Sunday, February 15, 2015

Baby Mead: Halfway There!

How far along: 20 weeks - halfway through this pregnancy!

Baby's Size: Baby is the size of a banana! About 7 inches long and 13 ounces. Baby measured just a few days bigger than expected at our last appointment.

Weight gain:  12 pounds total, but it fluctuates daily based on what I eat :) 

Food Cravings/Aversions: This week, I've been craving avocados, chips and queso, smoothies, popcorn with M&Ms, and carbonated beverages!

Appointments: We had our 20 week appointment on Tuesday and Baby Mead is just perfect. We are so thankful for that! We were able to watch the ultrasound on a large flat screen TV, so during parts of the ultrasound the technician told us to close our eyes so we didn't accidentally see something we didn't want to see (whether baby's a boy or girl!). But, we did see the cutest little feet and a darling profile!

Nick thinks the baby has his lips and my nose!

Maternity clothes: I visited a maternity clothing store earlier this week hoping to find a pair of pants I liked and ended up leaving with 2 dresses, 4 pairs of jeans, leggings and 2 tops!!! I think I'm set for a little while! 

Sleep: Still great. I wake up about once per night, but am able to go right back to sleep.

Gender: Still a surprise! But, just for fun, based on Old Wives' Tales...

  • Chinese Gender Predictor: Girl
  • Linea Nigra: Just barely starting to show, but it is above and below my belly button... Boy
  • Dry Skin: Yes... Boy
  • Heart rate: 137 at 20 week appt... Boy
  • Hair: I'd like to think I've been having good hair days... Boy
  • Numbers: Age at time of conception + Month of conception = Even number... Boy
  • Numbers 2: Age at time of conception and Month of conception are both even... Girl
  • Morning sickness: Girl
  • Complexion; Boy
  • Sleep position: Right side preferred... Girl
  • Graceful or clumsy: Slightly more clumsy... Boy

So that's 4 for girl and 7 for boy... sounds like we should plan for a mini-Nicholas!

Movement: These little baby kicks never get old! Nick and I will sit on the couch with his hand on my belly waiting to feel the little kicks... each time is just as exciting as the last!

Symptoms: Still feeling great. I've noticed that my back has been feeling a little tight lately... perhaps I'll just have to book a pre-natal massage soon!

Best moment this week: We are so, so thankful for a healthy baby and that we've received nothing but good news from the doctor! Experiencing infertility (at least for me) has made me feel like I'm not exempt or immune from all the things that could go wrong with a pregnancy. So each time we hear good news, we are just so happy and feel so blessed.

Nursery: We purchased one of the first things for the nursery... crib sheets! We found the cutest green gingham sheets from Pottery Barn, and those helped us to narrow down the paint color to Celery Sprig by Behr! It's all coming together now!

Here's one of the crib sheets:

And, here's a random pic I found online (here) of the paint color we chose, although of course it looks a little different in our room with our lighting:

Mood: Energetic, happy, and maybe a little fiesty! :)

Looking forward to: Continuing to put the nursery together, taking a tour of one of the two hospitals we're considering for delivery, and getting signed up for our birth classes!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Baby Mead: Weeks 18 & 19

We went from gorgeous sunshine at 18 weeks...

to almost a foot of snow at 19 weeks!

How far along: 19 weeks!

Baby's Size: Baby is the size of a sweet potato at 18 weeks and a mango at 19 weeks!

Weight gain:  11 pounds total 

Food Cravings/Aversions: I've been craving Mexican food... constantly! Poor Nicholas is getting tired of it, but I guess that's part of marrying a girl from South Texas! We tried out a new (to us) taco place in Denver called Moontower Tacos. The owner is from Austin and it was so good!

Appointments: Next one is at 20 weeks.

Maternity clothes: I'm really in need of some new maternity pants. I have 3 pairs, but I rotate them constantly and need some more variety. I'm really looking forward to when it's warmer and I can wear dresses.

Sleep: It's been great. My morning commute went from 10 minutes to 40 minutes when we moved to a new office in November. Lately, I've started showering at night, instead of in the morning, to save time... and I love my new routine. Nice hot shower, lotion up the belly, then crawl in bed! So relaxing.

Gender: We aren't going to find out until the baby is born! Our next appointment at 20 weeks is our anatomy scan, so hopefully the tech doesn't accidentally share the news like in my dream!

Movement: LOTS OF KICKS!! Even Nicholas was able to feel the movement. I can tell that the baby likes Mexican food, too because he or she does a little dance after I eat it!

Symptoms: Everyone was right - the second trimester is awesome. A little heartburn, but feeling great overall.

Best moment this week: We picked out some paint samples for the nursery! I'm looking forward to making a special room for our little one. After months and months of having a "junk room," that room finally gets to fulfill it's original purpose as a nursery!!

Nursery: See above :) We're going to paint the walls light green.

Mood: Excited and can't believe how fast time is going.

Looking forward to: Our next Doctor's appointment and getting to see and hear Baby Mead!