Monday, August 26, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 20

I'm officially halfway there!  If you can't tell by these pictures, I'm feeling great.  While my energy isn't fully there, I feel like I'm getting much more done these days.  Which is actually quite the blessing because work has been insane lately.  I don't know how many more months I'll be able to work at this pace but I can say that I'm looking forward to maternity leave!

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There's no mistaking whether or not I'm pregnant.  My belly has grown with every week and I'm steadily gaining weight.  Studies show that the second trimester is where I should be gaining most of my weight, about a pound a week!  It sounds a little daunting but I'm keeping track every week to make sure I don't gain too much.  Not only is it unhealthy for me and my daughter, but it gaining too much can actually cause problems after the delivery.

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I started feeling her kick at about 18 weeks.  It was the most wonderful feeling!  It seems like they get stronger everyday.  She likes to kick and move around a few minutes after I eat a meal and especially in the middle of the night.  Kevin has also had the pleasure of feeling her kick as well.  When it first started it was only internal so he felt a little left out.  Now that it's been a few weeks he can feel it from the outside.  She's quite an active little girl, I can't imagine what she's going to be like when she's actually here.

Baby is doing just fine as well.  At our 20 week appointment we got to see her again.  Unfortunately, my doctor's ultrasound machine is really old.  She couldn't even fully confirm the sex ("It's most likely girl parts")!  I'm more than grateful that I went to an ultrasound center at 16 weeks to get some great pictures.  Kevin and I plan to go again when I'm closer to 30 weeks so we can get another set of great pictures.  Until then I'm happy knowing that her measurements are on point and that she's happy in there.

I'll be updating again next month at 24 weeks.  Hopefully by then I'll have some more baby pictures to show you.  Maybe I'll even give you a sneak peek into her nursery?!  You'll just have to wait and see!

xoxo

Ashley


34 comments:

  1. yay, you look gorgeous and the bump is beautiful too! :)
    kw ladies in navy

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  2. You're looking great! I'm glad you're feeling good too - I can relate to the energy - you have more than you did in the 1st tri, but still get tired easily! And yes, feeling the kicking is awesome!

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  3. Awww congrats!!! :)
    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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  4. hot mama! looking glowy and gorgeous! can't wait to see all the sneak peeks <3

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  5. You looks FABULOUS! Gosh, I feel like time is FLYING through this pregnancy. It was like just yesterday you announced it and you're already halfway there.

    I've been loving the sneak peeks of your daughter's future closet. The Betsey onesie is so you!!

    xo,
    katrina
    thedemuremuse.com

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  6. You're gorgeous!! It's an amazing pregnancy Well done!
    http://theladyvintage.blogspot.com/

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  7. You look absolutely stunning, pregnancy agrees with you!! I can't believe how far along you already are, this is so exciting. Hopefully work will slow down though, that sounds exhausting!!
    xJennaD

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  8. Aw congrats, I'm so glad everything is going well :)

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  9. You're looking lovely! And it's awesome that you're feeling great,too!

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  10. Oh, yay for healthy journey with this!

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  11. You are definitely glowing! Thanks for sharing with us, I love these posts! I'm so happy that you're both doing great!

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  12. Wow, your pregnancy is going so quickly.. You look blooooming :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  13. Aww it's so nice to hear your updates- i cant even IMAGINE what it must feel like to feel her kick! and yes for the nursery pictures- i'm curious to see how you nested :)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  14. you look so happy and healthy! feeling little kicks for the first time is the best feeling :) I love being on maternity leave, near the end of my third trimester i couldn't wait to be done work!

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  15. oh so exciting for you and you are still so tiny too! Hope you're going well xo Ilana @ My Modern Vintage

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  16. Cant believe that you are in week 20 already. You are looking great hun! Haven't picked up any weight any where else, how do you keep so fit!

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  17. I know it's clique to say that you look radiant, but you really do! You are just glowing! I hope you keep blogging after you have your little one, girl or boy I can only imagine how adorable and colorful the baby clothes you pick out will be :3

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  18. I can't believe you're almost halfway through it! WOW. I feel like you just announced it. You look wonderful, as always. And I'm totally stoked to see how your style evolves with your growing belly!

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  19. You look fantastic - I can't believe you're already halfway there, the time is flying! ;o)

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  20. Eeeee! You look GREAT! I can't believe you're already this far along. The baby sounds like she's doing wonderfully and so do you :) I'm so happy for you guys.

    xo Ashley

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  21. You look fantastic and I can't believe how big the bump has gotten since your last post!!

    Halfway already? Time flies WAY too quickly.

    xoxo Jackie
    http://somethingaboutthatthing.blogspot.com

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  22. Aw you look great! I am very glad that your keeping your readers updated through your pregnancy. Congrats on all of this :)

    Flounces & Hubbub

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  23. Awe you're glowing, so gorgeous! And how exciting you can feel the little kicks!!!!

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  24. That is so special that you're beginning to feel your baby girl kick. I am so excited to hear about your wonderful experiences throughout your pregnancy. You'll make a wonderful mama!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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  25. Aw! I'm glad you are doing well. I hope it stays this way. :)

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  26. Yay! Its awesome when you start feeling the kicks. And it never got old to me when I could actually see the movements from the outside. It always looked so crazy, like an alien was about to burst out of my stomach, but cooler lol.
    And you look amazing! Pregnancy definitely agrees with you!

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  27. Awww congrats on the half way point! It sounds like pregnancy is treating you well :)

    Mili from call me, Maeby

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  28. glad to hear you're doing so great and finding the energy to get a lot done, despite not feeling energetic. most be the motivation of wanting things ready for your little one : ) really awesome to hear how well you're keeping track of your weight, I need to do that in general so thx for the reminder! and you look absolutely gorgeous w/ the belly bump Ashley!
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda

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  29. you look radiant and glowing darling! and fingers crossed for a baby girl. it would be really nice to dress her up and everything =) good luck!

    xo, Carla
    Little Miss Violet

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  30. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by hun :)

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  31. Aww you look so beautiful! I'm glad she's having a good time kicking you and that all is well :)

    Mabel
    Life of Mabel

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  32. More than halfway there!!! The kicks are amazing...you will miss them afterwards..haha

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  33. Do I see a tattoo on your side? Is that a butterfly or a flower? I am curious now!! By now you are more than 20 weeks in, but still, that is wonderful that you already are more than halfway!
    +Victoria+

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