Week 21

Total weight gain: 19 pounds. I am officially the heaviest I have ever been and still only about halfway through the pregnancy. Yikes! Still, everyone keeps saying that I look beautiful and glowing, although I blame that in part on the oil in my pores.

Percentage through pregnancy: 53.2%

Weeks until due date:
19! We’re in the teens!

Food of the week (a.k.a. size of baby): Length of a carrot

Pregnancy symptoms: My face looks like the dark side of the pock-marked moon; makeup does not help. My hair is growing really fast; I needed a haircut two weeks ago. I get worried that something will go wrong (water breaking, pre-term labor, etc.), especially when I haven’t felt him kick for a while.  Did I mention CRAZY ACNE?!

Movement: There’s days when I feel him all of the time, and days when he must be sleeping off a hangover.

Weekly sins: I went to two weddings yesterday (one that I officiated, one that I photographed!). Imagine all of the caloric food and cake I consumed. Yummmmm.

Pregnancy moments of the week:

— I brought my mother to my doctor’s appointment on Thursday because Charles was building a chicken coop. I still feel a happy, glowy buzz when I think of that experience. When we arrived, she found a way to tell everyone in the waiting room that she was the “Grandma” — especially all of nurses once we were called in. While waiting inside for the midwife, she began rubbing and cooing at my belly. The fun really started once the midwife arrived and decided that we should let my mother see her grandson on the ultrasound for the first time. She was downright giddy, squealing and gasping and completely blocking my own view. She especially liked the part where the midwife pointed out his “boy parts.” Then, of course, she shared her own pregnancy memories with the midwife. I felt such intense love from my mother during our visit, both for me and for Charlie. It was really wonderful.

— Speaking of the ultrasound, I can’t get over how big Charlie is now. He looked like an amorphous peanut when we first saw him, and now he’s HUGE! In-utero human development is mind boggling and humbling.

— We received the sweetest e-mail out of the blue from Charles’ uncle Barry, who really isn’t an emotional guy. I love how Charlie V brings out such love in everyone:

i just want you to know how happy we both are that this child is going to be yours.

in a world where there are so many born to those who do not want or deserve them, it is heart warming to know that one is going to be so loved and taken care of and will be a champion among men.

i may kid and jest, but the love that you have for each other, and for your future young’un, i admire and i know sandy feels the same.

here is to the future.

— I loved being pregnant at these two weddings. The dress I wore practically screamed “PREGNANT,” so multitudes of women came up to me for belly rubs (which I’m in favor of). Plus, it was the first time that Charles’ family has seen us since we learned it was Charlie, so there were lots of congrats and pats on the back (mostly to Charles).

— At lunch with Charles last weekend, I started thinking about my father and what he would have been like during this pregnancy. Then I started bawling at how shitty the whole situation continues to be. I want my daddy to be here….

Best pregnancy gifts:

— Charles’ parents came upon a garage sale of children’s stuff and left with three giant trash bags full of baby boy clothes and a stroller for $50. And they are nice clothes, too! Children’s Place, Baby Einstein, etc. SCORE!

— One of Charles’ cousins gave us a Baby Bjorn and something that looks sort of like this:

Baby Milestones:Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like he’s practicing martial arts as his initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to his activity as you get to know him better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now.

Quotes of the Week:

— “Boys, YUCK!”: Former boss Cindy when she learned the gender of Charlie. Well, at least she was honest.
— “Look at me! I have hips and legs like Modoc, The Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived!“: Me to Charles, commenting on my weight gain.
— “I can see where Neil Armstrong took his first step”: Charles kidding me about my acne

Pregnancy-related Tweets:

— Simultaneously, there’s a sleeping cat twitching in my arms and a baby twitching in my belly. Super cute, though insomnia still bites.
— Hoping that Charlie does not inherit my chronic insomnia. Going on night three (sigh). At least I had a great 2.5-month run.

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