This was me at 23 weeks. I'm nearly 25 now, so.........
Total Weight Gain: 18 lbs!!! I say this incredulously. I know I'm supposed to gain weight, I mean duh, and I'm right in line with where my doctor wants me to be, but gah--it's hard for me for some reason! 18 sounds like a lot!
Gender: GIRL!! A sweet little beautiful baby girl!!!
Maternity Clothes? "The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things." Feeling slightly walrus-y myself, that quote from Alice and Wonderland seemed fitting. Anyway, I broke down and upon the advice of my friend Denise who is due in December and is small like me, I ordered some maternity clothes from Old Navy. I got some jeans and 2 work skirts and a pair of legging that I've had on for nearly 40 hours. I don't know why I fought it so much because I was just delaying the inevitable. I can wear some of my regular sweater dresses but my old clothes are not really working for me any more. Hopefully I can get through the winter without having to spend much more. I have to applaud Old Navy for their comfy leggings, super low prices, and lightening fast shipping!
Stretch Marks? None so far! Fingers crossed!
Sleep: All good so far!
Movement: I have been feeling her for weeks apparently. However, people kept telling me it felt like flutters or butterflies. I never felt a single flutter--just pokes and something kind of like popping bubbles. I figured it was something digestive. Well, not so much. I thought I felt her on the way to Birmingham one night when Forrest had to slam on the brakes and I tensed up. I could have sworn she kicked the crap out of me so hard that I felt it from the outside while I was watching Alabama try to give the game away to Tennessee, but was convinced it was too early to feel her on the outside. (What I thought I felt kick me, I have no idea.) Then I pretty much decided I felt her when I was at the Service Guild Rummage Sale Preview Party after I downed a giant Sprite. We were on our babymoon last week and while I was rocking my 2 piece I started to feel her so much that I could feel her on the outside. I wasn't sure but since my belly was bare I was watching and then I SAW her move!! It was so freaky! Forrest saw it too and felt her kick his hand. It was amazing! Then I got in the pool and it was apparently too cold for my princess and she balled up and burrowed into my back. It scared me so much I started climbing out of the pool, which is NOT a graceful sight let me just say! I love now that I know I'm feeling her in there and it makes this whole process seem a lot more real.
Food Cravings: Bring on any and all food. The all inclusive babymoon was perfect for me.
Food Aversions: I'm over the nut thing, thank goodness!
Symptoms: I had my first leg cramp during pregnancy the other night. I used to get them terribly when I was little, so much so I would be screaming in my bed and my mom would have to come and press giant knots out of my legs. Every now and then I'll have one but I'm talking like 1 a year. I'm hoping that the one last night was a "one of" but I'm doubting it. My "cramp training" when I was little at least prepared me for what to do!
Belly Button In or Out? It is nearly flush with my belly--how weird is THAT! It really creeps me out. I don't like to look at it.
Wedding Rings On or Off? On. My hands aren't swelling any. My feet were frighteningly swollen on our trip to Cancun but I figure that was because of the flight and the humidity. Once I got back home I went back to normal. Note to myself: consider if squeezing giant sausage feet into tiny wedges was really worth it for those few days.
Miss Anything? Being able to bend over, cross my legs, and get out of bed normally. You would not imagine how crazy you feel when you have to THINK about what you are going to have to do to get yourself out of bed in the morning. This scares me because I have so much longer to go!
Best Moment This Week: Sharing our babymoon together! It was our last big trip (we have a couple of weekend adventures coming up but nothing major) before she comes. It was truly wonderful to just relax and be "us". I'm crying as I type this tiny paragraph--may take me a few days to recount the trip if I had to guess!
Looking Forward To: Setting up the nursery! I have FINALLY chosen a bedding design and now it's time to choose fabrics and order things. I also need to buy a chair and side table and maybe a dresser or something. Oh and another note to self: don't forget to order fabric for a shower curtain and find someone who can monogram it.
Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is our last one with out children! I have a feeling baby girl is going to be super awesome at the holiday eating this year, considering we currently eat all the time anyway....