24 Week Bump Update

 

STATS:

Baby size: Corn. She’s rapidly gaining weight, lung tissue and brain cells.

How far along: 24 weeks. VIABILITY! YAY!

Both hubby and I are happy to be finally hitting the viability milestone. It seems like the weeks have slowed down again, dragging along. But it’s great to think that if something unfortunate were to happen, Alexis would have a chance of survival. I don’t even want to think about it, but I do, because I know things happen. I’ve seen them happen.

On a happier note….

Total weight gain: 1 pound (152lb) this week. After gaining 2 pounds a week for the last two weeks and then seeing a strange 1.5 lbs come out of nowhere, I decided to see where my food intake was at ( I had stopped inputting all my food for a bit). And instantly I saw the problem. I was going off of my 1st trimester mentality, where regardless of how much I ate, I still needed to eat more to meet my calorie goal. So now that I am in my 2nd trimester, and food isn’t so gross to me,I get the necessary amount of calories by eating normally. However in my mind, I still think that I hadn’t had enough and want make sure I get in one last nutritious meal before bed like I did in the first trimester ( does that make sense?). And that’s exactly where that extra pound a week was coming from. I don’t want to continue gaining double each week , thank you very much, I am very happy with my 1 pound that is necessary and recommended- it’s not good for Alexis and it’s not going to be good for me.  So now that I know what’s happening, I am back in the “1 lb a week” game

Sleep: Strangely, it’s been good. I’m loving my pillows. I still get up 3-4 times a night, but I learned to keep my mind blank while I go to the bathroom, otherwise a flurry of thoughts wake me up. Alexis has been kicking a lot during the night, which isn’t normal for her. I attribute it to the fact that I am more active during the day than I was before and the night is now the only time when she gets to be awake.

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, maternity jeans, maternity tops. I have found a few maternity companies I really like and I am loving their clothes.

Food cravings : Anything fresh- fruit, vegetables, salads

Food aversions: None

Symptoms:

Heartburn – It’s been much better. I am still not taking anything for it, but I’ve found tomatoes give me heartburn so I’ve been more careful with them.
Rash – It’s less itchy, more manageable. I really think it’s because of the detergent.
Fatigue – I swear there are days/weeks when Alexis must be growing a lot, because I’d be EXHAUSTED for no real reason and she’s pretty quiet. And then a few days later I am fine and she’s all active and kicking.

Exercise: I have been doing pregnancy ab exercises to strengthen my core, kegels and certain hip stretchers daily. We also go walking every day. So I’ve been feeling really good about it.

Movement:

She has one very active day, one quieter day. She totally kicks “on command” now. All I have to do is put my hands on my belly and start talking to her, or have Andrew talk to her. She loves when daddy talks 🙂
This afternoon I was laying on my side and she literally LIFTED UP my belly off the couch by pushing off of it with her body. That was the freakiest feeling EVER!
Oh and her favorite pastime is, obviously, bouncing on my bladder. How fun!

Belly Button: Still  an innie but it’s totally itching to come out. If I sit in a certain position, I can almost say it becomes an outie.

Gender: GIRL!

What I’m looking forward to:
My glucose test ( is that weird?)

What I miss:
Having good hair 🙁 I HATE my hair right now. It’s  weak and stringy and just yuck. And I can’t even highlight it until I give birth. Back before pregnancy, it would get bleached in the sun when I’d be going to the beach constantly. But that’s not happening now, so I am stuck with grubby hair.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie
    October 6, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    This might be the first week that I can really tell from your front belly shot that you are pregnant! I can relate to you on the yucky hair feeling, I felt the same way when I was pregnant. I also remember the weeks in the 20s seemed to drag on forever!

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    Verna
    October 6, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Yay, viability!! It’s always nice to hit that mark!!

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    JordanJenks
    October 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Just came across your blog on Top Baby Blogs! Love it!

    I am also 24 weeks today! Our baby girls’ due dates are only 1 day apart – how exciting! Can’t wait to keep following 🙂

    ~ Jordan

    http://youplusmeequalsthree.blogspot.com/

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      October 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      Hey, Jordan!
      I actually found your blog via TBB a few days ago, too and noticed that you’re expecting a girl aroudn teh same date too. I kept meaning to say hi, but work has been crazy this week. Glad you found me though!
      {lol loved your last book post. I had just bought 10 Dr Seuss books online to be delivered tomorrow}

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    Sonya~Sunshine
    October 6, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    you’re beautiful!!! I love reading these! It’s SO exciting

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    Tyler
    October 7, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    Hi, I was just wondering if you could share the ab exercise routine that you do while pregnant….or maybe you already have and I missed it somewhere. I don’t want to stop working my abs once I am more pregnant, but am not sure what is safe? Thanks!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      October 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      I’ve never posted the exercises, but I got them from this book. There are not many of them that can be done past the 2nd trimester, but I do 2 and just repeat them over and over again.

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