Monday, April 18, 2016

Bump Update: 23 weeks



Baby Size: A grapefuit, just under 12 inches long (which explains that round bump you see there - I am having such a fun time with it)! 

Feeling: Incredibly happy! My parents moved to Texas this week and have been staying with us which has been just about the best thing ever. This little man is so blessed to have such loving grandparents (lots of them) who will take such awesome care of him. I have been feeling really, really thankful for all of the love and support our families and friends have given us. I think I've heard 'It takes a village to raise children' a million times in my life, but only lately am I starting to see how true that is. From both mine and Preston's parents to my sister to sweet friends who have been mommas sharing their advice, I am so thankful for all of the support we have as we transition to parents. 

Food Cravings/ Aversions: Nothing, but it has been so nice to start up green smoothies again and know I am getting plenty of veggies! I am missing ahi lately - I think knowing I shouldn't have poke right now makes me want it even more! 

Symptoms: I realized there are a few symptoms I've had for awhile that I haven't written down and will want to remember one day. The first is excessively fast nail growth! I am not complaining at all about this one. :) I like to have short nails since I am so active which has meant twice weekly clippings. The other is a bit stranger; for several months I have felt a compulsion to brush my teeth multiple times a day. I've of course always brushed morning and night, but during pregnancy I HAVE to brush at least 1-2 additional times and have a good flossing or I feel disgusting. I seem to be especially grossed out at the thought of going to do a workout without having clean teeth (weird I know). I'm guessing this may stem from the fact that I've always heard you are at more of a risk for gum disease when pregnant? Who knows.  

Weight Gain: Didn't weigh myself. I should say here that I did have my first pang of pregnancy jealousy when I saw just about the cutest pregnant lady ever in one of my barre classes. She was one of those precious mamas that gets only a basketball belly and was so tiny everywhere else. I quickly had to shut it down in my mind - I have no business comparing myself/ worrying about anybody else's body. It is such a blessing that I was able to get pregnant so quickly and carry this babe so well so far - I need to be singing my body praises and nothing but that. (Writing this moreso for myself but also for anybody else needing a reminder that our bodies are AMAZING! Every time I start to let funky thoughts get in my mind I just try to think of this awesome quote ;) 

Projects: Fabric and nursery decor shopping with my sweet mama! We didn't end up buying fabric because the store was closing and I didn't want to make a rash decision but I can't wait to purchase it and start sewing! 

Dear Baby: Do you know what I can't wait for? Walks with you. Walks around our neighborhood are one of mine and your dad's favorite activities - we see huge snapping turtles, tons of squirrels, beautiful trees and plants and so much more. We can't wait to show you the world! 

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