20 Weeks: Halfway There!


Read about yesterday's gender reveal!

Weeks: 20
Weight Gain: +4 lbs. from pre-baby weight
This Week's Cravings: Still stuck on soy iced chai from Coffee Bean. Also, I've had this unfulfilled cheese craving. I'm talking REAL, good cheese. Perhaps a visit to The Cheese Store in Beverly Hills is in the cards this week . . .
New Maternity / Baby Purchases: We finally ordered Baby's crib the other day. We already have her changing table {bought it about about a month ago}. Also, after we found out her gender yesterday, Daddy made a pit stop at Nordstrom on his way home from work {in the rain! -- how's THAT for dedication!} to buy another pair of Toms for Baby B! Our little girl is starting out with a whopping four pairs of Toms before she's even born!
Additionally, we were finally able to finish our baby registry. Prior to finding out the baby's gender, we could only register for so many things, as we really didn't want to pick out anything particularly gender neutral. And through the magic of the internet, the old dilemma of wanting / needing things from so many stores has been solved through MyRegistry.com. If you wanna check out our registry {and help us knock out a few items from the list -- hint, hint!}, click on THIS LINK. Search for Angela Bench and that should lead you to our list!
This Week's Pregnancy Cheat: Took a few sips of Coke the other day. Oh and yikes, had two oysters when we were in Las Vegas last week. It was sublime!
Things to Look Forward To: Another appointment with Dr. Moore next Wednesday {March 7th}. Yes, I really look forward to my doctor's appointments. Keeping a close eye on the baby keeps my neurotic self on check and at ease.
Tired / Sick / Sleepy?: Mostly tired. I make it a point to get up before 10:00 a.m. everyday {otherwise, I feel like my day is wasted}, but it's been a little bit of a struggle. On Saturday, J woke me up at 10:30 a.m. Eck. Hate that feeling.

I should also mention the following things:
  • My normally very "innie" belly button is now making its way into becoming an "outie". So very trippy. Just had to mention.
  • J laughed when I told him Baby B was kicking A LOT when I was in Nordstrom and Target today. I think he is secretly afraid that this little girl is getting trained so early in her shopping. 
  • I'm currently in the middle of reading a book called Bringing Up Bebe on my Nook. I read about it in People Magazine about 4 weeks ago and downloaded it right away. The author is an American mother living in Paris, discovering the secret to how the French raise happy, healthy, cooperative, well-behaved, and patient children. I'm only a few chapters in so far, but I cannot recommend this book enough. I will try to put up a full review once I'm done with it, but suffice it to say, both J and I plan on implementing much of the French framework of raising babies once Baby B is born. 

We are so incredibly happy to be expecting our baby girl. Many have asked if we have picked a name, and the answer is yes. You'll have to stay tuned for the official announcement :-)

Thank you again to everyone who has showered us with prayers and love. We so can't wait to share our baby girl with you!

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