This week is especially significant to me because I have been reading that if she was born now, she would have at least a chance at survival. I find that so crazy amazing! Ironically, it’s also the legal abortion cut off date in most states. Greg showed me this picture of a baby born at 24 weeks (who didn’t survive) but lived an hour and is clearly, miraculously formed. It’s so amazing to think that our little girl is so beautifully developing in me right now! I seriously can’t get enough of how perfectly God designed this whole process. He’s really amazing, guys. He really is.
How far along? 24 weeks
Weight Gained: 16.5 lbs
Symptoms: Just lots of stretching this week
Movement: Dad got to feel her kick on his birthday! She kicked him right on his wedding ring : ) My mom and sis got to feel her move all around too… She’s the sweetest of little girls.
Food cravings: Not particularly but I must say, little girl seemed to love that meal this weekend. She was kickin’ all around the whole time!
Food aversions: Nope
Sleep: Not the greatest but last night I slept the entire night. I had a mental party for myself this morning.
Stretch marks? I think I definitely saw some small ones on my legs…..
Belly button in or out? In
Miss anything? Not really
Mood? Quite happy and content. Suuuuper excited about moving not this weekend but next, although I’m becoming strangely sentimental. I tell ya, I’m not good with change.
Maternity Clothes? Same
New baby items: Ooooo! My Aunt Cindy and Uncle Ray got her the cutest little puppy dog – REAL PUPPY DOG! Just kidding. It’s stuffed. And Greg’s Aunt Joyce and Uncle Matt got her the most adorable puffed dress and leggings :) :)
Exercise: I don’t like it, but I’m doing it. This whole being healthy stuff is a lot of work…
Best moment of the week: Well, ahem, that Napa trip was awfully delightful. But also, we finished up our birth classes this week and I must say, I enjoyed them tremendously. It was especially nice to see so many guys dedicated to their partners and babies and work so hard to really be a part of the process. Greg has been the most amazing support and so tender in helping me to relax and not stress and work on my “relaxing cue” and doing my scripts with me each day. We’ve been having a lot of fun. We’ve been using Hypnobabies, which I would highly recommend, if anything because it helps you to feel so prepared and informed about the whole process. I realize it sounds totally weird and new age-y but it really just focuses on retraining you to see birth as a healthy and normal thing – not something to be feared or dreaded (like I was thinking it was) and to help you focus and relax through the process. It’s actually the same “hypnosis” they use when patients are allergic to anesthesia in surgeries or dental procedures. Think less stage and swinging pendulum, and more deep relaxing ;) Kinda cool! Anyways, I suppose I can tell you more after January 8 (or the week after, or the week after that), but at the very least it’s made both Greg and I feel a lot more confident going into it : )
Looking forward to: Our last romantic getaway next week before we become a family of three (or should I say five – HELLO living with the parents again ;) ) – AKA the BABYMOON :D