I'm 20 weeks today and really loving that I'm looking unmistakably pregnant. Just last week I started thinking about what we're going to need and became somewhat overwhelmed by the baby market. I think I'm going to keep things as simple as possible and just have only what I know we're going to need at first: diapers, clothes, blankets, a bassinet, some kind of baby carrier - probably the Moby for the first few months - as well as nursing bras and a car seat, etc. The stroller can wait until I figure out what works for us in terms of getting around, exercising, etc. My SIL is giving us her crib and changing table, though I'm not sure I even want a changing table. I think it would more practical to get a dresser and just change the baby on top of that.
In the meantime, it's thrilling to know that this baby is probably starting to hear. I've been singing and talking to this child, playing a variety of beautiful and fun music, and sending great energy to myself and the baby throughout the day. We think we've got a boy's name figured out, and now we just need to figure out a middle name for a girl.
Weight gain - I think it's stopped for me. I haven't gotten on the scale in a couple of weeks because I was stressing out about it, but the majority of my weight gain happened in the first trimester when I was so crazy hungry all the time. I've decided to stop worrying about it and just focus on keeping the exercise going and eating as well as I can. Because I have colitis, I'm limited in what I can eat, but I eat a lot of pasture-raised meat and small amounts of veggies and berries. Aside from my morning dark chocolate and my evening sorbet, I don't eat any junk, so I figure if my body wants to gain weight, then that's just what it needs to do.
All in all, aside from my daily urge to throw up when I'm exercising, I'm feeling fantastic and loving this pregnancy. And I'm really excited because my husband and I are heading to Vancouver for a babymoon at the end of June. We plan to hike as much as we can and then in between our jaunts into the wilderness to get into the city to enjoy its arts and culture. We're so aware of the expiration date on our coupledom, so we're trying to take advantage of every opportunity we have to revel in our connection before we bring this child into the world.
Thanks for sharing your experiences, everyone!