Hello hello! Life around here has been wonderful and busy. Grant has decided to take a job offer with Deloitte working in Washington DC! We'll be moving there at the end of next Summer! We're sad to be moving so far away from family and friends, but it will be a fun adventure and we're very excited for this opportunity. It's a great way to start off Grant's career and I couldn't be more proud of him :)
We celebrating our anniversary and Thanksgiving last week, which was a much needed break for both of us. This semester has been hard because our schedules are so different. I work from 7-3, and Grant's classes are from 2-6, and with me grading and Grant working on homework we rarely get to spend time together. So Thanksgiving week was a wonderful surprise :) For our anniversary we drove down to Cedar City and spent the night there. We went out to eat at a small pizzeria where they cooked the pizza in a fire. It was so good!
The next day we drove down to St. George to spend Thanksgiving with Grant's family. It was fun to be with his family and the weather in St. George was beautiful! Grant got to play in the Turkey Bowl with his older brothers and I was able to spend some time with the Vanderhorst girls.
So here is the preggo update!
How Far Along: 20 weeks exactly.
Size of Baby: The baby is 10.5 ounces and from head to heel is about 10 inches long! About the length of a banana :)
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 8 pounds and counting!
Maternity Clothes: Not quite :) I'm still able to wear the same jeans and pretty much the same shirts, but my belly bump is becoming more predominant. If I were to wear maternity clothes my bump isn't big enough to see it yet.
Gender: No clue! I'm getting pretty impatient to find out, but the day is coming! December 12th!
Movement: Totally! I love it! I can feel little kicks and sometimes it feels like my baby is doing somersaults. Sometimes my bump is bulging and other times it's not--but most times I can tell where the baby is. It's so fun!
Sleep: I have this sleeping position down to a fine art. I put a pillow on either side of me, so if I'm laying on one side I always have a pillow to put in-between my knees and a pillow behind me to help me stay on my side. It has been pretty hard to not sleep on my back since that's how I normally sleep, but I'm getting used to it :)
What I miss: My flexibility. I'm not as fast or limber as I used to be, but it's for a good cause :)
Cravings: Nothing that I can really think of. I'm trying to eat smaller, more frequent meals so I never really get too hungry. If it were up to me I'd just eat salad all the time, but I know that I need protein so I've been trying to force myself to eat more beef.
Aversions: Again, nothing really with aversions either :) I'm trying to say I have an aversion to sweets, but let's be honest--with the holidays around it's hard to resist. I'm doing pretty good though--Grant and I don't really eat sweets much anyways, so the only time I have is when we've been visiting family.
Symptoms: My lower back has been hurting the past few days, but that's pretty typical around this time of pregnancy (according to "What to Expect When You're Expecting"). I was a little surprised since my bump isn't huge yet, but they say it's because of the ligaments stretching out. It's nothing I can't handle though :) I have my little heating pad and have been taking more baths to help me relax, so it's gotten better.
Best Moment: Feeling the baby move around has been so cool! It's been more of a reality check that there is actually a tiny human inside me! I thought it hit me when the pregnancy test came back positive, and then when I starting to get a little chunkier, but having the baby move around has been the biggest reality that we are going to have a baby! I love feeling our baby move--it's been so fun :)
Here's the current belly-shot. Happy 20 weeks baby Vanderhorst!