Week 20 — halfway there! OH. MY. Really? Halfway? I cannot believe it! Here’s what the bump is looking like these days:

Not too big of a change (if any) from last week, but when I got dressed yesterday, I felt HUGE. I think it was mostly the fact that the sweater didn’t “wrap around” my bump so to speak, and also the fact that it is all-over bigger than what I would normally wear, so I can wear it as I grow. Also, how cute are the bump/heart pictures? This shirt says “What’s Love” in the shape of a question mark. Its one of the three shirts designed for a new Wednesday night topic for our students at church (this one, designed by yours truly!). I couldn’t resist some photos when I put this on!

I’m still feeling really great; still tired, some soreness and heartburn, but nothing that makes me feel truly bad or super uncomfortable. The one thing looming large in my mind these days? FOOD.

Normally, I try to eat fairly healthy, but I’m not a huge veggie fan. Being pregnant, I know its super important to get lots of fruits and veggies, and lots of different variety in your diet. This is challenging for me since I’m a routine person even down to what I eat — I’ve eaten the same thing for lunch at work for over a year. So I’ve made a few small changes to my diet to try to get more fruits and veggies in and try to make sure I get a variety of foods. Here’s what I typically eat these days:

Breakfast

* 1 cup Multi-Grain Cheerios with skim milk OR Weight Control Quaker Oatmeal with dates (lots of antioxidants!)

* String Cheese

* Half a grapefruit

Morning Snack

* Banana

Lunch

* Multi-Grain English Muffin with butter OR Chicken and Rice Soup OR Tuna

* Apple Sauce

* Grapes OR Clementines OR yogurt OR Carrots and Ranch Dressing

* Crackers OR pretzels

Afternoon Snack

* Yogurt OR Granola Bar

Dinner

* This is where I try to get a lot of my veggies and variety so in a typical week, I might have: pot roast with potatoes, carrots, rice and salad; chicken pot pie with salad (LOTS of veggies!); fettucine alfredo with chicken and spinach and salad.  I do try to change dinner up quite a bit from week to week.

Post-Dinner Snack

* Ice cream. Different flavors, but always ice cream.

I also like making smoothies occasionally as a way to get more fruit, and things I typically wouldn’t eat plain, like blueberries. I’m a blueberry fan, but only in muffins, pancakes, or blended up.

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Tuesday we go back to the doctor and will hopefully find out if Junie is a boy or a girl! Hubby and I have both finally decided that we’re leaning towards girl, so hopefully we’ll find out something concrete soon. I think I’m going to try to wait to announce here until Friday though. We shall see if I can hold it in though.

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