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Thanksgiving holiday often meant a beach vacation for my family to the Gulf shoreline, running on the beach, take-out for dinner, and a general sense of calm.

My daddy would fry up some oysters and Gulf shrimp. My mom would allow sugary cereals and cinnamon rolls normally frowned upon. My sisters and I would sleep-in and stay up late.

I love Thanksgiving.

Sixteen hours away from my childhood home and far away from most family, I still held Abby close and held my gratitude closer. God has been so good to my family this week. Abby received the “all clear” from the specialist. David and I celebrated this giving of thanks with friends and some of his big family on two separate days, honoring our Wednesday “Friendsgiving” tradition.

Overall, I’m sure I ate way too many desserts (among other foods). Funny enough, my stomach/digestive system complains a bit no matter what I eat right now, so I’m assuming that things (and I mean organs) are “moving around in there” this week. It’s a bit frustrating, but I’m growing used to the feelings. As long as Abby is safe and comfy, then I’ll make do. IMG_1330

Anyway, Abigail is now the size of a mango (or an heirloom tomato, depending on your preference) and about 6 inches long, weighing about 8-9 ounces! According to my phone’s Pregnancy app, Abby is now covered with vernix (a white protective coating) that protects the skin from damage in the womb. She is looking more like a baby now, with proportionate arms and legs, fat layers, and clearly defined facial features. Right now she is awake for only about 6 hours a day. My body is continue to change as well. According to my app, my uterus has now reached my belly button creating scarcity of space (I’ve noticed!).

How far along? 19 weeks, 2 days

Total weight gain: Not sure.

Maternity clothes? Maternity leggings and long tunic shirts are my friends! Getting dressed is a frustrating process, as my belly bump is much bigger by the end of the day and hard to keep comfortable. I find myself massaging my sore belly muscles quite a bit at night. Apparently, I am also starting to do the “mommy rock” when I stand still according to several older women who have commented.

Stretch marks?  No

Sleep: Even with the days of break this week from teaching, I’m exhausted. I’m not sleeping very well, nor will my pregnant bladder allow me to sleep-in.

Best moment the past week: Watching Abby do flips on the ultrasound screen after receiving confirmation that she didn’t have Spina Bifida.

Miss Anything? Feeling rested. My family. They are missing my pregnancy, and I’m missing them!

Movement: Abby is definitely more active around 7-9 p.m.. Although my digestive system is making it hard to pinpoint her movement, I think I may have felt a “kick” this weekend. According to one pregnancy rule of thumb, you can double the number of weeks of when the first kick is felt and predict the actual birthday of the baby. We will see if this holds true, but I’m very doubtful. 

Food cravings:  No, but hungry all of the time. I’ve discovered that I HAVE to eat protein with every meal or I feel sick. Eggs are my favorite breakfast food.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Coffee. Too many desserts. 🙂

Labor Signs:  No, thank you.

Symptoms:  Exhaustion. Stretching ligaments, skin, and belly. Indigestion. Stressed about baby shower planning and baby registries.

Belly Button in or out?  In.

Looking forward to:  Feeling Abby move a lot more in the future!

Next appointment:  December 17 at Avista Women’s Care for my normal check-up and then December 19 at the specialist’s office for a second Level II ultrasound to check baby’s growth, placenta placement, and heart. This will be my substitute “anatomy scan” that most women have between week 20 and 22 of pregnancy.

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