♥ Our gorgeous girl at 19 weeks ♥
7.10.12 – 19 weeks
This ultrasound was done on July 10th. They measured all of her anatomy and took lots of pictures of her organs. Everything is PERFECT and she’s right on track.
Monday, July 16th marked the halfway point of my pregnancy. I can’t believe it! I have been so blessed with an easy pregnancy and am still loving every minute – granted, I’m still comfortable, am not huge yet, and am getting some excellent second trimester sleep, so I really don’t have many complaints! I love feeling her dance around in my belly and Jared got to feel her move for the first time on July 19th. He thought it was me making my belly move, but it was actually his little girl greeting her daddy for the first time. It was so special. (She’s bouncing around as I write this, so she must agree!).
At the end of my pregnancy, I’m going to create a collage of my belly photos. I found this adorable idea to do a chalkboard on Pinterest (I just wish I had found it at the very beginning!):
Time for some Mommy Q&A!
Feeling tired? Only a tiny bit. I thankfully have all of my energy back now that I’m well into Trimester #2. Woo hoo!
Feeling sick? Not at all. I really only had slight morning sickness for about 5 – 6 weeks.
Cravings? Milk, spicy food (lots of spicy food!), and sweets.
Mood swings? Occasionally, but for the most part, I am just more emotional and cry easier these days. I’m not crying over commercials or anything, but anything that involves dogs or kids I am a wreck over now!
Weight gain? 12 pounds and on track.
Showing? Absolutely, she is making herself known. My belly seems to be going out more than up, but then again, I am only 5’3″ with a short torso, so there’s not much room for it to go up anyway.
Psalm 127:3 – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
The day after our reveal BBQ was 6/24 and Jared and I had been running around all day. Church, cleaning, errands, and weekend chores. It was an exhausting day. I finally laid down around 10:30pm and began playing on our iPad (which Jared and I share, although he believes I hog it all the time and it’s more mine than his… he might be right!). Within 10 minutes or so, I felt a wiggle in my tummy. I wasn’t sure if it was the baby or not, particularly because my dr. said my placenta is “on top” on the baby, so any movement had to be strong enough to make it through the placenta to me before I’d feel it. Combine that with being a first time mommy and her guesstimate was that I wouldn’t feel the baby move until closer to 20 – 22 weeks. I was sad about this news, by the way. I wanted to feel her move sooner than half way through my pregnancy. I was only 16 weeks 6 days (still 3 whole weeks away from my dr.’s 20 week guess), so I was second guessing the little wiggle I had just felt… until it happened again. And the second time was even bigger! I knew without a doubt it was my baby girl wiggling around in there. I was so excited! Jared was in the office at the time, so I yelled, “Babe! I just felt the baby move!” He came running in (clearly, he was also very excited) and asked if she was still moving. She wasn’t, or least I couldn’t feel it anymore, it was only those two wiggles. But I’m so glad we were together to share the exciting moment together. And I loved that it happened the day after we found out she was a girl – so special!
She has been wiggling up a storm in there since then. People have asked me to describe what it feels like, but it’s not easy. Some women say it feels like butterflies, some say it’s like popcorn popping, but for me, it’s more like a goldfish swimming around in there. Not a little goldfish, I mean one of those big bubble type goldfish. The ones that move their whole body when they swim. Like this one!
Anyway, Baby Girl Heid has been “swimming” up a storm in my belly since then. Her movements are getting stronger and more frequent and she moves the most when I’ve had a busy day and finally rest or after my daily walks. Many say (and studies have shown) that your daily movements rock the baby to sleep and when you finally lay/sit down, the rocking stops and the baby wakes up and moves around. I have to admit, I like to busy myself up during the day so she moves a lot at night 🙂 I absolutely love it!
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After two different ultrasounds, one very shy baby (the baby just did not want to uncross its legs!), the tech was finally able to determine if Baby Heid was a boy or girl. We didn’t want to know right away – ok, we totally wanted to know right away! But we had other plans – so we had the tech write it in a blank note card and seal the envelope so we couldn’t peek.
We wanted to share the big moment with our family and best friends, so we jumped on the latest craze and did a “Gender Reveal Party.” On the big day (June 23rd), everyone gathered at our house for a BBQ and to see the answer to the exciting question of Boy or Girl. No one knew (including me and Jared) what was in the envelope except my niece, Maeghen. She was the the envy of the party when everyone found out she got to know first!
We chose her for several reasons (we’re close, we love her, but most importantly, she can keep a secret) and because we needed someone to arrange the reveal set-up for us. She was perfect and did a phenomenal job at keeping a straight face at the party when people were trying to get her to spill the beans!
Needless to say, we were very anxious to get to the reveal part of the party! Everyone wore their guess – Pink bows if they thought it was a girl and blue mustaches if they thought it was a boy. My instinct had been preparing me for a pink bow for weeks before the party, so I not only wore a pink bow, I wore a pink dress too! Jared proudly sported a blue mustache pinned to his blue shirt (clearly opposite of my thoughts!). This is a picture from the beginning of the party; by the time everyone arrived and selected “Boy” or “Girl,” Baby Girl Heid was far out numbered! About 3/4 of the party guessed Baby BOY Heid.
When it was finally time for the big reveal, we all gathered in the backyard. Everyone watched as Jared and I opened a box filled with helium balloons (they would be pink for a girl or blue for a boy)….
♥ We are so excited for Baby GIRL Heid!! ♥
We are so blessed and thankful for this amazing journey God has planned for us. It’s been an incredible experience and gets more exciting each day. Check back soon for more updates, ultrasound pictures, and photos of my belly as SHE grows!
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13