Another week down and another week closer to meeting baby! We’ve reached week 26, which means that the end of the second trimester is in sight! How did that happen?!
Also exciting: the ‘countdown’ that happens on my app has passed the 100 days mark! As of today, we’re 96 days from due date. It’s coming!
My belly continues to grow (see the difference from week 24, above) as does baby. This week’s stats show baby at 14 inches and just under 2 pounds, which comes as no surprise since my stomach certainly feels like there’s something bigger in there! As far as produce goes, 14 inches means that baby is about the length of a cucumber.
Last week was the first that people have commented on the bump who wouldn’t have known that I’m pregnant, so that was new and proves that there really is a visible bump there.
While I’m continuing to be kicked/punched, the movements have slowed down a little which makes me wonder if the baby is running out of room? The movements are strongest and more consistent when I lay down at night or after eating something sweet.
Not much to report here; thank goodness! I’m still having braxton hicks contractions a few times a day. They actually got a little scary over the weekend, but after doing some research I realized that I might have been a bit dehydrated. I definitely drink more water during the week when I’m sitting at my desk and tend to slack off over the weekend when I’m working around the house. I made a more conscious effort to drink lots of water for the remainder of the weekend and haven’t noticed anything since, so I’m hoping that problem was solved!
And speaking of water, whether I’m guzzling it or not I’m likely in the bathroom at least once an hour. Fun stuff, I’m telling you. I hope my bladder returns to normal one day. 😉
The intense hunger I was experiencing at week 24 has subsided a bit and my eating has returned to normal for the time being. A big update: I’m happy to report that I’m eating meat again! It kind of happened overnight. I ate a hamburger one night but still couldn’t stand the thought of chicken, and then the next night I decided that chicken actually sounded pretty good. And just like that the meat aversion seems to be over!
Still no pregnancy ‘cravings’, but I do prefer sweets a little more than I used to. I’m not usually big on dessert, but lately I’ve found myself looking for a bite of something sweet after dinner. A few squares of dark chocolate usually does the trick.
I finally broke down and purchased some maternity pants for work. I’ve been making do with one pair of maternity leggings and wearing mostly dresses to work. Then last week I decided to wear a normal pair of dress pants with the assistance of the bellaband, and that day just about ended in tears and I decided it was time for real maternity pants. #mostuncomfortabledayever
Usually, my theory when shopping is to buy less stuff and spend more money on fewer quality items that are going to last. I’m throwing that theory out the window for maternity clothes because I just can’t justify spending a lot of money on clothes that I’m going to wear for a few months, max. Luckily, I was able to pick up a pair of pants at H&M that I think will work through April. I also picked up a 2-pack of t-shirts ($15!), a couple 3/4-sleeve tops ($13!), and a non-maternity cardigan ($13!). And $80 later, I’m hoping that will be my last purchase of maternity clothes!
The crib arrived last week! We decided on the Kendall crib from Pottery Barn, and I can’t wait to get it out of the box and set up!
I’m undecided on a dresser/changing table, but that’s on my to-do list. The nursery is still just an empty room with a pile of baby gifts we’ve received, the stroller, and now the ginormous crib box, but I’m anxious to start putting everything together now that we’ve just about wrapped up some other house projects. I’m also working to finish up a registry, but finding it a lot more difficult than making a wedding registry! How in the world am I supposed to know what exactly we’ll need?! It’s a little overwhelming, and I keep reminding myself that if we missed something, there’s always Amazon Prime. 😉
In other fun news… Although we aren’t finding out whether Chickpea is a boy or girl until he or she arrives, we tried out the string test over the weekend. According to the wives tail, you hang a sewing needle on a piece of thread (I’ve also heard of using a wedding band) over the pregnant belly. If the needle swings in a circle, supposedly baby will be a girl; if the needle swings back and forth in a line, baby will be a boy.
I’ve heard people swear by this test, but we tried it out on my sister first as a test. She knows what she’s having (and side note, our due dates are 5 days apart!) and sure enough, the needle correctly predicted baby’s gender. For me, the needle predicted a boy. I guess we’ll find out in a few months!
Any crazy pregnancy prediction stories to share? What are the ‘must-have’ registry items I should know about?