AND at this appt we started talking about BIRTH! Like, OMG BIRTH! Apparently it's about time to sign up for childbirth classes!
So, here we go.
How far along: 21 weeks
Weight Gain: 1 more pound this week, 11 lbs total.
Maternity Clothes: I had an amusing moment today when I dug my FAT jeans out of the closet to start painting the nursery. THE FAT JEANS almost don't fit! Luckily it's totally because of the bulging belly and little else, but still FUNNY SHIT to think that the fat jeans don't fit right now. And I officially can't wear A LOT of my regular clothes now. Unless my dresses are empire waist or baby doll dresses, it's a NO GO. And I may or may not have just bought a shit ton of Old Navy maternity online yesterday that is due to arrive this week.
Movement: Outside baby kicks! Dom finally felt the baby kick for the first time this week, it's funny to feel it from both the inside and the outside at the same time. I am liking baby kicks WAY more these days as they get stronger, much better than those weird fluttery feelings from the first week or two! AND I have started to feel them even when I'm not sitting down. I can now feel them when I'm up and about!
What's up with my body: Still fighting the good fight against constipation. I can get it under control for a week and then BAM out of nowhere I'm knocked on my ass and spend three days horribly uncomfortable. Then all back to normal again for another week. It has occurred to me that perhaps my terrible weekend eating is affecting my digestion more than I realize as the weekends are the only time we eat food that is not cooked by one one us and the constipation has a tendency to hit at the beginning of the week, you know, just after the weekend. Hmmm...I could either fix this and quit eating crap once a week or... accept that once a week constipation is as good as it's gonna get.
My low, low, low abdomen, down in my pelvic girdle has been terrible crampy and sore. It hurts when my bladder is full, when my intestines are full or when I move my legs up toward my chest like to put on shoes. Midwife says it's just muscles stretching and to get used to it!
No heartburn this week. This is definitely a come and go symptom that I'm so glad is gone more than not.
The bump has grown enough that it is making certain things uncomfortable, getting up out of bed at night is becoming cumbersome, especially if I'm facing toward the middle of the bed. There's a lot of grunting.
Peeing is becoming more difficult as I can't quite seem to empty my bladder completely anymore because my uterus is pushing it into a funny position. So even if I have just peed I have to pee 5 minutes later. And without fail if I leave the house, the moment I get out of my car or just far enough by foot that it's not worth it to turn around I HAVE TO PEE RIGHT NOW!!! Even if I just peed before I left the house, somedays I feel like it's just not worth it to leave!
I ALMOST FELL OVER.
I was in Home Depot buying paint (for the nursery, eek!) and I dropped a receipt out of my purse. I bent over FORWARD to pick it up and nearly went toppling head over heels. Bend at the knees Jesica, bend at the knees...it's more ladylike anyway.
I have also hit the bump with a door when I was standing too close to the door when I opened it, not allowing for my own girth. And Dom ran into my bump as he tried to squeeze past me and didn't allow for the girth. Oh what fun it is to be way wider than you're used to!
My boob leaked.
WHAT?! Did you know this happens this early?
I was in the shower, looked down and one boob has milk just streaming out of it. I wiped it away just to have it come right back. Wiped it away a second time and it was all over.
But wouldn't you know it my weekly pregnancy update did in fact mention boob leakage at 21 weeks, so it seems this DOES happen this early.
Midwife says it means good things for milk supply. Excellent.
What I'm Looking Forward To: Viability is just 3 weeks away now!
Best Moment of the Week: Outside Baby Kicks.
Worst Moment of the Week: It dawned on me today as I look at how big my belly looks in pictures that this little one is not even a pound yet and most babies are between 7 and 8 lbs. That means my baby has to get 7X bigger!!!!!!!! Frightening to think just how big the belly is really gonna get!
Gender: After seeing me my sister has firmly stated that it's a girl. I do not look like I'm carrying a basketball under my shirt, my bump is much more spread out. Also her heart rate theory has been proved RIGHT again as a friend of mine found out the sex of her baby with a heart rate of 160 and sure enough, it's a boy. Mine is once again in the 130s.