Thursday, December 5, 2013

21/19

Today, I am 21 weeks pregnant. I have "19" weeks to go. I use quotations around that because I believe 100% that due dates mean nothing and this baby will arrive when it is meant to arrive. Early, late, whatever. It is out of my hands.

I love waking up Thursday mornings to read my two pregnancy apps (which always have different information on how big the baby is!) and my weekly newsletter from my healthcare provider. That newsletter always manages to cover at least one topic that I am currently experiencing. One week, it answered questions about dental care during pregnancy on the day I was due to go to the dentist! Today, it covered heartburn and I've been having major issues with heartburn the last few weeks. Time to cut out the chocolate!

The last 2 weeks have been pretty exciting. Since we found out we are having a girl, I've been doing my best not to go crazy buying adorable clothes. I did make a couple of purchases from Gap but the items were on sale and too cute to pass up. Her room is turning into a construction zone with the closet being remodeled and wood floors being installed later this month.

I'm continuing to research the best baby equipment and I think I have settled on the best crib, car seat and stroller that is affordable but also safety rated by the experts. I plan to spend my Christmas break looking into daycare facilities. It seems like a daunting task but I just need to go into it knowing that it is 1) a necessity and 2) expensive.

For the most part, aside from that pesky heartburn, I've been feeling pretty good these days. I feel the baby rolling around throughout the day. No real kicks or jabs yet, more like muscle twitches. I can't wait until Chris can feel them from the outside!

I'm trying to spend more time talking to her but it feels a little silly. Chris puts his face against my stomach in the morning and says goodbye and that he loves her. I sing Christmas music super loud when I'm in the car, hoping she can hear it and start to love those tunes sooner rather than later.

As for a name, we are considering two and keeping them to ourselves. I'm not a fan of hearing opinions of other people. Remember-I spent 98% of the time looking for my wedding dress alone and purchased it without anyone taking a look first to confirm I was making the right choice. No one needs to opine about the name of our daughter, thankyouverymuch. I'm in no hurry to make the final decision and will happily wait until I am holding her in my arms to decide. I'm not sure my husband feels the same way but I don't feel right naming her until I meet her.

Each month continues to fly by and I know with Christmas approaching, it will be January before I know it. The actual year that I will give birth to my baby will be here. It is all still so surreal!



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