I can’t believe we’re already halfway to a new and exciting life, time flies and we’re getting more and more excited by the day.
We had the big anatomy scan a few days ago and everything is looking good, Adrianna even gave us a big thumbs up. It took about 45 minutes and they checked everything, facial features, spine, legs, hands, heart, head, measurements, weight, cervix, everything!
It was such a relief to know that our baby girl is growing right on track. I’m still amazed at my body, and all mothers for that matter, what an extraordinary process. I’m so incredibly thankful to be able to experience this.
My baby bump hasn’t grown outwards so much as it has grown upwards, I’m still 24.5 inches around the waist, the same as I have been since 16 weeks. However Adriana is still gaining weight and at the 20 week scan she weighed about 10.5oz, right where she needs to be. Overall I’ve gained about 7 pounds, and hope to keep gaining a pound every week.
I also learned that I have an anterior placenta which means it’s in the front not the back, that would explain why I’m not feeling much movement, there’s a big cushion separating us. I only feel kicks and rolls real low, but they’re very light and almost non existent. Hopefully I’ll be able to feel more movement as she gets bigger!
We are finishing up our baby registry, and feel pretty confident we have everything we need to be prepared. I guess the only thing up in the air is where we’ll live, so I haven’t set up the nursery or anything, and I’m holding off on buying things. Our lease is up the same month Adrianna will be born, so while I know that might seem stressful, I’m just not worried, I’m excited. We’ve moved so many times its like a hobby, and I pretty much keep everything organized in storage bins so everything is really easy to move. It’ll feel like a new chapter, a fresh start, with a new family member.
Thankfully we don’t feel unprepared or scared, we feel like we got this, no problem. Maybe this is because we waited until we were beyond ready, maybe it’s because I research everything, or maybe it’s because we’ve both had experience with babies at a young age. My brother is about 7 years younger than me and I would feed him, change his diapers, and babysit. Dominick had his younger cousins that lived across the street, so we both have had our fair share of taking care of babies.
I think the thing that worries us most is choosing from all the opportunities and possibilities we are faced with, where exactly do we want to be in 5-10 years. We can see so many different outcomes, we are just weighing our options very carefully.
I have still been eating as healthy as possible, lots of fruits, greens, veggies, nuts/seeds, and occasional meat. I’m feeling energized and handling food 100 times better than the first trimester. Heartburn and indigestion are thankfully still a thing of the past, thanks to my carefully crafted meal plan. If they start to sneak up on me, a piece of pineapple has been my savior.
If you’re interested, I go over my meal plan more in detail in my last post at 18 weeks.
I also started the garden, which was a workout in itself, getting up all those weeds is hard not being able to use your abs. But it’s worth it, we have a lot of goodies on the way; cucumbers, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, carrots, yellow summer squash, and bell peppers.
Now I just need to get the other plot ready and planted with a bunch of different greens. I have seeds for kale, swiss chard, arugula, micro greens, and a bunch of herbs.
I have been really inspired by the pregnant athletes on Instagram. You’d be surprised how many ladies are still poling, stretching, and doing aerial acrobatics all the way through their pregnancy with healthy babies in the end. Of course it’s not recommended to start these activities if you weren’t doing them before pregnancy. But if that was your regular workout routine its best not to stop, unless your doctor says otherwise. Of course you can’t do everything the way you used to, your center of gravity changes, you’re lifting extra weight, and it’s not recommended to do hardcore contortion stretches, but for the most part you can continue your routine.
I am not learning any new tricks, just cleaning up what I already know, that way I don’t risk falling or injuring myself, which luckily in my 8 years of poling I have yet to suffer an injury.
I still teach 3 hours every Monday, 2 hours on Friday’s and Privates on Wednesdays, so I’m definitely getting a good amount of workout time in. I still feel like I should be doing more stretching at home like I used to, but I mostly sit at my computer all day doing website work and by the time I’m done working, and doing chores, the couch is my favorite place to be. I’ve been knitting a blanket for Adrianna and coloring for fun. My next goal is to learn how to knit baby socks, hats and gloves.
I really can’t believe I’m halfway through this pregnancy, it seems like just yesterday I found out. Now I know the next 20 week are going to go by super fast, so I will be enjoying each and every day to the best of my ability. One of my favorite activities is meditating and just feeling all the new sensations in my body. Thank you universe for this incredible experience! ❤️