How far along: 23 weeks, 1 day!
How big is baby: A grapefruit. “About 10.5 to 11.8 inches and about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces.”
What baby is doing: “Baby can listen to your voice and your heartbeat — and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking at this stage. His face is fully formed now — he just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.”
Movement: I’m so excited!! I have felt him move or kick (a little bit) almost everyday for the past 8 days! The best part is, I felt him on the outside for the first time ever Monday night (22 weeks, 6 days)!! It happened too quickly for me to yell for Andy. I’m not sure he would have felt anything yet (it was light), but hopefully soon! The kicks feel more like little thumps now, instead of the light taps or “bubbles” that they used to be. The movements and rolling feel more noticeable, as well! I can feel things even when I’m not paying super close attention!
Weight Gain: I think I’m up around 13 lbs total, which is just fine.
Symptoms: Heartburn, reflux, and frequent urination are the main symptoms. I have a new symptom though – I’m pretty sure I have Restless Leg Syndrome. When I’m lying down, my legs get sore and achy, and it feels like I need to keep moving them around and stretching. I don’t have a “creepy-crawly” sensation that some describe, but there is a weird uncomfortable feeling. It’s not bothering too much right now. I’m going to let my OB know at my appt next week. Sometimes low iron can cause it, but often times it’s just something you get in pregnancy.
Food Cravings: Salad and chicken! I’m also still craving sweets! There’s these new “chewy” Jolly Ranchers that come in a bag with just Green Apple and Watermelon flavors…Sour and sweet is such a yummy combo! I also have a thing for Vanilla Cream Soda….Mmmm. I can’t let myself have too much of that junk though. LOL!
Emotions: Kind of up and down this past week. I usually have a “tearful” week every now and then, especially when something stressful pops up.
Sleep: Only getting about 5 hours each night. I don’t necessarily feel that uncomfortable, I just get restless. I am continuing to rest (still on modified bed-rest), and I take naps sometimes. I don’t feel like I need as much sleep for some reason.
Best moment this week: Feeling my baby boy move from the outside!!! I’m so thankful for that & everything!
Worst moment of the week: Losing my job. (If you missed it, you can read my post about that by clicking here). Update: The policy they have won’t allow for all the time I need off, so I am resigning. This is my last week of Short-Term Disability pay, which they will let me have. I am comfortable with resigning. I don’t want to try to fight it or stress out about it. I’m happy to be at home to rest & recuperate with my back/bum pain, and I can better take care of myself and my baby.
What I am looking forward to: I think what I’m most excited about is that we’ll be working on the nursery soon!! And getting more things done around the house (with Andy’s help of course, since I’m supposed to take it easy)! 🙂
Upcoming Appts/Other Updates:
–4/30/13: 24 weeks – Viability!!
–5/2/13: Next OB check up.
–5/16/13: Next MFM check up and growth scan.
Belly pic: 🙂