Size of baby: The baby is the size of a pineapple. This week the baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark. The peanut is rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his/her skeleton is hardening. How cool is this? The peanut can see the liquid world around him/her; feel sensation when she/he grabs a toe or sucks on a finger; taste the amniotic fluid she's/he's swallowing; and hear my heartbeat, my voice, and the grumble of my stomach.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: My guess would be around 25 pounds. We will know next Tuesday. My doctor told me that the second baby is usually bigger, so I'm wondering if I will be able to keep the weight gain to 30 this time around. We shall see!
Maternity Clothes: I wear a mixture of both.
Gender: We will know in 5-7 weeks when this little one arrives. Matt's guess is still boy. I would guess girl. Do we have names? Negative Ghostwriter.
Movement: Very wild. It is to the point where it startles me and can be painful. I love it.
Sleep: I have some insomnia and wake up quite a bit, but I think some of that is due to the tax deadline and just having trouble shutting my brain down. I am hoping to catch up on some sleep this week.
What I miss: I miss having options in my wardrobe. I also miss having energy. By the end of the night, I'm pooped and just want to sit. I have a sweet little boy who wants "mama play", so there hasn't really been a lot of rest and relaxation. I have totally accepted that down time will be lacking for a while now, and I am trying to soak in these sweet moments of just me and the dood. (Matt is around too, but usually studying- homeboy has hundreds of pages of reading a week- so proud of how hard he is works).
Cravings: Fruit, salad, smoothies, Chick-Fil-A, and ice cream
Symptoms: Feeling thirsty all the time, muscle and nerve twinges, round ligament pain, and body aches.
Exercise: I'm slightly shocked, but I am still able to run/walk about four-five miles 3 times a week. I REALLY enjoy it despite the heat and extra 25 pounds. I feel so good. I think my time of retirement might be coming sooner than later though. If I have to retire tomorrow from running while pregnant, I would be totally fine. I'm proud of myself for making it this long.