21 weeks – baby belly photos, heartburn from hell, and Fruity Pebbles

This post is a wee bit late, considering I’ll be 22 weeks tomorrow, but I drafted it last week and then never had a chance to post since I was so busy with work and shooting a lovely wedding on Friday. Lucky you, you’ll get 2 posts this week!! (And by you, I mean all 1 of you who reads my blog. Shout out to Kristen, love ya girly!!)

At the request of a dear friend of mine, here’s both a belly photo and a full body photo. I’ve only been taking belly photos so far and she kept asking for a full body one (which I’m not the biggest fan of). Here’s me, last week, at 21 weeks.


 

How Far Along: 21 weeks

Size of baby: 10 1/2 inches, 12 1/2 ounces, the length of a banana. (Seriously?! It grew 4 inches and 2 ounces in a week!? No wonder I feel like my belly is growing by the minute.)

Total Weight Gain: 7 lbs, not too bad for being more than 1/2 way along right?

Maternity Clothes: I finally ordered some more pairs of gray work pants to try, hopefully they fit.

Gender: Still going with a girl, unless the Dr. tells us otherwise at our next ultrasound.

Movement: She’s a pretty active girl for the most part, even the Dr. made a comment about how active she was during our ultrasound. I haven’t felt her move quite as much the last few days though. It seems like whenever she’s growing (and this is just my theory, obviously I have no idea) she doesn’t move around as much. There are days when it’s almost as if I can feel her growing. This may sound silly, but I swear there are days where everything suddenly feels tight and constricted, as if she’s getting bigger. Then, the next thing I know, a few days later she’s back to moving around, doing somersaults, and being her normal active self.

Sleep: I’m still sleeping pretty well so far, although I still desperately miss being able to sleep on my belly. I wake up some mornings stiff as a board because I’ve only been laying on one side all night, which is not normal for me at all. Before being pregnant, I would toss and turn all through the night, from belly, to side, to back, and all the way over again.

What I miss: There’s really not a ton a miss, actually. I’m really enjoying pregnancy, this could be dangerous. Now I understand what J’s mom meant when she told me, “If I had been in a loving, committed relationship at your age, I would’ve had 10 babies, I loved being pregnant so much!!” J just might be in for it. 😉 Although I know he wouldn’t mind, I still love it when people ask us how many kids we want and he immediately pipes up with, “Four!” I’m always expecting him to say less, as we get older, but his answer never changes and it always makes me smile.

Cravings: I’m back to craving sweet stuff like crazy. In the first trimester I didn’t want sweets at all, which is out of the ordinary for me, but this trimester I’m back to my normal self. Lately all I want are donuts, cakes, andcandy. I even found myself looking through my recipe board on Pinterest and wanting to make all of the sugary sweet stuff I had pinned in the past. I’ve been eating Fruity Pebbles like crazy too! So has J, we’ve gone through 2 of this GIANT bags of the generic Fruity Pebbles in under 2 weeks. Maybe he’s sympathy eating for two? Who am I kidding, he loves sweets more than I do most of the time, he’s worse than a hormonal woman.

Symptoms: Okay, so when I complain about the heartburn, let me put it into context. This isn’t just the normal heartburn or acid reflux, which I got even before being pregnant, this is like the world’s worst heartburn. I’m talking incapacitating, burning from your gut to your throat, that stops you dead in your tracks and you can’t concentrate heartburn. Thank God for Tums, I should’ve bought stock in them before getting pregnant. It got so bad when we were camping the weekend before last, I thought I was going to throw up, but luckily I didn’t. Speaking of which, I had another bought of throwing up over the weekend. It’s mostly my fault though, it seems whenever I don’t get quite enough sleep, it spells bad news for my digestive tract the next day. I’ll be exhausted and worn out and end up getting sick at some point during the day.

What I’m looking forward to: Seeing the peanut again at 28 weeks!! Hopefully the Dr. will have more concrete answers for us, as far as gender, at that point. Although I know you never truly know for certain until the baby is actually born.

August 13, 2012 - 2:36 pm

Kristen - I love these updates, you look gorgeous!!

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