How Far Along: 22 Weeks, 2 days
Size of Baby: Papaya (8 in, 1.2 lbs)
Symptoms: Definitely no denying the roundness of the belly now! And with it has come a little bit of discomfort, just not feelin’ comfy lately. And had some heartburn, but nothing too terrible.
Movement: I love being able to feel the baby moving around! It’s most active after I have a meal and when I’m laying down. During the ultrasound last week you could see it’s little hands and feet poking around!
Cravings: Nothing really stands out to me… maybe Root Beer. There are so few decaffeinated drink options though, this is probably just a preference and not a true craving.
Milestones: We had our mid-pregnancy ultra sound in the past week! It was so amazing! The baby is so beautiful! I loved getting to see it moving around and seeing the measurements and what not. We’re waiting to find out the gender until the birth day, and the sonographer was so sweet about it! Just had us look away while she made sure everything looked good down there!
Also been working hard on getting the nursery finished up. We finally have all the furniture! We have been so blessed to have such good friends that have given us everything that we have needed! So far we have only spent $10 on furniture! I’ve also been working on some crafty things for the room including a mirror frame made of ribbons. Stay tuned for a post about it!
How Far Along: 18 Weeks
Size of Baby: Bell Pepper!
Symptoms: Some pretty heinous leg cramps at night, so between that, the bathroom breaks, and the weird pregnancy dreams there isn’t a lot of good rest going on right now! Other than that, the morning sickness is only rarely and I think my bloat is going away a little bit.
Movement: Still nothing definitive I think… maybe it’s the baby, but maybe it’s not.. mostly I think it’s just muscle spasms. hmm.
Cravings: Nothing really right now. But my food aversions have gone away too, so the smell of hamburger doesn’t bother me anymore.
Milestones: We went to our first Centering Pregnancy group appointment this week, and got a crib for the nursery! I’d like to get some paint up on the walls soon, but we will see. Even finished making the paper lantern mobile for over the crib today!
One of the most frequently asked questions that I get about the Army and pregancy is.. How does that work with getting deployed? What about moving?
One of the first things that happens when you inform your Chain of Command about your pregnancy is that your Commander should sit down with you and talk to you about the different options you have for your career. There are two options: stay in or get out. That’s right, pregnancy is one of the few situations where you can voluntarily leave the military with absolutely no negative consequences- you even get to keep getting medical care through the military until six weeks after delivery. I am choosing to stay.
So this means I will continue to work until I go into labor. Unless I am told by my doctor not to work prior to that, for example if I had to go on bed rest. After the baby is born, I will get six weeks maternity leave to recover and bond with my child before returning to work. The Army cannot deploy me until six months after my child is born. I realize that this doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but we aren’t going to stress about possibilities that are so far in the future at this point.
As far as being relocated, the Army could move me within the Continental United States during my pregnancy, but not overseas. I do not think that this will happen with me, as I have only been at my current duty station for a year and a half. I will most likely be here in Washington state for another year and half.
Thanks for all of your great questions! I will keep working on posting answers to them!