First of all, please excuse this terrible picture, which was taken quickly in between meeting painters and cleaners at our new house (!) which we are moving into next week. We actually don’t have a full length mirror in our current house, so I had to take advantage of the opportunity to grab a picture of my growing baby bump, albeit a rushed one.
Anyway, onto the update! I am actually currently 23 weeks along, but that’s close enough to 20, so we will jut make this work 🙂
How I’m Feeling: At this stage I am generally feeling really good. I still get random bouts of nausea and food aversions, but they are few and far between. I also get some cramping and heartburn but it’s fairly rare and usually not too bad. I have had a lot more energy lately which is so nice. I’ve been staying up past 10pm which I can hardly believe! This really is the pregnancy sweet spot in terms of having energy and not being so huge that it’s tough to move around, so I’m definitely enjoying it.
What I’m Eating: As with my first pregnancy, any baked good is my best friend. I have been making blueberry yogurt muffins and chocolate chip banana bread, and can’t wait for the holiday season to bake and eat all of the cookies. I still love a toasted whole wheat everything bagel with plain cream cheese, plain pizza, salads, omelettes with homefries, and recently have been craving fruit like crazy. I can’t get enough clementines, raspberries, blackberries and honeycrisp apples. Also, loving Life cereal and honey nut cheerios, and still excitedly going through Georgie’s Halloween candy, like any good mom would 🙂 I also chug water, and still crave a lemonade or an iced tea every now and again. And every morning starts with a cup of decaf coffee.
What I’m Doing: I have been doing prenatal yoga on Saturday’s which I love, but I know I need to get into more exercise. The midwife at my OB practice suggested lunges, squats, bouncing on a yoga ball and going up steps two by two, so I’m trying to incorporate all of that into my daily life. (‘Labor and delivery is essentially like running a half marathon’ she said.) When I lived in the city I walked so much, and that just doesn’t happen here in the suburbs, so I’m setting a goal for more aqueduct walks too.
Most Excited About: So many things. I love Georgie with my whole heart but it’s exciting to be having a boy this time – I like the idea of something new and different, and I think Georgie will be such an excellent big sister to a little boy. And of course I can’t wait to see the two of them interact. I feel him kick all the time and it’s the best, and although I am aware of the struggles that come with having a newborn (for me the sleep deprivation and baby blues were so tough, and I’m scared about them again this time around), I also can’t wait for the snuggles and general adorable-ness of a tiny new baby.
Most Nervous About: I’ve heard people say that having one kid is like having one kid, and having two kids is like having ten kids, so I am trying to prepare myself for the chaos that will inevitably come for the first several months after baby boy is born, and probably for a whole lot longer too… I have also started getting a little nervous about labor. My labor with Georgie was 28 hours long and full of pain – she was sunny side up so I had agonizing back labor – and I am just hoping that this time will be a little easier! I have been drinking this tea which my midwife recommended, so here’s hoping it helps a little bit.
Best Thing I’ve Bought Recently: Stocked up on a bunch of pairs of these in a size bigger than my usual, and I’m pretty thrilled about it. I really mean it when I say they have changed my life a little bit!