Now that I'm 20 weeks pregnant (halfway there!), I finally have a few pictures posted in which you can see my "baby bump" (check out my entry about Creating Memories in Cambridge). However, Michael and I have actually recorded weekly photos of my growing bump ever since week 12 (with the exception of week 13 because we forgot - but I looked the exact same as week 12 anyway). I'm sure you've all seen the pictures before - the ones where the woman holds a sign saying how many weeks pregnant she is. This has become quite the trend over the past few years and I've seen pictures like this all over Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, and other various websites.
When Michael and I first decided to track my (our baby's) progress in this way his immediate reaction was to ask, "You're not going to post these pictures on Facebook, are you? Or on Flickr?"
I guess you could say that Michael and I wanted to take photos each week so that we have them to look back on, but we both felt it's a little
After all, there's also something Michael and I can both appreciate about getting to share certain exciting, happy developments with other people in our lives. ;) It's all about timing and making sure we feel comfortable sharing news when we decide to share it. And right now I'm more than excited to share these photos with you all!
|As you can see, I have progressively looked less queasy and/or uncomfortable with time|
So there you have it! As of about 2 weeks ago, our growing baby was finally big enough for strangers to notice that I'm pregnant - and I am finally at the point where I feel like the "cute pregnant lady" some of my friends told me I would be. Call me naive, but I didn't realize that it would take until I was halfway through my first pregnancy to actually feel physically comfortable being pregnant and to have figured out/acquired enough comfortable clothing options. Because of all this, I'm seriously excited to be wearing maternity clothes all the time and have them fit me (rather than being in that awkward phase where some of your clothes fit and you have to constantly buy random pieces of maternity to make other clothes still work).
As many of you may know, we had our "big" ultrasound last week and I'm happy to say that everything went smoothly. We won't receive the full medical lowdown on how it all turned out until our doctor's appointment next week, but based on what the young woman in charge of our ultrasound said and what we saw, I'm not concerned. We got to see close up images of all our baby's body parts (feet, hands, heart, spine, etc.) and they gave us 8 different photos to take home. My absolute favorite is the photo she captured of our baby yawning! It's beyond adorable and makes me smile every time I see it.
Our ultrasound also confirmed something we already knew - that this baby is seriously active. We were told this when the doctor listened to the baby's heartbeat at our last appointment and in the past couple weeks I've certainly begun feeling it. Right now it's still really cute and feels light and fluttery when the baby kicks - so let's just hope and pray that as the baby gets bigger he eases up on the kicking (or that I'll be able to bear the pain without too much complaining).
Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, I meant to say "he."
|Our 20-week photo :)|
We honestly didn't prefer the baby to be one gender over the other and are happy with what God has blessed us with - but I will say we are incredibly excited to actually know! This has already helped us narrow down possible names (no, we're not sharing that info beforehand!) and start to feel more emotionally connected/ready for him. Plus, now we have no excuse not to start buying adorable baby clothes. :)
I give all glory and thanks to God for blessing us with this wonderful little boy, but I also thank all of you that have sent up prayers for our growing family. May God bless each and every one of you!
"For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands."