Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bumpdate: 24 weeks


How Far Along: 24 Weeks!

Baby is the size of: An eggplant, cantelope and/or soccer ball

Total Weight Gain: 15.8 pounds

Sleep: Still pretty good, but feeling more and more like crap when I wake up in the morning. Stiff legs, heavy feeling in stomach (duh), extremely parched, and hip pain. I have to push myself up with my arms in order to sit up in bed. Sleeping on an air mattress in Atlantic City this weekend for my friend's Bachelorette party was also not very conducive to pregnancy.

Best Moment of the week:
* Baby's first baseball game on Wednesday! We attended a Mets game with our friend Matt!

*My friend, kate, making me feel good about our decision to go to Miami after I told her I was nervous being among model types on the beach in Miami. She always knows the best things to say ;) 
*Attending one of my best friend's Bachelorette party in Atlantic City this weekend and I even went to the club for a little! Mandy (second from the left) got to feel the baby kick twice on Sunday morning, which was awesome! Luckily, Chris had felt a little kick last Sunday, but I'm still waiting for him to feel a real good BIG kick! These kicks are literally getting stronger and stronger every day so it's only a matter of time.
Worst Moment of the week:
*This whole week was kind of crummy. I don't know if it was necessarily pregnancy related, or just "one of those weeks" but I was out of it, always very tired yet still couldn't wind down for bed, and just generally not in a "happy" mood. Many other friends told me that they had an off week too, so maybe it was just the weather or something in the water, but bleh, I was glad when this week was over!

Miss Anything: Not really!

Food Cravings: I really haven't had any cravings for very specific things...I get really really hungry and I neeeed to eat. But give me pretty much anything and I'll be happy. I did have a pretty bad week of eating though: Wayyyy too much food at the Mets game, and a bit too many oreos and ice cream sundaes. I need to reign that in.
 
Anything make you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show?: Um...yes...is it time to take these monotonous questions off this bumpdate? I need some new material...

Gender: Team Green!

Symptoms: *Two or three bad days of heartburn this week, so much for thinking that was gone.

*Intense, INTENSE burning sensation right underneath my "bubbies" at the top of my baby bump. It's not an internal heartburn type burn...it's skin burning type burn. It feels like I have a bad sunburn just along my bra line. I googled it, and many women seem to have experienced the same exact thing I'm describing. And it seems there isn't anything I can do for it. It comes and goes at random times. I sometimes wonder if certain clothing materials set it off more than others - I have to be more conscious of that to see if that's the case.

*Cramping. I had two days of cramping - to the point where I wondered if I had a UTI or something, but I have no other symptoms and it went away.

*When I look at pictures of me...I think that I look tired. Comparing pictures of me from before to now - I notice a difference in my eyes...my eyes look tired. I think I need more naps...

Workouts:  Terrible yoga session, general bad mood on Tuesday. My yoga teacher couldn't make it, so they replaced prenatal yoga with "gentle yoga" and it pretty much was "let's take a nap and meditate for an hour". I wasn't feeling it...it wasn't nearly as good a workout as we usually get...this made me appreciate how terrific my prenatal yoga teacher is...she always makes me feel so great every Tuesday and she really explains each and every move and how it is helping us prepare for labor. Other than that...just walking.

Mood: *See above - general bad mood this week, not sure if it was pregnancy related or not. Hoping to get more accomplished this week.

Looking Forward to: 
Zoey's piggy toy being replaced by a little tiny baby in a few months - As Kristina said on instagram, she's "getting ready for baby snuggles":

Maternity Clothes: YES
 

Stretchmarks: Yes, but they are the white kind, and not very noticeable

Rings on or off? Wedding band on, engagement ring off

Bellybutton in or out? Still in, but losing room. I showed my "messed up belly button" to the Bachelorette party on Saturday and none of them seemed to think it was weird looking and they thought I was being dramatic...so I guess it's really not that bad. Apparently I had a very cavernous belly button to begin with. Haha

This Week I: 
Got some really great name suggestions from our baby name app!....NOT: This week's "doozies" were Caradoc, Sabeh and Leverton.

Reading: Still Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth. I'm enjoying it, but it's a bit of a heavy read, I'm starting to just skim certain sections. Next up is Sippy Cups and Chardonnay!
 
Milestones: The face is almost fully formed! There is no fat on the baby at all yet! (sigh...wish I could say the same) The skin is still translucent so a real close look at the baby, and I'd be able to see all it's internal organs, bones and blood vessels. Like the last few weeks, the baby's ears are even more formed now and it can hear pretty much anything and everything around me! ANNND at 24 weeks I am officially 6 months into this pregnancy!
Bumpdates: 
Week 19
Week 18
Week 17
Week 16
Week 15
Week 14
Week 13
Week 12
First Trimester

Linking up with Kristin for Baby Talk Tuesday

16 comments:

  1. You look great! I'm so close to not being able to wear my wedding ring at all. I think it's a mix of pregnancy and the heat. I also think my belly button looks totally weird! In reality it probably doesn't look that different but it's different for sure. I decided against reading that book even though I'm hoping for as natural of a birth as possible because all the reviews made it seem like her way is THE way and everything else isn't okay. I'm reading Posh Push and it focuses on natural, unmedicated birth but it condones all ways of birthing. Much more my taste!

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    1. Oh I'm going to add Posh Push to my reading list - Ina May understands that sometimes there are medical reasonings for stepping in and doing medicated births or c-sections, but yea...the book is pretty heavy, lots of statistics, kinnnd of scary, BUT I have learned some interesting tidbits here and there and she did make me aware of some things that I wasn't aware of before. I'm hoping for as natural a birth as possible as well, but open to the idea of help if need be. Looking forward to reading Posh Push!

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  2. You look adorable. I definitely had days and weeks where I just felt off - it's bound to happen! Hopefully you feel better and can get some more naps in! :)

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  3. I'm sorry you had an off week, but you really look great, Laura! Wow, that baby name app is just crazy.

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  4. Where on earth did they get those name suggestions? lol!

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  5. You look great!! 6 months already? Geeze! It is flying by! And your baby name app is crazy! I have never even heard of those names, haha! Have you guys settled on any name choices yet?

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    1. Nope, not a single name choice! I'm hooooppping that we can finally get down to the nitty-gritty and discuss in Miami. Even once we do though - mums the word on them until the baby is born ;)

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  6. You look beautiful! So glowy and lovely.

    I'm getting so excited for you to have the baby! I can't wait!

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    1. Ohh, and if you get crampy, drink some more water even if you've "drank enough" for the day. That fluid around the baby will keep increasing until it's almost done cooking. :)

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    2. thanks for the advice!! I try and drink sooo much, but it probably was what was causing my cramping. I can't wait for baby too!! :)

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  7. You look great! Your baby name app is hilarious!! ha love it! I have days where I feel no good too, they are not fun. and that's too bad about yoga!

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    1. I know, the app makes me crack up pretty much on a daily basis. Great for the laughs..not great at all for helping me pick a name! Luckily, yoga this week was fantastiiiic so it made up for last week's class!

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  8. You look great, mama! I feel like I look more tired, too, but I think we are more sensitive to it because we know that we ARE more tired. I have always had a hard time napping and now have trouble sleeping at night but hopefully you can get some more rest in! I don't have a burning sensation but my belly and boobs actually touch now, which might be what it is? I use powder when it's hot out and that seems to help.

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    1. Yea...maybe I'm just looking for things to see differently in me...I've never been one for naps either..but I did take a pretty epic nap on Monday afternoon when I was off of work. Just imagine how great it would be to take an hour-long nap every single day at 3:00?? I think all my problems would be solved!

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  9. Are there any serious name contenders yet?

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    1. Honestly - no..not a ONE! we really have no idea, i'm hoping we can tackle it more aggressively when we're in Miami next weekend!

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