Tummywatch Tuesday: 21 Weeks

Here I am, officially over the hump, friends. Hump. You know how sometimes words just start to look funny? Hump looks that way to me right now. Or is it always a funny word? I guess when used in relation to pregnancy, it is. I digress. My point is that even if I’m two weeks late, as I was the first go-around, I’m still past the halfway point. AKA over the h-u-m-p, for complete and utter 100 percent certainty. Woo-hoo!

I’m beyond excited that this week it started to feel as though a handful of butterflies are captured in my abdomen. Little girl’s movements! Before, I wasn’t sure. Was that the baby? My imagination? That bean burrito? Now, the source is obvious. It’s comforting, but it also puts the pressure on. It’s a short leap from, “Oh, cute little tickle,” to, “That’s right, I should now be filling my cabinets with diapers, burpcloths and brapads because a newborn will soon live here and commence crying and crapping and nursing around the clock.” Deep breath. Concentrate on enjoying that little tickle. It really is an awesome feeling.

According to Parents.com’s week-by-week babytracker, she is now the size of a carrot. Not one of those smooth orange oblong nubs you get in bulk these days, but a real, honest-to-god carrot, like they used to pull out of the ground and eat in the olden days. Tomorrow, we have our mid-point ultrasound, so we’ll get to see her carrot-sized fluttery movements real time. I just cannot wait.

Another thing that happened this week that drove reality a little closer to home: We got a double stroller. Specifically, a used Baby Trend Sit N Stand LX, which we found on Craigslist. We’d considered putting off getting one until spring, when we’ll actually need it, but then I realized that I’ll have a two-year-old AND a two-month old and therefore plenty to do besides stalk Craigslist for a clean and cheap version of the exact stroller I want within a five-minute drive. It took a good month or two to find this one. Now let’s hope that eight months from now, Roy’s down with the sit or stand options on this bugger. It’s just such a crapshoot. Then again, isn’t it all?

Carrot photo by iStockphoto

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  1. by Halfway there too

    On September 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I’m 20 wks today with baby #2 and will have our anatomy sonogram tomorrow also. Ok, you’ve really encouraged me to get on the ball and try to get some things, hence the double stroller. I agree by next spring I’ll be too busy with a newborn and newly 3 year old. How will I think straight? LOL. Always enjoy reading your blog, I feel like we’re living parallel lives!

  2. by Berit Thorkelson

    On September 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Well it sounds as if we kind of are! Good luck tomorrow. Update me if you think about it—here or on FB…

  3. by Courtney Kramer

    On September 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I’m just shy of 20 weeks and got to have the anatomy ultrasound last Thursday. This is my second child and I honestly forgot what getting that ultrasound was like. With my first child, I couldn’t see the monitor while they did the ultrasound but with this one, there was a second monitor so I could see everything the technician could. It was so amazing to see our baby girl’s movements! That will definitely be an experience I will never forget! Congratulations and I hope your ultrasound goes perfectly! :)

  4. by Berit Thorkelson

    On September 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Aw, thanks, Courtney, and congrats to you, too. It is amazing, isn’t it? I’ll say this: ours today went well. Full update to follow.