Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bumpdate - 21 Weeks

I had a midwife appt on Monday and all is well, feels like forever since I've had an appt and when I looked at a calendar I realized I went 5 weeks between appts!

Holey moley.

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 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'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.



  1. I thought the old wives tale was the higher the heartbeat the more likely it was to be a girl? Mine has always been 150+ and I'm having a baby girl. I can't believe the will power you have to not find out what you're having. That's so awesome though. I can't wait to see what you have planned for the nursery. Your bump looks fantastic!

  2. One of my babies has a heartbeat usually around 170s and one has in the 150s... the 170s I am convinced is a girl and the 150s I am convinced is a boy. But it is based on nothing but my intuition which has no experience to back it up. I can't remember - are you not planning to find out the sex of the baby?

    It IS crazy how big the belly gets! My belly is going to be enormous and it freaks me out! I'm also jealous of the ladies with the basketball bumps, so far mine (to me) just looks like I'm getting thick around the waist and I have a feeling that's just what it's going to look like. I think your bump is cute! I hope you got some cute maternity clothes!!

    1. Nope, not planning on finding out the sex. That time has come and gone with the anatomy scan 3 weeks ago!

      Wait until your bump pops, you may get the basketball still! I'm not necessarily jealous of the basketball belly, it's just usually an indicator of a boy and mine is definitely not basketball shaped =)

  3. oh, the grunting to get out of bed, or change positions.. I remember that. :-)It becomes harder, unfortunately! :-) And yeah for the milk streaming! I'm still so confused as to why I have a low supply.. I had colostrum like crazy my whole pregnancy. I'm convinced (my own theory) that your milk supply has something to do with either hitting 40 weeks, or going into labor on your own. I think it's a chemical reaction. And since I did neither, my boobs just never got the memo to make a lot of milk. I should be a scientist, right??? :-)

  4. damn it lost my post.

    now i can't be arsed writing again.

    the grunting is going to get so much worse. drives me crazy. I wouldn't have laughed (nope, not at all) if you had fallen over ;)

  5. I remember falling in the shower- and not like I had one leg up on the ledge trying to shave and lost my balance kind of fall- but just standing there and fell... and down went the curtain, and the rod and it made the loudest ruckus- woke the husband up in the bedroom...

  6. I'm so glad you didn't fall over, but thank you for the good giggle! (I'm laughing with, not at. *wink*)

    Leakage already?! Ok, that freaks me out a bit... Something to look forward to. *grin*

    Love the pictures!

  7. You look so cute! You better start getting used to the bump and make some room! I hit my bump with the shower do yesterday and totally scratched myself. whoops...

  8. I could have done without the thought of these babies (and ME!) getting 7x bigger. Holy hell. I had the weirdest tingling in my boobs the other day and I thought, 'oh no, not yet!' thankfully there wasn't anything there, but now I know I should be prepared for it possibly to happen soon. Thanks for the heads up!

  9. I had the same thing happen to me this week, the lower crampy ute, I also had a boob leak. I was wearing a grey t-shirt and felt something wet and I was like what is this? Who knew? My mom had large babies and my husband is 6'3 and I am only 5'5 so I am very nervous on how big this belly is going to get.

  10. I started leaking this week too!!! I feel the same way getting in and out of bed. I'm still sticking with boy for you.

  11. 21 weeks already? It feels as though time is flying. Your bump is just lovely! x