Do you remember being back in High School and counting down the days until you graduated? I vividly remember the day we hit the 100 day mark. It seemed so monumental and exciting, this was going to be here before we knew it. Well, we are officially at the less than 100 days until this little baby arrives! Fall is quickly coming to a close and the leaves are making their way to the ground. Winter is almost here and while I hate to see fall disappearing before our eyes, my heart gets so happy knowing that when the coldest months of winter hit, it will bring a new little bundle to our lives to snuggle and enjoy.
At 25-26 weeks, our baby continues to grow rapidly. Baby is putting on about 1 pound every 2 weeks which means baby is about 2 pounds now and around 13-14 inches long head to toe. Baby's kicks are also getting a lot stronger and I can feel baby making large movements around my belly. Somedays it looks pretty lopsided. I have found that baby gets really active around 1-2 AM especially if I get up to eat a midnight snack. Baby gets especially crazy when I have a glass of milk late at night. I don't know if baby can feel the cold, or just likes when we are laying down, but his kicks are strongest at that time. I don't even mind the insomnia because it usually means I get to feel this little one moving all around. I absolutely love it.
I have officially passed my glucose screen and am showing good iron levels. I am also starting to get pretty clumsy and feel like I am dropping everything which makes it a little difficult since bending over is hard considering my uterus is now bigger than a soccer ball! I have dropped a hot casserole dish on the floor, a complete cake from the fridge and caught a hot iron with my thigh. What can I say, pregnancy brain and clumsiness is a real thing!
Week Twenty Seven...How are we already moving out of the 2nd trimester? Only 3 more months to go! This week has been full of a lot of bittersweet. This week, I went on my last official business trip. My coworkers hosted a surprise shower for me and completely blessed us with so many wonderful gifts for this little baby. Jenna even got a little globe to have everyone sign because she knew that I was wanting to do that for my other showers. During the same trip, I announced I would not be coming back after the baby was born. While so many people were happy for us, it is so hard to tell some of your daily friends that you won't be coming back. They were so sad. It was much easier telling my boss, but telling friends is rough.
I also got my invitations for the shower that my best friends Danae and Kathryn will be hosting for us in early December. They are so adorable and I cannot wait for our friend shower in a couple weeks. This baby is so blessed with people who are celebrating what a miracle he/she is. We are just so thankful.
In other news, I have had pretty bad heartburn about 50% of the time lately. Hopefully baby is getting tons of hair. My belly button is still an innie, but I think it wants to make its way to an outie here soon. When I lay back or laugh, my belly gets really pointy, kind of like a mountain peak or a tepee. It is really funny and makes Marc and I laugh hysterically (making it point out more). Baby has been moving every hour pretty regularly now and likes to stick body parts out as it rolls around. I haven't seen any distinct body parts, but you can feel a little hard spot when baby is pushing out. I think its a little booty and head most of the time. Move baby move!
2nd Trimester Recap
Primary Symptoms: Stretching, anxiety, insomnia, minor contractions (week 23-24), light heartburn
Weight gain: 18 lbs (24 lbs total), Baby has gained about 2 lbs!
Cravings: No real cravings. Loving smoothies every morning and spicy foods (although my stomach doesn't love the spicy foods). Baby and momma both started loving a large glass of cold milk (makes baby kick a ton!) and cream cheese.
Total Ultrasounds/MD Appointments: 5 appointments, 2 Ultrasounds (anatomy scan, vaginal ultrasound to check contractions)
Heartbeat: 129-133 BPM (boy?)
Crazy Dreams: None, daddy has started having dreams about you too!
Total Work Trips: No out of state, local manager meeting
Commons questions: How are you feeling? Do you know what you are having? Are you pregnant? Are you tired? When are you due?
Funniest Moment: Marc jokingly saying we should call our little boy (and girl) Harold and laughing for hours. Marc telling me to announce at work because my belly hangs out past boobs. Showing Marc how long an 18-20 inch full-term baby will be and seeing his eyes as my torso isn't even that long! Trying to bend over to put on socks or shoes. My tepee belly when I try to lay back or laugh.
Oh, my sweet child. I am so excited to be your mommy. The past 3 months have been rough at times, but overall have left my heart so happy. From hardly looking pregnant to now having everyone comment about my bump, you have made some huge progress in growth during this time. I find my mind wondering what you will be like. Will you look like daddy? Will you have my eyes? Will you be a calm baby or a fussy one, cuddler or independent? Sometimes you are feisty and don't like being touched, other times you seem to like when I massage my belly. Just when I think I can predict you, you change your schedule keeping us constantly on our feet. Raising you and growing you inside of me is such an amazing responsibility and I pray every day that I am caring properly for you. I cannot wait to meet you and to see you grow up. You are such a blessing, an answer to prayer. Stay in here for a few more months, but then we cannot wait to hold you, to smell your sweet baby scent, to nurse you, to see you. I love you my little N or E. All my love, mommy