Thursday, December 11, 2014

Baby Special: 24 Weeks

Weeks:  24!  This is a milestone week, as it’s largely regarded as the “point of viability”-  the point where the baby’s chances of life outside of the womb are tipped slightly in favor of survival.  If our baby was born today, his or her chances of survival would be about 50% - with it increasing by 2-3% every day for the next few weeks.  I pray that our child stays in utero for many more weeks – a full 16 more!  - but truly every day matters.

Baby's Size:  Baby Special is 12 inches long, and weighs about one and a third pounds.  He or she is the size of an ear of corn!! 

Trimester: Second!  My pregnancy is well over half done - three months from now I'll be "full term".  While I feel like there is still a lot to do, I also feel like we've DONE a lot!

Cravings: Absolutely none.  I've been very thirsty this week, but no cravings to speak of (this week or yet).

How I'm Feeling: Wonderful.  Healthy, strong, and comfortable.  I love being pregnant.

Movement: Some really wonderful movement.  A few times it's been strong enough that I've called Scott over to try to feel it, but we haven't been successful yet.  It's a pretty spectacular feeling.

My thoughts: I can't wait to meet this baby!  I'm also sooo curious if it's a boy or a girl, and I'm glad to have no further scheduled ultrasounds (temptations!) between now and when the baby is born.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Baby Special: 23 Weeks

Weeks:  23!  The tide has flipped where there are fewer weeks left as have passed!  It’s all downhill from here… right? J

Baby's Size:  Baby Special is 11 inches long, and weighs over a pound.  He or she is the size of a mango!  (Is that a coincidence?!  Because I LOVE mangoes, and I LOVE this baby!)

Trimester: Second!  Rings are still firmly ON, belly button is still firmly IN.  I’m up about 4 pounds from my lowest pregnancy weight at week 12.  (I’ve seen other “bumpdates” include those details so thought I’d throw ‘em in here, although discussing my weight will not become a regular occurrence.  Ha!)

Cravings: None – but between my OB appointment and Thanksgiving last week, I’ve been incredibly motivated to eat healthily.  Not just “less” as is normal after Thanksgiving, but more in a lot of ways: more fruits and veggies, more water, more protein, more vitamin C.

How I'm Feeling: I sound like a (blessedly) broken record, but I feel great.   I have such gratitude for these weeks of feeling so well.   My reading has prepared me for the fact that the latter weeks can be rather uncomfortable – and even down right BAD – so I’m savoring these middle weeks.  I feel almost like a “normal” non-pregnant person, except that I’ll admit that I’m a little slower to bend down to tie my shoes, or get stuff off the ground and even a little shorter of breath.  I’ve also had a bit of heartburn lately, which isn’t super fun… but it’s also so minimal that I’ll take it gladly.  (Hat tip to my cousin Megan who gave me Berry Tums about 24 hours before I really needed them.  Great minds, Megan!)

Movement: YES!  I found out that I have an “Anterior Placenta” (meaning that the placenta is on the front of my belly, with the baby positioned behind it) so that explains why the movement has been slower to come then other pregnant moms – my doctor explained that it’s like the baby moving through a pillow!  I have felt a LOT more movement in the past few days, though, and it’s been a joy each time.  It was so strong on Friday night that I called Scott in to see if he could feel it through my belly, but I don't think baby is quite big enough.  (Patience, Kate!) 

My thoughts:  Still sickeningly happy… Grateful to be pregnant, to be on the parenting journey with Scott, and to be so healthy.   I’m not sure how labor and delivery may change my mind, but I’d do this a dozen times if I could.  (Maybe not a dozen… but several more).  I LOVE being pregnant.  I feel like I was always meant to be pregnant - I've never felt happier, healthier, stronger, more joyful.  I feel incredibly grateful and lucky and I'm trying to really dwell in that gratitude right now.