26 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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How big is baby: She is currently about 14 inches long and weighs about 1 and 2/3 pounds (I bet she is about 2 pounds now since she was measuring a little ahead at our last appointment).  She’s about the size of a scallion.  In my mind, she is huge, but she has so much more growing to do, which I suppose means my belly does too, although I really cannot imagine how my belly is going to continue to get huger and huger as the next three months come and go.

Weight gain/loss: No idea, and I’m not sure I want to know!  We are taking the Bradley Method classes about how what we eat is much more important than how much weight we gain, and with all the chaos of moving, living with my parents, finishing our house, etc., I am doing the absolute best I can and that’s all I should be thinking about.  I can work it off later and hopefully breastfeeding will help, too.

Sleep: Sleep is okay – not much to report.

Stretch Marks: None on my belly, but now they are starting to crop up on my hips which is super fun (sarcasm).  It’s all worth it.  It’s all worth it!

Cravings: Pretty much nothing.  I do love hashbrowns, but I’m not sure if that is pregnancy-related or just something I’ve always loved.

Aversions: Still chicken.

Movement: She is a little mover in there!  It’s funny and sad how I feel her all the time and as soon as I feel a couple strong kicks in one spot, I’ll place San’s hand over the area and the kicking will stop.  I’m not sure if I just feel things more because I feel it internally as well, or if she really just likes to hide from her daddy.  He’s felt plenty of them, but he would love to feel more!

What I’m loving: I’m loving reading about natural childbirth in the Husband-Coached Childbirth book and in our Ina May Gaskin book on natural childbirth.  I read while I’m exercising on the treadmill and it makes me feel so empowered!

Symptoms: Round ligament pain.  OUCH!  I had some constant pain in that area a few days ago and it was so painful!  I couldn’t do anything to relieve it. Doing my exercises meant to relieve the pressure on my uterus only made it worse, but eventually it went away.  I also fell that same day down the stairs…SO scary, but thankfully it was only three stairs in my parents’ garage and I landed on my butt.  I have a black bruise now, but Celia and the rest or me are just fine.

What I’m excited about: I’m excited about my friend Megan’s bachelorette party this weekend!  I spent a lot of time planning it and it is a “pin up girl” theme, so I’m excited to hopefully feel a little sexy (or at least cute) since lately I’ve felt anything but remotely attractive.

What I’m nervous about: I’m not nervous about much – just happy that things on the house are gearing up to be finished in the next couple weeks (hopefully) so we can maybe start thinking about house hunting for a new house to bring our baby home to!

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