Sunday, April 24, 2011
I am now 20 weeks pregnant! This photo was actually taken two weeks ago, at 18 weeks.
This baby girl is making herself known more and more lately... there will be days with little activity, and then days where she is really kicking and moving in there! With the first two, I felt them most clearly when lying on my back, but this one is a little different in that I don't always feel movement when I lie in that position. I particularly have been noticing the little thumps of arms and legs when preparing or eating food (she must like to eat, like me! ;) and when I am driving (she must like listening to Tonic, too!). Still nothing obvious enough for anyone on the outside to feel by laying a hand on my tummy... I am betting that will come soon! She was very active throughout the day today, Easter Sunday.
She is more obvious now just by my appearance, too. Surely nobody could see the photo above and not think, "Hmm, I think she is pregnant!" I'm starting to bump into stuff with my belly now... like the pew in front of me when kneeling at church. And doorways. No wait, I always bump into those anyway for some reason, ha ha. Does anybody else constantly catch their belt loops and pockets on the strike plates of doorways, and the knobs on kitchen cabinets???
I am thinking of possible names... noticing that her due date is actually the feast of The Most Holy Name of Mary, so she may very well have Mary, Maria, Marie, or Miriam as part of her name. A few days prior to her due date is The Nativity of Mary. Not that any baby is actually born on his or her due date... something like 5%, I think? Cecilia came close... only three and a half hours too late. Me, I was born eight days past my due date. That was in the days when they didn't flip out and induce moms once the baby was close to a week "overdue."
And below, you will see what my belly actually looks like at 20 weeks, in the same shirt for a fair comparison:
Pretty big difference for just two weeks' time!