After last week's stress related to the fact that this little boy is already quite big, I'm happy to announce that "I don't have the sugars" and am GD free! Such a relief! I actually thought the lovely orange beverage was basically just like Fanta soda syrup, not nearly as horrible as I hear some women say and even though it did make me feel a little funny during the hour I had to wait, it was a fine experience overall. Made even better by my celebratory milk shake on my way home from the doctors (oops) and normal test results the next day. Hallelujah!
Everything else about this week has been great as well and I'm just loving this stage of pregnancy. I finally feel like I have a true baby bump although I've yet to receive any stranger comments about my growing belly (but I prefer it that way). Baby boy did join my friends and I for a day at the pool after an exam and I'm pretty sure I was getting lots of looks especially in my bikini. My belly button has officially started it's changes and while it's far from being an outie it's starting to get a weird appearance thanks to the remnant of a belly button ring from high school. I've also noticed a handful of times already that my belly will be lopsided depending on how he's positioned in there which is always a little strange. The stretch marks are still staying away, I've yet to have any swelling in my hands or feet and I'm in full blow maternity bottoms from here on out (minus skirts and dresses of course).
I'm also happy to report that jabs and kicks have become a daily norm finally and I'm loving each and every one of them. They're most commonly felt along the sides of my belly (probably due to my anterior placenta) but sometimes I can feel them towards my pants line or up near my ribs too. J's been able to feel him moving around more often and baby boy had quite the dance party the other night when J started singing made up nursery rhymes to my belly. I've been sleeping great which is always a blessing and have stayed at the same weight since my 20 week appointment and am very happy about that. I've also been dizzy-free for the last few weeks which is great news. I'm not sure what was causing it in the first place but I'm thankful it seems to be behind me now.
Over the weekend my mom and I got a start on the nursery by changing out the former bright blue paint for a more soothing "greige" and I couldn't be more excited to start making progress in there. For the next month or so it's going to sit empty because we're installing new carpet upstairs (yay!) but even having the paint finished is a huge step. J and I also ordered the crib which should be here sometime next week, ready to be set up for our little one. I only have three more weeks of the semester and can't wait to use the summer break to get the room officially baby ready!
I can't believe that about four months from now we'll be holding our son! The time sure is flying.