bump update--weeks 22 & 23

{I'm not sure what has happened to me this summer...I feel like I can't quite keep up with anything...including blogging.  Maybe it's pregnancy? So this post is a week 22 and 23 post combined.}

How far along: Almost to 24 weeks (on Saturday)...I really can't believe how fast this is flying by.

Baby size: Papaya (average length is close to a foot and weight averages vary from 12 to 20 ounces)

Total weight gain/loss: About 9 or 10 pounds...I've gained so steadily.  I eat regularly and eat quite a bit, but for some reason pregnancy is the first time in my life it's been difficult to gain weight.  The body is a funny thing.

Sleep: Good! I transitioned into using a body pillow for the first time last night...heaven!

Movement: Oh my...all the time! It seems like she's most active in the morning and at night.  She must sleep all day.  When she's in her active time I feel kicks, jabs, and rolls.  A lot of times I can see large movements on the outside where my belly gets pushed out.  If she's in one of her busy times, she reacts when we put our hands on my belly.  Justin loves getting a reaction from her when he puts his hand on my belly. (She's making a liar out of me right now and moving around quite a bit at 12:40 in the afternoon. :)

Food cravings/aversions: We were on a mission trip this past week and were fed so well by our food team from church.  They kept amazing fruit out at every meal...and fruit has been tasting wonderful! They also had a warm dessert for us each evening accompanied by ice cold milk.  Cold milk has been a craving of mine.  No weird cravings...but an aversion is that I'm still not really enjoying red meat.  I mainly have my normal likes/dislikes at this point.

Pregnancy Symptoms: Heartburn has settled down.  I'm having some mild cramping occasionally but my "What to Expect" book said that's normal right now as everything continues to stretch and grow.  Mood swings...highs and lows.  I'm an emotional mess right now--some days super happy and positive, some days super sad and negative for some reason.

What I miss: Nada.  I'm starting to embrace this pregnancy thing (well, growing larger thing).  I think it's about time. ;)

What I'm looking forward to: Getting a good start on the nursery, finishing our registry, meeting this sweet girl.  Celebrating our last anniversary as just a couple next week...Justin has a surprise up his sleeve. yay! :)

Milestones: For me--strangers are starting to take notice of my belly.  I really don't care about that though...I don't like attention, so it's fine with me that most people still don't notice.  For Adeline--her face is fully formed and we would be able to tell who she looks like at this point.  Her days are really mainly about packing on the fat at this point.

Best moment this week: Being on mission trip last week was a blessing...especially since I had a job as blogger for the trip to keep our church updated while we were gone.  It was such a blessing that God provided a place for me on the team even though I couldn't do most of what they did each day in construction.  He taught me a lot about surrender and humility last week.

Moments with Justin: Really, I just need to brag on my sweet hubby.  God has blessed me with such a kind, patient man as my best friend and husband.  (I think I may have mentioned that a time or two. ;) There's not a topic or concern I can come to him with that he doesn't wholeheartedly take in and work through with me.  We've had some great discussions lately and he's held me as I've cried, whined, or cried until I'm laughing.  He's going to be such a good daddy and I'm so thankful that Adeline will have such a sweet, caring daddy to love on her like crazy.

On a funny note--I got a dreaded email from Baby Center earlier in the week about what to expect "down there" after delivery.  Let's just say I'm the "I will just find out when it happens" type of person with things I don't want to think about.  But something got into me and I read the email.  Big mistake.  Although I've heard most of what was in the email...it scared me to death.  I'm not scared of labor whatsoever...but I'm scared of the aftermath.  Call me a wimp, but it just bothers me to think of such discomfort.  I brought all my concerns to Justin and after he cracked up at me for even reading the email...he calmed me down reminding me that it will all be well worth it when we have her to hold.  True statement.  However, let's just say other than my Labor Class at the hospital, I'm not opening up any more emails like that.

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  1. You look great for how far along you are! I love your blog, it's very cute and you and your husband's story is so inspiring and beautiful :)

  2. The recovery really isn't as bad as they make it sound and it is definitely worth every second of pain! I'd go through it again a million times over for my sweet girl!

  3. You look so cute! It's so fun when people really start to notice you're pregnant, at least I thought so. As for " Down there" stuff - i tore but let me reassure you that it was a bit uncomfortable, but I really couldn't feel it at all most of the time - I thought it sounded horrible before I went through it, but it really wasn't bad. So don't let it scare you! Your hubby is right, it's totally worth it to hold your sweet baby.

  4. Isn't it funny that just a few short weeks ago you were so excited to feel her move and now she's doing it ALL the time! I love how fast they develop and how quickly things change. And you are right-HOW is it going by so fast? I feel like yours is going by faster than mine-is that even possible?! haha!
    Oh my goodness-I read the same baby center email....ahhhH! totally freaked me out too. I was already more scared for the aftermath than the birth and now I'm just that much more scared. I more feel like it's just going to be gross and annoying to deal with. Oh well....it'll be worth it. And I will let you know how it REALLY goes which will hopefully give you some hope :) Hope you're having a great week sweet girl!

  5. I had a baby two weeks ago (naturally). Yes, its not fun "down there" but you will be so busy with your sweet baby girl that it will just be an annoyance more than anything!

    It really isn't as bad as you read. I promise! I had an episiotomy AND some hemorrhoids and both things healed themselves without any help from me. Trust me. Its all worth it and not worth freaking out about :)

  6. The after the baby "down there" Stuff wasn't that bad for me. I had 2 weeks of uncomfortable-ness but I wouldn't even call it painful. You will be fine :) Plus you'll be too busy holding your baby to even notice! I miss you this week but I'm glad you had such a great time!!!

  7. It took me about 8 weeks to feel back to normal, which I hear is normal, considering I barely tore. (Longer I guess if you tore more.) But I wouldn't worry about it. No it's not fun. And it is worse than labor... not because of the pain but bc it drags on... but at least at that point, you'll have your sweet baby. And you'll be sleep deprived and trying to be a new mommy... you won't be that concerned about the aftermath. :)

  8. glad yall made it back, loved the updates from the official blogger :) happy {almost} 24 weeks! you are looking wonderful. glad that everything is coming along well!!

  9. Oh my gosh we have the same fears about labor haha I am not tooooo terrified of the actual labor, but after...OMG! haha I also love watching my belly move as she does...it's my new favorite past time!!! Glad everything is going well! Can't wait to see pictures of the nursery!!!


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