How far along: 22w0d
Baby’s size: 11.4 in. (crown to heel), 1.1 lbs., about the size of an eggplant.
Total weight gain: I gained 0.4 lbs. last week so up 9.0 lbs. from egg retrieval.
Sleep: Last night I slept straight through from midnight to 5am, it was awesome! I’m hoping this continues, as before last night sleep was really been hit or miss.
Symptoms/Feeling: Still dealing with the awful heartburn, but I’ll manage. I definitely now feel like she’s sitting on my bladder more and more, which is a super fun feeling, as I’m sure many of you know! Driving seems to be the worse actually, maybe because I sit so upright and it feels like she falls into my pelvis. I’ve also noticed quite a bit of tightening in my abdomen from time to time, but thankfully nothing consistent, and hopefully not for a good long while yet!
Best moment of this week: Yesterday I had lunch with an old friend who I haven’t seen in way too long, and it was fantastic! And I got to meet her son!!! I actually feel quite embarrassed mentioning this, but her son is now 9 months old already. I take all the blame for this one. When he was born I was going through a tough time, I’m not trying to make excuses, just pointing out the obvious. His birth was around the time I lost our first pregnancy, when we transferred the two embryos who would have been due last Friday. At the time I wasn’t sure how to handle others happiness, others having babies, what I so dearly wanted. So I dealt the only way I knew how, which was to avoid pregnant women and babies. I’m not saying this was the more mature way, but it helped me through a different time, and as much as I dislike how I acted, I can’t change the past. I hate that I wasn’t able to meet my friend’s son shortly after his birth, to be there for her and share in the experience, and we obviously can’t get that time back. Being I’m in a much better place emotionally now, I’ve vowed to make more of an effort with those important to me. I pray I can live up to friend’s expectations and be there when they most need me going forward.
Miss anything: Cute jeans, wine with friends, staying up past 10pm… I’ll have those joys again, at some point, right?
Movement: I’m definitely feeling more this week, although still mainly at night in bed. The movement is more forceful now and usually off to the sides of my belly.
Food cravings: Still eating two oranges almost every night!
Labor signs: The tightening of my stomach from time to time scares me, but since it’s not consistent I’m trying not to worry. I do sometimes feel stabs of pain in what I can only describe as my crotch. I’m so hoping the progesterone is working and my cervix is still at 2cm next Tuesday at my next checkup. The very last thing I want right now is bed rest…
Belly button in or out: In but I’m getting scared. Eric likes to tease me about it!
Wedding rings on or off: On!
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody, but it mostly has to do with moving to Cedar Falls and our house building project. I’ll save that drama for a separate post.
Looking forward to: Knowing where I’m going to be living in five months! More on this in my separate post about our house building project.
Purchases for baby: I was good this week, didn’t make any purchases, as I’m holding out to see what is purchased at showers and such. I still need to buy the stroller though, and possibly nursery furniture as I don’t expect those larger items to be gifts from anyone.
Eric’s reactions: Eric sang “Rock-a-bye Baby” to my belly the other day. The most hilarious part, he didn’t actually know all the words, so we’ll have to work on that with him, but it was seriously cute.