I'm currently at 21 weeks (20 weeks is actually the true halfway point but I didn't think to do an update last week, sooooo 21 weeks it is!)
Here's a bump shot:
According to Baby Center:
Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now.
How are you feeling? - Overall I feel great! I have days were I'm not 100% but they are rare. My back and sciatic nerve act up on occasion but that happened with my last pregnancy as well and believe it or not, the pain went away the bigger the bump got. I'm hoping the same goes with this one!
How has your body changed? - So far other than the bump becoming more prominent the biggest change has been my ENORMOUS breasts. You can't really tell from the angle of the photo or from what I'm wearing but those puppies are large and in charge! I have a feeling that is a huge factor as to why my back is so sore at the end of the day. At least my bosoms themselves aren't as sore as they were during the first trimester but man, oh man, are they out of control! No stretch marks (yet) and I hope it stays that way. I made it out of my last pregnancy without them so we'll see. My uterus is apparently level with my belly button at this point. Isn't that crazy and neat all at the same time?!? My appetite has increased and I try very hard not to go too crazy but... the ice cream... it calls to me... I shoot for fat free frozen yogurt but after the dark chocolate syrup I dowse onto it and the M&M's I sprinkle on top, I don't think it matters any more! :-/ I might be changing my after dinner habit pronto when I next step onto the scale at the Doc's office.
How is this pregnancy different from the last? Two words, hormones and movement... And morning sickness. So, four words. The morning sickness was nonexistent with Little C and I felt relatively in control of my hormones but whoa daddy is this little P-Nut giving me a run for my money! She also moves around like crazy and thankfully during the day. I don't remember this much movement with my son and I'm not sure if maybe I'm more in tune to what it feels like so I notice it more with #2 or if she really is a mover and a shaker!
So there you have it! My pregnancy so far. Things are as they should be and every single day I am thankful that is the case. I would have morning sickness all day every day for 9 months, boobs as big as Texas, an achy back every day, and stretch marks galore if it means I have a healthy pregnancy and baby. I don't take for granted that ability to become pregnant, have a successful pregnancy, sucessful birth and a healthy baby as the outcome. I still have another 20 weeks to go and I will continue to be thankful and hopeful every step of the way.
The highlight so far? Well, besides the joy of feeling P-Nut move and groove inside, it has to be when we asked Little C on our walk last night if he could say, "sister." An emphatic, "sees-doo" made my heart melt!