Pregnancy: 20 weeks + Gender Reveal (Thanksgiving Share)

Thursday, November 26, 2020


We are expecting a healthy, strong, baby girl.

You guys, I could not feel more blessed or exciting to be given the opportunity to raise another baby girl. I keep reminding myself that it should not have come as a surprise. After all that she has been through, surviving, and remaining healthy and resilient -- it absolutely makes sense! We come from a long line of strong women. Justin and I are over the moon about this little girl. We found out at my 16-week ultrasound and I cried. Justin said he knew by the large frequency of upchuck incidents I was having. I should have known then, too. But strangely, I think I knew before then? I was drawn to baby girl names and we had our name chosen for a girl really early on..  I just knew. 

How far Along: 20 weeks

Nicknames for baby: Our little melon, miracle babe, tater tot, survivor babe

Size of baby: Baby is as big as a banana

Gender Prediction: Gender was confirmed at my early anatomy scan (Justin says he knew all along) -- we are having a GIRL

Symptoms: Round ligament pains, some morning sickness (not nearly as often), headaches (almost every day), and a little heartburn here and there. 

Best moment this week: Celebrating Thanksgiving knowing this will be the last one before our girl arrives 

Movement: I FEEL THIS BABY MOVE every day! 

Food Cravings: Cottage cheese and pineapples... also, still rootbeer (yuck), and California rolls. 

Food Aversions: No food sounds tasty. I try and eat because I have to but other than that... bleh

What I Miss: Sleep, not feeling the pain of round ligaments when I move, and not having a bruised belly (Lovenox shots, ouch!). 

Sleep: What is that? I toss and turn throughout the night, even with a maternity pillow! 

Justin: He talks to our girl every day, rubs my belly, and gives her kisses. He's been reeling in his own personal emotions (loss in the family) and even still, he shows up for me in every way imaginable. I am so thankful to continue to see this strong, giving, and loving man emerge even more so during my pregnancies.

What I am looking forward to this week: I am looking forward to getting our Christmas tree up and adding our baby girl's ornaments (a tradition we do for every single Howland babe) and my 20-week anatomy scan (second one for this sweet girl). 

Happy or moody most of the time: I have turned the corner and I feel mostly happy most days. I have a lot to be thankful for, even in the mists of this global pandemic and so much uncertainty in the world. 

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