Today, December 6, 2011, I’m officially 24 weeks pregnant! What?! Time to tell you all about week 23!
How Big is Baby: According to BabyCenter, baby H. is more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about the size of a mango in terms of weight)! Apparently, baby can feel me dance at this stage, so I’ve been turning on lots of Christmas music and singing/dancing away!
How I’m Feeling: Energy is good. Sleeping is usually good.
John and I both had our last day of work on Friday and it was completely bittersweet. Actually, let’s be honest, I was crying in the afternoon about missing Cleveland, etc, etc.
How I’m Changing: I have a faint linea nigra starting. That’s the vertical line that appears from your abdomen to the pubic bone due to increased estrogen levels. You can’t really see the line yet on my belly, but I have it down low and it’s slowly growing to my belly button.
Weight I’ve Gained: This week I gained 2.2 pounds. I think baby has been having a growth spurt since I’ve gained about 2 pounds during each of the last three weeks. I’m now at a net difference of +4.9 pounds after losing and regaining those 9 pounds.
What I’ve Been Eating: Food has been all over the place this week. We are trying to eat up perishable food in the house and not buy too many more groceries in the process. We’ve eaten out twice for functions with John’s work friends, I had gluten-free pizza the other day, and I made snicker doodles the other night. I tackled a veggie tray at a party and really want some more. I also barely have any fruit left in the house. So yeah, all over the place.
Last Doctor’s Appointment: I love my doctor, I really do. However, I’m not sure what happens in their doctors office, but we usually wait a long time. Our appointment on Friday was the worst wait yet. The was appointment scheduled for 4pm and we weren’t seen until 5:45pm! I did the usual stuff with the nurse around 4:30 but then was told they were running 30-45 minutes behind. We had to go to another waiting area before being put in a room. I was eventually taken into a room at 5:20.
Once our appointment did get started she measured me (right on track) and we heard bambino’s heart beat (~150bpm). We asked a few questions but I could tell she really wanted to get out of there. I’m sure she had a grueling day. We left the office and couldn’t schedule our next appointment because all the medical assistants were gone for the night and we were in the parking lot by 6pm. It was all waiting.
Friday was also the day for my glucose tolerance test. I arrived to the lab at 3:50pm to drink my 50g of dextrose. You have 5 minutes to drink the 8 ounces and then you come back in exactly one hour to have your blood drawn.
I had been crying in the car prior to arriving to the lab, so that’s why I look a little funny in the picture on the left. The sugar drink wasn’t bad as I was expecting — but it would have been a whole lot worse had they not had an orange flavor. (I’m an extremely picky drinker). I’m so glad the nice man offered me a straw because it helped me shoot that drink straight into the back of my mouth.
During all the waiting I experience with my regular visit, it was easy to pop back downstairs to have my blood drawn at 4:55. I found out Monday that I passed my test with flying colors! On the standard range scale of 65-135 mg/dl, I was 83 mg/dl! Good job pancreas!!
Next Doctor’s Appointment: Our next appointment is December 20th. Wait, I thought you were moving Katie? We are, but we’ll be back in Ohio for a wedding and holiday festivities, so we’re getting one more visit in before our current health insurance ends.
John’s Thoughts: Katie did fantastic drinking all that dextrose; especially when I know she hates any drink but water. I am most thankful for her excellent test results. Not having to be concerned about gestational diabetes takes a lot off my mind. It was also comforting to hear the baby’s heartbeat at the doctor appointment. Since we still haven’t felt the little guy move around, at least the heart beat confirmed that he is alive and (metaphorically) kicking. I was watching a recent TED talk that was explaining how humans start learning while in the womb. It gets me thinking how much our son is learning while hanging out with mom all day…
Things We Are Looking Forward To:
- Moving in just a couple days!
- Putting up our Christmas tree.
- Setting up the nursery / having our crib come in.
- Our Ohio baby shower.
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