21 Weeks

lipstick: covergirl “fairytale”

Since we found out the gender last week, being able to call this baby “he” instead of “it” is my favorite thing. Suddenly it’s all feeling much more real — although my belly popping out may have something to do with that as well. We have officially decided on a name since, so we’re calling him that fairly often, and Peanut hasn’t hesitated to join in on that fun. I love hearing him refer to the baby, and I think he’s starting to grasp the idea of an actual baby joining our family. Every time we see another small baby, I point it out and explain that it’s a baby just like our baby, and then he looks at me with a semi-understanding, semi-freaked out look on his face. Good thing we still have a few months to get him used to the idea…

With such an active toddler in the house, I’m having to protect my belly all the time so this poor baby doesn’t get smashed — so far so good — but I think we’re getting a small glimpse into future of little brother πŸ™‚

Despite a never-ending cold, and a nasty toothache this week, things continue to be smooth sailing.  I’m in full nesting mode and spend all day thinking about how to re-organize the house, how to redesign the nursery, and how I should start going through all those baby boy clothes that we have stored away.

This week he’s 10 1/2 inches long, and it’s majorly obvious with all the limbs flailing around inside of me. His favorite spot, so it seems, is way down low, as far down in my belly as he can reach. When he’s so low he doesn’t kick, but mostly just pushes outward and downward — if he’s already getting cramped in there at only twenty one weeks, we’ll see how he does at forty.



  1. I just finished my 21 week yesterday with my little boy. You look so cute with your bump! My little bug too have his favorite spot very on my low belly and every time I feel him moving(kicking punching….) just puts a big smile on my face. I am definitely going to miss this.


  2. This statement made me giggle, 'semi-understanding, semi-freaked out look on his face'. LOL! So sweet! When did you first know you wanted to have kids?

  3. Jordan Jaked says:

    You look so adorable with your little bump!! I love that you are doing this picture series. It'll be such a fun thing to show Baby Boy when he gets older!

  4. kaila sue says:

    I get nothing done because I am constantly protecting Cora from jumping, throwing and running Roman! Your getting in good practice! I want to see the nursery ASAP!!

  5. SheridanR says:

    This is adorable! My sister is 13 wks pregnant and I have told her to take belly pics for the scrapbook I'm making her. I love the idea of using a specific outfit. I might have to do this if I ever fall pregnant πŸ™‚

  6. newpetite says:

    You are half way there already! Amazing how time flies.

  7. Emily Kate says:

    Love how Peanut is so excited about the baby. That's darling. You look super cute!

  8. Kacie says:

    I love the braid and the lipstick color! I'm going to have to get some for myself πŸ™‚


  9. christine says:

    Merrick you look so adorable with the baby bump…and he's getting big!! you have so much in your plate, lady with a little one running around how do you do it?

  10. Kelly says:

    Awe! you look amazing!! congrats on the 21 week mark. That's so cute about your little guy, I'm sure he'll be so overwhelmingly excited when his little brother finally comes along πŸ™‚

  11. I want to know his name!! Are you keeping it a secret until he's born like Peanut? πŸ™‚ your bump is so cute!!

  12. Okay, I'm going to call you out on the fact that you look just about the same as you did at week 17. Not fair! And also, I'm not sure if I can come back to these posts. You're giving me a serious complex! But other than that, you know I love you! You really look spectacular!

  13. Dude I am super impressed you already have a name. That is..not something we are good at. Round of applause.

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