Guys, I’m over halfway! It just occurred to me the other day, 20 weeks is the halfway point! (And realistically, more than halfway, given I’ve never been past 38+6) I announced this news to DH and he was equally shocked. How is it going by so fast this time?? Eek!!! I’ve started having thoughts concerning the birth… Who will be babysitting the kids, what will the hospital policies look like by Feb..still covid testing in labor and wearing masks and no visitors? I’m ok with no visitors actually because I was so worried about my mom and sister driving to the hospital in the middle of the night last time. Quayd’s birth went so fast that they weren’t there long anyway, before or after. Since it was the middle of the night, they couldn’t follow us to recovery, so they had to leave. Which is another thing I’ve been thinking about… I wonder how this birth will go? Induction? Spontaneous labor? Vbac again? I watched the video from Quayd’s birth and after I took a few pushes on my right side and then decided to roll over, I pushed for just over a minute. 3 or 4 pushes. Will it go that fast again? I mean, just because I’ve done this a few times before, there’s no guarantee it’ll be smooth and easy this time and I don’t want to get my heart set on another “perfect” labor if it won’t be this time. I guess I better start praying about it! 😅

So, my belly has been covered in poison ivy for a week now but I’m finally starting to see the end of the rash and waking up itchy in the night less. It’s been pretty miserable. How did I get poison ivy on my belly (and back and thigh)? Well, deer season is in and DH decided that he’s not into the tree stands (that he bought last year!) and now he’s climbing trees, like a bear. Specifically a poison ivy covered tree which he then held onto like a koala bear for hours. 🤦 He knew it was poison ivy but figured if he came home and took a shower, he’d be ok. Which he did but he wasn’t ok. He did, however, succeed in spreading the poison ivy e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e with his washcloth. Then we went to bed and he fell asleep with his arm around my belly, like every night. Apparently he touched my back and thigh at some point too. The next morning he woke up and his eyes where swollen and itchy. In fact, everywhere was swollen and itchy, ears and all. My rash didn’t show up till the following day but show up, it did. 😩 Poor DH though, by day 3 he could hardly open his eyes at all and was just miserable. I was suggesting he should go to urgent care and get Prednisone but he wanted to tough it out a little longer and, much to my surprise, his eyes looked so much better the next day. He’s actually healed faster than I have even though his exposure was so much more. I’m guessing I’m just more allergic to begin with but also, my belly skin is super sensitive and stretched already, so anything would irritate it a lot. So anyway, I was gonna add a pic but it’s kind of horrible so I’ll spare y’all. You’re welcome.

Symptoms: Not much this week!! Can it be… I’m finally in the “honeymoon” stage of pregnancy?! 🤗 The acne I’ve struggled with since the beginning has even calmed down a tad. 😀 Just a tad, but still!

Movement: I looked back on my posts with Levi and even though I felt him more than this baby, (and had more time to sit around paying attention) it did jog my memory about what his movements felt like with an anterior placenta, like I have this time. I’m feeling the baby a few times a day now, especially at bedtime and when I wake up but sometimes I’ll feel a little flutter throughout the day if I get a chance to sit down for a bit. The kicks to my bladder are getting stronger, for sure. 😅

Energy: I wouldn’t say I have an extra boost of energy beyond my non-pregnant self, but I’m definitely feeling a lot better than I have since June. I have been trying to get caught up on stuff that was neglected during morning sickness (hello, disgusting laundry room and carpet) and throw in a couple extra items in addition to my regular cleaning. I shampooed the living room and T and L’s room and got some stuff organized that was bothering me. I’ve also been trying to do extra school lessons with the boys whenever they’re in the mood. They’re super on board with my plan to be done with Mon-Fri schooling by Feb and just do once a week after that. Since we started school 2 months early when I found out I was pregnant, we’ve got a lot done already! I’m so proud of how well the boys are doing and how much they’ve learned already this school year.

Sleep: Not bad, all things considered.

Weight: I held steady at +22 for a week and I’m teetering on the brink of +23 now. Really trying to watch my carbs and sweets. 🙈

Tru had his birthday this week. He’s 7. Is that crazy or what??!! On the one hand, I can hardly wrap my mind around him being that old already but also, I’m pregnant with my 5th child and my oldest is only 7? Say what?? Let me just tell you, 8 years ago when we were a month away from starting our first IVF cycle, I NEVER would have believed we would be expecting our 5th child a short 7 years later. God is good, that’s all I can say. 💙

For Tru’s birthday we went to the park the day before, like he wanted. Then we got pizza AND pop for supper. I picked up some presents that he had been looking at the day before when I had taken him to the store to get an idea of what he wanted for his birthday. He picked out double chocolate fudge cake mix, blue icing, red and green candles, a number 7 candle and eyeball sprinkles. He made the cake mix almost entirely by himself 😭 and I baked it into cupcakes for him. We had been planning to go to a harvest party on his birthday, so we gave him his presents the day before. But as it turned out, Tru was up in the night with a sore throat (which was gone by morning) and coughing, so we stayed home in case it was anything more than his throat being irritated from playing outside in the wind the day before. We had a good day anyway and rented a movie on YouTube to finish the day out. 😊

Tru’s cupcakes 😂

DH stepped up his pic taking game this week. 😁

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Dear God, thank You for a wonderful week and for Tru enjoying his 7th birthday. Thank You so much for him and all the love and joy he spreads to everyone around him. I love his humor and his sweet personality. Please watch over and protect him and us all, In Jesus’ name, amen.