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24 Weeks| Baby Bump

I'm 23 weeks and 5 days in this picture, but you get the idea... I'm pretty sure I've popped!

How far along: 24 weeks. (From the Bump)  At week 24, baby’s progress isn’t just about internal stuff, it’s about her looks too. With pinker, more opaque skin, she’s looking more and more, well, like a baby. You might be experiencing some of the discomforts of the later months of pregnancy like leg cramps, backaches and swollen feet.

How big is baby: The size of a cantaloupe.

Weight gain/loss: I haven't weighed myself in a few weeks.  Maybe this is a good thing or maybe not.  Either way, I decided to just go ahead and weigh myself today and luckily, it wasn't bad.  I'm up 16 pounds from my start weight.  That means I've gained an average of 1.5 pounds a week.

I was going to follow up and say, this time last pregnancy, I was.... but apparently, I wasn't this detailed last time and that bums me out.  Here's what I wrote with Sprout at 24 weeks.

Maternity clothes: True maternity clothes are starting to make an appearance more and more, lately.  I have had the luxury of having warmer weather which results in the ability to wear summer dresses all day long, which are not maternity.  This is nice, only because they really don't make me look huge and they are actually really flattering.  Outside of that, I cannot wear anything but maternity pants.

Stretch marks: Nothing new and what I did have still continues to look as though their fading.  It's weird.  I don't know if that means that what was stretched is being stretched again and now they are just losing colors as the stretch.... which would probably be the case, but what do I know.  Either way, they don't look too bad.

Sleep: Sleep is hit or miss.  Most days, I hit the hay about 8:30pm on the couch, wake up about 10:30 and then really hit the hay about 11:00pm.  I usually sleep until about 4am and then after a little nursing session, I'm back asleep until about 6:30am.  Broken sleep, yes, but for the majority of the time, I'm asleep for at least 6 to 7 hours straight.  When I wake up, I tend to have soreness in my right hip because of the position I sleep.  It's just more comfortable to have one leg, sort of bent up and because of this, when I wake up, it just hurts a little.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Nothing new here, just love eating and lots of fresh produce still!

Exercise: I have a co-worker who is pregnant and her and I have started to take walks together during the day.  Granted, we just started this yesterday, but it's better than nothing.

Gender: A little baby girl...

Movement: I'm feeling stronger movements, but she's still floating, so it's not consistent.  I'm waiting for some good kicks to have my husband feel.  Guess I might have to drink a little caffeine or OJ to get her going so he can feel her too!  Again, it usually just shocks me that she's moving, more than anything.

The belly: If you can see above, I think that I've popped!  I didn't really expect it, but just after the last week, we saw my stomach just bolt out there and there's no hiding it now.  Crazy.

What I'm loving: Gearing up for Coen's birthday party (can you believe he's 11 months!?), being with Coen and having Mother's Day just around the corner.

What I miss: Being able to go up the stairs without stopping 1/2 way through to breath.  Or just being able to carry Coen around without having to set him down because I'm tired or just need a break.  He doesn't require a lot of carrying, but you know... sometimes you just can't help it.  "Running to get a bib" upstairs doesn't happen as quickly as it once did, so that's tough too!  My pregnancy with Coen was so much easier because I didn't have a baby to carry and I didn't really have to scale the steps too much at all because nothing was really up there.

Symptoms:  Just getting bigger and a little more sore with every day.  Typical, I think.

The nursery: I found this fabric (Michael Miller Bunting Scallop Retro)and I think this is how I'm going to run with this as my starting point.  It looks great in the room, it's cute and on, they pair it with some really great options that would be fantastic for the room.  My main things that I'm talking about making are a crib skirt (which I may not do... I might just use Coen's since it's just bunched at the bottom of his crib because of the mattress height), accenting a valance with these colors with either ric rac or a block of fabric, and potentially framing some fabric pieces to bring in the fabric into the room as well.  Outside of those things, I don't know what else I'm going to do in there, just yet.  I'm still collecting ideas on my "New Nursery" pinterest board, but I haven't really come a conclusion on what's going to work and what isn't.

What's different/thesame this time: The biggest difference is that I have a 19+ pound child to carry around and that makes it hard, sometimes. Most everything seems to be the same this time around, as it was last time.  I still don't really feel pregnant unless I'm carrying Coen around or trying to do too much at one time.  Day to day tasks aren't hard, my body loves food and doesn't get ill... So it's really the best of a lot of worlds and I'm very thankful.

What I'm lookingforward to: Being a family of 4.  Period. I just want to dive in and do it!  I had a lot of anxiety about it at first and now, it's just exciting.  It will be hard and crazy and nerve racking, but oh well.  Life isn't about what you can't accomplish but what will be accomplished and I cannot wait to see how it all plays out!  It's going to be great!

I'm by no means "ready" to be done being pregnant, but I look forward to her arrival and having both my babies with me.  It's going to be awesome.

Best moment of theweek: Continuing to get kisses from Coen, even when we aren't expecting them.  He just loves us so much and it's so damn cute!

Next appointment: Friday, May 25.  I'm very much looking forward to this because we get to schedule our c-section! I know I said that last week, but it's exciting!  Seems weird to have a "date" that she'll arrive, but that's how it's supposed to roll out this time.  I won't have the ability or need to go over-due just to try and go into labor on my own.  Crazy.


Oh, love seeing your belly....yes it appears you have popped! So cute :)

I cannot believe you are getting ready for Coen's 1st birthday! CRAZY.

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