23 weeks today! According to the app I’ve been using to track everything, apparently her face is completely formed?! That’s so crazy to think about, that she has all of her facial features and everything in there. She can also hear things and distinguish some noises, so maybe I should stop referring to her as a parasite? (Not going to happen until she’s at LEAST 18.)
12.7-20.8 Ounces is about a pound? So about
the same as a can of soup or beans. Crazy.
Had a regular check up this week, nothing fancy or exciting. I don’t know much about how a regular civilian doctor works, but with my military insurance I only get two visual ultrasounds (barring an emergency or whatever) & I’ve already had both — the initial dating scan and the anatomy scan. So, when I go for my checkups, I get a heart rate scan with a little handheld thing. Baby’s heartbeat was between 145-147 yesterday, which is, apparently, great. So it’s good to know that everything with baby is good! I know it’s silly, but it’s a wave of relief every time I get to hear the heartbeat, just a little reassurance.
As an aside, I mentioned to her I still haven’t felt much movement and was assured that it’s perfectly normal, especially with my anterior placenta. I also asked about scheduling a L&D tour and also some prenatal class type things, most of which she said I should plan for October-ish, so that’ll be happening. (The classes are things like budgeting and stuff like that, apparently they give away a ton of free stuff, so, heck yes.)
Weight gain: So. I’m actually not sure, because based off my doctor’s appointment yesterday, my home scale is TEN POUNDS off. So uh. I’m actually not sure? I think I’m still consistently at about +15.
Movement: I’ve been feeling some flutters and whatnot. No full on kicks or things like that, but I definitely feel fluttering, especially when I first wake up.
Cravings/Aversions: Lately I’ve been after saltier things — I think I’m moving away from sweet again. This week I’ve been all about the weird snack my sister and I used to eat as kids: melted Kraft singles on Ritz crackers. A very classy meal. Also, chocolate milk, because it’s the only way I can get down a glass of milk.
Mood: I’ve actually been a little mood swing-y this week. After the mess I was the first trimester or so, I thought I’d been getting less and less moody, but this week I definitely felt myself slipping. Although, to quote a blog post I saw on facebook yesterday, “You will not say I’m being a “Hormonal Crazy Bitch.” I know I am. My husband knows I am. The man behind the deli counter knows I am. Notice how they are still alive? It’s because they don’t say that to my face.” So, basically, that.
Other Symptoms: Still the same back issues, which I’m assuming is just a part of my life now. Also, my feet are getting sore much quicker as the days go on. Finally, I’m tipping you off to invest in Rolaids because I’ve got the heartburn from hell, which is super cute.
Beyond all that, it’s been getting harder and harder to resist buying baby clothes. I did have a bit of a ranty moment on facebook the other night regarding gendered clothing, and how I can’t find anything that specifically says “genius” or “baby genius” without it being heavily focused on either sex. My sister scooped me up a couple of super cute “GIRL GENIUS” onsies, which I’m really excited for, but I’m still mourning the loss over the “Smartest Guy in the Room” one, which could so easily have just said smartest kid. But, I suppose I can always make my own.
Thanks for listening to me rant every week, friends 😀