Baby Bump: Week 23!

January 8th, 2014

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First, a quick word.

This used to be my favorite hat.  I wore it to Fashion Week last year (twice).  It was about $5 from Claire’s, and I loved it so much.

A few days ago, Chad and I were out for ice cream and he gave me this sideways glance. 

“What?” I asked, genuinely confused.

“Did, um… did one of the dogs eat your hat?”

I reached up with my fingers and realized… the panda now has only half an ear! 

Poor little guy.  RIP, panda hat.  I even scoured the internet for a replacement, but no luck. 

(On the other hand, that’s what I get for essentially wearing a giant dog toy on my head.)

In other news, this baby is growing like crazy!  I was talking to a friend at a party on Saturday, and she was like, “I’ve been following your bump pictures… but it hasn’t changed very much so far, has it?”  To be honest, I agree with her — some days it feels like I’m suddenly huge, and other days, it seems like it’s barely changed at all!  But the little guy in there is almost 2 pounds at this point, so he’s definitely growing! 

Also, I think that I may have put on a little extra weight early in pregnancy because I was so thin when I got pregnant.  I wasn’t underweight before getting pregnant, but I was just on the cusp of being considered “underweight” — but my periods were normal so my doctors never told me I needed to gain weight before trying to conceive.  But then I gained almost 7 pounds in the first trimester, which is a lot more than most people do — I think it was because my body suddenly started hanging on to every calorie, making sure I had enough to feed this little guy and myself. 

I usually struggle to gain weight, so it was a big surprise to me when I started gaining so fast early on — and I was a little panicked that I was heading for a 50+ pound weight gain!  But it was really just my body doing what it needed to do to keep me and the baby healthy — I’m almost done with the second trimester, and I gained about 1 pound a week (maybe a little less, even) throughout, which is right on track. 

Otherwise, this was a pretty quiet week.  I’ve been nesting like crazy — I’ve cleaned out my beauty cabinets, our pantry, and next on my list is the closet in the baby’s room, which is basically an entire closet full of junk I should get rid of.  Our house is going to be spotless by the time he gets here!

{Scroll down for my 23-Week Update!}

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How far along? 23 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 15 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Yes!  Maternity jeans for sure, and I’m still a little in between on tops and dresses! 

Stretch marks? Nope!  After last week’s scare, I’ve been extra careful about using belly oil though.

Symptoms: Eating continues to be a source of frustration.  I get uncomfortable really fast if I eat a big meal, so I’ve been trying to snack (healthily) throughout the day.

Sleep: Not great.  Last night, I was up for an hour trying to fall asleep on my side, when I knew I’d be so comfortable on my back!  (You’re not supposed to sleep on your back because it can cut off blood flow to the baby.) Oh well.  I continue to struggle through.

Best moment this week: This week, I’ve just generally felt so happy and content.  It’s such a cliche, but I really do feel SO incredibly grateful that we’re able to have a baby and that he seems healthy and happy so far. 

Worst moment of the week: I stupidly tried to lift a heavy box and totally screwed up my back one night.  Fortunately, I’m feeling a lot better after resting it, but I have to remember to take it easy!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Miss Anything? Nothing this week!

Movement: Lots!

Food cravings: Peppermint bark, flavor-blasted goldfish.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, I’m feeling a lot better this week.

Have you started to show yet: YES!

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: Picking out wall stuff for the baby’s room.  Our glider arrives in a few weeks, so when I get the walls done, it will be ready for him to arrive!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Stacy Dill // Jan 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    You look great! As far as keeping on your back…you can…IF you prop yourself up a bit. You might want to invest in body pillows and such. Unfortunately, the sleeping thing gets worse as baby gets heavier and more active. Also tap;k to your doc about back support! Frequent small, health meals is the way to go. Drink plenty of fluids! I am/was thin like you and gained 35 lbs. the first time! Not much of it the third trimester though! Six weeks postpartum and I was back in my old clothes without much effort. Baby busyness, breast feeding and healthy diet did the trick. Good luck and best wishes!

  • 2 Aimee // Jan 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Pom pom’s are super easy to fix all you need to do is find the same colour yarn, if you can’t find a shade that is really close the just make two. There are some really helpful youtube videos showing how to make them.

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