None of these pictures are great. I tried and tried and tried, and made myself late to work the other morning, kicking off a frazzled day. But you get the picture. (oh, punny!)
How Far Along: 23-ish Weeks
Size and Health of Baby: The Peanut is about 11 inches long, according to all the science, and as of Wednesday's doctor's visit, weights about 1 pound. (Too bad I've gained lots more than 1 pound, ha!). Apparently, that's the weight of a large mango. Doctor said his little heartbeat sounded just awesome and that he's moving just the right amount (which I now feel more often, yeay!!!)
Sleep: Rough sometimes, but sometimes okay. When my back hurts, I really like to sleep flat, but I'm trying to use the body pillow to help myself stay off of it more. I don't know how I could sleep without that body pillow some nights, some nights I don't need it, and some nights, nothing is going to help. For a while I could still pull off sleeping partly on my stomach (like half sideways), but that's out now. Peanut kicks me for squishing him and won't stop until I roll over. I don't blame him.
I also miss being comfortable sometimes, which I know is going to just get worse.
Symptoms: The indigestion is much better, thank goodness, especially when I'm careful of what I eat. (Thanksgiving, not so good.) My belly is clearly expanding, if you want to call that a symptom. I'm congested lots, but that's no big deal. And.... if you really want to know... well, let's just say I've bought some nursing bra inserts. Apparently that's a sign I'll make lots of milk, something I've NEVER thought about before in my life. Ha. How embarassing, but better than the alternative embarrasment!
Things People Say: "Enjoy this part. It's all really hard after this." That was my favorite "encouraging" comment EVER. Gee, thanks. "Mrs. C, I didn't realize that you were going to get that big." Fantastic. And I'm not even to the largest part yet. "You are such a cute preggers!" Nice, but I don't really want to be called a "preggers," thank you.
But, to be fair, lots of people say lots of really nice things and do really nice things. Yesterday a woman who works in the office (and I was her TA when I was in high school) brought me a cute little blue stuffed owl she found at a craft fair. Lots of moms have told me that they loved having little boys, and that their relationship is something special. Several people have commiserated that being pregnant wasn't always their most favorite part, which is nice to hear so I don't feel like the abnormal non-mushy Scrooge of pregnant women. And people are genuinely excited for us.
Best Moment(s) This Week: Hearing is little heartbeat on Wednesday and feeling him move. It's reassuring, it's real, and it's simulatenously amazing and terrifying.
Linking up today with some Coffee Company friends. Don't worry. I definitely have my decaf Gingerbread Latte in hand.