26 Weeks

Remember a few weeks ago when I thought I had popped? Yeah I had no idea what I was talking about. Here we are eight weeks later and there is no denying it.  Hello belly…

Weight Gain to Date: My scale says I’ve actually lost weight, but I seriously doubt that. I’m guessing I’m at about 14-15 lbs total weight gain now. Two more weeks until my next appointment. It will be a new scale since I switched over to the midwifery group, but that’s ok.

Belly Button in or out: Still hanging on to its innie status.

Baby Size:  Peanut is now the size of an eggplant! She weighs about 1 lb 10 oz and measures 14 inches

New Developments:  Peanut is soaking up antibodies, getting her immune system ready for life outside the womb. Her eyes are forming, and she’ll soon be practicing the blink…perfect for batting those little lashes that will eventually get her whatever she wants from her daddy.

Cravings:  The intense cravings I had been having have really dissipated. I’m still digging spicy food, but there is nothing in particular that I find myself really craving.

Food aversions: Are you getting sick of me saying tofu yet? I’m actually kind of off meat right now. Steak sounds good, but everything else…blah. I’ve been better about veggies though I still am not digging Green Monsters, raw spinach or broccoli.

Feeling: Exhausted. Some days are better than others but I can feel my tiredness throughout my entire body. I’m also starting to feel heavy. When I was doing the elliptical the other day my belly felt like it was really weighing me down.

Sleep: What is sleep? The other day I woke up at 3:45 am thanks to my first kick to the ribs. I was never able to go back to sleep. That was one long 17 hour day. Good sleep seems to be hard to come by these days. I’m taking half hour naps when I get home for work just to get through the rest of the night. Hopefully once the craziness of the next few weeks of work are over, I’ll get back to sleeping better.

Movement: Last night I felt our little Peanut stretch out sideways in my belly. That was a new strange feeling. She’s trying to make me grow faster so she has some more room.   She’s usually very active so of course any time I look down and I can’t see her moving I have to poke her to make sure she’s ok. Call me neurotic, but it reassures me.  

Maternity Clothes: I broke out my steal of a deal maternity shorts last weekend. You can’t beat Gap shorts you scored for $5. They were super comfortable and fit great!  I can’t wait until it’s summer time and I can wear nice, light, comfy dresses all the time.

What I miss: Sleep. Seriously, I would kill for a good night of uninterrupted sleep. I feel like it’s going to barely be an adjustment once she’s actually here.  Doing ab work. That’s a strange one I know, but I love doing ab workouts.  Wine.  I know I know, you can have a glass every now and then. Sure, but I’m a first timer and I rather not test the waters.  People not feeling like it’s ok to comment on my body every time they see me. Nice gem last week, “you’re really big for 25 weeks aren’t you?” Really…never should those words come out of your mouth, even if you’re thinking it.

What I love about pregnancy: Seeing the amazing transformation my body has gone through thus far to accommodate our growing baby. It really is amazing comparing side by side shots.  Shopping. I’ve never been a big shopper, but now that I have a purpose to shopping, I’m all over it.  Not feeling guilty saying I’m worn out and need take sit down, take a nap, etc.  On the other hand, I love the days that I’m feeling so good that I am flying at the gym and working harder than the person on the equipment next to me.  My hair and nails have also never looks better. Sure I have tiny baby hairs flying all of the place, but my hair is soft, thicker and is growing like crazy. Oh yeah and I finally have some cleavage…haha.

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