Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Expecting–23 Weeks

23 weeks

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How far along? 23 weeks

 Baby is the size of an: Eggplant…Why are we so stuck in the produce section? Baby Watson has grown to 1 whopping pound and is between 9 and 12 inches long from head to toe.

Maternity clothes? Oh, yes. Love my maternity skinnies.

Stretch marks? Not yet… fingers crossed.

Symptoms: Other than getting rounder all the time? I’m still tired a LOT, but more energetic overall. Food and I are friends again… seem to be hungry all the time, although I have to remember there is just not as much room in there as there used to be!

Sleep: I love to sleep! More please.

Best moment this week: Hanging with my sis-n-law who is due in a couple days. She looks so cute! Hope to look as good as her at 39 weeks. And my son, just turned two, proudly declaring to his daddy, “There’s a beebee in’ere!” Love to watch his wheels turn.

Miss Anything? Yes! Sleeping on my tum, and not waking up with aching hips.

Number of times I get up to pee each night: At least once.

Movement: I think I’m carrying an active boy. He jumps, kicks, hiccups, punches pretty much all the time. Every little motion makes me smile!

Food cravings: Chocolate... but then, that’s possibly not a pregnancy thing!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just my prenatals on an empty stomach.

Have you started to show yet: Oh, yes, and I love my bump! Its been a long time in coming. Sometimes I forget that I have to allow for a little extra room when squeezing through places…

Gender: A SON!

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? Still in.

Mood: Happy. 40 weeks of elation. Well, that’s not entirely true. I get moody and irritable when I’m tired (which is a lot) but at least I recognize it. Crying is easy these days!

Looking forward to: Midwife appointment on the 17th of January. Hoping for another peek at my precious boy.

What the baby is up to this week according to Babycenter.com:
“Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With his sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound, you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing his for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.”

Notes on Week 23: If baby was born this week he would have a 35% chance of survival! That amazes me. By week 27, survival chances skyrocket to 80-90%. There is something reassuring about knowing he’d have a chance at life if delivered today.

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