We’re halfway there! I can’t believe it! I’ll start with pictures first, and then include a wordier update afterwards for those of you who care :) I’m 5 months pregnant now (it’s still so crazy that I get to say that), and we’ve got 20 weeks left until we meet our baby. Here are photos of the growing bump during the second trimester (the first picture is my “starting point” at 10 weeks):
At our 17 week appointment, the doctor was able to determine the baby’s sex! He printed out the scan and put it in an envelope along with a post-it that read either “boy” or “girl.” We waited ALL DAY to open the envelope over dinner (it nearly killed me). When we opened it, we both caught a glimpse of the post-it before the actual sonogram and flipped out. And we had it confirmed during our anatomy scan. It’s a …
I had a hunch it was a boy the whole time (especially due to the lack of any morning sickness), but we were both still kiiinda expecting it to be a girl, so it was a surprise. Knowing he’s a boy has made it seem so much more real. We’ve even decided on a name: Milo! It means “mild, peaceful, merciful,” and with God’s grace, that is exactly the type of little boy we hope baby Milo grows up to be.
Now onto the pregnancy updates! A good blogger would have posted regular weekly updates, but a lazy blogger will do a single post that covers the first 20 weeks. :)
How far along: 20 weeks
Total weight gain: 8 lbs (this has been a fun guessing game between me and Paul every time I get weighed at the doctor’s office).
Maternity clothes: So far, I’ve invested in two pairs of maternity jeans, one pair of maternity leggings, one maternity skirt, and two maternity shirts. They’re all so comfortable! I’ll probably continue wearing them for the next decade.
Sleep: Not great. I am an avid back sleeper, so it’s been hard getting used to sleeping on my side. My sister got me a Boppy maternity pillow and it helps. But I’ll still get up about 6 times a night, and it’s almost impossible to fall back asleep.
Exercise: I’ve been getting into prenatal pilates/yoga lately, and I’m enjoying it so far! I heard it helps with breathing techniques and core strengthening and balance, which I desperately need. Other than that, it’s been hard trying to stay active during this pregnancy. It’s hard when all you want to do is sit on the couch and watch Friends on Netflix.
Best moment(s) so far: Finding out that baby is a he, and feeling the first kicks!
Miss anything: Salami and sushi. I want a chirashi bowl more than anything right now.
Movement: I started feeling flutters at around 17/18 weeks. He’s moving around pretty consistently now. I have a feeling he’s going to be an active baby.
Food cravings: Chipotle, tacos, udon, ramen, pretty much food in general. I eat sooo much!
Mood swings: My hormones have been out of control. My poor husband (and dog) have been on the receiving end of the majority of these moments, but they’ve both been so patient with me.
Have you started to show yet: Yup! I think the belly noticeably popped by 16 weeks.
Gender: It’s a boy!
Belly button in or out: It’s gotten pretty shallow, but it’s still in.
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Looking forward to: Decorating the nursery and the day Paul finally feels the baby kick from outside the belly :)
Hopefully I’ll find some time to do another post soon. Otherwise, see you in the third trimester!