21 Weeks

Baby A is 21 weeks today and is about the length of a carrot or the size of a pomegranate, depending on where you read.


Here’s what Baby A has been up to this week:

  • Baby A now weighs about three-quarters of a pound (well, I’m guessing she weighs more than that because at my 17 week appointment she was supposed to be 4 oz and was measuring 8 oz) and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long. We will find out for sure tomorrow!
  • Movements may turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges and you may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. I do notice she likes when I eat something sweet! I also wake up in the middle of the night and feel her moving and shaking.
  • Her eyebrows and lids are present now.

And here’s what’s been happening with me this past week:

Weight gained: Not sure. At my 18 week appointment I think I had gained 8 or 9 — Eating every 45 minutes was the only thing that kept me standing in the first trimester. I really never started feeling well until I was in my 18th week so my body craved carbs constantly to not get sick. I will find out tomorrow what number we are at now.

Workouts: I only got a 3 mile walk in one day and did a 10 minute arm workout another. Now that I am generally feeling a lot better and like a human again I might up these workouts. I used my belly buds during my walk but they were SO itchy. I’m not sure if it was because I was walking and moving around? Maybe they are better used relaxing inside the house.



  • Round ligament pains and low back pain. The back pain is worse than the round ligament pains. I might need to get a prenatal massage soon. *coughadamcough*
  • Migraines! I get these 1-2 times a week and they are HORRIBLE. Anyone have any fixes? Right now my routine is to get a cooling pad for my head, lay in a cool dark room, drink a bit of coke for caffeine ( i hate coffee), drink a ton of water and sleep. It still usually takes them about 12 hours to go away for good.
  • Frequent bathroom breaks in the middle of the night.

Movement: I feel kicks here and there during the day/night – Sometimes they make me jump! Adam is patiently waiting to experience this on the outside.

Food Aversions: Not too much at this point. I still don’t want fish for dinner, which I think might be annoying Adam because he asks for salmon weekly.

Food Cravings: All things CHEESE. Grilled cheese, Mac & Cheese, Cream Cheese, String cheese. I also had a really strong craving for Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling water last week but really had no idea where I would get such a thing. Since week 21 marks when the baby starts tasting the food you eat I am going to make an effort to not give into all the bad cravings…just some!


Sleep: Not too bad. I still wake up to go to the bathroom (this is obviously not going to stop) and have trouble falling back asleep. I’m also a stomach sleeper so sleeping on my side is a tad bit annoying.

Stretch marks? Nope! I have been using an oil every night and it seems to be doing the trick so far.

Miss Anything?  Having energy! I am definitely always reallllly tired. I also got a little sad when I unpacked my winter clothes and realized I basically  couldn’t wear anything.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: Tomorrow we will do our anatomy scan which will be fun. As for interesting… My dreams! They are seriously crazy and I remember every small detail. Last night I had a dream that Adam spent $3000 at a dive bar buying everyone Red Bull Vodka slushies… I don’t know where I get these ideas. I also had one that every time someone moved our couch alligators would come from behind and our living room would turn into a swamp. The alligators were attacking my brother Keith and I until someone moved the couch back to its original place. I’ve had MULTIPLE dreams that my dad was still alive which is kind of freaky. I’m supposed to get a flu shot tomorrow and I NEVER get these (I don’t feel that putting this in your body is necessary for healthy people) but my doctor is highly recommending I do so since I’m pregnant. I can request one that is preservative free (no mercury) but I’m still a little nervous. Anyone not get one while pregnant?

Baby Items Purchased: Yes! We have our crib, glider, side table for the glider, a Moroccan pouf, too many clothes and shoes (can’t say no!!) and a few stuffed animals and stroller blankets as well.

Belly Button In/Out: In — Doesn’t look like it’s popping out anytime soon but we will see.

Looking Forward To: Setting up the nursery – We are kind of in a weird predicament since we rent and will be leaving pretty shortly after we have the baby. I think if I didn’t design the nursery here though I would feel extremely unorganized.



  1. I’m a long time reader, but rarely leave comments. I’m glad you got back to blogging and you look great! Where are you guys planning to move?

  2. Amazing news about baby A and her wonderful mom. Love hearing this!

  3. Lynsey Woody says:

    migraines and headaches…..sometimes NOTHING works, but what helped me was. WATER WATER WATER, and the obvious cold dark room which NO one has time for. however, when on the go, a coke, a real coca cola and eventually a rx that i took for about a week and they then subsided at 22 weeks. i also found an OTC nasal spray that really helped. it all sounds weird and like alot to take into your body however it was the only way i could function. Good luck!

    • I need to get better at drinking more water during the week. The frequent bathroom breaks make that hard though when I’m out and about! I did get a nasal spray that works sometimes too. Thanks Lyns!!

  4. I’m 17 weeks and loved reading this! It helps me prepare for the upcoming weeks. I haven’t felt those flutters of movement yet and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to feel my baby. You make it sound so cool. Great post. I hope the migraines get better soon 🙂

  5. Congrats on the baby! Glad you are feeling better! Regarding your migraines….stay away from caffeine!!! It actually makes them worse. Caffeine can help when you have a regular headache but it actually intensifies a migraine. I have been a long sufferer of them so I have been through all kinds of trials with what helps and what doesn’t. My neurologist tells me to stay away from caffeine, chocolate, red wine and anything very sugary. I also go to acupuncture and it has saved my life. I used to get migraines a few times a week but that has all changed since acupuncture. I go weekly or bi-weekly depending on how I feel. Food tricks that works for me is eating some form of protein (apples and peanut butter for something quick), spinach or sweet potatoes (the magnesium really helps). Caffeine and sugar intensifies migraines while chocolate and red wine cause trigger one. If you have anymore questions, please feel free to let me know!

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