Halfway there already! How can that be? Today marks 20 weeks and the halfway point for baby. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, and it’s starting to feel like I’ve got a lot to do in not-so-much time. But at other times, I feels like another 20 weeks will be forever.
In case you were interested, here’s a profile shot at 19 weeks and 6 days. I’ve been walking around in maternity jeans thinking I don’t look pregnant, but I guess this photo begs to differ. I swear it happened overnight. Also, my regular work pants still fit. What’s up with that?
The coolest thing I learned about baby’s development this week is that baby is busily swallowing amniotic fluid, which changes flavor daily based on what I’ve eaten. I find it amazing that somehow baby can taste what I taste. Apparently babies develop an affinity for tastes they’ve previously experienced via amniotic fluid, so I’m taking this as a sign I should eat more delicious Indian food, for baby’s sake. You can thank me later, baby.
Baby also passed his or her quad screen with flying colors this past week, which was welcome news. So all the tests for developmental problems suggest things are going according to plan. I’m going to have to find something new to worry about. I am also enjoying feeling baby kick and roll on a daily basis now.
We’ve settled on a paint color for the nursery. We have all the trim taped off, and will probably try to get the painting done tomorrow evening. As we prepared the room for painting, we discovered what a crummy paint job the last owners did. We’ll be able to correct some of it, but other things, like smears of yellow paint on the stained wood trim, will probably be with the room forever. I never knew how much I would hate wood trim until I bought a house full of it. Note to self: no more wood trim, ever. I’d consider painting or replacing the trim, but that would a) be a massive job, and b) also necessitate replacing window frames and doors, which is not realistic. So my new strategy is to the work around the wood trim and just pretend like it’s not there. It actually turned out OK in the guest room, so let’s hope it works in the nursery, too.