Hump Bump Day!
Well another two weeks have come and gone…I am now in my 22nd week of pregnancy. I have my fetal anatomy ultrasound later today…despite being able to feel the baby kick and move pretty frequently these days, I always get nervous in the hours leading up to an appointment. Did/does anyone else experience this?
Today would be the day that we could find out the sex of the baby – if we wanted to…I have to say, there is a small part of me that would love to know – simply for the logistics of painting Pumpkin’s room before we move in a few weeks…But, in the end, I know the surprise is what we want. I’ve learned that it’s easier to not find out if you are proactive and just tell the technician / nurse as soon as you walk in the room that you don’t want to know. Otherwise, he/she will ask you midway through the appointment while you are excited and happy to be seeing the baby in 3D/4D.
I’m really starting to feel exhausted by the end of each day. My calves, ankles, and feet are a little swollen at night if I don’t make a concerted effort to sit with my feet elevated for 15-20 minutes in the afternoon. But it’s easier said then done. My son has slowly transitioned to one nap a day – so from 1pm until his bedtime (630/7pm), I am often on the go with him – trips to the boardwalk, the zoo, the park…We also closed on our first home on Monday…so all of my “free” time is spent packing up our apartment or cleaning the new house…the hours just seem to disappear these days.
Running – On the days when I can pull myself out of bed by 430am, I am able to get my morning run in. However, if I go to bed too late, am too tired, or just don’t feel “right” and decide to sleep-in, then there is about a 99% chance that I will not be running that day. I’m slowly accepting the fact that for the next few weeks, running every day is likely not going to happen – there is just too much going on and not enough time in the day to be in bed by a decent hour (nor do I have the energy to pack/move and run). Despite all of that, I have had some great runs – including the marathon last weekend…This week is an easy week for me since I plan/hope to run the Brooklyn Half-Marathon on Saturday. I have ZERO goals for the race – my pace will all based on my body and pumpkin. I’m just excited to finally participate in a race this season!
Belly – Right after I posted the Week 20 update, I noticed a huge difference in my belly. Yes, I know I said that in the week 20 update, but I think Pumpkin had a serious growth spurt. I feel the baby much more these days – there are points during the day or night where I feel/see a huge mound on one side of my belly.
Clothes – Some of my running shirts are almost too small to cover my belly and I’ve slowly transitioned to a larger size in running shorts to give my belly more space. Since we are moving in a couple of weeks, I’ve packed away a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes – won’t be seeing those boxes til October (at the earliest!). And although I still fit into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes (shirts and dresses, mostly), I’ve begun wearing some pregnancy clothes – purely out of comfort.
Baby Movement – No real change in Pumpkin’s movement – although I have started to see my belly move when I’m lying down at night. I notice most movements/kicks late at night – but I think that is more a function of my being still and relaxing for the first time all day. His/her movements are almost nightly which is a great way to fall asleep with a clear and happy mind.
Hope you all have a great HUMP day!! =)