S/he's a maniac, a maniac...

Cash is an absolute MANIAC!

I went from barely being able to tell if our little one is moving around in there just a few weeks ago, to feeling random and sporadic kicks last week, to now being completely aware of Cash's frequent,stronger, and more predictable movement. I can only describe it as a cross between martial arts and dancing. There is an amazing amount of activity occurring following mealtime and as I get situated in bed to go to sleep. It is now so regular that I actually sit back after dinner and wait for the performance to begin and Cash never disappoints.

I felt that...

Since I began to feel the symphony of movement I have become intent on Steve sharing in all this. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be a Dad-to-be and know that all this stuff is happening and not have an idea what it feels like. I have only been able to say "Cash is kicking!" and he has been very excited that I can feel the movement, but I think maybe a little disappointed that he can't yet. Since the movement became more predictable and strong, I often grab his hand and place it on my belly, only to have Cash stop immeadiately. Perhaps it is responding to his nice warm hand, maybe it has a soothing effect on the little one? If that is the case, let's hope that it still has that soothing effect LATER! =)

Last night as I got myself all situated in my "semi-seated-up-watching-TV-in-bed" position, I turned toward Steve knowing that the dance party was due to start any moment and put his hand on my belly. Cash did not let me down. I didn't say anything, I just watched his face and he felt it; a kick, then another, and another. His face was priceless, a mix of pride and joy, and I am just so incredibly happy that I can finally share little Cash with his or her Dad. One more thing to add to the list of things that make us realize that this is moving along really quickly and we are more than halfway to meeting Cash in person.

Cash's week

During this 20th week, Cash is expected to be about 10 inches long (from head to heel or 6.5 inches from head to bottom) and is tipping the scales at around 10 ounces. Cash has about the same amount of sleep and awake time as h/she will have as a newborn. We are hoping that means more sleep! Cash is really working on practicing his/her swallowing this week by with the amniotic fluid.

Mom-to-be's week

At our 20 week appointment earlier this week we learned that I have gained a total of about 8 pounds. The "baby cave" is measuring as high as my belly button now and you can see that my little belly button is getting pushed out and out of Cash's way. If it does pop out, it will stay that way until Cash's big arrival. My newest symptom is a middle of the night insomnia that strikes each morning around 4 am and lasts almost an hour. I am wide awake and staring at the ceiling trying to force myself back to sleep. This makes getting up with the alarm incredibly challenging. Let's hope this little insomnia phase passes quickly. I purchased my first pairs of maternity pants last week. They are still a bit too big, but they are incredibly comfy. I am still working my bella band for some of my larger pre preggo pants, but some of my favs have had to be retired to make way for comfort. I am sure it is not the last I will see of them.

We are also working on scheduling our childbirth class, which is challenging around football games and other fall/winter events. The instructor Lori is really nice and is actually a Labor and Delivery Nurse at our hospital, so we might even end up with her as our nurse on the big birthday!

We also need to look into scheduling a tour of the hospital, so we will know where to go and what to expect. We both think it will be so helpful to see the actual space and maybe JUST MAYBE it will all seem a little less scary?


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