How far along? 23 weeks + 2 days
Baby’s size? The size of an ear of corn! About 11.5 inches long and 1.1lb.
Total weight gain: About 13 pounds.
Name: We have one picked out, but it’s a secret …for now!
Maternity clothes? Since it’s been cold, I have been loving big comfy sweaters and flannel shirts that I already owned pre-pregnancy. Oh, and my mamaglo tunic. I do think I’m going to have to upgrade to some maternity tights since I wear them a lot under dresses in the winter. Anyone have any great suggestions?
|I wish this wasn’t so blurry, but the lighting was terrible! Also excuse our “moving” mess over in the corner.|
Sleep: Normal still!
Best moment since the last update: Brandon felt the baby move!
Movement: He loves to move at night, especially after I rub all of my body butters on. It’s like it gets him moving! It’s still a pretty faint feeling, but the fact that it can be felt at all from the outside of my skin is awesome.
Food cravings: Nothing really!
Feeling? I feel so good! Energy is great. No headaches. I have had some tightness in my belly and overall discomfort at times, but I honestly think that had a lot to do with all the bad food I ate over Thanksgiving, because that’s when I was having that feeling.
I’m also feeling so nervous! I’ve been reading a lot of pregnancy articles and read that people are often carriers for 4-6 genetic conditions and most people don’t even realize it until much later down the road when they have an affected child. Of course, this is why I have my faith and pray every night for a healthy baby. I think I am more paranoid than most because I used to work at our state’s Children’s Hospital and so I’ve just seen a lot of unfair hands dealt. This is why I really considered getting genetic testing done, like Natera Prenatal Horizon Genetic Carrier Screening. This test screens up to 274 autosomal recessive and X-linked conditions. I think the main reason why this is a good thing is that it can help you and your doctor create a medical plan for as soon as the baby is born, rather than waiting sometimes years for the condition to show up and then it go on undiagnosed for a while. I also wanted their Panorama test done because you can find out the gender of your baby so much earlier! Brandon would not let me. (I am so not patient.)
I’m also feeling like there’s no way I could possibly be having a baby! When does it feel real?
Baby Goodies Acquired:
Artwork I had commissioned by Way Way Allen for his nursery! Way Way is an amazingly talented local Charleston artist. You may have seen some of her work on Serena & Lily, for one. I’ve wanted some of her art for years. It’s so fresh and unique. I sent them off to be framed yesterday.
This sweet seersucker diaper cover and sun hat set.
We got his changing table/dresser from IKEA while we were up in Charlotte last weekend for the ACC Championship. It’s the Hemnes 3 Drawer Chest in white stain. I was really impressed with the look of it in person and you can’t beat $149 for something that doesn’t need to be painted and totally redone. We will switch out the hardware with something fun—I’m deciding between brass ring pulls and these cleat drawer pulls. More on that later…
While in Ikea, we came across the cutest baby play mats. I love that they don’t have one theme, like all jungle animals or sea life, etc. It’s a good mix of colors and animals without being too loud. Plus at just $25 each—a lot better priced than others I’ve seen! I couldn’t decide which one to get and so Brandon just grabbed both and made the decision for me. They are both so cute!
(I especially love that Ikea thought to put a Winston kitty on this. It’s removable, by the way.)
Thank you to Natera Prenatal for introducing your screenings to me and for partnering with me for this post.
All thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own!