Wednesday, May 15, 2013

22 weeks

After my ultrasound last Monday, my due date was pushed from September 15 to the 18 (totally the wrong direction!). Anyways, I figured I better move these posts by a few days to be a little more accurate. So, today, May 15, 2013, I am 22 weeks!

This week, you are about the size of a Barbie doll, but with obviously a much better figure. (Or a large banana if you're missing the produce reference.) You weigh about a pound and have eyelashes and eyebrows, now. Your lips are becoming more distinct and you're developing tiny tooth buds. Also, you eye have formed but the irises still lack color (I think they'll be blue, but we'll have to see!). Finally, your pancreas is developing steady and you've begun sleeping in cycles - about 12 - 14 hours a day. I can definitely tell when you're not sleeping, you little kicking machine. But, please keep it up! I love the kicks.

Symptoms: Nothing really stands out this week. I've seen some pregnant women begin to complain about back pain right about now, but I've been lucky in that I still haven't had any. My allergies and stuffy nose have cleared up really nice. I would say the only obvious thing is the growing belly. There is definitely no hiding it now! But, it's still not really in the way. I can still bend down and move around very comfortably. I'm enjoying that while it lasts, because I have a feeling by the time I hit 30 weeks or so, the belly will be a little more troublesome.

Sleep: Still sleeping very well. I'm still in bed pretty early during the week, but I'm also up very early during the week. I probably get between 8 and 9 hours during the week. This past weekend, I only got about 6 hours of sleep each night, but felt fine during the day. Granted, I wanted to go to bed at like 6 on Sunday, but I was fine otherwise.

Food aversions: I've actually had this one for a while, but never really mentioned it: yogurt! It's so weird because I can eat it with granola and fruit, or in a smoothie, but the thought of eating plain yogurt really grosses me out. Also, this really isn't an aversion, but just something I should stay away from: coffee. I usually don't drink it since I'm supposed to limit my caffeine, but decided to have a cup on Saturday and then a cup on Sunday. But then, on Monday, holy headache!!! Worst caffeine withdrawal in the world. Before I was pregnant, I would have a cup a day, but would be alright if I missed a cup one day. No withdrawal symptoms. So, since I pretty much felt like crap all Monday, I'm just going to eliminate coffee. *And I just felt you kick. Do you know I'm talking about you? ;)*

Best moment this week: Putting together your crib! Dana, Rob, Andy, and Anna were all down to help install a fence in our yard, and we also put together the crib. Originally, it was just going to be me and Dana and Anna and my mom put the crib together. We got a few steps in and ran into a few snags. So, Andy, Rob, and your Dad had to help us out. But, it's kind of cool to think that almost all of your immediately family got to help put the crib together.

Baby items purchased this week: I didn't buy anything, but your G-ma McChain bought you a bunch a clothes, a little stroller, and a Gerry pack for when you get a bit older.

Suspicions on gender: So, I've been feeling girl for so long, but for whatever reason, I'm feeling boy this week!

Miss anything? Not particularly this week.

Movement: Lots and lots. I'm starting to see a little but of a pattern with it. Like I generally feel you when I get to work first thing in the morning, and about 8 at night. Keep getting stronger though, because we need your dad to feel it!

Looking forward to: Memorial Day weekend! In two weeks, baby! Nothing like another day in your weekend.

Next prenatal appointment: Just another check up on June 6. Then, just one more check up 4 weeks later, and then we switch to every 2 weeks!

This past weekend was ah-ma-zing! Your aunts and uncles were in town helping us put a fence up for Jax, and I guess kind of for you. It was so great to have our house filled with family all weekend. The boys did a great job of putting of the fence and us girls did a great job of feeding the boys. My mom was around for a lot of the weekend, too. It was just so great to be with everyone. I was totally bummed when everyone left, though. I just miss everyone so much, and it always feels like I have to wait such a long time to see them again.

Sunday was also Mother's Day! I guess it was kind of my first Mother's Day, that's what everyone kept telling me anyways. Your dad was so sweet. He got me a card, a beautiful plant that is now living in my office, and a bunch of goodies from Trader Joe's. We all had breakfast together and it was just such a good day to reflect on how lucky I am to have such an amazing set of siblings, how lucky you'll be to have them as your family, and how grateful I am for you, baby. Every single day I still feel like I have to pinch myself. But, it's real. I'm going to be a mom in a few short months and it is just an unbelievable. It was a great Mother's Day, indeed.

Rob and Matt working on the fence.

Andy making some calculations while Anna supervises.

Matt cutting boards for the fence.

Jax is all, "Isn't my fence done yet? Get me off this leash."

And he's covered in saw dust.

Jax loves to be picked up. (Totally kidding.)

The boys with their finished project.

A group shot that Jax had to wiggle his way in front of.

Take 2.

And the McChain side.

And your crib!

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