Thursday, June 23, 2016

twenty weeks!

bump watch: several coworkers have told me in the past week that i finally look pregnant! it's such a conveniently-sized bump right now ... big enough to validate that there is, in fact, a baby inside, but small enough that i'm still able to curl up in my favourite recliner (as i am doing right this second), or bend over, or hold Greta on my lap. 
little peanut: is a mango, tipping the scales at 10 ounces and measuring 6 1/2 inches long. she's able to yawn and hiccup (although i have yet to feel any hiccups!). in less cute news, her digestive tract is starting to produce meconium. and most notable of all, she's made it halfway through the standard 40 week pregnancy! perhaps she'll be a little more punctual than her older sister (who chilled out for 41 weeks and 3 days). 

Fetal Development Week 21

best moment: feeling movements from the outside of my belly. there is absolutely nothing like the stomach flipping sensation of a kick felt on the inside, with the simultaneous jab to my hand resting on my belly. it's probably coincidence, but Little Peanut seems to kick a lot whenever i sing bedtime songs to Greta. which is the cutest thing, ever.

symptoms: just feeling puffy in the face! my weight has held steady over the past few weeks, but i'm feeling bigger all around. otherwise, still sleeping well (thanks to my beloved pregnancy pillow), and generally up to anything.

cravings: Chick-Fil-A. i've now eaten Chick-Fil-A twice in one month. their spicy chicken sandwich with pepper jack cheese is just so ridiculously good. and i don't feel too bad about feeding Greta there because their kids' meals come with a fresh fruit cup and grilled nuggets. 

what i miss: this doesn't exactly answer the question, because i'm still soaking up every minute of it, but i know i'm going to miss being able to give Greta my undivided attention. which is also selfish, because i've gotten used to the routine of a fairly independent toddler, and i'm not quite sure how i'll juggle a newborn and a toddler. clearly i'm not the first person in the history of the world to deal with having multiple children, so i'm sure i'll figure it out, but for now it's kind of panic-inducing. i felt like Greta and i got off to a really great start with nursing and bonding and having a good schedule for naps (even though it took a lot of work to get there), and i'm worried that i won't be able to devote enough brain-space and literal time to creating that same environment for Little Peanut. then again, i have the benefit of past experience this time around, so hopefully it won't take so much trial and error on my part to get into a good groove. 
looking forward to: being able to agree on a name. so far, Nick and i haven't achieved any real common ground for either a first or a middle name... and now that we know our Little Peanut is a girl, i just want to be able to give her a name so we can start calling her that! hopefully, one of these days, inspiration will strike.

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