Welcome to our life!

Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a thirtysomething, freshly baked, stay-at-home mom. I'm originally from Connecticut, now living in Germany, hence the name of the blog. I live in southern Germany with my German husband and our baby boy. Life has turned out to be nothing I ever expected, and am so incredibly happy with it! We certainly do have a lot of laughs! I hope you will enjoy following our new experiences raising a little half American/ half German in a little German town.

Freitag, 19. August 2011

20 weeks- Halfway there!

Sorry that this post is a few days late.  I was still home on the actual 20 week marker, and traveled back to Germany on Wednesday night, which knocked me out Thursday too.  Today was busy, and I will need to upload another picture, but at least its a start.

How far along?:  20 weeks

*Total weight gain: Finally gained.  Total weight gain now:  3.5 kilos, or about 7 pounds.

*How big is baby?: The baby is the size of a cantaloupe.

Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation... baby's genitals are now fully formed!  from www.thebump.com
*Maternity clothes?:  Since I haven't posted in 2 weeks, this is a little long.  Two weeks ago, about 2 days into my trip home, I realized that my tank tops were showing way too much skin, and while I love my baby belly, belly shirts are a definite no-no.  So, I purchased and fell in love with much longer maternity tanks.  Last week, I broke out the maternity jeans- aah, heaven!  I can still squeeze into my shorts, but I have to push them low under my belly.  I'm kinda glad I didn't need to buy maternity shorts though.  I had tons of fun buying lots of maternity clothes at home with my friend Monica at Destination Maternity!

*Sleep?:  Sleeping pretty well, but my stomach is getting a little uncomfortable when I sleep on my side.  May be time to break out a belly pillow.

*Best moment this week?:  So many fantastic moments during the past two weeks!  I had a wonderful visit with my dad.  I bought tons of baby stuff while I was home.  And today, we had our 20 week anatomy scan.  It was incredible to watch the Erbse move around, see his strong heartbeat, healthy development, and to watch him stuff his little hand into his mouth :)

*Movement?: Starting last week, when I lay down in bed and stay still, I feel quite a bit of activity.  I also had one big punch to my belly button last Thursday at 4 am!

*Food cravings?: donuts, fruit

*Labor signs?: Too early!

*Belly button in or out?: Innie.

*What I miss: my dad :(

*What I'm looking forward to: feeling Erbse move much more consistently

*Milestone: 3:  The Erbse went on his first trip to his second home, a great anatomy scan, and of course, the 20 week, halfway marker!


Steffi hat gesagt…

Great to hear (and see) all is healthy! :-)
Cranberry juice helps with the iron level. (German doctors don't know that.)

Take care you three!

JoernandAllison hat gesagt…

Thanks for the advice Stefanie! I guess I need to keep up with the cranberry juice- I was drinking it at home, but not the few days before I left. Obviously, I will not complain about drinking cranberry juice :)
Hope all is well in Switzerland!