new day + 20 week update

November 15, 2011

sleep helps
. . . at least, i hope it does. i was pretty much a mess yesterday after ~ 6 interrupted hours of sleep. seriously, the pager won again and i ended up not going to a conference that i am supposed to attend only to collapse in a headache-y heap on the couch after work. tears, chocolate, and my very first baby apparel purchase finally calmed me down, but i just felt beaten by it all.

last night, i got to sleep for almost 8 [sooo close but foiled by a NICU page!] hours and i feel much, much better. and i started a new book last night, perhaps at just the right time:

can’t argue with that logic
i’ve been meaning to read this for ages, and after receiving it from paperbackswap not so long ago, i’m finally delving in. pre-baby is probably perfect timing, especially since i’m holding out until week 30 or so to dive into parenting/newborn care classics.

and speaking of newborn . . .
i’m [sort of] HALFWAY THERE! not really, because i think counting the first 2 weeks before ovulation is just plain silly. but by the conventional numbering system i’m 20 weeks pregnant, and the journey is theoretically numbered up to 40. i’ll take it!

because of my terribly petulant mood yesterday, it only made me mad when everyone at work commented on my enlarging silhouette. but it’s true: i have popped.

front . . .

and side

you know those lanky women with a barely detectable bump at this point [one leggy model’s example]? so not me. i am thinking that it’s because at 5’1″, there is just less real estate for the same, uhh, property development. or maybe i’m growing a 10 lb megababy. guess we’ll find out in approximately 4 1/2 months.

i’m going to go the easy route and throw in my answers to the typical “weekly update” questions i’ve seen on the blogs of other pregnant ladies.

how far along?: 20 weeks!

how big is baby?: on average, 10 inches long and 10-11 oz. i will be interested to find out my fundal height at my next OB visit [monday], but i’m not sure i’m going to get any real idea about size until she makes her debut.

weight gained: about 9 lbs up from prepreg. weight, which is pretty average and normal. that’s what i’m going for in this realm!

how i’m changing?: i feel like i’m growing DAILY at this point and when i feel for the top of my uterus i’m always amazed at how high it is getting. i’m a little more tired, but i think that’s the pager, not the baby.

what i miss: going to be completely honest here . . .
— wine
— caffeine
— japanese straightening [i think i’m going to suck it up and wait the 4.5 months to have it done. normally i’d be going right around now, and i think my hair is going to start to drive me insane within the next month. bring on the flat iron. . .]
— vacation! i want to take a week off and go on a trip. not happening until august 2013.

symptoms?: i feel hyperemotional and needy [seriously — reaching new heights even for an already HSP]. other than that, not much, other than what is related to my growth [running is slower, balance feels a little off, getting up from a chair is already more of a workout].

cravings?: not really! and i sort of miss them.

highlights this week?: consistently feeling her MOVE! i love it when she gently reminds me of her presence while i’m sitting in a meeting. it seems that she responds well to chocolate. and i swear she kicked in approval when i clicked ‘purchase’ on her first little pair of shoes.



workout: 30 minute prenatal vinyasa yoga session. i wasn’t any more zen by the time i finished, but i’m a little sore this morning.

dinner: there was no chance of cooking — amy’s pizza worked as our usual monday night fare.

espanol: check. AND i translated ‘cama’ for a nurse today!!! [it means bed].

reading: negative. new policy: i am exempt from studying when on overnight call. seriously, enough is enough.


  • Reply Amy March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    It’s normal to have popped by now – I think I popped about 3 weeks ago (I’m 19 weeks now) – but yeah, it is weird to have people commenting on it!!

    Also — you can have caffeine. Just not tons. 🙂 (I say as I’m drinking my morning coffee …)

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      ahh, yes about the caffeine – i just had a hard time withdrawing and don’t want to be addicted again, especially if it turns out the caffeinated AM breast milk is problematic for the baby! plus, my mom always guilts me about it ("i quit when i was pregnant with you!"). finally, i’ve had borderline high blood pressure in the past (140s/90s – yes, as a relatively thin fit runner in marathon shape) and while it hasn’t been a problem at all during the pregnancy so far, i don’t want to do anything that could bring it out! i’m still enjoying decaf espresso every morning which i am sure contains some caffeine.

  • Reply Claire March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I think you look great! And yay for baby Toms…they are SOOOO cute! In fact, those are the same ones that I want…just in my size. 🙂

  • Reply Mandy March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Love your blog! I’m exactly one week behind you with my first. When did you start to feel movement? I think I have, but not totally sure that it’s the baby and not indigestion that I’m feeling.

  • Reply Jen March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    You look adorable, as always! I hope you can get more sleep soon! Oh caffeine. I haven’t decided if I’ll take up coffee again after baby’s birth, but I think I’ll need to! 🙂

  • Reply hrcktheherald March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Holy cow, that model-y pregnant woman is so elegant. And so so so not the norm!

    Looking forward to hearing your review of that book. 🙂

  • Reply SusanMc4 March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Shoes for baby SHU! awwww

  • Reply Lee Becknell March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    You are going to have one stylish baby girl. Those toms are so cute.

  • Reply lindsayann March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Hi!!!!! It’s "lindsay Ann" over from the HA forum:).,you look too cute. Gotta say, I’m sorta embarrassed, I’m only 7w3d and I’ve already gained 7-8 pds so
    From pre pregnancy weight….and, I’m only 5 foot tall, so even shorter than you! Yikes!!!!

  • Reply Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I think you look wonderful! So happy and vibrant!!! And I miss wine too 🙁

  • Reply siobhan March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    you look so cute!!! i wish i could give you a hug in person!!!

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