26 weeks.

This has been a rather uneventful week in my pregnancy, but sometimes they say no news is good news. 

I have two OB appointments coming up, one tomorrow for my glucose screening and a regular visit on 11/15.

My baby shower is this weekend. I know, it’s kind of early for a shower but my time off is limited and Thanksgiving and Christmas are in between now and R’s birth. There is just too much going on later. Veteran’s Day & a flex holiday allowed me to have a four day weekend so I am driving home to Louisville and celebrating R’s impending entrance with those I love. The theme is nautical – to match the nursery – and I cannot wait to see how everything is going to come together! I may have helped with a few of the decorations (I can use the stuff in the nursery after all!)… 🙂 

The anxiety is starting to pick up. I feel like there is so much that I have to do but not enough time. And not all of it is baby related. In addition to painting the nursery and setting it up (which I can’t do until after the shower and when Edwin gets home at the end of November), we have a home inspection that requires professional carpet cleaning and chimney sweeping (WHO requires this upon lease renewal???) AND I just discovered that we have yellow jackets coming into the house. SERIOUSLY? Tack on a full-time job and being temporarily alone and the stress level skyrockets. Insert cranky emoji here.

Switching to something more positive, I’m in love with the feeling of R’s movement. The kicks are stronger but all over the place – for two days I felt like I was being kicked in the bladder and other places and then a day or two later the kicks were above my belly button. Yesterday I felt them along my ribs and today there has been rolling movement along my right side. It amazes me how much exploring this baby does. 

The Braxton Hicks are still occurring but without pattern and typically go away with movement and water. My leg cramps came back last night but I noticed that when I get them, I’m not sleeping on my side with the pillow between my legs. I’m also still on an emotional roller coaster – those of you without kids: you thought your emotions were crazy during your period?! Just wait. I haven’t been angry, though, just weepy.

My must-have this week has been the deliciousness that is grape juice. Root beer isn’t completely out but chocolate made a quick arrival and departure; it was Halloween, guys, and after one day of Reese’s cup binging I was over that craving.

Here’s a quick pic this week of my Halloween costume: 

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24 weeks

I want to try something new this week. I’ve been journaling a bit and figured I’d just add some of the entries since I last posted.

Monday

Today we felt R’s butt, back, or head. I was reclining in bed and felt a hard lump about the size of a tennis ball (maybe a tad smaller) in my lower abdomen. I had Edwin feel it. And then a few minutes later, the lump was in a different spot. I felt some strong kicks as well as an uncomfortable shifting. The lump moved about three or four times!

I know R’s brain development isn’t capable of this yet, but I feel like the little munchkin has been playing games with me. I will feel some kicks but when I rest my hand so that I can feel those feet/hands/elbows on my hands, all movement stops. I continue pressing for a few moments but feel nothing and as soon as I move my hand away, the kicks return! Edwin described R as “being an ass like Daddy.” Lol!

Tuesday

R wasn’t active as much today, only a few kicks. I guess the little one needed some rest after many days of what seemed like constant activity. I hated not feeling the movement as much, though. It’s a comforting feeling right now so when it’s absent I worry, though I know it is too early to be counting kicks.

Wednesday

R was back at it again today, kicking away! Dinner (steak and baked potatoes) must have been satisified or R was just trying to tell me that there was no more room! 😉

I came home from work to four packs of Huggies size 3 diapers, 6 bottles of baby oil (I think I’m set for a lifetime), 4 bottles of baby powder, and a bottle of baby shampoo that was given to us by one of our friends! I was so excited!

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Thursday

An older gentleman came into work today and asked if I had read anything good lately. I sighed and said, “No, my pregnancy has left me exhausted so I don’t feel like reading much.” He said, “Oh, congratulations, I couldn’t tell. You must not be far along.” I laughed and replied, “Well, I’m just about 6 months pregnant.” His eyes widened and he said, “You don’t look it, you look great!” He was probably just being friendly but words like that are greatly appreciated. I don’t think people who aren’t pregnant realize how much moms-to-be worry about their looks. Sure, we have “an excuse” to gain weight, but I don’t see it like that. Everyday is a constant struggle to make sure I’m getting enough water and healthy foods. I feel bad if I have a little bit of soda or tea here and there. And then we have to worry about losing the baby weight. I actually broke down in tears tonight because I haven’t had the energy to work out like I did before pregnancy. These 40 hours a week (plus alternating weekends) kill me. I’m moving around constantly while working that by the time I get home at 5:30 or 7:30 depending on the day, I barely have the energy to cook. I’m rambling but the point is that pregnant women are just as concerned with their weight as non-pregnant women and when people tell me that I look great, I feel pretty good. But tomorrow is weigh-in day. Eeek.

Today I felt R above my belly button for the first time! The kicks are usually concentrated in my pelvic region so when I felt them up high, I was caught off guard and excited!

Friday

Today was my OB appointment! I look forward to these appointments because I know I get to hear R’s heartbeat. Everything is going great still. I’m measuring 24 cm (fundal height), which is right on track since I’ll be at 24 weeks at the time of this posting. R’s HR was 147, just like last time. My weight gain was right about on target. I’ve been told a pound per week is average and I’ve gained about 5 lbs in the past 4 weeks for a total weight gain of -2lbs (For those of you who aren’t aware, I lost 10 lbs. in the first 3-4 months of pregnancy and I’ve only gained 8 of those lbs back). I’m not going to beat myself up over the extra lb. I know R is about 1.5 lbs and then I have to throw some ounces at the fluids, placenta, boobs, etc. Edwin keeps telling me that I haven’t gained much so I guess I should start listening. 🙂 I also got my first flu shot in nearly 15-20 years. I have my glucose test in a little under 3 weeks and then my next OB appointment is in 4 weeks.

Bump Shot & Questions:

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How far along: 24 weeks – holy moly, I am only 3 weeks or so away from my third trimester! Where is the time going?!

How big is baby?  1 1/3 – 1 1/2 lbs and just about 12 inches… or the size of a canteloupe/ear of corn.

Baby’s milestones:  R’s lungs are developing.

Symptoms:

  • HELL-O exhaustion!
  • slightly swollen fingers, but the ring is still on
  • weepiness
  • foot and leg cramps (think charlie horse style!)

Sleep: I can’t get enough. Seriously. 8+ hours just isn’t enough.

Food cravings: root beer floats.

Looking forward to: my baby shower in 3 weeks!