Week 20: My Pregnancy Journey.

We have officially reached the half-way mark, folks.  Or if the little man decides to come early, I guess we are past half-way by now!  You guys already heard about our 20-week ultrasound, so let’s get to the rest of it…

How Big is the Baby?

This week we’re back to talking about length instead of size, and Baby Garnish has grown as long as a BANANA!  Hard to believe!

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How I’m Changing

This belly just keeps on growing!  Last week I got on the bus to head downtown, and someone asked me if I needed a seat.  At first I was confused, and then I realized that this was the first official public acknowledgement from a stranger that I looked pregnant

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After writing last week about how I’ve struggled to embrace my new belly and larger size, many of you suggested that maybe I simply needed some better fitting maternity clothes.  I grabbed my wallet and headed to Target, where I picked up a few Liz Lange t-shirts and tank tops.  You guys were totally right!

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Having actual maternity shirts has done wonders for my self-esteem.  I’ve found that the only tops I like are the ones with the gathered sides – designed to actually show off the bump rather than hide it under ten layers of fabric.  The big billowy shirts make me feel like I’m in a tent, so I’m not buying any of those unless I find that I need them as I continue to get bigger.

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How I’m Feeling

I’m grossed out just telling you guys this story, but I promised to tell you the whole truth – the good, the bad, and the stinky.  This morning, now five months into my pregnancy I let my dogs out into the backyard just as I do every morning.  For some reason this particular morning, the lovely aroma of dog poo was too much for my pregnant nose, and I ended up throwing up all over the backyard while attempting doggie poop clean-up duty.

I promptly called Casey and told him he is on poo removal for the next 20 weeks.  Not a great start to the day!  But other than a few weird lingering bouts of nausea, I’m feeling back to my old self again. 

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This week has also marked my return to the gym!  After two weeks of unpacking and settling in, I joined a gym last Friday and went for my first workout there today.  I have definitely lost some fitness since I took a few weeks off for moving, but I still felt strong and it felt great to be back lifting weights and doing the elliptical. 

Now that I have a fitness routine going again, I’m hoping to also add some weekly yoga in once I narrow down a studio that seems like a good fit.  It’s hard when everything in this city is still all new to me!

Odds and Ends

This weekend we hit up several of the major baby stores in search of nursery furniture.  I am the most indecisive person in the world, and I think I drove Sarah and Casey crazy with my constant back and forth about what I liked, what seemed safe, etc.  I downloaded the book Baby Bargains to my Nook and poured through the furniture chapter on Friday night, so I was armed with research for our shopping expedition.

I DID finally end up choosing a crib and a dresser that I loved!  We are lucky enough to have one of the (only four!) Land of Nod stores here in Seattle, and seeing their furniture in person made a huge difference from just the tiny pictures available online.  Since I ordered it in store, there was NO delivery charge (huge), and they were also having a Memorial Day sale – score!

I’ll wait to show pictures until it arrives next weekend (!), but I am already so excited for it to get here so we can start decorating.  In the meantime I am still trying to decide between two adorable bedding options…

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Random Facts for the Week:

  • Ultrasounds I had: one
  • Ultrasounds I want: infinite
  • Total pounds gained: ~5-6lbs up from my starting weight
  • Favorite food this week:  corn on the cob
  • Number of watermelons consumed:  one, extra-large
  • Trips made to Pottery Barn Kids:  three
  • Minutes lasted in Babies R Us:  thirty

For previous weekly updates and other pregnancy-related posts, check out my new Pregnancy Page!