My friend Victoria gave me a heads up that between 20-25 weeks, the baby might grow a ton, and gracious, she was right! Even in Dave’s t-shirts, this little guy is beyond the hiding stage, and it feels kind of strange to know that even random people I run into on the street will know about him without me saying anything. The bump, coupled with all the movement I’ve been feeling lately, certainly continues to make this whole experience feel more real!!
How far along: 23 weeks!
Baby size: A bunch of grapes–though I feel that is not a very helpful reference point :P He’s about a foot long and 1 1/4 lbs–now it’s time to work on those baby rolls!
Weight gain: 17 pounds, and doing my best to stay healthy and not stress over the number. (By the way, I keep hesitating about sharing this, but have realized it has been encouraging for me to hear when women are in a similar place as I am, so I plan to keep sharing–keep me accountable!)
Stretch marks: Nope! Still using this lotion every night before bed.
Sleep: I have had a few nights where sleeping has been hard, but I’m not a good sleeper to begin with, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary for me.
Maternity clothes: I finally bought a pair of maternity shorts and two simple maternity tees at Old Navy over the weekend. This and this (the one I’m wearing above) flowy, non-maternity dresses were also delivered and I love them both!
Gender: Sweet baby boy *insert heart eyes emoji here*
Movement: SO much!! I love feeling him kick and bop around, and it definitely seems like he responds to our voices sometimes.
Best moment this week: An ice cream date with a new friend who is due a few weeks after me. It has been really sweet to see who God has been putting in my path to walk through this stage of life with!
Food cravings: Still fruit, plus one random craving for a hot fudge sundae and one for those ridiculously processed nachos you get at a baseball stadium–definitely my oddest craving to date!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I think I get queasy from the car a little more easily than usual, but nothing else to report.
Missing anything: Not really!
Symptoms: I have a little bit of pain in my lower abdomen sometimes that I want to ask my doctor about, but I’m not too worried about it.
Labor signs: Nope.
Looking forward to: Getting the keys to our NEW HOUSE on Sunday and starting the move-in process!! I am so anxious to start gathering baby things and getting baby boy’s room ready! The story of how we found our little home is coming next week, so stay tuned :)