23 Weeks

How far along? 23 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Total gain of about 10 pounds so far. 
Maternity clothes? I recently found some great T-shirt bargains at Target. They weren’t maternity shirts (except for the one I’m wearing here) but they were 2.50$. I bought a couple sizes up and hopefully they’ll last long enough for my growing belly. 
I’ve been wearing maternity jeans, but the one thing that really bugs me about them is they get so baggy so quickly! They look great when I first put them on, but then five minutes later the legs and but are all lumpy and frumpy. I wore regular jeans with a belly band yesterday and I felt much more put together. They weren’t as comfortable for a long period of time, but for running a few errands it did the trick! 

Stretch marks? None yet. I think I’m gaining weight so slowly that my belly really hasn’t had to stretch super duper quickly yet so I’ve been able to avoid stretch marks this far. We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks as they want me to start gaining a pound a week!
Sleep: I officially kicked kyle out of the bed! I need two body pillows to comfortably sleep and I can no longer roll from side to side without looking like a beached whale. Normally I roll in place from side to side, but now with a big round belly (that just keeps getting bigger!) my rolls have turned into flops. I am now flopping from one side to the other, and it takes up about 3/4 of the bed to do so. 

Best moment this week: Visiting with my mom and sister. My mom felt the baby kick, but my little miss went stone cold every time my sister tried to feel! I also got my Picc line out on Monday and took a shower without my arm being in a bag. First “bag-less” shower in almost 3 weeks! Miss Anything? I’m really missing gymnastics. I’m also missing warm weather- it was in the 60’s this weekend and sunny! Such a tease because now it’s snowing. 

Movement: This girl is going to be a gymnast just like her mama! She kicks, flips, and rolls all night long! She also continues to jam out to music. 
Food Cravings:I swear I’m continually craving Dr. Pepper. Last week it was a rootbeer float. 

Anything making you queasy or sick?  Yes. Unfortunately one of the reasons I missed last week’s post is due to one of my IV meds making me sick! I started running fevers again along with having the shakes and chills. It also thoroughly messed up my digestive tract and I was having stomach aches after every meal. Those symptoms plus having a picc line that was really sluggish landed me in the ER (and then Labor and Delivery since the ER refuses to see patients over 16 weeks pregnant…). It was quite the ordeal since L&D doesn’t ever deal with picc lines, and at the time we thought it was infected. After a few confusing hours of “where the heck am I suppose to go?” I ended up staying in L&D and getting all the tests for Picc done and being sent home. I was feeling better so we extended the hold on my IV’s and I’ve been off them since. We now know that I shouldn’t use one of the drugs I was on since I was most likely having a reaction to it.

On a diffferent note, while sitting in our L&D triage room we could hear the woman laboring next door to us. Kyle turns to me with wide terror eyes and let’s me know that if I’m going to be screaming things like she is, (“I can’t do it, it hurts too much, ow, etc.) he may pass out… as a heads up.  Bahaha. I’m sure he’s not the first husband to pass out, and I’m sure if he does, he won’t be the last. 

Gender: Baby girl! We’ve bought some cute dresses and girly things while shopping with Auntie and Grandma this past weekend!! So darn cute. However, I would like to point out that we also have picked up a few items from the boys section because girls can wear little monster hoodies too… 

Labor signs: None! With all the stomach pain and cramping from the IV drug, I was worried it would lead to some early contractions. Luckily that was not the case.

Belly button in or out? It’s in it’s weird flat as a pancake stage. It’s starting to look a little bulgy again so I’m sure it’s going to be flipping out any week now. I’m just throwing this out there, belly buttons are weird. They’re weird to begin with and then during pregnancy? Oh forget it, I don’t think it’ll ever get weirder than this. 

Happy or moody most of the time? I’ve been feeling pretty good this past week. Lots of laughing. In fact, I may have peed my pants a little last night laughing so hard at the dinner table. (IT BEGINS! DUN DUN DUN) I also laughed myself to the point of crying while we were at the hospital during the whole ER/L&D debacle. When you feel better, you’re happier. When you’re happier you laugh more. Let’s hope I continue to laugh all the way to June! 

Looking forward to:  Our glider came in! I can’t wait to pick it up and assemble it. We’re also having Kyle’s parents down this week and I’m looking forward to their visit. Next week we’re sseeing his sister since she’s down for work, and after that my Dad is visiting! My birthday is thrown in there somewhere too. Lot’s of fun and exciting things happening and I’m so thankful that I’m actually feeling great and will be able to enjoy all our visits. 

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