Weeks 20 and 21 Pregnancy Update

How far along? This is an update for Weeks 20 and 21

Total weight gain: More than 10lbs.  I’ll have an accurate update in two weeks!

Bump Alert: Oh yea!  I’m finally able to do the classic “bump clasp” pose now that there’s enough bump to speak of.

Weeks 20 and 21

There’s more than a little difference in just a few weeks!

Weeks 19 vs 21

Maternity clothes? I’m wearing half regular and half maternity tops, but still 100% maternity bottoms.

Stretch marks? Still moisturizing and still luckily stretch mark-free!

Sleep: Tons and I’m always wanting more!  8-9 hours per weeknight and the occasional weekend nap.  This past weekend called for one on both Saturday and Sunday.

Workouts: Four or Five days of walking and two days of strength training.  I’m still feeling really good with my routine.

Best moment this week: It wasn’t the best week in terms of how I felt, but I did feel a lot more movement from our little boy.  He’s either practicing his soccer kicking or shadow boxing, according to his daddy of course.

Miss anything? Being able to wear my regular clothes.  My t-shirts are completely done and I’m having to wear my husband’s size Large t-shirts.

Food cravings: WATER!!!  I’ve been a very thirsty girl lately!  If I get tired of water, I am easily found with a glass of orange juice in my hand.

Labour signs: No!

Symptoms: Extreme fatigue and growing bump.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie despite the belly growth.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Baby Stuff: TONS!  My friend, Tiffany, gave us several bags of her son’s hand-me-downs.  I can’t wait for my dad to finish painting our dressers white to fit in with the nursery decor.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and tired

Looking forward to: Weekends and putting on my pajamas after a long day.  This isn’t exclusive to pregnancy, though.


 

Reflections:  It’s been a bit of a difficult few weeks in terms of feeling comfortable in my own skin.  A growing bump means many more changes to my body.  It’s been difficult not being able to do the things I used to do, eat the way I used to eat, wear the clothing I use to wear and feel comfortable.  I know that these changes are necessary to help our son grow into a healthy and happy baby, so that keeps me focused during times when I feel uncomfortable.  I also know that these changes are only temporary.  When I think about the way I used to feel about my body only a few short months ago, I now realize that I wasn’t truly grateful for where I was health-wise of self-esteem-wise.  I am now appreciative of what I was capable of accomplishing.  It’s an amazing and beautiful thing to grow a new life, and I vow to remember how I feel now, and will always be grateful for all the things this body has done.

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