Mommy Monday: 21 weeks!

21 weeks and all is going well! I’ve been on bed rest for over a week now! Though it’s been pretty rough, I’m finally starting to get used to it and settled into a new routine. I’m keeping myself pretty busy with reading, writing, Netflix, and napping. Ben has been more incredible than I could ever explain. He is taking SUCH good care of me, our house, Gunner, and just everything. He is so amazing and I can’t even say how thankful I am to have him by my side through all of this! 

I had my (now weekly) check up with the perinatologist who performed my surgery. She said that my cervix grew from a 1.2 to a 1.3 - woohoo! It’s not a lot, but it’s something! She seemed very encouraged and after the appointment Ben and I felt a whole lot more relief and optimism about the situation! I just need to keep resting, stay off of my feet as much as possible, keep taking my progesterone suppositories, and keep praying! :) Baby boy looked perfect and healthy, and we even got to see his little face on the 3d ultrasound, which was SO cool! He’s so sweet and we love him so much already! We've started to buy a few things here and there for him, which has been so fun!! I love little baby boy clothes!!

A HUGE thank you to the friends and family who have sent gifts and who have offered to come be with us to help clean, cook, care for Gunner, keep me company, etc… We seriously can’t thank you enough! Your kindness and thoughtfulness brightens our days and helps to ease the stress! Also, THANK you to everyone who has been praying and sending good thoughts and vibes our way! The kindness and love that we’ve received from loved ones and from strangers around the world has been so overwhelming and is such a huge blessing! Your well wishes mean more than you know! Our little boy is already surrounded by so much love and positivity!

How far along: 21 weeks 6 days 

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 12 lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes! I’ve found that even while on bed rest, it’s important for me to get up, shower, get dressed, and put makeup on every day. It helps me to feel like a human being and not like a sick, lazy bum. haha 

Stretch marks? No!! Still crossing my fingers that I don’t get any!

Sleep: It’s been a bit more difficult to get a good night’s sleep lately!

Best moment this week: Hearing that my cervix had grown a smidge, AND getting to see our baby boy’s face on the 3d ultrasound! 

Have you told family and friends: Yes! 

Movement: Yes! I can feel his kicks from the outside now, as well as on the inside. We kept trying to time it so that Ben could feel, but whenever Ben put his hand on my stomach, the baby would stop moving! Or, whenever Ben left the house to go walk Gunner or go to the store, that’s when the baby started kicking really hard. haha FINALLY Ben was able to feel a kick the other night! So cool!!

Food cravings: Eggs, meat, juice

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: Yes! Getting so big!

Gender: Boy!! <3

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out? In…getting closer to popping every day! Yuck!

Wedding rings on or off? On!

Happy or Moody most of the time: It’s been an emotional week, but mostly, I’d say I’m just so happy and thankful!

Symptoms: Breathlessness, peeing all the time, heartburn.

Thanks for reading! And thank you for your continued prayers and positive thoughts! :)

xo, Anna