Friday, October 21, 2016

20 Weeks

Jessica here,

I'm so excited to finally share the news that I'm pregnant! After trying for 4 years and undergoing so many fertility procedures including IVF, it feels like such a miracle that I'm now halfway through my pregnancy and baby girl Johnston will be here so soon! I plan on talking about my infertility and IVF journey over the next couple of weeks, but today I'm so excited to be able to give a pregnancy update like I've seen on countless other blogs, and thought for so long I would never have the opportunity to do!

How far along: 20 weeks 5 days!

How big is the baby: The size of a mango or a banana (depending on what app I use lol)

Cravings: Anything asian or mexican. I hate chocolate and love apples!

Symptoms: Still throwing up every day, but the nonstop nausea from the first trimester has gone away!

Weight Gain: I'll save this one for when I talk about IVF...

Stretch Marks: Unfortunately yes. I actually got them during IVF (again, a story for another day), but they get worse every day  no matter what oil I slather on them. Any ideas of what to try?

Sleep: I sleep so badly! Along with every other pregnant woman I suppose, I have to get up several times a night to pee. Plus, baby girl is currently sitting near my spine and so there is almost no position that is comfortable! I toss and turn all night (much to Skyler's displeasure), and end up getting only 3-4 hours of sleep a night. I guess it's all preparing me for when she comes right?

Thoughts: Still feeling overwhelmed that my dream to be a mom has come true. We didn't want to announce it on social media until we were far along just because this journey has come with a lot of disappointments.  I already love her so much and even though IVF and pregnancy has definitely been the most difficult physical thing I have ever gone through, I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to be her mommy. I'm starting to put together her nursery and I'm so excited to show you the finished result.


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