Thursday, July 1, 2010

20 week/5 month update

It's hard to believe that I've already been pregnant for 5 months, and even more so, that I am halfway done! Time has seriously flown by, and now that I am finally starting to feel pregnant I am loving it a million times more. I also feel like I actually LOOK pregnant now, and not like I just had too many beers. I think my belly has definitely grown a lot in the past week.

20 weeks

20weeks front

Yesterday was the FIRST time I felt Henry move and it was really, really neat. In the morning I thought I felt something, but I wasn't sure, but then by nighttime I was feeling all sort of "flutters" and at one point during a whole lot of flutters I pushed (gently) on my stomach and he kind of softly flicked my hand! I don't know if that's possible to feel at this point, but I'm pretty sure that's what it was! So awesome. I still am in disbelief that I have this little guy growing inside of me. Every single day it's another realization that I am going to be a Mom in a very short time.

in the ultrasound room

Since our big ultrasound last week when we found the gender, I've kind of been on a baby shopping kick. From advice I've received I've been staying away from newborn sizes (outside of a few onesies) and mainly doing 3, 6, and 9 month clothing. It makes me happy to know my sister will be having babies soon after she gets married in March, so as time goes by we'll be able to share all of our gear and clothing. The main places I've found great baby clothes are H&M, Target, Nordstrom Rack, and Nordstrom. I find myself gravitating more towards simple colors, stripes, and of course the occasional cutesy print. The photo below is a picture I posted to my Twitter of some of my finds from shopping on Monday- the octopus is from my sister!

baby clothes!

This week, baby Henry is also the size of a cantaloupe! How did THAT happen?! Last week he was the size of a mango and now he's a melon?! Cantaloupes are pretty big so it's funny to me to think I have a little guy the size of one swimming around in my belly.

This week marks the half way point of your pregnancy. It has been 18 weeks since the date of conception and your baby's crown-to-rump length is 5.6 to 6.4 inches. The fetus weighs about 9 ounces and your belly definitely has an obvious bulge. Your waistline has expanded and is no longer visible. Your uterus has now moved up enough that it is pushing your abdomen outwards. The top of your uterus is even with or just below your navel.

For the remainder of your pregnancy, the growing uterus puts pressure on your lungs, stomach and kidneys. This will make you feel short of breath, the need to urinate more frequently and can cause indigestion. The added pressure on your abdomen can also cause your bellybutton to protrude and cause an `outy` instead of an `inny`. Many pregnant women begin to notice stretch marks around this time as well. Your abdominal muscles are being stretched and pushed apart as your baby grows inside of you.

Your baby's skin begins to thicken this week and will develop four layers. Your baby's sebaceous glands secrete a waxy substance called vernix caseosa. Your baby will be born with this wax and it will look like paste. The vernix caseosa is crucial because it protects the fetus' fragile skin from the continuous immersion in amniotic fluid. Lanugo hairs secure the vernix caseosa in place and it is thick around the eyebrows. Scalp hair and toenails are beginning to form at this point. Hair can also be seen on the upper lip and eyebrows.

This week I also went and picked up a few "maternity" items. I got some maternity leggings and also some comfy t-shirts to wear when I workout. I can make a lot of my regular clothing items work still, but gym attire was presenting a problem because most of my t-shirts would ride up on my little bump and I don't think the YMCA is the place for crop tops. Especially crop tops on pregnant women! So I stocked up on comfy pregnancy friendly gym attire and I couldn't be happier. It's so much easier to exercise when you feel comfortable and confident.

I thought I would end with a little survey of pregnancy questions!

What day did you find out?: March 8th (I think)
How did you feel when you found out?: sat there in disbelief, cried and hugged Hank
Who was with you?: Hank
Who was the first person you told?: my coworker Robyn the same day, then no one else for a week or so
How did they react?: she cried, it was adorable
How did the daddy react?: it was 5am and he was half asleep- he was totally happy and definitely woke up very quickly! haha
When is your due date?: November 18th
How far along are you?: 20 weeks
As far as gender, what did you want?: I honestly didn't care!
What did the daddy want?: He wanted a boy
Do you have a name picked out?: Yes
If so, what is it?: Henry
Is your baby going to be named after someone?: yup, his great-grandpa, grandpa and Daddy!
Where was your baby conceived?: at home, haha
Have you felt the baby move?: yes!
What race will your baby have?: I am Irish, and a mix of other European races, and Hank is a mix of different things including Hispanic
Do you have stretch marks?: no
What was your first symptom?: heightened smell
What religion will the baby know? none
Will your baby have godparents?: yes, even thought we aren't religious. The godmothers are my best friends Autumn and Shirley, and godfather is Jason, Autumn's hubby.
What is the baby's room theme?: white and gray, and maybe yellow? Unsure.
Cravings: fresh fruit all the time

Happy 20 weeks, Henry! I love you :)

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  1. Your baby updates make me happy :) I love that you are doing grey and white in the baby's room! Grey is my favorite color :) And a splash of yellow would be perfect too. Congrats!

  2. I totally look forward to your baby updates! I'm not due for a baby for a few years, so at least seeing your experiences can entertain me for now. It's so crazy that little Hank is about the size of a melon! While you are starting to look more pregnant for sure, it definitely doesn't look like there's anything melon-sized in there!

    I LOVE the white & grey with some yellow for the baby room! I've never been that fond of the common blue or pink or green rooms. Definitely not my thing.

  3. this is so cute! i see that baby henry will be pressing on your insides...i've heard apple cider vinegar helps with indigestion. oh, its delicious...ew! ;)
    oh and the belly shirt thing made me laugh!!...its just like that dream i had. haha! much love girl. lookin good!!

  4. Cute, cute cute! Your experience is going to help and inspired me for when the time is right for me! Grey is a great color for the room, cannot wait to see the coming months...

  5. WOW you are looking so tiny!
    I hope you don't find that offensive, I really don't mean it in a mean way at all...I know from reading your blog that you are being really healthy and that you are progressing nicely in your pregnancy.
    Love all the cute baby clothes you're finding!

  6. I am in LOVE with these posts. Your happiness is contageous :]

    Love and Turtledoves,

  7. im so happy little henry is starting to move for you danielle! you definetly look pregnat now its so cool to see your belly start to grow!!! its so wierd to think henry was a size of a mango now a melon, thats so crazy! love you!


  8. You're like the cutest pregnant woman alive. Srsly. <3

  9. a cantaloupe?! aahh, henry's growing so fast! i'm so excited for you, danielle. <3

  10. Your an adorable pregnant person! I still think you could totally qualify for the "I didn't know I was pregnant" show. Your so tiny in the pics!

  11. yay!! so happy for you!! Im going to insert some advice though, take it or leave it, but my daughter was itty bitty and stayed itty bitty. she didnt get out of newborn clothes until she was almost 4 months!! so just my 2 cents, i would have some back up :)

    he is going to be such a beautiful little boy :) congrats!!

  12. Great clothes!! Cute baby belly! :) :)

  13. The clothes looks great and your tummy looks so cute !! I can't wait until I'm a mom (waiting 3 years or so) !! We just bought a house and the bedroom that will eventually be the babies room is empty (have a few t-shirts from You should check them out there clothes and dolls are so cute. Any who we call that room the "nursery". Congrats and can't wait for more updates and the arrival of baby Hank !!

  14. Wow! Your due date and when you found out is almost exactly the same as when I was pregnant!! I found out I was pregnant on March 8th and my due date was Nov. 19th! My daughter was born on 11/11 though. Congrats and enjoy! Being pregnant is a beautiful and amazing time; especially in your 5th and 6th months!

  15. Omg ure belly is loving more ravishing by the day! :) So beautiful <3

  16. You are definitely showing-- you look so great :) I love your progress photos Danielle :)
    xo, LA

  17. you are so tiny and so cute. this was so much fun to read! love his name. xoxo

  18. So glad your doing well and enjoying being pregnant, hard to believe little Henry is the size of a melon!


  19. congrats! thats so awesome that youre more than half way there! you are seriously going to be the coolest mom! :)

  20. ahhh this post made me feel very happy & smiley. :D and i'm not even the kind of person who gets all mushy over babies!

  21. Your bump is completely adorable. It's a proper little baby bump looking now. I also can't believe how big the foetus is now at 20 weeks, it's so definetly possible to feel the baby this early. (spoken from a student midwife! and pregnancy addict haha). Anyway just wanted to say you're looking beautiful :)

  22. Okay, my friend just sent me over to your blog to show me how incredibly adorable you and your baby bump are and I have to agree... you are SO cute! I just found out I'm pregnant with my second, and I am already getting that bloated, beer gut thing you were talking about. Finally showing is the BEST. You wear it well, lady.

  23. Hey, I just found you blog.

    I was wondering if you're worried about your tattoos getting stretched out. Even though you dont have much of a bump right now. I have a tattoo about the size of yours on my ribs, and my mom always tells me it will stretch out and get really messed up when I get pregnant.

  24. your belly did just pop, LOVE IT! I remember being so releaved when I finally looked pregnant and not 15 pounds overweight, with a beer gut no less. :)
    my advice for baby clothes would be to always feel the inside of the clothes, especially if there are appliques. sometimes they aren't finished properly and are so itchy and uncomfortable for the babe.
    have a fabulous 4th doll and good luck on the house, super exciting.

  25. A little baby bump! I am so excited for both you and daddy hank. Baby Hank is about to have such a sweet loving family!

  26. So CUTE and EXCITING!!! Love the baby updates and I love the name HENRY!

  27. awwww :') so sweet danille, your belly is so cute!

  28. i wouldnt stay away from too many newborn'd be surprised at how tiny most babies are when theyre born. my little girl fit newborn onesies for almost 3 months! and a family friend who is on the larger size was sure she'd have a large baby but nope, teeny tiny! she had to run out and buy a whole bunch of smaller sized clothes and diapers!

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  30. I love the baby updates!
    I can't wait to see the sweet baby...


  31. Heard about you through Bluebird Vintage...I am 20 weeks also, due Nov. 23rd. :) AND we just found out it's a boy too! But we're just now starting down the baby naming road. (We wanted half the baby name book eliminated first!) Congrats! Race you to the finish!

  32. Just had to stop and say that your baby belly is stunning with the artwork all over! I can't wait to see how pretty it is full term!

    Adore your blog!