How far along: 23 weeks
How big is baby?: The size of a papaya- about 8 inches and 1.2 pounds... so exciting to finally measure her size in pounds instead of ounces.
Total weight gain: I gained half a pound this week which brings me to a total of 13.8 pounds. I feel good about my weight gain, but it amazes me how people feel the need to comment about the size of my belly. Everyone keeps telling me that I'm too small for 5 1/2 months, but I feel like my belly is average size and the doctors said a few weeks ago that everything was perfect.
Maternity clothes: Still fitting into nonmaternity tops and some nonmaternity pants. I actually was able to fit into a pair of khakis this week that haven't fit since like week 10. I think the baby has moved up higher in my abdomen so there is a little more space for my pants to button.
Best moment of the week: We MAY have agreed on a name. Still not telling anyone because it is subject to change, but we came up with a first and middle name combination that we both really like. Now we are waiting a few weeks to see if we still like it and if it still feels right. I feel really good about this name, I'm hoping I still feel that way in a few weeks.
Food cravings: Still loving my Cheerios! Yesterday I had a major sweets craving all day. All I wanted was junk food. I resisted for most of the day... until we went to McDonald's for dinner so I could have a Shamrock Shake... don't even want to know what is in that thing, but it was soooo good.
Food aversions: None. Love it!
Symptoms: Stuffy nose! Yuck, I can't smell anything and can hardly breathe. I think I may also have a cold, but the stuffiness has lasted for a few weeks now. My back pain has started coming more often which makes sleeping difficult (for me AND Drew). I've also noticed lately that if I move quickly I get this funky pain in my lower belly that stings for a couple of seconds. I'm assuming it's just all the muscles and ligaments streaching beyond their capabilities.
Movement: I love when she gets grooving. It's such an amazing feeling and reassures me that all is good in there. She's getting stronger and stronger... last night she kicked so hard that my belly pushed out at least a good inch or more. Everyone keeps asking me if it hurts, but it really doesn't. Maybe it's just because I like it so much, but it's more of a nudge or bump than a kick.
Gender: Girl, girl, girl!
What I'm looking forward to: Starting on her room... hopefully soon. Her crib should be in any day now. Also looking forward to a final decision on a name... hopefully the one we've picked will be the one we stick with, I really love it.
What I miss: Sleep! Between my back pain and stuffy nose I'm not sleeping much. When I am sleeping, I'm snoring and tossing and turning, so poor Drew's sleep is suffering too. I feel bad, but I can't seem to do anything to make it better.
Next appointment: March 28th- Glucose test- blah!