Thoughts on Pregnancy: Week 24

365 Project 2015: Day 17

Today I am 24 weeks pregnant with this little babe who is now the size of a cantaloupe! We’ve been really busy over the last week, so the blog has been pretty quiet. My parents moved in to their new home here in Lexington over the weekend. They’re still getting settled but I think they like it! I went over to their house on my lunch break yesterday and it felt so surreal. I’ve lived 900 miles away from my parents since September of 2006 and now I can just drive over to their house from my house in less than 10 minutes. I can drive from my work to their house in less than 10 minutes. Am I dreaming? Hahaa! It’s just so crazy. I’m so excited for our sweet baby to have so many family members all in one place!

How Far Along Are You: 24 weeks.
How Big Is The Baby?: He’s the size of a Cantaloupe!
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: I never remember to weigh myself, so I’m not sure! But at my last appointment I think I had gained around 13 lbs. I’m betting I’ve gained around 16 lbs or so by now.
Maternity Clothes: Other than a few stretchy dresses, footless leggings/tights, and one pair of pre-pregnancy jeans - all of my clothes are now maternity.
Stretch Marks: None!
Sleep: Sleep is getting less comfortable for sure. Whenever I change sides in the middle of the night it seems to wake him up and then I’m awake for a few minutes while he moves around. I like it though!
Best Moment This Week: Early this morning I’m pretty sure I felt him have the hiccups for the first time ever - didn’t even mind that it was like, 3AM!
Movement: I went a few days where I felt like his movements were lower down and not as strong. But I was pretty busy during that time so I probably just didn’t notice as much. Today - it feels like he might be doing buti yoga in there! ;] He’s definitely higher up/not kicking me in the bladder constantly.
Food Cravings: Um. All of the food. All of it. I’ve never been so hungry in my entire LIFE. I’ve been eating healthy for the most part but I want and need a little bit of desert after dinner. NEED. IT. I guess I am also craving Chai Tea Lattes from Starbucks too .. so yummy.
Food Aversions: Nothing really at this point. I think I could probably do guacamole and pickles now but I don’t really want to find out.
Labor Signs: Nope!
Belly Button In or Out: Pretty much flat to the rest of my stomach.
What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach. I haven’t missed that too much so far but lately it sounds really nice. I used to *only* sleep on my stomach. I also miss being able to walk up the stairs at work without feeling like I just worked out for an hour.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Decorating the nursery and getting the rest of our house in order! Also - BABY SHOWERS.

365 Project 2015: Day 8

Wednesday night I did a Pure Romance party for some close friends. It was an absolute BLAST! Between my demo and their hilarious input, we kept each other laughing the entire night. My face actually hurt from laughing when I got home. I walked in the door, walked upstairs, collapsed on the bed and thought about how lucky I am to get paid to have girls nights out! This is the good kind of tired!

365 Project 2015: Day 9

The excitement of the night before left me pretty tired the next day. I went to an aerial class, came home to Nate making a yummy dinner and we went to bed a little earlier than usual.

365 Project 2015: Day 10

It started snowing Friday afternoon and into the evening. I love snow on the weekends! We awoke to a winter wonderland on Saturday morning. We got around 5 inches - definitely the most snow we’ve seen this winter.

365 Project 2015: Day 11

I woke up early yesterday to get on top of some of the things on my to do list. Nate went with me to the post office to ship out a few Pure Romance orders. I worked on some of my business related to-do’s when we got home and filled out our bill/important date calendar for February. We met my Mother-in-law a little bit later at Babies R US to pick up the crib we ordered last weekend (she has a large vehicle)! While we were there we ran across a Graco Pack and Play that was on clearance. They gave us an extra 30% off since it was a floor model - it is *so* nice and in perfect condition. In total, we spent $30 on our crib and pack and play combined due to using gift cards and coupons! I can’t complain about that! A bit later we went back out to buy Nate a new pair of shoes and to pick out some paint for the nursery. I kept going back and forth on what I wanted to do - statement wall, no statement wall? I haven’t picked out bedding yet but I know the general color scheme I’m going for. So after browsing Pinterest for a bit in the car I decided on a swatch, walked in Home Depot, and asked them to mix it up! No standing around in the paint section for a year.

Nate painted the first coat last night and I am IN LOVE with it. The Behre paint that we always get has a primer already in it, but I was really skeptical about a light color going over a super dark color without a lot of effort. Uh - this stuff is amazing. Two coats will be perfect! We definitely bought too much of the paint in preparation for 3 or 4 coats - so we’ll be using that second can in both of our upstairs bathrooms! It’s the perfect neutral color and it really brightens everything up!

I did a little bit of cleaning and a little bit of relaxing with my iPad while Nate painted. Pure Romance has a new section to their consultant online office called “Party School”, which basically walks you through exactly how to be the best consultant you can be. I get points based on the sections completed and I’ll get free stuff for completing them - so I spent about an hour laying in bed with my iPad attending Party School/watching videos! It was funny because whenever I sat my iPad on my stomach, baby boy would KICK it and send it popping off my stomach a bit. Such strong kicks from such a little guy!

Have you ever just woken up one day and felt the complete overwhelm of something that you knew was happening but suddenly it kind of just hit you? The reality of it all? That happened to me on Monday morning at my appointment with my midwife. We went over the normal “entrance exam” information since I have just recently switched to them. I’m not sure what it was about that appointment but it was like a light switch came on as I got in my car. I am over half way done here and there is still quite a bit left to do! De-clutter every closet, clean the carpets, put together an entire nursery, sign up for my child birth classes….. AH.

It’s such a roller-coaster ride of emotions because of course I absolutely cannot wait to meet our son! But on the other hand - I am still mentally preparing myself for how completely life changing this is going to be. I’ve recently started watching a lot of birth videos and I have my “birth plan” mostly mapped out in my head, with the understanding that it could obviously go completely different than what I have planned. The videos are so emotional for me to watch. It’s so hard for me to imagine it all - it is hard for me to picture my body doing that. It isn’t scary because I know this is something I was made to do. But I can’t help but wonder how everything will go for me and I know that there really is just no way that I can know.

I’ve been doing my research on so many different things (epidurals, crib mattresses, etc.) and it has been interesting to kind of see myself form hard opinions about things. I have always had a lot of trouble listening to myself and not letting other people influence me. But this has been completely different. The great thing about having a baby is that there is no “right way” to do it. So we can all form the best plan for ourselves. I feel like I’ve been doing that from the beginning - continuing to do what I felt was right for me, no matter what anyone else thought (with doctor/midwife consent)! It feels good to know I’m not just following along blindly.

Some new things that I have noticed this week are: thicker hair and a weird sensation at the top of my stomach, basically right below my boobs. I didn’t expect to really be able to tell that my hair was getting thicker because it is so thick in the first place, but - holy volume! Also, it is growing like crazy. I would prefer it to slow down because my roots are peeping out faster and faster! As for the weird tingly sensation - Google tells me that the baby is either pressing on a nerve or I’m actually feeling my body stretching. I can’t imagine how many pinched nerves I’m going to have as he gets bigger, yikes! It’s not painful right now but I bet eventually he’ll find one that is!

How Far Along Are You: 22 weeks!
How Big Is The Baby?: At my 21 week ultra sound they told me that he weighed a little over 1 lb. So probably a little more by now! He is the size of a Papaya!
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: About 13 lbs. I weighed 153 lbs at my appointment on Monday.
Maternity Clothes: I feel like I’ve popped a little more. I’m wearing mostly maternity clothes at this point!
Stretch Marks: Still no signs of them. Though my pregnancy app told me that I could start seeing them this week. Crossing my fingers that I don’t!
Sleep: I’ve had wild insomnia. If I try really hard I can shut off my brain and go to sleep but the problem is that I don’t want to. The other problem is that I also don’t want to wake up in the morning…
Best Moment This Week: Hearing baby boy’s heartbeat at my appointment on Monday! She found it right away and said, “WOW. He’s active! 151 BMP!”
Movement: I’m feeling him a lot more often now! Still mostly late at night. Nate has felt him twice now.
Food Cravings: Yesterday afternoon I craved Strawberry Poptarts and eventually had to buy some out of the vending machine at work. I KNOW. So bad.
Food Aversions: Guacamole, pickles.
Labor Signs: Still have some time!
Belly Button In or Out: Magically still in. Or more like, flat to the rest of my stomach.
What I Miss: Mostly still unlimited cups of coffee and Aerial drops! And being able to bend over normally.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Baby’s crib arriving! We ordered it on Sunday at Babies R US, we just have to wait for it to come in!