21 weeks - the beginning of week 26

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How it’s already been another month, I do. not. know. BUT here we are again with another monthly baby update! I started writing this post and was like, “oh nothing really new to report…” and then we spent the better part of the day in labor and delivery trying to sort out some weird abdominal pain that i’ve been having. more on that below!

21 Weeks

How Far Along: 21 Weeks!
Size of Baby: 
Symptoms:
Heartburn & Needing to pee. A lot. And anxiety.
Cravings: Candy. And food. 
Baby Movement:
She's moving a lot more, but they still feel like more sporadic movements
Gender: GIRL!
Nursery Progress: Nothing really after last week's progress...
Best Part of the Week: 
Looking Forward To:
Going home for Clancy & Hallie's wedding next week and my first baby shower in a two weeks at home! 

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22 Weeks

How Far Along: 22 Weeks!
Size of Baby: 
Symptoms:
more heartburn and just feeling bigger… 
Cravings: just mainly food...
Baby Movement: She's definitely a mover… when she wants to be...
Gender: baby girl!!
Nursery Progress: still at the same point we were last week.
Best Part of the Week: Going home for Clancy & Hallie's wedding! It is always so, so good to go home after a while. And seeing so many friends was so fun!
Looking Forward To: going BACK down again for my baby shower next weekend!!

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23 Weeks

How Far Along: 23 Weeks!
Size of Baby: 
Symptoms:
heartburrrrrn. Mostly at night. 
Cravings: just food in general. I'm just hungry all the time.
Baby Movement: a bit more than last week, but still pretty sporadic. I'm waiting for the days when her kicks and movements are big enough that it feels like a party in my belly.
Gender: our little girl.
Nursery Progress: well, she got a TON of clothes from our first baby shower & i HAVE to say they are all gosh dang adorable. I can't wait to see her wear everything.  
Best Part of the Week:
Being at home again. We got to watch my sister and brother-in-law finish their first marathon, which was really neat. And then of course my baby shower was absolutely perfect. I loved seeing everyone and seriously get teary-eyed when I think about how loved this tiny girl already is!
Looking Forward To: more baby showers and going home and washing all of baby girl's clothes & putting them in her drawers & hanging them up in her closet!

pregnancy update photos | sadie banks
pregnancy update photos | sadie banks

24 Weeks

How Far Along: 24 Weeks! (Hallelujah for making it to 24 weeks viability!!! It was a huge relief to make it this far!)
Size of Baby: 
Symptoms:
seriously gnarly case of heartburn. + some anxiety.
Cravings: fooooooood. give me all the food. 
Baby Movement:
LOTS more movement. homegirl is kicking and moving so much these days. she isn't a huge fan of the seatbelt or the waistbands of my pants. And she is a HUGE fan (or she hates-- it's really anyone's guess) when Parker puts his hand on my belly. She kicks soooooo much when he puts his hand on my belly. I like to think it's her little way of bonding with him & saying, "hi Daddy!"
Gender: daddy's girl.
Nursery Progress: we got a bow rack (which is SOOOOOOO cute!!!) And some organization bins for her drawers from Amazon! Her clothes from the baby shower are washed, folded and put away, just waiting for her to wear them!
Best Part of the Week: UMM. LEARNING DREFT IS THE REAL BABY SMELL?? I found out that baby laundry detergent and NOT baby skin + lotion is that delicious baby smell? I don't know how I didn't know that all these years, but I am VERY stoked about this new information.

We also had the annual family Halloween party! We didn't dress up this year because the party kind of sneaked up on us, but we had so much fun!
Looking Forward To: gosh, meeting baby girl! Our baby shower + washing her clothes made things feel a LOT more real and we are just stoked to meet this little nugget.

pregnancy update photos | sadie banks
pregnancy update photos | sadie banks
pregnancy update photos | sadie banks

25 Weeks

How Far Along: 25 Weeks!
Size of Baby: 
Symptoms:
less heartburn, but still heartburn. (Praying that old wives' tale of heartburn = hair is a real thing) plus some insomnia. I can usually get back to sleep after going to the bathroom, but some nights are definitely harder than others!
Cravings: all the food. i've really been craving/loving cupbop recently? Something about their rice noodles is just so dang good.
Baby Movement: oh man. SO. MUCH. MOVEMENT. Parker put his hand on my belly one night in the middle of the night (when I happened to be awake) and baby girl went WILD. She was loving hanging out with Daddy. The next morning I asked if he could feel her moving when he put his hand on my belly and he said, "oh my gosh. Yes. She was moving SO much! I don't think I've ever felt her move that much!" It was so sweet!
Gender: girl
Nursery Progress: no more real nursery progress, but we're making headway on a name! We think we've got it figured out. Of course, we are staying open to other names in case she is born and it just doesn't feel like the right fit, but we're pretty sure of her name at this point! 
Best Part of the Week: surprising Parker with birthday decorations! And celebrating Parker's birthday all week long! We also went to a pumpkin patch and carved pumpkins this week!
Looking Forward To: starting therapy yoga in November! I've been having a hard time managing my anxiety in my normal ways and a friend of mine teaches a therapy yoga class, so I am REALLY excited to try that out next month!

pregnancy update photos | sadie banks
pregnancy update photos | sadie banks
pregnancy update photos | sadie banks

The Hospital Visit

Around 8:30ish this morning, I started having some really intense pain on my left side that was constant and sharp. If I moved or walked it intensified and was just really, really weird. We went to church at 9:00 and I was still feeling really uncomfortable and in a lot of pain. We did a little bit of Googling, just in case, and Parker decided that if the pain hadn’t gone down or away by the end of the sacrament portion of Sacrament Meeting, we would go to the doctor. Well, it didn’t get any better, so right after the sacrament, we headed to Urgent Care. We didn’t know that if you’re over 20 Weeks, you’re supposed to just go to Labor and Delivery (#firsttimers) so the kind ladies at Urgent Care told us to go to Labor and Delivery. So we hopped back in the car and drove to the hospital. We were thinking it would be a pretty short visit… Well, we were wrong. We were there for about 7 hours and they did a number of tests to try and figure out what the pain was from. They did two different types of Ultrasounds, they monitored and checked baby (she’s doing great and is just happy to stay inside), they had me do a urine test to make sure that I didn’t have any issues there, they did a test to see if I would go into pre-term labor within the next two weeks, and a they ruled out a few other things. Everything came back negative, which was good, but also left us all scratching our heads. Our nurse did say that my cervix is smaller than normal, which can cause pre-term labor, so that’s definitely something they will be monitoring for the rest of my pregnancy. And I was apparently fairly dehydrated, so they gave me two IV bags of fluids before sending us home. I was also given a steroid shot to help baby girl’s lungs just in case I go into pre-term labor and I’ll have to go back tomorrow to get another dose.

It was a little scary and I definitely had quite a few moments of panic and anxiety while we were on our way to the hospital and while we were there, but our nurse was amazing and it was really nice to have Parker there with me the whole time. And finding out that baby girl is doing okay and that she’s healthy really helped calm my nerves. I was really nervous that something was going to be wrong, but she was good and fine, so we are happy.

For now, we’re taking it easy and drinking lots of water and just trying to keep our baby girl safe inside my tummy for another 14ish weeks. We are so grateful for all of the prayers, kind words and words of encouragement we’ve already received. We have the best people in our lives and just could not be more grateful. Here’s to the next 14 weeks and hopefully we just have some boring old pregnancy updates next month. ;)

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