Pregnancy Update (Weeks 23 & 24)

It’s been over two weeks since I’ve posted anything because it’s been so crazy around here! Between tying up loose ends in Texas, moving to Arizona, unpacking everything and getting settled in (we don’t mess around- everything was unpacked and put in place within a few days- I can’t stand a mess or shit just laying around!), getting doctor and new OB stuff taken care of (first appointment with the new OB on the 25th), getting some things for the house, and learning our way around town- I haven’t had too much free time. And honestly, when I have had it, it’s been nice to relax with my husband since he’s on leave 🙂 I’m getting this post out late as I’m already going to be 26 weeks tomorrow, but I figured better late than never!

Maternity clothes? Yes- pants, although I can still wear some normal leggings. I’m in a weird stage where my normal shirts are getting too short yet maternity tops are effing huge. I’m not petite (and my boobs have gotten huge- I’m falling out of my 34C bras so I’m pretty sure I’m a D but refuse to buy a new bra as there’s so much for the baby we need to buy, haha), but I’m smaller framed yet I’m about 5’8″ and I feel like a lot of maternity clothes aren’t made for “skinny” women (hope that doesn’t sound bad, but it’s been getting frustrating). I also don’t want to look like a garage bag in a huge t-shirt or something. I’m SO happy and proud to be pregnant and I feel good in my changing body, and I want it to show!

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Trying to find a decent baby shower dress. Not successful yet.

Stretch marks? Nope!

Sleep: Sleep was absolutely awful during weeks 23 and 24. I know this had to do with the stress of the move, sleeping on a queen sized mattress on the floor for nearly two weeks with Tyler and Wrigley trying to weasel his way between us (we have a king and even though I was getting shitty sleep, I felt too bad kicking him out of the room!). I felt a lot crappier (and moodier) most days because of the lack of good sleep, too. I’d wake up due to my lower back aching as well, but I didn’t have my snoogle with me, so perhaps that was it? haha. But we got out bed back at the end of week 24 and all was well again! 🙂

Best moment: Always, always, always feeling the baby kick. This will never get old to me. Also, it sounds weird, but I have been waiting to hit the 24 week mark which is when the baby’s chances of surviving outside of the womb start increasing. Nothing is a sure thing in life, but this brought us a little comfort, and I know each passing day will only bring us that much closer. Finally moving was a pretty great moment as well. We have been waiting for this for months, and while El Paso wasn’t too bad, we were ready for change and to start a new chapter. And, I must say, so far we LOVE it out here in Arizona! We are in a small town but only about an hour from Tuscon and 3 hours from Phoenix, so it’s an awesome location and beautiful weather and scenery.

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Even the dogs love our new place!

Miss anything? I missed my bed during these 2 weeks, haha. That’s all 🙂

Movement: Yes, like crazy! She seems much more active in the evening, but her movement is getting so much more frequent.

Food cravings: I really wanted fajitas before we left El Paso and it was good while I was eating it, but now all Mexican food sounds gross 😦 I still have some food aversions and honestly not a lot of cravings. In a way I’m thankful for this as healthy, nutritious foods are what sound best- fruits, homemade smoothies, raw veggies with hummus or Greek yogurt dip, hard boiled eggs, cottage cheese and pita chips/crackers, granola. If I DO have a craving, I’ll of course indulge, but it hasn’t really happened that much. Oh wait- sushi sounded SO good during week 23, but that can’t happen 😉

Anything making you feel queasy or sick: Chicken sometimes still or the thought of anything really sweet, but this isn’t constant. Red sauces still sound kinda gross.

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So, we got rid of the floor lamp we’d been using to capture my weekly bump photos (it was a huge piece and was kinda broken). Unfortunately, this means I have to change how the weekly photos look, but I’m working on making the lighting better. Also, I don’t have a week 24 bumpdate pic 😦 Things got hectic and by the time I thought about it, it was Friday which meant I was 25 weeks the next day so I said f it 😉

Workouts: I didn’t work out at all during these weeks. I’m still taking it easy due to the cervical length thing and with moving and unpacking, I figured that was enough. And let me tell ya, I really felt it in my back while unpacking! I’m sure it was being on my feet like all day (Tyler would make me take mini breaks here and there and put my feet up!) and the lifting and constantly bending over and putting things away/cleaning.

Showing? Yep 🙂

Gender: Girl 🙂

Symptoms: Movement, lower back ache, fatigue, food aversions, growing belly.

Belly button in or out? Pretty much flat. 

Wedding ring on or off? On

Emotions: Somewhat emotional about the move at times but excited as well. I also started getting anxious about our upcoming trip back home to Indiana. It will be a busy week, but I just want everything to go smoothly and for there to be no drama. I’m NOT putting up with any of that 😉

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Looking forward to: Spending lots of time with Tyler over the next few weeks (perks of the military- saving leave and getting 30 DAYS off! Such an amazing time for him to be home and I’m grateful for that). Exploring our new town. Setting up the nursery 🙂 Going back to Indiana for a week with family/friends and our baby shower. It’s going to be bittersweet though as it’ll probably be the last time I stay at my mom’s condo during our trips home. I plan on sleeping there with my sister and brother (Tyler will sleep at his parents about 10 minutes away), but it’s a condo so there isn’t much extra room, and after the baby is born, we will want to stay together with her, of course! Might sound weird for us to split up during the week, but it’s just sleep and I’m comfortable- it’s home to me- so I don’t see the big deal. It’s great that we’re from the same hometown, but also tricky dividing time between the families.

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I think I might use this look as I continue doing bump photos. Or the photo directly above. Thoughts? I love the antique look!

What’s Going on with Baby: Baby is about 8.5 inches long and weighs about 1.5 pounds and is growing at a rapid pace. Her face is pretty much fully formed and she has eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair, although it’s white since there is no pigment yet. Her skin is still somewhat transparent, but this won’t last for very long as she starts piling on fat.

So that’s it! The past month has flown by and it’s crazy to think that I’m nearly 6.5 months pregnant now. A year ago, my husband was deployed and it sucked the life out of me just trying to get through the day without crying….but I don’t like thinking about that- it still makes me sad… Now that we’re settled, I should be posting 1-2 times a week again and have a few things on my agenda that I’ve been meaning to write about. I’ll be back early next week with a little update more focused on us rather than baby stuff! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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3 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update (Weeks 23 & 24)

  1. You are looking fabulous! I am glad it is all going smoothly for you. I love the new style of pic you commented below more than the other one above if that helps. Glad the move went smoothly. You are a machine! Super impressed! I’m with you – I never get tired of the movement. When I was at acupuncture yesterday I got a couple of the biggest kicks so far and you could totally see my tummy jump from the outside. It is so cool! I have been counting weeks for so long I forget how that equates to months. When I did the math the other day and realised I’d made 6months it really bowled me over! Makes the end seem really close! Enjoy your time with family 🙂

    • Thank you!!! I agree with that style of picture- thank you for your input! We had packers and movers so that made it a million times easier, haha. I LOVE feeling those big kicks. How is acupuncture going? I stopped going around week 17, but I really did enjoy it. I’ve been bad with blog reading lately with moving and getting unpacked and settled, but your last post resonated with me about visitors 🙂

      • Acupuncture is good. I was on monthly maintenance appointments but now doing B weekly again to aid with placenta movement. Whether or not it does anything I don’t know but I am giving it a shot as I want it to move! Another 3 weeks and I will be back to monthly again until closer to birth time. I am so over appts but I will make it through to the end with this and then I will probably avoid acupuncture again for ages (I did weekly and sometimes more through the whole infertility period – so over it!).

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