Today, November 29, 2011, I’m 23 weeks pregnant! Week 22 flew by since most of it was Thanksgiving related… time to tell you all about it!
Note: I think I’m sticking my belly out a little bit in the side view — hehe! I was trying to make myself look as pregnant as possible! Also, a big thank you to my friend Shannon for taking these week 22 photos since John wasn’t around. (Also thanks for dealing with the car issues of that night!)
How Big is Baby: BabyCenter is telling me that our little boy is 11 inches long and weighs almost a pound. This week they are comparing his length to a spaghetti squash! (I loveeee me some spaghetti squash!)
How I’m Feeling: I feel absolutely amazing. I think I want to be pregnant forever. Ha! Let’s see how I feel in 10 weeks, shall we?
How I’m Changing: My bras have been getting uncomfortable again, so when we went home to PA for Thanksgiving, my mom looked in her bag of tricks and pulled out 6 (bigger) bras that she doesn’t wear! Yay for not having to spend money on another round of bras. I really can’t believe how much my chest has grown — and to think there isn’t even milk in them yet!
I mentioned last week that I’ve been having feelings of tightness in the low pelvic area. I thought this meant our little boy was starting to let me feel him. However, I now realize I’m starting to have Braxton Hicks contractions. These contractions are just my uterus tightening for short periods of time, “practicing” for the real contractions in the future. For me, the Braxton Hicks contractions are triggered during and after I workout, when I have a very full bladder, and after sex. After doing some reading, these are all very common times that Braxton Hicks would occur!
Now that I know more about Braxton Hicks contractions I’ve been getting a little bummed that I still don’t feel the baby. Friends and relatives, as well as the baby apps I use and books I read, say that I should be feeling him by now. Well, I don’t. I’m starting to get irritated when people say that I should be. I explain the anterior placenta, but it doesn’t seem to register that my pregnancy is going to be different than theirs. Rawr – end rant.
Number of Workouts: Baby ran his first race this week!! We also hung out with my friend Caity and played a lot of Just Dance on Wii. John and I also took a walk on the farm with my dad, but that wasn’t anything serious.
Weight I’ve Gained: This week, Thanksgiving week I might add, baby and I gained two pounds! This makes my net difference +3.7 after the original 9 pound loss and gain.
What I’ve Been Eating: All things Thanksgiving related! I also made a mean Brussel sprouts recipe this week that I’ll be sharing in the near future. My mom also ordered cheese balls from our church that John and I have really been enjoying!
Clothes Update: The only pants I wear are: my two pairs of maternity pants, my two pairs of black leggings, and any comfy sweats/workouts pants. I can pretty much wear all my pre-pregnancy shirts except for button downs because of my expanding chest and belly. Over the long weekend my mom took my shopping for a few more sweater dresses and we ended up with three awesome dresses! I can’t wait to show you. I also snagged a steal of a deal on a dressy dress for an upcoming wedding that John is in.
John’s Thoughts: I have to admit that nothing major stood out for me this week except for that Katie is definitely showing her baby bump. It’s really exciting for me because there is a more tangible, physical evidence of her pregnancy that I talk to, rub, etc. I’m a bit disappointed that I haven’t felt him kick yet, but I’m sure it will come in time. As a scientist, I like to have direct evidence of the baby’s health (measuring approriately, bones are formed, heart is pumping, etc.). Right now I only have indirect evidence that the baby is growing and healthy (e.g. Katie’s stomach is growing and she is feeling good). While this is great, I am still anticipating being able to directly observe the baby’s health via kicking and movement. Hopefully next week I can give my thoughts on the move as it pertains to our baby boy.
Things We Are Looking Forward To:
- Getting confirmation on which date is moving day next week.
- Feeling the baby move for real.
- Seeing more friends before we leave the area.
- Finding a church in Maryland.
Things We Are I Am Not Looking Forward To:
- My glucose test on Friday. I actually keep forgetting it’s this week! I think I have just decided to not think about it. Why am I not looking forward to it? Because I literally drink only water and milk and know it’ll taste so gross to me!
- Missing my Cleveland blogging community. I obviously know we’ll keep in touch but moving to Maryland obviously means that I won’t be living in Cleveland. Kind of makes it harder for me to hang out with my bloggies anytime I want. Good thing there’s the internet, right?
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