Wednesday, April 11, 2012

21 Weeks!

My, my.  It seems like yesterday I was making last week’s post.  This is going by too quickly for my liking!  In 7 weeks I’ll be in the 3rd trimester…AH! 
How far along: 21 weeks!
How big is baby:  The size of a banana?  That seems smaller than a cantaloupe which was last week’s comparison…ha!  He’s roughly 10.5 inches long and 13 oz.  How about that instead?
Weight gain/loss: I didn’t weigh this morning…but I have a feeling it’s going to be baaaaaaad.  I’ve eaten a LOT of food in the last week.
Stretch marks: One (new) one.  Grossness.
Maternity clothes: Yep.  Kinda sad today because my “fat” maternity jeans fit really well.  *sigh*
Sleep: Great!  I’ve been sleeping through the night with no bathroom breaks.  However, my recent sunburn didn’t help my sleep much this week.  Every move I made in the bed was like needles.  (I told Judd I would rather give birth twice than go through a bad sunburn once…and I mean that!)
Food cravings or aversions: I crave food.  Anything I can get my hands on.  And once I start eating, I will most likely have seconds of everything that was on my plate.  I don’t think I’ve ever consistently eaten this much in my life.  I almost feel sick from the massive quantities of food I’ve eaten this week. 
Be right back…I’ve gotta go get another cookie…
Gender: Boy!  I have another ultrasound a week from today and I’ll get a third look…just to make triple sure. 
Movement: Big movements!  He’s moving all the time now.  He was a pretty calm-ish baby until the last week or two.  He’s gotten really active.  Some of his little kicks and rolls can be kinda painful!
Belly button: Flat.  Ha!
What I'm loving:  Honestly?  I love knowing what’s going on with my body.  Knowing what’s normal and not normal.  I didn’t really like being pregnant with Caroline because I hated the “unknown” and constantly feeling like something might be wrong from a sharp pain, etc.  I know what to expect this time (even more so than Amelia, because Amelia’s was so different from Caroline’s anyway.)  I like knowing!  Now, if only I knew I wouldn’t have this kid in my bathroom floor I’d feel a lot better.  Last time was a little too close for my liking… 
What I miss: Being able to take Ibuprofen during a really bad sunburn.  Seriously – I needed it desperately and had to take Tylenol instead…definitely didn’t work as well.
(My poor sunburned legs.  The pasty-pale, ghostly white color of my feet is my usual color of my legs.  Isn’t that sad!)
What's different this time:  I’m eating like a pig.  Do cows eat more than pigs?  Whichever one eats more – that’s what I’m like.  The amount of food that I’m taking down is astounding.  Even Judd looks at me with a worried face sometimes when I eat more than he does.  But I’m HUNGRY.  It’s like I can’t get full.  And when I do feel full, it’s a fullness that makes me feel sick.  There is no middle ground of just feeling full or feeling sick.  It’s one or the other.  Ugh.  I see this being baaaad when I go to the doctor next week.  And when he scolds me for my weight gain – I’ll really just have to suck it up because he’ll probably be right.  I need to step on a scale tomorrow to see how bad it is….or maybe not.
21 Weeks – Sorry for the color in this photo. 


  1. Dear Kacie, his name is little hippo. Let's call him little hippo. uh...let's call it a shark or a little fish.

    love, drew

    (he told me what to write on your blog and I typed it out. LOL)

    1. LOL! Thank you, Drew. His name is Little Hippo because his mother looks like a Big Hippo. It's only natural that we'd call him that. ;)

  2. Hi, Kacie! Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my neglected blog! It's great to hear your story. There were things in those short paragraphs that made me smile; so familiar. You look great and have a lovely family. If you're so inclined, I'd love to hear how this birth goes!

    Here's what I replied on my blog, BTW, in case you'd never see it otherwise:

    Kacie, thanks so much for your story! I love when others share their experiences. Little by little, maybe we who labor this way (and our care providers, child-birth educators and doulas) will begin to acknowledge that it happens and that it can be normal.

    Hold onto your hat if you don't plan to stop with #3: I am currently 25 weeks pregnant with my fifth, and two weeks ago marked my first four(plus)-hour bout (in this pregnancy) of minute-long, 2 min-apart contractions. (With my fourth pregnancy, those kind of contractions came at 20 weeks.)

    I'd love to hear how this labor/birth goes for you, if you'd like to share. Great for you to know your body so well. I still haven't quite figured mine out yet, though it is much better than the first time.

    1. I'll do my best to remember to share it with you! I usually share my birth stories on my blog because I don't want to forget the little details. ;) I wouldn't say that I know my body REALLY well, but I learned a lot the first time and really perfected it the second time. We'll see how this third time goes! We definitely plan on 1 more. I can't believe they started so early for you! I haven't had anything yet - crossing my fingers they hold off for a while!