[she is 21 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 21 weeks
Size: Pomegranate
Symptoms: Praising the Lord that the cold is healing up. That was awful. This week I'm feeling a lot of pulling and stretching from my knees to my neck. I'm really starting to feel the shift in my center of gravity too. My belly popped a lot more this week so it's strange getting out of bed, sitting, etc. Just getting used to all these fun changes.
Prepping for baby: We haven't bought much. I'm waiting until we get in weeks 30+ for most things. It is a bit hard to restrain when you see all the adorable baby girl things available. So unless it's a major item on a major sale, we are pumping the breaks and being frugal. We have a lot of hand-me-downs coming from Josh's sister so I refuse to get carried away right now. Also, Josh wants to move my office downstairs because I can be a klutz and he just doesn't trust me on the stairs anymore (yes, I've fallen down them in the past... more than once). I really don't mind because going up and down the stairs 20 times a day, while healthy, isn't the most fun when I'm still tired quite a bit.
Stretch marks: None, yet! I've been using Burt's Bees Belly Butter since week 8 and this week I've added Mother's Special Blend All Natural Skin Toning Oil. I realize that stretch marks are essentially unpreventable and a lot depends on genetics. But I think that hydration (internally and externally) certainly play a role in overall skin health. So I mix the two together and use twice a day on top of drinking 2-3 liters of water each day.
Sleep: It's getting harder to get comfortable. I have the Bump Nest pregnancy pillow and the Boppy Cuddle Pillow to help. But right before we got pregnant, I was sleeping on my back (something that is a huge no-no now). So learning to stay on my sides with a growing belly is an adjustment. I woke up the other day having obviously slept in a way that put stress on my hips because all day I waddled around like I had done some massive leg work out!
Movement: Still the best thing ever. Her movements are getting stronger each day. She's most active late at night and since I often can't fall asleep, I just tune into her moving around. Seriously the best part of this process.
Cravings: Fruit again. I really want a deliciously ripe watermelon...
Changes from last week: Belly growth and stronger movement! We saw our regular OB this week and things are going great! Baby's heart rate was 140's, my weight gain is on track, and I'll see her again in four more weeks.
Best moment of the week: Josh getting to feel her kick for the first time. Every time he puts his hand on her, she quits squirming. But one night he got to feel her really dancing in there. Filled my heart to no end. God is so incredible. I cannot say that enough.
Miss anything: One of my best friends ate at a steakhouse the other day and I started to miss a medium rare steak but it was just a fleeting thought.
Looking forward to: Josh being able to feel her more. He's been so involved, supportive, and excited; I just want him to experience as much as possible.
Scripture for the week: My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong... I rejoice because You rescued me. - 1 Samuel 2:1  --- This speaks volumes to me so intimately. In my quiet time, I shed tears of pure praise in acknowledgment of the pain and darkness that I was once in and to have this absolute joy now is an incredible testimony to His faithfulness and love. In fact, I'm tearing up just thinking about it. :)

This cat, y'all - pure love

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