Pregnancy Diary: Week 21

Baby Feet

Things have been quite crazy the last few weeks, so getting around to writing my pregnancy diary has been quite a challenge! Baby seems to keep on keeping on despite what's going on with me, and is now about 16cm long and weighs about 300g.

So we had what was (hopefully) our last scan this week, and even though hubby couldn't make it because of work, my mom came up for the morning, and the toddler was there as well, although she didn't quite get what was happening on the screen!

...so we looked to see if we could find a hamburger or a hotdog, and found a hamburger...

Well, we did say that we wanted to find out the gender, so we looked to see if we could find a hamburger or a hotdog, and found a hamburger... (That means it's a girl). I don't meant to be crude, but in medical texts they do mention looking for a 'hamburger sign', but for the boys they mention looking for a 'turtle sign', but I thought hamburgers and hotdogs was more poetic...

We really don't have a preference either way, but we're glad that we found out.

Having said that, it took quite some time to get a good shot because she seemed to jump out the way every time we got near to getting a clear picture. We really don't have a preference either way, but we're glad that we found out. I do realize that ultrasound images are not foolproof, so there is a chance that all that research on circumcision may still be necessary after all. But we'll only find that out on the day!

I've been having a bit of a struggle with waking up at night - I seem to wake around 12 and sometimes lie awake for 2 or 3 hours. My toddler on the other hand is sleeping through. Can't win!

I also promised some 21 week belly pics, and here they are, with posture variations included just because.

20 weeks pregnant - sucked in20 weeks pregnant - good posture20 weeks pregnant - bad posture
Ballet Belly - hard work!Good posture - comfortable.Ouch!

I have also found that my back gets sore if I carry anything heavy, or if I carry anything not so heavy for a long time, especially in my lower back around my hips. As far as I know it's because of the hormone relaxin that gets released early in pregnancy to help your ligaments loosen up for the 'grand opening'. Unfortunately with my ballet teaching I have to lug my hifi and CDs and syllabi with me, although I will be making some attempts to economise the load! That said, I'm still thoroughly enjoying the aqua classes and even though I'm not very big, I still enjoy the feeling of weightlessness in the water.

I'm also still struggling to get time to wrangle with our medical aid

I'm also still struggling to get time to wrangle with our medical aid, but in a week or so one of my lecturing contracts will be over and I'll have a chance to make some calls. I'm really hoping we can get this right because we're struggling to save the amount we need to pay the midwife until medical aid pays up. I know we've got a few more months, but this is my highest earning period before July, so we'll just have to see how it goes.

This is a crazy time of year for me! Lecturing 3 art courses, teaching ballet, running a website and promoting my various baby products, being a wife to my wonderful hubby and mom to my precious toddler is more than a full time job! But I do enjoy it a lot more than high school teaching (my previous job). I may be as busy, and I don't earn as much as I was teaching, (not yet at least) but I don't feel as emotionally drained.

...feel free to contact me to let me know what baby products were lifesavers for you!

Anyway, enough for this week's pregnancy diary I suppose. Ooh, one or two last things: while I've been contemplating wish lists I remembered some things I thought were really cool, and would make great unusual gifts for any mom! (I don't think you'll have any doubles of these!) At some stage I'll be putting all my favourite baby items together on a page about baby showers and baby shower gifts – so feel free to contact me to let me know what baby products were lifesavers for you!

Things I remember this week:

BINSI Freedom skyscraper
  • Humanity Family Sleeper – As I said, I'm a fan of co-sleeping and I think this is a great product! It makes nighttime feeds (my favourites!) a lot easier. The log shaped pillow inside can be removed for mom to use as a pregnancy pillow. You can use it when travelling, and then you can use it to prevent rolling off when they move into their own big bed.
  • BINSI Skirt - (see the banner on the right for a pic) – A great way to feel good while in labour! A skirt that covers the important bits, so you don't feel too vulnerable in some of the less flattering birth positions, whilst still accommodating any necessary examinations or medical equipment.
  • Egg Timer – For timing newborn feeds. Ten minutes each side. (*pause*) Gotcha! Hehe... No way! Some babies do feed ten minutes each side, most don't. I know this is the advice they give in many private hospitals here in South Africa, and even paediatricians have been known to give this advice, although lactation consultants often see red when hearing this. For tips on nursing a newborn, check the KellyMom page on nursing a newborn. Actually the egg-timer is for the toddler. If she's absorbed in doing something and we need to go somewhere soon, picking her up and heading out the door is asking for trouble. She works better if I warn her about things, so if I tell her it's time to go when the bell rings, then she has a chance to prepare herself mentally. I know it sounds weird, but it really seems to work. I'm also thinking of using it for time-outs...

Yes, that's the addendum to my rather quirky list of baby bits... But I really think that is enough pregnancy diary writing for this week. I actually need to tidy my house at some stage.

Look out for Pregnancy Diary Episode 22!!

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