Monday, November 14, 2016

24 Weeks

How far along? 24w2d
Gender: Girl
Weight Gain? 15 pounds
Maternity Clothes? Wearing mostly maternity clothes at all times now, or regular clothes in a bigger size.  I ended up buying some regular sweat pants in size medium to accommodate for my growing belly, however the length is too long.  I also need to get some bigger bras and underwear as neither of those things fit in my normal sizes!
Stretch Marks? None!
Belly button in or out?  So far its still in and it looks totally normal.  I noticed my linea negra is much more noticeable now though. 
Sleep:  Sleep has been good, still diffusing Lavender and On Guard (for immunity health) at night before bed which I think helps a ton.  Getting up less frequently to pee too so I'm getting a lot more uninterrupted sleep than before.
Best moment this week:  Reaching our first viability milestone is a pretty big deal and pretty awesome.  Her chances of survival outside the womb now have increased significantly, however we still want her to bake for about 16 more weeks!  I also had my 3rd prenatal massage, this time I wasn't able to lay on my belly so she was able to do some abdominal work which was great.  She taught me some things she wants me doing every night to keep the uterine muscles stretched & relaxed and break up any adhesions.  She also told me to get a yoga ball & keep up the yoga that I've been doing to get my hips to open.  I also learned a couple inversion techniques I can do to help get baby girl flipped since she is breech right now and also to help with lower back pain which I have been experiencing pretty often. 
Worst moment this week:  Realizing how hard it is becoming to move and then further realizing how much longer I have to be pregnant for & how much harder its really going to get!
Symptoms:  I've been really blessed to not be sick at all this entire time and have felt overall very good.  Lately I've been experiencing total pregnancy brain, some lower back pain, some round ligament pain, some shortness of breath, darker linea nigra, and if I'm on my feet too long (like spending too many hours walking the aisles at Target & Kohls) then my feet are usually in a lot of pain.  None of these things I would consider significant or serious at all so I'm hoping things continue this way!
Miss Anything?  This was will call weekend for our wine club that we belong to, I haven't gotten to participate in one of those since June (they're every other month) so I've got quite the stock pile of wine at home and I cannot wait to have a glass! 
Movement?  She's moving around pretty consistently now, but she still is only 1.5 pounds and under 12 inches so she's still got a lot of room to float around freely.  Hoping she flips herself around and gets herself head down, but I know we have lots of time for that to happen.
Cravings?  Last weekend when we had the 80's themed 30th bday party for my friend I went home with a big Tupperware full of about 18 cupcakes, I ate 12 of them between Sunday & Thursday, I finally convinced myself to throw the last 6 away.  Every single one was worth it.  Every type of sweet treat sounds amazing to me.
Queasy or sick?  Noting at all!
Looking forward to?  I've got the majority of things for the gallery wall above the crib I just need to decide on a layout so I'm hoping we can get that started soon.  I'm also really looking forward to the holidays, they're fast approaching and I'm pumped for all things Thanksgiving & Christmas, although that is prime-time for enjoying holiday cocktails which I won't be participating in this year!


  1. Great update Elena, I am totally with you on the realizing how hard it is to move...then realizing how much longer we have yet to go! I had to stop eating sweets as I'm just not expending the energy to make up for them. I am such a sweets fan, I wasn't before baby but now...look out cupcakes, I'm holding myself back!

  2. I had about the same amount of cupcakes this weekend 😂 I feel much better now that you have too! Agreed. So worth it.

  3. Wow! Can't believe how fast this is going for you. I laughed about feet hurting from being on them too long. When I was expecting my DH told me my feet wouldn't hurt if I quit shopping so much. You look great; glad you're enjoying a relatively symptom free pregnancy!

  4. So glad you are feeling good!!! Yay for viability. I just can't believe how fast everyone's pregnancy's fly by ;)

  5. I finally broke down and got a pack of Hanes high waisted granny panties lol. I will say that the high waist in the front is so much more comfortable instead of having my jeans rub and press against my bump. Surprisingly I haven't scheduled a prenatal massage at all but then again, I'm like always busy. However, today and yesterday my entire back has been hurting really bad. So I'm thinking about scheduling one next month but then I don't know because my c-section is in 6 weeks and 1 day unless she comes early and I keep having a feeling she is going to try to come earlier than 39 weeks and 4 days. The wine and gin and tonic cravings are getting strong and Jesse has reassured me that the day I come home from the hospital, a gin and tonic will be there waiting for me. I've heard that first drink after pregnancy is over is the best tasting thing in the world!

  6. yay for wine stockpile! sounds like a party at your house in several months lol. jk. glad you're feeling great, except for the pain of course. hope things continue to go well!

  7. I'm in love with the new blog design. It's so pretty. Yay for not feeling sick an no complications! That's awesome news. I hope that continues to be the case. And a stock pile of wine will come in handy after she's born. I hope you and your sweet family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  8. Gah, you are the cutest! I was thinking of you the other day when I rediscovered my book The Birth Partner. Totally have Joe read it. It's so so good for someone who will be assisting with a natural birth.


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