We've made it halfway, y'all! It's so crazy to think that we're halfway to meeting our sweet little Baby C! We had our sonogram appointment a couple of weeks ago, and for the first time, he/she actually looks like a baby! As I'm sure you may know, the first sonogram just looks like a peanut, so it was so cool to see how much Baby Comer has grown! He/She loves to move around, loves putting his/her hands on their face and reaching for their feet, and was posing perfectly for the camera! Carl Michael thinks we're going to have a "chill" baby, but we shall see!
I'm not sure why, but I get so nervous when I sit down to write posts like this one. I guess the idea of putting yourself and your personal life out there is a little scary, especially when it involves something like growing a little life. The thought of people judging and critiquing your every move is a bit nerve-wrecking. But that's what I'm here for and I'm so excited to share this with you all, so let's get to it.
When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately started Googling everything. I had so many questions and wanted answers to them all. I wondered what I should be eating, how much to exercise, how much weight I would gain, when my bump would start showing up, why my skin was freaking out, etc. Over the past 21 weeks, I have finally learned that there definitely isn't really an exact answer to most of the questions I've had. Every pregnancy is different. Everyone's body is different and reacts in a different way. Everyone shows differently. Basically, I learned that I can't compare my body or my experiences to anyone else's because it will most likely be different.
I definitely love sharing this journey with you all, and if you can relate to anything I'm experiencing, that's even more fun. I've loved reading about others' experiences and following along their journeys. But I think it's so important that we don't try to compare ourselves to others. Pregnancy is weird, interesting, exciting, and beautiful. And it's also very different for each and every one of us.
How Far Along: 21 Weeks
Due Date: September 30, 2018
Weight Gain: 10 lbs
Gender: I have had so many questions about what we are having/when we are finding out, and we actually aren't going to find out the gender of Baby C! We thought this would be fun and make his/her arrival that much more special (if even possible). When telling people we are waiting to find out, I either get the reaction of "OMG that is so cool!" or "Wait, what!? No way.. Y'all are insane! How can you stand to wait?!". I honestly think it's bothering others more than us - we are just so excited to have a healthy growing baby and can't wait for his/her arrival that we honestly haven't thought about it much. Well, except for when we're trying to decide on names, which we still haven't come to an agreement on.
Baby C: The baby is currently the size of an endive, and I'm still not exactly sure what that is. But my app tells me that he/she is 10.5 inches long and 12.7 ounces. Next week baby will be a coconut and almost a full pound. Baby's heartbeat has been around 148-150 every time it's been checked at the doctor. I also recently discovered that the baby loves certain music and will move around quite a bit when it's playing :) And he/she must know I'm talking about them because I am getting constant little kicks right now!
Baby Kicks: I felt the first baby kicks around 18 weeks. I read here and there that you may not feel any movement until later on, but I definitely felt the little "butterflies" pretty early. The first few times I thought, "is that the baby, or just gas?", but I eventually was able to tell the difference between the two. The little butterflies have now turned into definite kicks, which I love feeling and are now a daily occurance. Carl Michael is able to feel the kicks now as well and this pas week (week 21) the kicks have for sure gotten stronger. I can even see movement on my belly some days/nights! It's such a cool feeling and it makes me even more excited to meet our little babe.
Physical Changes: My bump decided to make an appearance around week 18, and has grown what feels like so much since then! It really does just pop up over night like everyone tells you. I remember a few weeks ago thinking I had a bump and trying to imagine how big I was going to get. Now I'm looking in the mirror laughing at myself that I thought I even had a bump really, because it has quadrupled in size. I'm sure I'll be laughing at myself big time when I'm 39 weeks pregnant, huge and swollen, and I look back to how big I thought I was now. We have been slacking on the weekly photos, but I plan on taking them every week from now on because I feel like my bump changes so much each week! Also, if you have been following along so far, you know my skin freaked out for the first few months of my pregnancy and I could not figure out how to make it clear up. My friend Taylor recommended this Belli Beauty face wash, and it has done wonders. I will be sharing my favorite pregnancy products so far on the blog next week, so stay tuned for that if you're interested! You just have to remember that your body is going to make some weird changes, and at times it will feel like it's no longer yours. But again, how cool is it that you're growing a life?!
Cravings: Bacon Gouda Sandwiches (all day every day - I eat one a day, basically), Chocolate Milk, Sweet Tea with Raspberry & Lime, Mozzarella Sticks from Sonic, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Bomb Popsicles, Pretzels (I've never even liked pretzels...), bubblegum & sour candy. Not the healthiest list of cravings but I guess that's why they're called cravings. I'm also still craving ice water on the reg and even Carl Michael has noticed I've been drinking it more than ever the past week or so. I have also developed the craving for all things fried in the past week or two which I have not been too excited about, but I obviously try to keep this one to a minimum.
Appetite: I have a bigger appetite that I have ever had in my entire life. And when I'm hungry, I better find something to eat fast, because I get hangry real quick. It's the weirdest feeling because I'm eating more than I ever had, yet I don't ever really feel "full". I honestly feel like my stomach gets super tight before I even feel completely full - I guess it's getting a little crowded in there? haha
Sickness: I have still been so lucky to not experience any sickness throughout my pregnancy. Indigestion and constipation, however, are a real struggle these days, just being honest. I have learned that sleeping on my left side helps so much with indigestion, and I have also heard that that's the best side to sleep on for blood flow to your heart and the baby, so it's a win-win! As far as the constipation, I try to drink tons of water and eat a balanced diet, but it's also just a part of pregnancy that you have to deal with. FUN!!
Nose Bleeds: Around week 17 and 18, I was getting short nose bleeds a couple of times a week. I had nose bleeds growing up, but I thought it was so strange. I did a little research and found out that nose bleeds are indeed also another weird pregnancy symptom.
Sleep: In the first trimester, the exhaustion was insane. I couldn't get off the couch some days and I would sleep all weekend when I was still working my corporate job. Luckily, when I hit the second trimester, my energy was basically back to normal which has been amazing. I am, and always have been a night owl - I get my best work done in the wee hours of the night. When Carl Michael and I first got married, this was an issue because he likes to go to bed early (or at a normal time, I guess) and I always wanted to stay up super late. Then when I got pregnant and was exhausted basically 24/7 for the first few weeks, he was so excited I finally went to bed at the same time he did. I think we've finally gotten a good routine down, just in time for Baby C to come and keep us up all night ;) I have noticed that when I sit down in the evenings to watch tv or lay down to go to sleep, that's when the baby is the most active. So we either have a night owl on our hands like momma, or that's just when I am sitting still and able to notice the most movement. As far as comfort goes, I would definitely recommend getting a pregnancy pillow. I was a stomach sleeper prior to getting pregnant, so this pillow has saved me. It may seem a little expensive for a pillow, but if you are uncomfortable, it's worth every penny. Gotta get those zzz's in before baby gets here!
Pregnancy/Baby Reads: So far, I haven't read any baby books, and I don't think I'm going to. I honestly think (and hope) most of it will come naturally and with the help of my mother when the baby gets here. I also tend to obsess over little things and I get anxiety at times, so for now we're just going to wing it. We are, however, going to take a few classes up at the hospital, including a birthing class and one that covers the basics, so I'll let y'all know how that goes!
I'll be sharing my favorite pregnancy products next week, and will eventually be sharing what we've gotten so far for the nursery, so stay tuned for those posts if you're interested! As always, I love hearing from you all, so feel free to leave a comment below :)
XOXO MEGAN KRISTINE.