20 week update! We're halfway there! :)

HALFWAY TO GIVING BIRTH! EEEK!

Holy crap! Can you believe that I am 20 weeks pregnant today? I can't! I don't even know where all that time went, and half the time I don't even feel pregnant. I probably wouldn't know any better if it weren't for my belly growing and sprout rolling all over the place! I have very much enjoyed being pregnant thus far and am hoping the feeling will continue for as long as possible before I give birth. Yesterday, I gladly signed up for the Maternity Support Program offered through my work. They offer a free welcome kit that includes vitamins, diapers & wipes, and two books- "Disease-Proof Your Child" and my choice from a list (I chose "Raising Baby Green"). I also get a $25 Whole Foods gift card at the start of the program and a $100 Whole Foods gift card for completing the program. Basically I have monthly telephone appointments with a maternity nurse as a supplement to my OB appointments and also have access to an on-call nurse 24/7. I feel quite lucky to have this program available to me and am looking forward to my first appointment tomorrow!

I'M NESTING!

So I've recently discovered the meaning of the term "nesting", mainly because all I want to do is clean up everything, get rid of old and unnecessary things, and replace old stuff with new stuff. I can't wait to go through my storage room and throw away crap I haven't used in ages! I have also been googling and even pinning lots of nursery ideas. I CANNOT WAIT to be able to decorate and organize baby's room. I also feel like there are a TON of things that I've been wanting or meaning to do and haven't gotten around to, but I'd really like to. Hehehehe, I'm a momma bird preparing her nest for the little chickadee to come!


++ 20 WEEK UPDATE ++


Sprout is the length of a banana this week!!

How far along? 20 weeks!!!
Total weight gain? 8 1/2 lbs
Belly size? 34 1/2 inches
Stretch marks? None
Baby's sex? Little girl :)
Size of baby? Roughly 7 inches from head to bum, or 10 inches from head to toe! (doctors begin measuring full length at this stage!)
Movement? There is absolutely no need for me to worry anymore, she is just kicking up a storm in there every chance she gets!!
What is your baby doing? Baby is covered in a white substance called vernix caseosa, which protects her skin from the amniotic fluid and also aids in the passage through the birth canal during labor. Baby is also producing meconium---a dark green or black sticky substance which constitutes baby's first messy diaper!
What is your body doing? The top of my uterus is now at the same level as my belly button. I'm expecting to gain 1/2 lb to 1 lb each week until the end of my pregnancy!
Belly button in or out? Still in.
Happy or moody most of the time? Totally happy! Who wouldn't be with this wiggly little worm in their tummy!?
Symptoms? Getting so happy that I cry easily, lol.
Maternity clothes? None.
Sleep? Uninterrupted!
Food cravings? Chocolate candy. Hot cocoa. Chocolate cupcakes. Chocolate poptarts. CocoLoco bars. Chocolate chip muffins. Chocolate chip cookie dough. ---- Surprisingly, the only things I've had recently from that list were the cupcakes I made after my genetic ultrasound 2 weeks ago, and the box of CocoLoco bars I bought yesterday. However, I do have a few cocoa dusted almonds kicking around... and hot cocoa would be nice on a night like tonight..... LOL.
Anything make you feel queasy or sick? No way.
Miss anything? I don't think there's anything to miss! I am completely content with baby and I co-existing. ♥
Looking forward to? Writing in sprout's journal tonight. I feel like it's been a little while! Also, not being upset when I forget to use my belly cream, haha. I don't want stretch marks!! Oh! And reading the books that Susie sent me! :)
Best moment this week? Finally signing up with the Maternity Support Program that my work offers was great, but the best time I've had in a while was playing trivia and bringing out surprise cupcakes at Thanksgiving dinner with my family!!


Keeping my little banana baby in mind this week, I decided to feed her a yummy and healthy banana breakfast!!
Actually blueberry pancakes, but topped with nutritional yeast, chia seeds, flax seeds, of course maple syrup, and obviously bananas! With a side of the rest of the banana. :)




CONVERSATION

10 comments:

  1. Wow that is so cool you get that program with your work, it sounds like amazing support, i wish we offered something like that here!
    I stumbled on your blog when i googled about pregnancy and have been reading since your first post. Your blog is lovely!
    Keep up the good work!
    Hannah :)
    www.justasinglegirl29.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Hannah! I wasn't sure if anyone besides my family actually read my blog! I am really surprised with the benefits I receive through my work. I have health insurance through my work and my entire pregnancy (medically speaking) is pretty much covered 100%!
      Anyway, thanks for reading my blog. I hope it isn't too boring. I feel pretty inadequate writing sometimes and it takes forever!
      xx

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  2. This is a really cute post and I loved that picture you added at the bottom that goes with the length of your baby this week! All them chocolate cravings!!! Wow and you have been able to control your self with only two of them. lol. Good job. I wish you had some weird cravings to write about..... Can't wait until the next time I see you, you will be quite a bit bigger I'm sure. Love you always!

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    1. I can't wait until Christmas! I still need to decide what to wear!

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  3. I'm so happy to hear about your news!!! How did you decide what to name her?

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    1. We haven't decided yet! Just tossing some around lol

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  4. Hi Danielle,
    Have you looked at websites like Nameberry.com or nimbler.com; they are great for baby names! I am obsessed and I'm not even pregnant! hahac

    ~Natalie

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    1. I have looked on a few websites, not either of those yet though. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  5. Them pancakes look a lot like WAFFLES! Also I'm going to just start commenting/texting/messaging you girl names, as I'm sure everyone else will too!

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    1. Omg! They are waffles! Hahah I didn't even notice I called them pancakes! I'll have to edit the post when I get home lol

      And name suggests are welcome! ♥

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