cage, especially while laying on left side
- Waking up every ~3 hours to pee {though oddly the past 2 nights I've slept through the night!}
- Continued feelings of movement in my belly, though it doesn't seem to be every day
- Continued gas, reflux & nausea, though....

This *might* be wishful thinking on my part, but it seems my nausea may finally be getting better.  Don't get me wrong, I still experience tummy queasiness at least once a day, but it seems like it might be less frequently/less intense than it used to be. While I wish the queasies would exit stage left entirely, I'll take any improvement at this point!  If it doesn't ease up more by the end of this week though, I think I'm going to look into acupuncture.  I have a LOT to do in the next 20 (plus or minus) weeks and I just can't afford for this nausea to keep slowing me down!  My to-do list is calling too loudly!

Speaking of to-do lists...

This past weekend we finally signed up for childbirth classes, and just in the nick of time!  Our hospital recommends that patients sign up by their 20th week, and we registered online on Saturday night.  Talk about waiting until the 11th hour.... quite literally!  ;)  The schedule includes five 3-hour long sessions, which will take place at the end of March/first half of April.  Just having to think about registering for lamaze classes made me start thinking more about the actual birthing process and let's just say I'M SCARED!!!!!!  I'm going to do what any self-respecting woman would do though and just avoid thinking about it for the next several months!!! Great coping mechanism, huh?!

This week we'll be going for a fetal echocardiagram test and our 20-week anatomy scan ultrasound.  PGAL {pregnant after a loss} brain has me a bit nervous for each of these, but my fingers and toes are crossed for good results at both appointments.  I think if I get my wish and we get double-healthy thumbs up this week, I might, just might, stop worrying quite so much.  Maybe?

We also still need to:
- Continue our research on local pediatricians, and set up some appointments for any potential contenders.
- Continue research / decide about using a birthing doula so we can book one if desired.
- Research the specifics of each of our maternity/paternity leaves.
- Research cord blood banking {I have lots of brochures from my OB on this topic.}
- Look into maternity & newborn photographers, as I've heard these book up fast.
- Plan a babymoon!!!!

It's just like people always say -- so much to do and so little time...  I better get to it!

But not before I leave you with an encore presentation of my favorite NJ band of all time, because I know you all love Bon Jovi as much as I do {just kidding -- not possible!} and just can't get enough ...



  1. I bet you are so excited :) will you find out the gender? You have yourself a new follower! I'm excited for you!
    Bea x

    1. Hi Brittany, thanks so much for reading!!! We're not going to find out the gender -- assuming that hubby doesn't bribe the sono tech behind my back as he's jokingly threatened to do! ;) We're going to be surprised! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Super excited that you are already halfway through your pregnancy. Why, it seems like just a couple of weeks ago you announced it. Just breathe easy and relax and don't worry about the scan. Your little baby is just fine and you are going to greet them very soon! I'm still thinking blue for you...Eeek! Can't wait!!

    1. Thanks so much, Mel!!! It does seem like the time has flown by, though throughout the first trimester it felt like time was passing sooooo slowly. It sure was a relief hearing a heartbeat and seeing movement today at our fetal echo appt; now I'm not quite so nervous about Friday's scan. I just get uneasy, especially after my last pregnancy experience, going 4 weeks between appointments without knowing if everything is okay -- I always sort of hold my breath until I see movement or hear something. I don't know about the blue vs. pink guesses.... my BFF is betting against you that it's a girl! One of you is right, that's for sure! ;)


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