BIG CHANGES: Miss Tatum (24 weeks) + New York Living

Monday, December 21, 2020

The sun always shines even after it rains.

Moments before I began to write this, I looked to my left through the bay window overlooking the street across from us and I saw the most vibrant, longest rainbow I have ever seen. With all the worry and stress in my heart right now, I felt absolute calm. For the first time in weeks, I finally feel like everything is aligning and it will all be alright.

I know I haven't shared some big announcement on here, but I thought I'd finally tell you all that by this time next month, my family of nearly six will be New York residents for the foreseeable future. Two hours away from New York City, less than an hour away from all of Justin's family... this will be the biggest change we have ever made in terms of military moves and living conditions. We put in a compassion reassignment back in October when Justin's mom became terminal and on hospice. Fast forward two months later and he got his orders sending him back home for the first time in 12 years.

Yes, that means Miss Tatum will be a New York born babe just like her daddy. It's funny how life works. This move means that all four of our babies will have been born in different states (and different coasts). A fun little history to take with us from Justin's military career. Speaking of babies, yesterday we hit a HUGE milestone -- reaching 24 weeks pregnant which is VIABILITY! Viability is huge. This means that if (god forbid) something were to happen and I were to deliver our girl today, the chances of her survival rate increase immensely; 68% or so to be exact. 

Here are some updates! 

How far Along: 24 weeks

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

Size of baby: Baby is as big as a papaya

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, sciatic nerve pain (already!), the occasional headache, dry mouth, and some restlessness at night

Best moment this week: Hitting our viability milestone! 

Movement: I FEEL THIS BABY MOVE every day and so do her daddy and big siblings!  

Food Cravings: Oddly enough, hotdogs. Oh, 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!), also not having sciatic shooting pains! These have never started this early before

Sleep: I have been able to get more sleep but I'm waking more frequently in the night and that restlessness leaves me tired in the morning

Justin: He's SO excited for this little girl to arrive. He gives belly rubs, belly kisses, foot rubs, and makes late-night craving runs, and a ton of emotional support that I so desperately need right now. 

What I am looking forward to this week: I am looking forward to having an ultrasound date with my baby girl, celebrating Christmas with my family, and indulging in winter festivities in Washington for the last time for a good while.  

Happy or moody most of the time: I haven't been super happy or super moody. I have been REALLY emotional though. Last week (and the week before) I found myself crying almost daily. The hormonal rollercoaster ride has been intense in this second trimester and I cannot wait for that to stabilize so I can feel some normalcy.

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