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19 Weeks

October 7, 2014

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How far along are you?  19 weeks 1 day
Generally Feeling: I’m continuing to battle headaches quite regularly, but other than that I’ve been feeling really good. I still find that I’m tired at the end of the day more easily than before I was pregnant, but nothing too extreme.
Showing? Yes! I’m convinced I’m not going to ever get a huge pregnancy belly because I’m on the taller side, but perhaps I’ll be laughing about this when I’m 35 weeks along and huge?!
Cravings? This is the first week I really feel like I’m eating totally normally. I snack often but other than that, I’m feeling so normal. It’s amazing how I used to take feeling and eating normally for granted before I got pregnant.
Weight Gain: Still 13 pounds! I insisted on taking off my heavy boots (that I wore while being weighed last time) so I think that may account for the lack of weight gain this time around and the extra weight gain last time. 😉
Fears:
We had our 19/20 week ultrasound yesterday and overall it went really well! I was quite worked up about it, but all the measurements they got were right on track, and baby is even measuring a few days ahead.

Unfortunately, we have a stubborn little one on our hands because no matter what we did, we couldn’t get that little peanut to move in the right direction. Consequently, the tech could only get a partial view of his/her face and couldn’t get a good look at the heart. We’ve been referred to a specialist to have a level 2 ultrasound done to get a better look at the heart and confirm everything is healthy and normal, and I’m a little worked up about it.

Additionally we found out our baby’s umbilical cord has only 1 artery compared to the typical 2. It’s called SUA. Since all our other markers pointed to a healthy baby, our doctor wasn’t concerned, but I will be more closely monitored for the remainder of my pregnancy with ultrasounds every month to be sure baby is growing and getting all the nutrients they need along the way. Although the appointment was generally a HUGE success, it was hard for me not to focus on the things that could go wrong and be fearful, but I feel like God is pulling us out yet again and asking us to trust Him with our baby’s life and health. Not an easy task! 
Looking Forward To: Having our level II ultrasound over and done with next week Tuesday! Prayers for a great scan and healthy results would be so very appreciated. I know we keep asking for prayers, but boy do I feel like we continually need them.
What I’ve Been Loving: This past week was the first week I’ve really felt baby’s movements, even a few times when I’ve been able to feel them with my hand on my stomach! They’re still pretty inconsistent, but it’s fun none the less. 
Sleep: Better this week! We delayed putting the heat on at our house and the cold temps at night have really helped me sleep much better.
Maternity Clothes? Nothing really new to report here. Still wearing a mix since my bump isn’t all that big.
Boy or Girl: We’re keeping it a secret! But our ultrasound tech was 95% positive on boy v. girl so it’s nice to know with certainty what we’re having. We did decide to share the names we have picked out. So, without further delay, we’ve decided our boy and girl names are…

Holden Joseph Hofmeyer and Ainsley Jane Hofmeyer

We settled on Holden only a few weeks ago because we were deciding between Holden and Bennett, but ultimately Holden won out because we loved the masculine nature of the name, the fact that it’s easy to spell and pronounce and goes well with Hofmeyer. Ainsley has been our choice for a girl’s name for almost a year. We’ve loved that it’s unique without being too different and the fact that it is a little masculine and feminine all at once. And Jane is a family name, so it was an easy decision.

Madison

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10 Comments

  • Reply Nikki Boden October 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Love the names you have picked out! Also the upside of having to have an ultrasound every month is that you get to see your sweet babe just that much more 🙂 Will continue praying for calmed fears and a healthy baby!

  • Reply samaeby October 8, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Those are great names! I’m excited to find out which it will be! (my guess: girl)

  • Reply Urban Wife October 8, 2014 at 3:02 am

    That is the cutest little profile and the names you guys picked are just sweet! 🙂 We’ll continue praying for baby and for God to continue giving y’all peace of mind.

  • Reply Abby October 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Love the names! Will continue to keep you guys and that precious little one in my prayers. As for the headaches, I definitely had those when I was pregnant and my OB suggested drinking some caffeine while taking tylonel. Since I’m not a huge caffeine drinker, she suggested some over the counter tension headache relief meds that have caffeine included (found at Walgreens). They totally did the trick and would knock out those headaches really quickly. Not sure if your OB would allow them, but definitely something worth asking as headaches are no fun! Enjoy all those baby kicks!

  • Reply Julie October 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Love the names! Ainsley sounds really pretty w/ Jane. I really like both Holden & Bennett. Sending prayers. Hoping you enjoy all the extra ultrasounds as opportunities to see your baby & gain more peace of mind.

  • Reply Laura @ Real Home Living October 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    LOVE those names! I wish we knew the gender but I totally understand wanting to keep some details of your life private for you and your family. Jane is a family name for us too, and I really hope we get to use it as a first or middle name one day. So glad Baby Hof is healthy!

  • Reply Rachel {the avid appetite} October 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Love the names you chose! I love Jane, and especially has a special place in my heart since that is also Penelope’s middle name! I have always adored that name, and also love that it hearkens back to one of my favorite novels and heroine (Jane Eyre).

  • Reply DessertForTwo October 9, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I love seeing those sonograms! And I love the names you chose! I’m glad y’all are keeping the sex of the baby a secret. Isn’t it fun to have a secret between you two only? 😉

  • Reply Erika October 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I love the names! Continued prayers to you!!!

  • Reply Carolyn October 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Just came across your blog and discovered we go to the same clinic! Wishing all the best for you and your family in the weeks ahead : )

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