Monday, January 2, 2017

23 weeks (baby #2)

23 weeks - baby is the size of a grapefruit! 

How far along: 23 weeks!
Swelling: No
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: This has been the first week that I've started to feel somewhat uncomfortable when trying to get to sleep. I've got a small pillow under one of my hips if I'm lying on my back (which I rarely do), but I've been feeling slightly short of breath when lying down in any position. I've got a long way to go, so trying to pretend like it's not bad at all right now
Best moment of the week:  This week we celebrate the New Year. Unbelievable that 2017 is already here!! 2016 definitely had it's ups and downs. Losing Zeus was a major low for us - finding out I was pregnant and graduating from grad school were the ultimate highs, with so many things to be grateful for along the way.
Worst moment of the week:  I've started to get some sciatica pain on the left side of my booty. Totally manageable, just annoying.
Running/Workouts: Workouts have been okay - final total miles in 2016 - 1,247 (397 miles pregnant). Starting to cut back on the miles now, but still getting them in!
Missing anything: No
Movement: Her movement is so strong. It's usually strongest at night when I lie down (of course), but now I can see my belly jump when she kicks and it's just so amazing!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: I've had a little more nausea lately, nothing too strong, but enough to be annoying. As for cravings, with Harper I couldn't look at an avocado or Mexican - this time around, all I want is Chipotle every single day!
Energy level:  Energy has been pretty good this week (aside from a couple of naps)
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Optimistic 
Looking forward to: Big things are coming this month and I just can't wait!!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: Harper seems to understand a little more about a baby sister on the way.  She will point to my belly and say the baby is in there, and asks to take the baby home. She is very motherly towards her dolls as well and loves to feed them and take them for walks in their strollers. We visited my best friend and her 3 month old last week and Harper was all about wanting to hold and touch the baby. I know no matter what it's going to be a huge adjustment for Harper when baby #2 gets here (and we actually take the baby home and she stays here for good), but I have a feeling she's going to be a wonderful and helpful big sister.

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