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Stacie's Pregnancy Journal

Week 20 ~ March 24, 2005
~ Half Way There, Oh My!

I can't believe this is my 20th week of pregnancy and I'm half way through. It's like suddenly week 20 has arrived and I didn't even realize it. In the first trimester I thought it would never get here and now I'm baffled to realize that it is here. The past few weeks have really been great. No morning sickness or exhaustion. I've even had fewer and less extreme headaches. This must be how women feel when they talk about loving pregnancy.

This past weekend I had a fun trip to Grand Rapids with my family. My grandma was there, which was a pleasant surprise. It was great to see every one and hang out (mostly by the pool) all weekend. My sister and I started a baby registry at Babies R Us. Wow! I've been in the store before but when I went in there thinking about what we might need for our daughter it was a completely different experience, so overwhelming. If I had gone in there alone I might have registered for 1 of everything. I have no clue what a baby needs. I am so grateful that my sister was able to go with me and tell me what was useful for her and what she never used. I think the registry is off to a good start, with things that we will get a lot of use out of.

I had my monthly OB visit on Monday. After the ultrasound I had so many questions and concerns. It was nice to be able to talk to a doctor and see what was going on and what would happen. The first thing is that they are not going to change my due date. The baby is measuring in the 25th percentile and they don't change the due date unless the baby measures in the 10th - 5th percentile. So they'll just keep an eye on the baby's size and change the due date down the road if they need to.

The doctor also told me not to worry about where my placenta and cervix are. This is not an uncommon thing in pregnancy and usually, as the uterus grows, the placenta kind of grows out of the way. They'll keep and eye on it and see if it resolves itself. If it doesn't, I may have to deliver by c-section. So I'm feeling pretty good about what the doctor said. I've been feeling great lately and the pregnancy is going well. Apart from being a little small my daughter is healthy.

In the past week or so I've started showing. Some of the people at work are starting to notice my pregnancy and my husband thinks my belly is the cutest thing. I have started shopping for maternity clothes even though I can still wear most of my normal pants, except for my jeans. I don't think I'll be able to fit into regular clothes much longer and I'd rather have maternity clothes on hand than to have to rush out and buy them when nothing fits.

I'm still waiting to feel my daughter move. There are times when I think I feel her, then I stop and wait but nothing happens. I'm not sure if my mind is playing tricks on me or if my daughter is. The doctor said not to worry, I should be feeling her move soon. I'm so happy and content with life right now. I just have this feeling of peace and ease in my life. It's so relaxing and calming.

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