How far along? 20 weeks 4 days
Baby is the size of a: Banana
Total weight gain/loss: 8 lbs
Maternity clothes: Bottoms, yes, 100%. Tops, anything flowy or loose does the trick. I love love love my Blanqi leggings as they are comfy and offer a good bit of support to my growing belly. They are a little pricey, but I caught them on sale around the holidays. They are totally worth it! Next up are some new bras. I despise bra shopping to begin with, but I’ve got to do something soon! Everything is growing!
Sleep: Sleep has been okay. Not terrible yet. Usually, up at least 2 times to potty. I’ve stopped using my prego pillow and just use two regular pillows–one for the front and one for the back. I toss and turn a-LOT. My doctor also informed me that it is safe to sleep on my left or right side. I’ve been told my last two pregnancies that left is best. So I’ve definitely been sleeping more comfortably with that worry out of my mind!
Best moment this week: Seeing a healthy baby girl on the screen at my anatomy ultrasound and Facetiming Aaron + the girls while there. Currently, any vistors are restricted due to COVID-19, so luckily the doctor allowed us to do that. As weird as it was (mask and all) I’m glad we could. Also, the scan confirmed that we are indeed having another baby girl.
Worst moment this week: Also during my ultrasound, the doctor confirmed that I have a marginal placenta previa. A little shocking to hear and a little scary honestly. But the good news is, it is marginal and could correct itself no problemo before the baby comes. The bad news is, if it doesn’t, I’ll end up with an early c-section at 36-37 weeks.
Also, while I say “bad”, it’s not a huge deal since I had one with Josie (Isla was VBAC) and I was already considering an elective c-section for other personal reasons–but the part that scares me is the in-between. The possibility of bleeding if I’m not careful or if the previa worsens. I’ve been given doctors orders to limit exercise to walking and light yoga only + no sexy time until after baby comes. So I just need to take it somewhat easy until they check me again at 32 weeks.
Again, not a huge deal to most, unless you’ve experienced this before. I think it’s easy to say “no big deal” unless it’s happening to you. I’m not trying to be dramatic or overreact, but with already having anxiety about pregnancy during this weird time, this was not news that I was happy to receive. I know everything will work out the way it should, but it doesn’t lessen my worry much at the current moment. But I do find comfort in knowing that baby girl is growing perfectly perfect in there so I’m counting my blessings where I can.
Have you started the nursery? Yes and no. We’ve moved Josie out and have both big girls in a shared room together now. Update on that coming soon! We’ve moved all the baby stuff from Isla’s room into the nursery along with the crib + rocker, but we’ve done nothing else. I’ve pretty much decided on a paint color, but other than that have nothing planned for decor. Once I get the big girls settled, we plan to tackle the nursery. My goal is to have it done no later than the end of June! So no immediate rush right now.
Movement: Baby girl is movin’ and groovin’ as I type…and it’s the best feeling in the WORLD. Can’t quite feel her on the outside yet, but I have two little girls who are very (un)patiently waiting for that time to come! They kiss, rub, hug my belly daily and it’s the sweetest thing.
Food cravings: Unfortunately, my diet is still lacking in the vegetable department. Fruits and proteins are fine. But gimme all da carbs. By the way…are chips a food group? Not surprising as this has also been the case in my other pregnancies. Red meats, bowls of cereal, and a milkshake or two have also been repeat offenders. I’m excited for summer to make icy drinks while soaking up some sunshine.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really anymore. There are certain smells that turn my stomach, but nothing too crazy since my 1st trimester.
Have you started to show yet: Yes! The bump is in da house!
Mood: Patience, oh patience, where art thou?? I’m not sure if it’s pregnancy-related or if I just need a flippin’ break from my house and my children, but my patience is tested on a regular basis. Nothing a few hours alone out of the house can’t cure, but dang…I’m definitely being tested with more and more of these moments lately.
Part of this may be due to the fact that Aaron has been on night shift the past two months with one more to go. Much longer than his normal 4-week stretches. Those times are harder on all of us because 1-we don’t see him as much. And 2- I need to keep the children somewhat tamed and quiet during the day while he sleeps. That can be a difficult task with two energetic girls + quarantine + inconsistent Spring weather. We try to get out of the house when we can, but it’s not always that easy. Luckily, he’s not a light sleeper and we usually don’t interrupt him too much, but still…added stress that leads to a major lack of patience. The end.
What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of weeks? The next few weeks are going to be focused on more home improvement projects and planning the most special birthday for my almost 7 year old! Not too much baby stuff happening, but I’m hoping that by keeping busy, it’ll help to pass the time until my next check-up.
Speaking of, my next baby checkup will be May 13th so I’ll be back with a 24-week update then. XO