I am setting a new record with this weekly update—I am officially 1 week late. As in, I’m actually 24 weeks today…whoopsie. I have 5 photo sessions in my queue that I should be spending this time editing, so this week’s update will be short and sweet. I will try to get to the 24 week update in the next few days…but we’ll see how that goes. We have another CRAZY busy week and weekend coming up… life, please slow down!
Size of Baby A/Developments this Week: A large mango. He is almost a foot long and weighs in at a little over a pound! He is becoming more and more active (no kidding, I feel him all the time), and my pregnancy apps all say that I should be able to see the movements on the surface of my skin soon…I have seen it a couple of times but I will admit that I haven’t stopped and really taken the time to look too often! I certainly feel him moving quite a bit more now. Also, blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and his hearing is becoming more keen. He can hear what I hear, but not at the same level (sounds and voices are muffled by the muscles and tissues around my belly, the placenta, and the amniotic fluid). I’m guessing that means he’s hearing a LOT of talking/fussing/squealing etc. from his big sister in preparation for what life will be like on the outside. :)
Weight Gain So Far: 10ish or 11 lbs. I will get the official count at my 24 week appointment this Thursday!
Cravings: Still candy and cake. And it’s still so crazy to me considering I only ever ate those things once in a blue moon before this pregnancy!
Symptoms: This week I have been more tired than ever, even more tired than I was during the first trimester. I know it probably has something to do with the fact that we have been going NONSTOP and I don’t really have any time to stop and rest…well, that, coupled with the fact that the insomnia is still around. The good news is that since I have been so exhausted, once I finally am able to fall asleep, I have been sleeping pretty well…and only getting up 1 or 2 times to go to the bathroom instead of 3 or 4 like before!
Movement: So much. I love it, because at a time when I am so busy with everything else in life, each time I feel him moving it makes me excited all over again to welcome him into our lives. I feel like he’s saying “hey Mom, don’t forget about me!”, and I promise I’m not! ;)
What I Miss: Repeat from last week: my normal clothes. And also summer. This cold weather stuff can be going now anytime as far as I’m concerned. ;)
Things I am Thankful For: Our families. They have all offered to come and help us when we start painting/rearranging everything and to help us get our house ready to sell next year… and I really don’t know how we could do it without them.
What I’m looking forward to: Our doctor appointment on Thursday. Friendsgiving (9th annual!) this coming weekend!
Bump Progress: Still growing, of course. It still feels to me like it grows exponentially each week… and my Mom told me this weekend that I finally “look pregnant”—aka I can’t suck in my stomach anymore. ;) I would say that it’s about time, at 5+ months!
Next Doctor Appointment: This Thursday, November 14. My last non-ultrasound appointment, since I get to have an ultrasound at every appointment from 28 weeks on due to my low fluid issues last time. I’m not mad that we will get to see baby boy so often! :)
All for now—back to the grind. Happy Veteran’s Day, and thank you so much to all those who have served our country.