20 weeks {Pregnancy}

We’re halfway there!

Good grief, I can’t believe I’m already halfway through my pregnancy! The passing of time is a strange thing. In some ways, it feels like just the other day that we found out I was pregnant. And in other ways it feels like I’ve been pregnant forever. Probably because of the fertility process we went through (read more about it here).

According to the pregnancy app that I downloaded:

  • Baby is now the size of an ear of corn (aka a mielie).
  • Baby is now measured from head to toe and not crown to rump. Current measurement is roughly 26,5cm!

She has really started to move and kick quite hard. Some days it’s like she’s having a party in there and other days she quieter and seems to be catching up on sleep. Her most active times are 12 – 2pm (lunch!) and 8 ­– 10pm after supper. I’ve been monitoring it, checking every day whether or not I can feel her kicks “outside” with my hand on my tummy. KB finally felt her kick for the first time earlier this week when he had his hand on my tummy! But she’s been a bit shy with him ever since.

Cravings

The craving to eat potatoes has (thankfully) lessened somewhat. Sadly, it has not been replaced by a craving to eat lettuce.

Symptoms

A different symptom I’ve developed (if you can call it a symptom) is that I’ve become intolerant of people wanting to touch me. I’ve read/heard that women get annoyed when people want to touch their pregnant belly. And to be fair, I didn’t understand it. I mean, what’s the big deal? It’s only a stomach. But now I get it.

The days are warming up, but it’s still cool in the mornings and I often wear multiple layers. Depending what I’m wearing, my pregnancy is not overly obvious to those who are not aware of it. But those who are aware of it (colleagues, acquaintances, family and friends) are inclined to want to touch my tummy. I don’t like it. I’m sorry if that is offensive or upsetting to hear, but it’s the truth. Perhaps it’s because other than cursory hugs or a kiss hello, people don’t usually touch me – not even people who are close to me (other than KB). I imagine that it will get worse the more I start to show. Also, the asking to see my tummy… I don’t know why this makes me feel awkward, but it does?

Nursery ideas

Oh man, I made the mistake of going on Pinterest… Do you know how deep this virtual rabbit hole runs!? I thought I had an idea of what I wanted to do in terms of nursery theme/colours, etc. But after getting sucked into Pinterest for a couple of hours I now have 40 ideas. I’m am no closer to choosing one to go with…LOL! I am also pretty determined to make something for the nursery, but I’ll have to see how it goes. Have you seen Pinterest projects online versus what they actually look like in the end?

Halfway and we finally picked a name

There is a lot of pressure in choosing your child’s name. It’s something I took quite seriously, I mean, you can’t really go back in a few months/years and change it! It took us a while to get to a point where we agreed 100%, but we’re finally there! Initially, we got stuck on 2 options. KB was quite set on one name and I was quite set on another. So, to avoid either of us feeling like we were going with a name that we weren’t completely onboard with, we each wrote a new list of names that appealed to us. The name we settled on was on each of our lists – without us having discussed it before! The more I think about it and mull it over in my mind the more I love it!  I’ll let you in on it once she’s born, you’ll just have to wait in suspense until then 😉

P.S. Did I mention that we’re already halfway? So exciting!

 

Not my best attempt in terms of readability, but I jazzed the original image by Krzysztof Puszczyński using canva.com.

Nicky

4 Comments

  1. My favourite blog to read. I feel like I’ve gone through it all with you lol. You are going to be an amazing mom. Omw…pinterest is from the devil indeed but it really helps with ideas. Can’t wait to hear more xx

    • Aaah.. Thanks Vee! Such a lovely compliment *blush! Becoming a parent is quite daunting, so thank you for the vote of confidence! And can we just take a moment to acknowledge Pinterest as the mother of all distractions in life? Just go on Pinterest if you ever need to kill a couple of hours! But you’re right, there are some amazing ideas – now just to execute them! xx

  2. At last. You like to keep too busy for us, nhe? Ha ha. Thank you for keeping us in the loop with your miracle baby. More than ever before, after all the sad, negatives that people get, I believe IVF is just a chance at a miracle. Hey, you cheated. You just said your craving isn’t for lettuce. So..if less potato, what ‘more’ of? (Totally crazy sentence structure!)

    • Haha… Hi Thandi! Sorry to keep you waiting!

      I feel absolutely in awe every day that I am carrying my child. (Would you believe me if I said I still can’t believe it on some days?!)

      And about the cravings situation… I wouldn’t say I’m craving more of anything, but wouldn’t say no to a fresh fruit salad! x

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