Baby #3: 24 weeks

3.18.14: I'm six months pregnant today!

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Viability day, baby. Such an awesome milestone. We are in no rush to meet you, sweet boy, but I can't believe you are big enough to have a fair shot outside of the womb should that happen. Baby #3 is apparently over a pound for weight and a foot for height. Adorableness. He's a strong little bugger who still seems incredibly active to me. Watching my belly jump from the outside will never get old. Pregnancy is freaking mind-blowing sometimes.

Summary of my week: a growth spurt in the belly. Another round of sickness in our house. A mom with a bad attitude most of the week. Oh, it's been a ball of fun around here and I'm already annoying myself as I write this post.

This week I was sick with a stomach bug that my eldest so lovingly gave to me. Therefore it was a pretty rough string of days since I also had strep a week before this. Being sick and pregnant is so freaking awful, and then caring for a child who is also sick? While juggling work demands and solo parenting a fair amount since Nate is working extra by teaching? The opposite of fun and it's safe to say my patience has been worn down to frightening lows. Cecelia also had the most horrid diapers I've ever witnessed last night and early this morning and so help me God, if she is getting a bug. Looks like more loads of laundry are in my future.

I didn't have an appetite at all last week, which was startling and new;) I couldn't drink my coffee, didn't even have lunch for a few days there---you would literally think I was near death compared to my appetite of weeks prior. Then when I would eat I would get that horribly FULL feeling really quickly. One night I even had a hard time taking a deep breath, and could only breathe fully if laying down. WTF? Am I 24 weeks or 38 weeks right now?? The breathing issues and lack of space in my stomach plus general fatigue really freaked me out a bit. I have a long time to go! I can't be feeling this awful this soon! I'll chalk it up to a weird few weeks and hope that I can get my pregnancy mo-jo back soon.

Sleep has been amazing though--both kids have been exhausted and have slept for nearly 12 hours a few times. Nate and I even got 10 hours in.a.row. one night and I've had to wake T and C up for daycare lately. Let it be known that my children never sleep past 6:30 am, but the past few days? Easily 7-7:30. Thank you, God. I know it will never last but we needed this! And I haven't been having any weird early-morning wake ups either. Out like a light and loving it. Keep it up, children!

Another change is that the skin on my belly is starting to feel tight and I have one of those hot spots that is incredibly painful to light touch. I remember this with Truman's pregnancy, not sure about CC's---but the sensitive skin spot is crazy painful and right above my belly button. Especially in the evenings and only laying down helps the pain. I've never had stretch marks before (knock on wood) and don't think it's starting now, but it's just some weird nerve sensation of a stretching belly, I guess. Very odd. Also: My belly button has totally popped this week. Earliest yet! Hello, inappropriate nipple-like outie. Will be sporting you for four more months, I suppose!

(clean the mirror, woman!)
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Aside from not eating much and generally feeling miserable, baby boy somehow managed to have a huge growth spurt last week. His host might have been pathetic but my boy figured out a way to multiply in size over night it seems! I picked the kids up from Lori's one day in a light jacket, unzipped. Immediately Lori said, 'Wow! Look at that!' like she had forgotten I was even pregnant until that moment when my belly was sticking out. Nate and Truman also mentioned that I am looking very 'big', which of course is a relative/sensitive term. I realized that I'm still wearing a pair of regular pants to work and all of my regular yoga pants at home, so I can't be too big just yet. Bigger, yes. But not BIG, I guess.

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(my beloved regular work pants (seriously 10 years old) and a bare belly, six months pregnant!)
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I feel like the belly is incredibly round and I like it. I just can't imagine it getting *that* much bigger but history shows it will. I really did read back over those linked 38 and 39 week posts with Cecelia to be sure that yes, in fact my belly will get even larger. Duh. How is that for momnesia? Looks like I wasn't totally miserable even at the very end of pregnancy so that's reassuring. After looking at old belly pictures I have decided that I'm officially a lot bigger this time around than the others. I mean, here is a bare belly shot of me at 33 weeks with CC. Comparable to now, no?

(Third time around: bare belly at 13 weeks versus 24 weeks. Yep, big changes have already happened but even more to come.)
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Comparison of pregnancies: here is my hilarious and cringe-worthy update from Truman's pregnancy at 24 weeks, and here I was with Cecelia. Mmmm, I forgot about how amazing mandarin oranges have been this week, much like with CC's pregnancy. Actually she and I both have been eating those oranges like there is no tomorrow recently;) Also: I bought not one but two Heath bars last week despite my lack of appetite. I have decided they are the most amazing things ever to touch my lips and want more more more. I guess my appetite is back, huh? Don't think I exercised once, really not feeling it this week.

Plus, I've decided that I only want to wear Nate's giant zip up sweatshirt from here on out. I'm totally over my fitted 'cute' sweatshirts and would actually prefer about 3 more of these babies. So comfy! I'm sick of my maternity clothes and sick of trying to wear regular clothes. Thus, I might not ever give this back to my husband. Sexy!

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That was a lot of selfies for one post, huh? I got really into comparing belly shots this time, I do apologize.

Stranger comments: two separate people/patients have given me the old 'you are going to have your hands full' comment this week. The best part is that neither of them actually noticed I was pregnant, but it somehow came up in conversation related to how many children I have right now. I guess when I answer 'A four year old son, a daughter who will be two in May, and I'm due with a boy in July' it does sound a little wild. It's still pretty fun to shock people with a pregnancy announcement when, apparently, they cannot see my baby bump without me wearing a flashing sign that says, 'I'm pregs.' So I will gladly inform them if they ask me anything about my kids. The 'hands full' comments mean well, I'm sure ...and it just makes me want to say, 'Yep, we have a lot of fun in our family.' It will be crazy but it's going to be fun, too, darn it. Full hands full heart and all of that stuff. (Or clear eyes, full heart, can't lose for those FNL fans out there. Yes, that it what I'll say from now on: Clear eyes, full heart).

One more random/crazy fact: I have my 24 week appointment this Friday and then start with the every TWO week visits after that. Woah. Also Baby Center sent me an email saying something about 'only 16 weeks left.' Why does that sound a lot sooner than 4 months?

18 comments:

  1. OMG a Heath bar sounds so good. I don't think those exist here. DANGIT!

    Also, you are way bigger this time around and your belly is way more round this time too! I don't think it ever looked that round with T's pregnancy and it only looked that round toward the end of C's pregnancy. Crazy how different it can be child to child!

    Hope you are all well soon...hopefully warmer weather will show it's pretty face and you can be done with all the sickness.

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  2. 16 wks sounds much longer than 2 months!! Loving that round belly!

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  3. 16 weeks sounds sooner than 4 months because it is ;) It's 3.6 months. Just like 24 weeks pregnant is actually 5.4 months pregnant. I CANNOT HELP MYSELF FROM THIS COMMENT. I literally cannot. Pregnancy pet peeve ;) (I hope this made you laugh and not like you want to slap me. You can feel free to virtually slap me though, I can take it)

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    1. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

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    2. Ha! Erin, this was going to be my comment, too, but then I thought, hmmm, I don't want to sound like a jerk. But since YOU'RE being a jerk .... ;) Just teasing. It's not jerky, just the truth. It's a pet peeve of mine, too - you know I love you, J!! But yes, 4 weeks does not equal a month ever, except in February. When people say "OMG, pregnancy is actually TEN months long!!!" I want to correct them so very badly. Think about the date you conceived each child and then the date you gave birth - it's never, ever more than nine calendar months. It's less, especially when you factor in not knowing for the first 2-4 weeks that you're actually pregnant.

      J, you are an adorable 5.5-months pregnant woman! ;) And it is crazy how much bigger your belly is this time around. Makes me so scared for mine, yikes. But hey, we'll embrace it!! Cannot wait for this awesome crazy movement you speak of. So excited to meet that little man, and see how much he does/doesn't look like C!!

      Also, sorry you've had such a rough go of it. The stomach bug that hit us was so awful, but at least it passed quickly. That plus strep?! Ugh. Hopefully you are DONE being sick now!

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    3. Erin and Erin--now that I realize how much this bugs you both, be prepared for MONTHLY updates that are weeks off from being correct!! Didn't know this was such a peeve of yours--makes me feel quite laid back that my incorrect math totally does not bother me in the slightest. ;)

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  4. I know every body is different and you think you are small because you are tall, but I'm 5'9" and get HUGE when pregnant. You're just super fit and I wish I looked that adorable preggies!

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    1. You are too kind---I guess I should blame 'good genes' and not just my height. I definitely pack on the pounds during pregnancy but luckily it seems to spread out a bit for me!

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  5. You definitely have a rounder belly this time. Darn third babies, lol! They like to make their presence known.

    I think the first 30 weeks go so fast and then the last 10 (or 8 in my case) go super slow. I found myself saying to Naaman that I could totally do pregnancy again if it were only 30 weeks long. But since it is 40 whole weeks? We are DONE :)

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    1. I guess we will see! I think the final week or two is pretty rough mentally but don't remember that feeling hitting at 30 weeks for me. But boy, each pregnancy has been different for me at the end---will find out soon enough!

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  6. Yay for Vday!
    Hope everyone feels better very quickly and you guys are officially DONE with the icks for this year! Pregnant people - especially ones with other kids - shouldn't be allowed to get sick. It's the absolute worst. That's when I feel most far away from my family - when I'm sick and trying to parent.

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    1. Yes. Exactly. I miss my mom today and seriously considered asking her to fly out to help for relief! Ugh. Hope you guys feel better, too.

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  7. You look amazing. Happy Vday! Sorry to hear that you had such a hard week. I couldn't agree more, pregnant and sick is just criminal. Hopefully this is the last of the winter sickness for your family. Spring can't come soon enough!

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  8. You look fantastic! I think my belly is about sixteen times your size! Perhaps I'm growing a giant? Or maybe that's just what happens when you're really short? Sorry to hear you've been sick. I'm sick again too. It never ends. I feel like after this pregnancy I should get at least 3 years of being illness free for all I've put up with this go-round. :) It's all worth it though.

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  9. Looking great and I always find viability day to be such a nice relief. Crossing fingers for good health for your whole family!

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  10. You look amazing, and I seriously can't believe that you're already 24 weeks!

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  11. I linked to your blog from Sara's and wanted to say hi to another Wisconsin-ite! :) I grew up in Milwaukee so it's always great finding another local mommy in blogland!

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    1. Hi, Jamie Lynn! Gotta love Wisconsin on April 1---feels like Dec 1! ;)

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