Baby Starks: Week 21

Hey everybody! It’s week 21!

And the big, exciting news is…

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…we’re having a boy!

Turns out my dreams were not clairvoyant after all. 🙂 I think we were all hoping for a girl, including James, but we are still nonetheless thrilled about our little man. It’s time to go buy some blue!

We were all super anxious for the appointment, including my mom, who helped me painstakingly count down the hours to when it was finally time to go in. And since my appointment was late in the afternoon, I actually staged the shots with the balloons earlier in the day so we could announce on Facebook as soon as we knew. Not gonna lie, I was a little sad when I had to take those pink shoes back. Oh well.. maybe next time. 🙂

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But the time finally came, and there was no denying it once the ultrasound tech got the right shot up on the screen…

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…he’s definitely all boy. 🙂

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Beautiful and healthy, and measuring in right on track. My doctor says he weighs about the same as a can of soda right now. It was a long appointment, too, since they wanted to get a good look at all of the important parts, so we got to take a good long look at him. I couldn’t believe how active he was, too! I’m definitely feeling him a lot more these days, but it was amazing how much movement was happening that I could see but couldn’t necessarily feel. He even did a complete somersault while we were there!

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After the appointment, I made one more stop for balloons (all blue this time!) and put them into a box. When James got home, we skyped in with our families for a little low-key reveal. It was bit chaotic, and honestly a little difficult to juggle two different video calls at once, but it was still fun. I think a few people were surprised, but everyone was excited.

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And while I was standing in the floral department waiting for my balloons to be filled, I saw this adorable blue elephant and knew I just had to have him. I walk by him in my room all the time now, and it’s hard not to stop and snuggle him and imagine that maybe one day our little guy might carry him everywhere. And those shoes! I die.

Meanwhile, baby and I are both continuing to grow.

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The little guy is the length of a baby bok choy this week! I had one app tell me that he was the length of a cantaloupe, but I just can’t come to terms with that size yet. Part of the reason for the big size jump this week is that apparently now we are measuring head to toe, rather than crown to rump like before. Either way, keep growing, little man!

Not a whole lot has changed in the “how I’m feeling” front. I’m still having heartburn every day, and still dealing with swollen feet. I also feel like I am hungry all the time, but not really craving anything in particular right now. Overall I feel like I’m doing a better job of eating a more balanced diet, and I’ve been keeping my desire for sweets more in check lately with some dark chocolate-covered almonds instead of ice cream or cake. It feels almost like I’ve reached some stage of normalcy in this ever-changing phase of life.

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So we’ll just be here growing away until the next update. Cheers!

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Baby Starks: Week 19

It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s week 19 already. This pregnancy is already almost half over! On one hand it feels like just yesterday that I first saw those 2 pink lines and December seems so far away, and on the other it feels like the weeks are just flying by and this baby will be here long before we are ready. But the most exciting part of being halfway through is that we get to find out the gender next week! I am so anxious I can hardly stand it.

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So how big is baby?

This week baby graduated to the size of a grapefruit!

How am I feeling?

Generally, still pretty good. Heartburn has come back with a vengeance , especially in the evenings. And my feet hurt like crazy by the end of a day at work. I’ve even taken to wearing my squishy flip flops around the house because the hard kitchen floor makes my feet hurt in just the time it takes to make dinner.

How am I changing?

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I am growing… everywhere. Dinner prep isn’t only difficult because my feet hurt, but also because my belly is starting to get in the way! It pushes uncomfortably against the counter when I try to reach too far… does this mean I can get out of doing dishes for the next 21 weeks? Sadly, belly growth also means that I noticed my first stretch marks this week. I haven’t been consistent with using my cocoa butter belly cream so far, but seeing those first marks has me vowing to be more diligent. And, honestly, baby isn’t the only one who’s grown in the last two weeks. After 3 weeks without any weight gain, I was beginning to worry that I wasn’t eating enough to support the baby’s growth, so I let myself eat pretty much whatever I wanted… and subsequently gained 5 pounds in 2 weeks. So it’s time to be more diligent about eating well, and getting back to the gym.

Also growing: my feet. I’m not sure I can say that it’s just swelling anymore, because even at the beginning of the day I have difficulty getting my feet into shoes that were once loose. I shudder to imagine how they will be in another few months.

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I’m also beginning to really experience cravings. A few weeks ago I wanted lemon-flavored sweets – which I indulgently satisfied with lemon-cheesecake ice cream one day and a rich lemon cupcake two days later. This was especially strange because I normally don’t care for lemon-y desserts, but it just sounded so good! Then last week I randomly started craving chocolate milk. The craving hit while I was at work, and I was very sad to discover that neither of my hospitals carry it! Something about a ban on sugary drinks and snacks (they also don’t carry full sugar soda… ugh, California). But c’mon… what children’s hospital doesn’t carry chocolate milk?! Luckily now that I have some in my fridge, it has been satisfying my cravings for sweets. I feel a teeny bit better about having a cup of chocolate milk instead of ice cream or a big fat piece of chocolate.

I’m still feeling some occasional kicks from the baby, though they’re still pretty faint most of the time, and we definitely can’t feel them from the outside yet. It’s still mostly a “Hmm, what was that?” kind of sensation when it happens. But James playfully poked me in the belly the other day, and he was very amused when I told him that very soon he might get poked back! He also brought a stuffed Cat in the Hat and a small knit blanket for the baby when he came back from visiting his grandma in Idaho last week, and he was very excited to share. I have no doubt that he’s going to be a great big brother.

And lastly, I feel like I’ve developed “pregnancy brain,” because I am super forgetful these days. I keep uncharacteristically leaving things in various places, accidentally putting the cereal box in the fridge, and forgetting important things like my chiropractor appointment that I remembered 2 hours after I was supposed to have been there. Whoops!

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And I think that’s it for this week! Unless pregnancy brain has me forgetting something… who knows.

See you next time for the big gender reveal! Eeeee!