How far along: 23 weeks. (From the Bump) Baby can listen to your voice and your heartbeat -- and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking at this stage.
How big is baby: The size of a pomegranate.
Weight gain/loss: I'm not tracking this, this week. Maybe next week.
Maternity clothes: Yes and no. I'm trying to wear any style of dress that I have this week. It's been over 80 and almost 90 a few days, so pants just don't cut it these days.
Stretch marks: Nothing new, but because my belly is popping, I can see my previously stretched belly button scar again. Awesome.
Sleep: We're doing okay in this area. The other night I did a really bad mommy thing. In my sleep, I turned down the monitor. This was bad because I then couldn't hear him at all and it wasn't until 4:17am that I was woken up by him screaming and the only way I was hearing him was through the floor boards. Worse-mom-of-the-year award, right here! Now, he normally wakes up around this time, so it was really nothing, but I'm so much more aware of it now and paranoid about the volume level that I checked it three times before going to bed last night and the night before. I will not miss his out-cry again!
We're still doing a bit of co-sleeping/nursing in the morning, but it's only about 1 hour or so and sometimes he's just too awake to get back to bed that we just lay and relax together.
It'll continue to get better and yes, there are many more moments where I just let him get back to sleep on his own verses trying to soothe him. There are just some moments where this method doesn't work and I have to help soothe.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I'm still on my huge salad or fresh produce kick. I've had a salad every night for dinner and sometimes for lunch too. It's just what sounds good and what tastes so delicious! We bought a huge head of romaine lettuce that made it through like 6 meals and there was still some left for lunches. We just bought the topping and added those each night. Yum!
Exercise: I mowed the lawn on Wednesday! That was an almost 90 degree day and boy was it a workout. I went pretty quickly through the lawn, but still. It was hot and sweaty. Felt good. I realize that exercise is good, I just don't have a rhythm and that makes it hard to just do it. Plus, I've realized, once again that my legs are really my worse asset. I just need to do something to work on those and the rest will fall into place. That and I would love to have more defined arms. Maybe after this baby I can focus on those things. Have any suggestions for those problem areas and how to achieve it with 2 kids?
Gender: Still a little baby girl.
Movement: She's pretty calm, overall. She's about 10.5" in length (says the Bump), so she's starting to take up a little more room in there. Her movements seem to happen mainly on the top of my stomach or just to the left. Coen was a left side/rib kicker, so maybe his spot is already made nice and cozy for her to nestle into. Either way, I'm looking forward to more stronger movement that I can let the others in my family feel! She always seems to surprise me with her movements, as if I'm not expecting them at all, which is true. I keep forgetting how strong they do get and how random their kicks and punches become. I love it best when I can feel her while I'm holding Coen. That cracks me up. It's like she knows it's him and she's pushing back, already... that or reaching out for a hug!
The belly: It's getting bigger and at a faster rate that I imagined. It's great. I just dread the fact that I'm not going to be getting any smaller and because I'm big now, I fear how much bigger I'm going to get. And it's going to be hot. This last week was a true test of how hot it might get and if this is any indication of how much hotter it might get, I'm so screwed. I'm not looking forward to being swollen again.
What I miss: Being able to go up the stairs while carrying Coen and not having to stop have way up for a breath. Ha!
Symptoms: My face is still breaking out, I still have hip and lower back pain, but that's all par for the course. Nothing new and crazy in this department, thank goodness.
The nursery: So, I'm still up in the air about how the decorating in this room is going to go down. We have the crib, like I had talked about, but the dresser we ended up buying is a different finish. It's white, just like Coen's dresser and is the same exact model because it serves as a changing table and a great dresser. I'm fine with this, but not the color combo of things is still up in the air. We also were able to get the bed frame out of that room, but we still have the mattress set on the floor and we're waiting on my parent's to return from vacation to get that out of there. Then we can start to make some more headway. All in all, I just haven't thought about it much this week, but it will start to come together, shortly. Just have some things that need assistance.
What's different/the same this time: The biggest difference is my face breaking out and the fact that I don't have a set plan for the nursery. The things that are the same are how I'm feeling and the movement. Nothing too much more than that... or at least, that is what I believe this week.
What I'm looking forward to: Getting the nursery in more working order.
Best moment of the week: Getting kisses from Coen.
I'll post a picture next week.