[she is 20 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 20 weeks (halfway there!)
Size: Banana
Gender: IT'S A GIRL! Truth be told, when we found out we were pregnant, I had a strong feeling she was a girl. And I didn't care either way, just a healthy baby was all my heart craved. But two ultrasounds have now given pretty solid confirmation that baby is a little miss. But for fun, I'll go over the old wive's tales and my experience:

Heart rate: >140 = GIRL
Chinese calendar: GIRL
Mayan calendar: BOY
Morning sickness: Yes = GIRL
Gender dreams: GIRL
Intuition (both me and dad): GIRL
Cravings: Sweet = GIRL
Sleep on: Right = GIRL
Moody or Happy: Moody = GIRL
Needle on a string test: GIRL
Headaches: Yes = BOY
Skin dry or soft: Soft (I guess) = GIRL

Symptoms: This last week was rough. It started with a rash on my eye. Then I got a cold virus that lasted all week. I really didn't want to take anything OTC (even those on the "safe" list) for symptoms, so for the first time in a long time, I felt the full raw power of a cold. I've still got a lingering cough and scratchy throat. Otherwise, I've been doing great!
Maternity clothes: Loving them although the tunic I'm wearing is kind of baggy so you can't really get a good bump view on the pic above. I tried again by our gorgeous tree but I really should have changed shirts to something form-fitting. Really, whatever I'm buying now I want to be able to wear outside of pregnancy so aside from actual maternity pants, I'm trying to just get loose fitting tops that can work all the time.

Stretch marks: None, yet!
Sleep: Could not sleep much this week with being sick, coughing, allergies and the anticipation of the anatomy scan. So you can tell in the pics I'm quite tired but loving every minute of our precious girl.
Movement: ABSOLUTELY. And it's the strangest and coolest thing I've ever felt in my life. During the anatomy ultrasound, I could simultaneously see her move while feeling her move so it fully confirmed that what I feel is indeed her and not random GI symptoms. I love it beyond words.
Cravings: Not a whole lot this week. It could be because I've been under the weather.
Changes from last week: Glorious confirmed movement.
Best moment of the week: God is so incredible. Let me start by saying my faith in His plan for our child is unwavering. We declined all the genetic testing because whatever gift God gives us, is graciously accepted and we are beyond thankful for His trust and gift. However, the flesh is weak and I would be lying if I said the teleconferenced anatomy ultrasound with a strange high-risk OB doc in another city didn't make me anxious. They go through every part of baby looking for markers of abnormality and genetic abnormalities. We had known we had to do this upgraded ultrasound for a long time because I must take a medication for my elevated heart rate (byproduct of the arrhythmia I had fixed a decade ago) and they wanted to be precautionary that it didn't adversely affect baby. So the best moment was going through every part of her anatomy and seeing that God had formed every part of her perfectly. Tears of pure praise streamed quietly down my face as they told us each part was forming perfect and healthy. We are so thankful and finally seeing her sweet profile on the screen (she has hid her face the last two ultrasounds) made my heart swell with pure joy and thankfulness.

Miss anything: Fresh air and friends. Ha! The allergies and cold have caused me to stay confined at home all week.
Looking forward to: Every kick and nudge. :)
Scripture for the week: His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7

We could not get a solid picture of Sabre looking at the camera - as seen in the first pic - but he was there!

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