Saturday, January 12, 2013

21 Weeks and Bumpdate

How many weeks:
21 Weeks

How big is Ellie:
The size of a pomegranate
Some of these fruit comparisons are confusing.
Another reference compared Ellie's size to the length of a carrot.
Ellie is measured from head to toe beginning this week!

Maternity Clothes:

Weight Gain Alert!
140 lbs
Gained This Week:  2 lbs
Total Weight Gain:  17 lbs

Ellie is constantly moving throughout the day, but is most active after I eat.
Brandon was able to feel Ellie kick again on Thursday (20w5d) evening.  He had been discouraged because he had not felt her kick since I was 19 weeks.  He sat down with me after we finished dinner and waited for her to become active.  Within a matter of minutes he was able to feel her kick at least three times, although I felt many more than that!

Food Cravings:
Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies
Orange Juice
Chicken Fingers and French Fries is one of my favorite meals.
Oreos and Milk at bedtime
Randal says I've become a "Carb Queen"

Food Aversions:
Anything that smells bad.  I grew tired of fast food because I ate so much of it during the month of December.  Right now I prefer to eat meals at home.



Ellie in my Belly

BACKACHE during the day and at night, afternoon fatigue, frequent urination, increased appetite, acid reflux, indigestion, breathlessness, bigger belly, movement from Ellie, moodiness, weepiness, hot flashes, increased leukorrhea, sore tummy, round ligament pain that throbs, bleeding gums, tender and enlarged breasts, oily hair, pregnancy brain, clumsiness, itchy skin, stretched feeling on tummy

I love sleep!  If I could, I would nap every day.  My bedtime is somewhere around 8:30 - 9 pm each evening and I have no trouble falling fast asleep.  I'm not getting up in the middle of the night anymore to potty since I've been limiting my fluids before bedtime.

What do I miss:
I will not miss my back aching, but it's all worth it for Ellie. 

Best moment of the week:
Feeling Ellie move more and Brandon getting to feel her kicks again.

Worst moment of the week:
Being told that I look farther along than I am, and that I look like I'm carrying twins. So many other people have encouraged me and told me that I look great.  I'm lucky to have so many inspirational and motivational people supporting us through this pregnancy to compensate for all of the "jackholes." 

What am I looking forward to:
My birthday is TOMORROW and our next appointment is on January 22.  

Each week is a milestone for us.  Looking down at my growing belly is a constant reminder of God's faithfulness.  Brandon and I have come so far and are so excited that our pregnancy has remained uneventful.

Ellie "tastes swallows amniotic fluid each day, so she tastes whatever I'm eating"  (How cool is that?)
from What to Expect When You're Expecting


I have dimples at the top of my tummy.  I think they'll be filled in before too much longer.


  1. Pregnancy fits you so well Courtney. You are just absolutely glowing and so beautiful!

  2. Look at that perfect bump! Hope you have a GREAT birthday!

  3. You need not be concerned with terribly wrong opinions!! ;-) though looking further along is not an insult to you.. Just their bad guesstimate of how far along you are! My belly would be the same size as yours, though I'm starting to full out more around it. Doesn't look as nice and neat from the front like yours. When people say "look at your little bump!" I want them to say its a big bump!! Not little!! I too read the carrot reference the other day and got annoyed because it seemed like bub got smaller! But I realised its about length. Now in length they measure head to toe too.. Not head to bum! :-)

  4. Throughout your pregnancy your daughter is going to be moving about changing your belly shape so that sometimes you'll look further along and other times you won't.

  5. You are looking FANTASTIC! :) Baby Ellie is a lucky girl with that nursery!


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