My Pregnancy Journey: Week 22

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!

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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.

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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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For all pregnancy-related posts, please visit my baby page!


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    Yay for baby updates! I know it’s a bummer to not feel the baby move, but with my first I didn’t feel her move until about 23-24 weeks. Don’t listen to those who say you should be doing this or that… everyone is so very different.

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    You are looking SO cute! I hope I get to see you in person again before you leave. xoxo

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    I love John’s thoughts! He’s so scientific – love it. And yes, we have the internet and nothing will change except seeing each other in person. You are ALWAYS in my heart and soul and that will never change. I can’t wait to see you after you move for trips and stuff. Had so much fun with you last night! xoxo hugs

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    I agree with Stephanie. Don’t listen to what ANYONE says about your pregnancy. Everyone is completely different. Everyone explains feeling a baby kick differently too, so you may have actually felt it but not realized it was a kick.

    If you remember, for me it was like a muscle spasm. Like something waaaay deep inside was shaking a little. For you, however, it might feel like butterflies, like something swimming around inside, or like popcorn popping.

    It’s definitely frustrating waiting for those first kicks, but when they happen you are going to be SO THRILLED! And if your kid is anything like mine, John won’t feel the baby kick for several more weeks after you do. Don’t get down…I’m sure your little guy will make his presence known. And then he’ll be like mine…rolling and stretching and cuddling with my rib cage all the time. :) You look great, mama!

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    People love to give their opinions on pregancies, it never fails. Just remember that you know your body best! It will happen when it’s the right time for you and the baby! :)

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    I thought the glucose test would be bad too, but it wasn’t. It was only about 8oz of stuff that I had to drink and it tasted like kool-aid. You probably still won’t like the taste of it, but it wasn’t a large amount like I thought it would be. When I first started to feel J move I was 20weeks, but it wasn’t really a kick. I felt like little flutters deep inside. Sorta like he was tickling me from the inside out. You will feel your baby soon enough and it will be amazing! :)

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    Shannon Howell says:

    Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving and your pictures are so cute!! I’m so glad we got to hang out and have girl time that night we took the pictures– no problem about the car and I’m glad everything worked out!!

    Can’t wait to see you in a week or so!!

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    This is a late comment, but wanted to say I FEEL you on the movement question. I have an anterior placenta too, and although I did feel the odd wiggle earlier, it didn’t start to pick up until about 22 weeks, and is still very up and down. And my husband has still barely felt a thing! I feel a bit robbed, as soon he’ll be running out of space to wriggle around much.

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