Wednesday, May 29, 2013

24 weeks

24 weeks sort of feels like we still have a long way to go. But, if I think of it as 16 weeks left instead of 24 weeks in, it feels like we'll be meeting you so soon!

Depending upon where I look, you are the length of an ear of corn or the size of a cantaloupe. You're about 8.5 inches (standard letter size!) and weigh about 1.5 pounds. At this point, you'll be gaining about 6 ounces a week, which explains my ever-growing bump. Your beautiful face is now fully formed, just needs some fat to fill out, your brain is quickly growing, your taste buds are continuing to develop, you are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once you hit the outside world.

Also, I guess you are now able to recognize me and your Dad's voices (and Jax's bark), so I've been talking to you an awfully lot lately. Pretty sure I look like a lunatic.

Symptoms: Holy hunger! I've definitely noticed an increased appetite this past week. In fact, my rumbling stomach is usually what gets me out of bed. Other than that, this week was smooooooth sailing.

Sleep: Another good week here. We had a busy Memorial Day and had about 10 friends staying with us over the weekend. It was really exhausting, but I managed to hang out with the big kids for quite some time both nights. Since I was able later, I was also sleeping in a little bit.

Best moment this week: When we had all of our friends staying with us, every one was really impressed that I was able to hang out so much and be such a trooper. I kept getting comments like, "I can't believe its 11 PM and you're still sitting here and hanging out with us." That was really nice to hear, since sometimes I feel like such a bump on a log.

Baby items purchased this week: Father's Day is coming up in a few weeks, so I got your dad a "manly" diaper bag as a little gift. I'm really excited to give it to him.

Miss Anything? I took a group of the girls that were visiting us to a Lakefront Brewery tour over the weekend. I had a few sips of beer on the tour, but I definitely missed getting to enjoy the full glass!

Movement: Yep, still lots of movement! I'm still trying to figure out your little schedule. I do notice it more in the mornings and in the evenings, but I think that's just because I'm paying more attention to you moving around. And, we still need a big kick for Daddy! I can also tell when I'm not giving you enough space (like leaning forward in my chair or squatting down). You definitely let me know that you need a little space.

Labor Signs: Adding this category for the first time this week! I think I may have had a few Braxton Hicks contractions, but I'm not sure if that's what they were or more cramping/constipation.

Belly Button in or out? Still way in. I think I'll be amazed if it goes out. However, I did pick a piece of lint out of there that God only knows how long was there. Sorry. TMI?

Looking forward to: Finishing our registry this weekend and our first shower that's coming up at the end of June!

Next prenatal appointment: A week from today! Regular check up and time to do some glucose testing! Really looking forward to trying that orange juice. Supposedly, if you've got a sweet tooth, you tend to love the stuff they make you drink.

Wow, was it a whirlwind of a week! We had a 3 day weekend for Memorial Day, and in addition to all of our friends staying with us over the weekend, we've been to 5 Brewers games in the last 8 days! I'm definitely looking forward to a low key time this weekend. It also sucks because the Brewers have been losing so much! If they lose the rest of the games in May, they'll beat the record for worst May ever. It would be way more exciting if they were winning.

Tailgating with friends over the weekend.

In addition, we had our first home owners freak out on Sunday night. We came home to find our basement full of steam and our water heater spraying water all over the place. It looked so bad! All I could think about was having to call a plumber to our house on a Sunday night before Memorial Day. Not cheap! Thankfully, we turned the water off, discovered it was a quick fix. Just a matter of changing out a pipe that was leaking. And, your dad and a friend were able to fix it that night in a matter of an hour! Woohoo! 

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