Friday, December 16, 2011
24 Weeks - Baby #2
I am at 26 weeks, however, need to catch up on my weekly pregnancy posts. Here are the exciting things I remember about the 24th week!
How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 20 lbs. I don't know what it is when I am pregnant, but the pounds seem to just stick to me and the girls are in constant competition with my belly. I haven't done anything differently than my last pregnancy and I am now chasing around an active toddler. Thank goodness I am tall and it "spreads" out more!!!!
Maternity clothes: I am in all maternity clothes right now, however, have been buying several non-maternity pieces in larger sizes. I am still frustrated with the maternity clothing selection lately and am still trying to be creative and play with larger sized non-maternity clothes. I continue to buy pieces from Kohl's and TJMaxx that are less expensive and won't feel badly if I don't wear them again. The top above is from the Kohl's junior section, but in an extra large!!! You just have to spend some quality time in the dressing room seeing what works and what doesn't. I am so happy that sweater tunics are in style right now because that is all I am wearing with leggings lately. My all time favorite maternity purchase so far this pregnancy is the Old Navy maternity jeggings. I am wearing them in this picture too but you can't really see much of them. I was a bit nervous purchasing jeggings even when I am not pregnant but these things are actually very flattering. They look great with flats or boots.
Stretch Marks: None right now and I never developed any with Jillian. Thank you Mom for these great genes!!
Sleep: Sleep is hit or miss. Some nights I have a good night of sleep and others I toss and turn from back pain or from Jillian waking up in the middle of the night. My back is really sore this time around and I think it's from carrying Jillian around. There was one day this week where I had to try to pick Jillian up out of her crib three separate times before I was able to do it. The pain in my back sometimes is so sharp that I have to re-adjust how I pick her up.
Best moment this week: Jeff was able to interact with our little man one night laying in bed and it was such an exciting first moment between father and son. Jeff would talk to my belly and he would respond with a kick. The more Jeff talked, the more he would move. He certainly was responding to Jeff's voice and it was so amazing!
Movement: I love when our little man is on my right side, I can feel him so much better when he isn't hiding on the left side where the placenta is. His kicks are getting stronger and I really can feel him at night. I finally felt a foot or an appendage!!! It was so cute, I had almost forgotten what it was like to feel little baby body parts in your belly. Certainly a sign that our little man is growing!
Food cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary this week, however, salty snacks like cheese and crackers and potato chips are really appealing to me right now.
Gender: BOY!!! Our little guy continues to remain nameless, we are still working on it!! As of now, our list has been narrowed down to Nicholas or Jeffrey. Both family names, we have eliminated all non family names from our list, they just didn't seem as special to us when it came down to seriously discussing it. Nicholas Robert or Nicholas Alan seems to be the front runner right now.
Labor Signs: Thankfully none so far.
Belly Button in or out: Out.
What I miss: Nothing really although the smell or beer and wine are really starting to appeal to me now and I am really missing a nice glass of wine with my girlfriends. Every time Jeff drinks a beer, I find myself just wanting to smell it. You couldn't get near me with a glass of wine or beer in my first trimester with me not wanting to run into the bathroom or gag. It's so amazing how our bodies just seem to know what to do!
What I am looking forward to: Meeting my little man!! I have really started to think about what he looks like and how life will be like with him. We are no where near ready but that doesn't make me any less excited to be the Mommy of a little boy!!!
Milestones: Feeling that little baby foot!
One thing I wanted to mention is that I am extremely Anemic this pregnancy so I am now taking daily iron supplements to help which I think is finally working. There have been so many days where I have felt like I was hit by a truck and simply couldn't shake a horribly sluggish feeling. I was initially prescribed iron supplements 4 times a week but it just wasn't helping much. I have also tried eating more red meat which I NEVER eat. I am a turkey and chicken kinda gal but that didn't seem to be doing much help either. My doctor continues to test me every few weeks so hopefully the next time around my numbers will finally start to look better.