I am getting freakin' HUGE!
Today, before leaving for home after a relaxing and fun-filled visit at my MIL's and step-FIL's house in NY, I decided to take a few preggo-belly shots. I was in the middle of packing mine and Big D's stuff, in the guest room we stayed in, when it dawned on me that I really should make use of the big 'ol mirrors in the room!
If I look this big now, at a mere 23 weeks, it scares me to think of just how monstrous I'll look at 38-40 weeks! And you'd think I'd packed on a bazillion pounds, right? But I don't feel like I've been out of control eating (well not including this weekend...ha!). I'm at about a 16 pound gain right now.
And still growing.
But, I can't knock it. While I definitely am growing, on the inside, I feel as if I'm glowing!
My body is going through all these changes for a very specific (and beautiful!) purpose...one that, despite the ever-growing fatigue, horrible heartburn, frequent welling up of the eyes (oh yes, the crying is back, people!) and increasing girth, I am so thankful for!
Our baby boy! I feel him more and more every day and when I'm concentrating on his movements, I can't help but stare off into space and smile. Even today, as this little muffin laid on my bladder (that I had JUST emptied!) and made me run to the bathroom again, I couldn't help but laugh about it.
Last night, as Big D and I laid quietly in bed in the guest bedroom at his mom's, after a very fun and tiring day, he nestled up close beside me, our bodies making two parentheses that curled protectively around our baby boy within. He laid his hand on my belly and without a word, we both listened and waited. It was Hunter's quiet time and I figured Daryl wouldn't get to feel him as the baby had seemed to settle down a while before.
But, as if he knew Daddy was waiting, Hunter started moving again! Daryl's voice was laced with awe and love, as he said, "Wow! I felt him that time....it felt like he rolled underneath your skin!" Both of us content and happy, we drifted off to sleep.
All of these moments, so quick in time, just reaffirm how terribly lucky and blessed we are. I could not be happier.
23 weeks: Our baby Hunter
Your Baby This Coming Week
Your baby is now about 8.4 inches from crown to rump (21cm) and weighs about 1.2 pounds (530g).
Your baby's face and body now look more like a full-term baby. He now looks close to how he will look at birth.
The eyes, though they are still closed, are now close together on the front of the face and the ears are in their final position. Eyelashes are fairly well-developed and hair is growing on your baby's head.
Your baby's movements are becoming more restricted now as he fills up the uterus more. Cartwheels and somersaults inside the amniotic sac are no longer possible, but he can still hold the umbilical cord and touch and feel around him. Though your baby is already living in tight quarters in the amniotic sac, he will soon have even less room to move around.
His vital organs are now quite mature. However, since the lungs are not yet fully formed, your baby would have breathing problems if born prematurely at this stage.
Your baby is becoming increasingly conscious of the world outside and may feel startled when you are startled.
Your baby may alternate between having very active and very calm periods.
Your baby may have facial expressions such as frowning, squinting and pursing of the lips.