Friday, June 14, 2013

20 and 20

Yesterday I hit 20 weeks. For some reason 20 weeks has always seemed like a big deal to me. I know most people focus on 24, but 20 has been stuck in my head as the big number. And now, here I am. 20 weeks in, 20 to go. Halfway there. It made me smile. And thus, this post is going to be a totally-normal-pregnancy post in which I give you some updates about what it's like to be totally-boring-normal pregnant. Ready? Great.

As previously stated, I am not sick anymore! That kind of got lost in the drama of...everything else. But not only am I not sick, but I wake up every morning feeling refreshed and ready for my day. I have enough energy to do my work and come home and make dinner. I am a human being again. I also have a cute little bump that I love. I know it's still small, but it's there and I love rubbing it like I'm a not-so-zen Buddha. I am for sure feeling Baby kick now. No more flutters, I am getting little teeny-tiny kicks. B. can feel them too. I don't even need my hands pushed on my belly to feel it, when B. has his hands there I can feel the Baby kicking him. It makes me jump a little. Love this too.

I'm also refocusing on eating healthy. Part of my job with the midwives is to track a week's worth of what I'm eating. I decided to try to do better and just use my old WW App to track what I'm eating all the time (we'll see how long that lasts). That way I can track whether I'm getting in enough dairy, fruits, veggies, water, and protein. The midwives are BIG on protein. This morning I had a typical WW breakfast: Greek yogurt with chopped strawberries. And then I realized...Wow, that's not enough breakfast for a pregnant woman...and so I also helped myself to a toasted English Muffin with huge dollops of peanut butter. Good start. Wish me luck for the rest of the day/week.

I also met with with some other pregnant people yesterday. First, I was lucky enough to have lunch with Lorna from LaLaDiaries. Let me tell you guys, she is sweet and cute and a great conversationalist. Also, (bonus!) pregnant. Ha. I don't have any pregnant friends so that was really nice. Thanks, Lorna, for having lunch with me! Also, did I mention I love your accent?

Then I went to a BBQ at my husband's work and spent most of the time speaking with (*gasp*) another pregnant woman! She is 37 weeks and adorably ready to pop. She kept saying "2-3 more weeks to go" and I kept thinking how jealous I was that she could go at any time and baby would be just fine. This girl impressed the hell out of me with how relaxed and easy she has been with her pregnancy. First of all, physically she has had NO problems with her pregnancy...never even threw up once. Secondly, she is SO damn relaxed about everything pregnancy-related. I mentioned the GD test and she said, "Oh, I didn't do that...I just know I don't have it." This was the theme of her general approach to pregnancy. Wow. Did I mention she's delivering with the same midwives as me. Would I have been like that if I'd started with them since Day 1?

Next, she and her husband took B. and I down to look at their nursery. I was instantly overwhelmed. The diapers alone (of course she's doing cloth diapering) overwhelmed me and scared the shit out of me. Not to mention the amount of research she has put into each item she's bought. And the amount of THINGS they have. I mean, they don't have that much stuff compared to most people (picture teeny tiny nursery), but I don't have ANYTHING, so it seemed like a lot. We also saw their completely-organic diapers, organic bedding, organic mattress and, oh, did I mention their $1200 Stroller? Again, I was overwhelmed. It made me want to go out and start buying things right now.

Finally, the evening ended with all of us standing around discussing The Episode in Mexico. My husband and her husband were joking around the whole time about the incident and it was the first time we joked about the craziness of it all. It was good, because while they acknowledged the horror of it all, we could step back and laugh at some of the funnier moments (such as my boobs hanging out the hospital gown unbeknownst to me while I spoke earnestly to the doctor).

So yep, here I am, halfway there, happily pregnant and hoping to stay that way. Going to enjoy this.

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  1. I had no idea the GD test was optional. Mine is coming up in two weeks, and I'm just planning to suck it up.

    As for buying baby things... holy crap, I have felt SO overwhelmed with all the options AND the prices! We haven't bought anything yet, but I've started doing research. If you need a place to start (like figure out what you actually need, something the clueless me really needed to do), I recommend a book called Baby Bargains. It's like consumer reports for baby stuff - lot's of information and reviews on baby products all in one book. (Also, $1200 stroller? wow!)

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    1. I'm going to suck it up too. I think most doctors would give you a really hard time for trying to opt out. The midwives she and I go to are more relaxed about it. But still, she needed to sign a form refusing the service.

      I did buy Baby Bargains a while back. But everytime I open it I feel overwhelmed! I think I will pick one section at a time and tackle it. Possibly, crib first?

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  2. So glad you guys have enough distance from what happened in Mexico to find some humor in it. When I read about it, I felt so much empathy for you - what a nightmare. I think this is the perfect time for you to start feeling fired up to buy stuff - you still have a few months ahead of you to start gradually acquiring! :)

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    1. Thanks for your empathy and caring. Also, I'm looking forward to starting to buy things. Hopefully....slowly!

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  3. 20 weeks is a big deal! You are halfway done! At 20 weeks I felt a huge relief to be done half way and the next couple of weeks are even bigger milestones! Congrats!!!

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    1. It IS a big deal! Congrats to both of us!

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  4. Congrats on 20 weeks!! So glad that you've made a good connection with another pregnant woman. Hope that friendship continues to grow - along with that sweet baby boy!

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  5. Aw lunch was so fun! Looking forward to doing it again. (By 'great conversationalist' I think you mean 'talks a lot, uses too many cuss words') 20 weeks is a big deal- I cannot wait to get there, I feel like this stage is dragging. And don't worry about the stuff, you'll figure it out. As long as you have something to dress him in, somewhere for him to sleep and something to get him from A to B, the rest is just details! x

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    1. Ha! Well, I like people who cuss too much ;) You'll be at 20 weeks before you know it!

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  6. Congrats on 20 weeks! I love a totally boring normal pregnant post. I am jealous of your energy, though! I am finally not sick anymore but I am soooo exhausted. Must be the twin thing.
    As for stuff, we have only bought a couple things (and certainly nowhere near having a nursery) but have actually managed to narrow down what we want as far as strollers, car seats, etc. What started out as completely overwhelming seems a little more manageable now. There is so.much.stuff out there. Most of it is probably completely unnecessary.
    anyway, so glad to hear you are happily pregnant right now :)

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    1. You should write a post about what you are planning on buying! I'm excited to get started.

      Sorry you are still feeling exhausted, though :( It probably IS the twin thing. I crashed today a lot. beginning to wonder if I have enough energy to get through the work week and then that's it. Ha.

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  7. Oh this is all so exciting :) And I am glad things are falling back into place, with the baby growing, the way you are feeling and all the exciting things coming up. You totally have a pass to look at cute nurseries and maybe paint some walls?

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  8. You're doing awesome, momma! Congrats on 20 weeks! I felt like that was a huge milestone, as well. I'm so happy you're feeling good (that is the best time of pregnancy). Keep up the great work.

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  9. Mmmm... that breakfast sounds really good. Kind of makes me want to have a second breakfast now. Also, I can totally relate about the BUYING OF THE THINGS. I'm hoping to do cloth diapers (with a service that picks up the soiled ones) but it's so expensive. In fact, everything is so expensive, and we just went on vacation and renovated our bathroom and I'm worried we'll have zero money to spend on this baby... plus I'm terrified of the sheer amount of stuff we're expected to have. Really just want to put all the shopping to the back burner until it's absolutely necessary.

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  10. 20 weeks is a huge milestone, congrats!! I am so jealous that you're already feeling the kicks at this point! That's AMAZING. It took me until 23-24 weeks to feel my kicks! They feel so beautiful... as far as nursery: I have heard from many a mom of a newborn that they only need the basics at first. So like, a bassinette so that they can sleep next to you (and you don't have to traipse back and forth from your bedroom to the crib for multiple feedings), car seat, and stroller. Everything else is just fancy extras. So don't stress! :)

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  11. Maybe the big deal about 20 weeks is because you are into another month of pregnancy. Today I am 16 weeks (aka 4 months) and to me, that was a big deal.

    Glad you guys can take a step back and joke about the Mexico incident!

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