five months

7 Jan


Monthly pregnancy update – January / five months

Moving right along over here- five months in and feeling pretty good. Baby Glodney is getting bigger by the day! If you ask the pregnancy app on my iPhone he’s currently the size of a banana. The fruit and vegetable comparison cracks me up. At week seven I made the mistake of scrolling to the final week, week 40, to see what fruit he would be by then…my eyes widened when I saw a picture of a watermelon. It scared the shit out of me. I scrolled back to the picture of a blueberry as fast as I could. This growing a human in your stomach thing is wild. It’s so sci-fi! When I see him on the ultrasound screen I still feel like I am watching television. My brain has a hard time comprehending that the television image is happening inside me. You’d think the bump at my midsection would help it feel real. Maybe there’s still a bit of a disconnect because I can’t feel him move yet? I got the news a few weeks ago that my placenta has grown in a really unhelpful place- it’s low and anterior. The anterior part means it’s on the belly side of my uterus. So when he kicks he’s kicking the placenta instead of my stomach. I can’t feel a thing. My OB said I might not feel him move until after week 30. Major bummer… I was so looking forward to the joys of feeling him move. The placenta situation got even more annoying when I learned that it was also low and partially covering my cervix. For those of you who don’t know much about the female anatomy, the cervix is his exit out into the world once he’s fully cooked. So the fact that it’s being partially covered is clearly a problem. If the placenta does not move off the cervix as I progress then I will have to have a scheduled c-section. There’s not even another option. This news really upset me. I had an image of how our son was going to enter the world and that image did not include a c-section. I know that a healthy baby is all that really matters though so I will make peace with it if needed.

Other than my placenta situation it’s been an easy pregnancy so far. He’s been good to his mama. We’ve been working on cleaning out our office to make room for him. It was a much bigger project than I intended it to be. How can two people possibly hoard so much crap in a few short years?? I put Brian to work during the holiday break. I can safely say he’s had more  exciting and restful breaks from work. The room still looks crazy- papers and boxes everywhere but we are making progress. My goal is to have it totally cleaned out before the painter comes January 16th to paint the room.


I’m feeling…so tired. I kept hearing that the second trimester would bring with it a surge of energy but I have yet to experience that. Maybe it’s because I’ve been sick with either a cold or food poisoning for the last month but I am totally wiped.

food loves…fruit. It’s not a worthwhile day unless there is fruit involved. I can’t seem to get enough vanilla yogurt with bananas on top. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up. I would also be happy if I could eat a chopped salad from Coral Tree Cafe for lunch everyday.

food hates…ummm there’s not much this pregnant lady won’t eat.

daydreaming about…a big family trip we might take (if we are brave enough) with the little guy in September. They say it’s easy to travel with babies when they are young so we are toying with the idea of taking him to a foreign (don’t worry we aren’t thinking third world this time) destination.

can’t wait to…paint his room.

least favorite parts of pregnancy this month…my weakened immune system and the fact that you can’t take cold meds when you are pregnant. Such a cruel joke.

favorite parts of pregnancy this month…ahhh so much. I love when Brian puts his hand on my growing belly to say hi to the babe. I feel so connected to my husband right now and it’s such a sweet time in our marriage. I also love putting my own hand on my belly and talking to him. Playing the name game with Brian has also been fun. I of course already have the perfect name picked out for our son but to be fair I’m going through the motions of looking through books and putting a larger list together so we can discuss. Compromise at it’s finest.



13 Responses to “five months”

  1. Diane @ Life of Di. January 7, 2016 at 11:57 am #

    I can’t believe you’re halfway there! I highly encourage you to take the trip with him in September. The trip to NYC with Charlotte last year was so wonderful and we are happy to have had such precious memories with her when she was so little (and sleeping most of the time.) Also, picking out names can definitely be tough. I hope you can come to some sort of compromise 🙂

    • kate365til January 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

      You’re making me feel much more confident about the idea of taking the little guy on a trip! I feel like it would be a special time for us all after the first few months of hibernation with him. I’m pushing for it 🙂

  2. mariab24 January 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    the cervix is his exit out into the world once he’s fully cooked. – that was the best part of your post!! it made me laugh!! the rest is so nice to read too!! happy your feeling better (felt so had for you when i saw your picture on instagram) and baby boy is being good to you!! my sister had two boys and she felt good the entire time they were in her belly!! You look great for a pregnant woman! keep enjoying and keep on writing!

    ps. the watermelon thing would totally freak me out too!! I always say I’m terrified to have a baby BUTTTT everyone tells me it’s totally worth it!

    • kate365til January 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

      I was/am totally terrified too but everyone says it’s the best thing ever and completely worth it. I’ll keep you posted lol xo

  3. Steph January 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    I have a low lying anterior placenta as well 😦 . I will say though I am 5 months and can feel my little guy kick. Definitely not as much as my first baby, but I still feel him now at least!

    …I find out tomorrow if the placenta has moved up at all; I am so hopeful!

    • kate365til January 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

      How did the appointment go?! Did the placenta migrate up?? Sending you positive baby vibes 🙂 xo

  4. cravesadventure January 8, 2016 at 7:27 am #

    Thanks for sharing a bump update – Beautiful Capture – 5 months in already just baking away 🙂 Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

    • kate365til January 11, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

      Thanks for your sweet and positive words as always! 🙂

  5. hunting for bliss January 9, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    I’m sorry to hear that you can’t feel the kicks yet and that you have been sick :(. Super sucky…But it’s so great that he is healthy!! I bet you guys will have a beautiful nursery and I can’t wait to see it. Hang in there…and know that birth is birth no matter how it happens. My friend told me when I was pregnant that the best birth story is the one that ends with a healthy mom and a healthy baby. xoxo

    • kate365til January 11, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

      I love that. I know you are right. The best birth is most definitely a healthy baby. However this little guy wants to enter the world is fine by me. We will see how it all shakes out in the next few weeks. 🙂

  6. the usual bliss January 12, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    I’m constantly amazed at our parallel lives! So my placenta is also low lying (though it’s in the back so I feel EVERY little kick and roll and sometimes it’s A LOT). I’d say keep a positive attitude about the placenta – 98% of low lying placentas will move away from the cervix as the uterus grows. Mine has moved a bit over the last couple of months- we need another half centimeter to be clear. A fun bonus is that you’ll get more ultrasounds than usual to check the placenta positioning which means seeing the baby more! And fear not- soon the movements will be so big that you will definitely not only be able to feel them but you’ll SEE them! I was upset about the potential for a definite C-section but remind myself that the most important thing is a healthy baby (and mama). Trust your body and trust your doctor.
    Other similarities: Fruit (pineapple and Honeycrisp apples daily), trip planned in September, catching a cold and being miserable!
    Enjoy your time off and this special in-between time before parenthood. Rub that growing belly! Isn’t it amazing what our bodies can do? xxx

  7. Rach @ This Italian Family January 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    I hope the placenta moves for you! I know that has to be really frustrating to have to think about changing birth plans. On a happier note, I love hearing how close you and your husband have become through this time. Precious! 🙂

  8. amelie88 January 15, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    I feel like your pregnancy is flying by! Also I’ve heard about that app that compares your growing baby to fruit size, I guess it helps for comparison but it would just make me feel I’m growing a fruit inside me! And I’m right with you about pregnancy seeming so sci-fi. Never been pregnant so low-lying placenta doesn’t mean much to me but I hope you don’t have to a C-section either and that the placenta elevates itself (?).

    My friend had a C-section when she gave birth last year (and she is pregnant again actually!) but she is tiny and so short, right under 5 feet. Her baby has a huge head so I wasn’t entirely surprised when I met him in person. I was like “You expected to push this thing out of you?? He’s huge!”

    Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes by smoothly. Not that much longer now!

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