Total weight gain: As of January 5th, I am up a total of 15 pounds, which puts me right at where I thought I would be. I really think I am 2-3 pounds less than that though, since we finished all of our "holiday food," right around the time of our Dr visit and are back on track with healthier eatin.
Baby Bump? Heck. Yes. I'm as big as a house. I have an extraordinarily small torso and abdominal cavity (as in, between my hip bones and rib cage,) so baby Grace only has one way to go- straight out!
Maternity clothes? Yes! Some friends of mine have loaned me some maternity shirts and I imagine that the next time I am in the big city I will find a few more. Although, now, as soon as I get home I am changing straight into super loose PJ's because they are much more comfortable!
Cravings:Nothing really. I think my appetite is diminishing slightly so I am trying to get my calories in nutrient dense foods. Lots and lots of salads, beef, and milk!
Symptoms: The back pain has gotten alot more routine. I have found that as soon as I lay down on my side it is better and pretty much come home from language school and lay down for the rest of the day. The heartburn flares up every once and a while but it's not bad either!
Sleep: So much has changed in the last month! My nap is NOT back as I try to just "rest," during the afternoon and save the sleeping for nighttime. My nighttime sleep is horrible, to the say the least. I've been having charlie horses at night and waking up unnaturally early. I've had a few nights of low grade fevers with the chills but it always breaks by morning and is just annoying enough to disturb my sleep all night. Boo. I love my sleep, so that is SO hard!
Best moment this week: Ian and I spent our Friday evening, cuddled up on the couch and watching a movie. Ian had his hand on my belly because I felt like Grace was going to have an active night and WOW did she ever. Almost 45 minutes straight of nearly constant kicking. She gave us quite the show of flutter kicks and jabs! So special and since we don't slow down enough to let Ian feel her move often enough, I loved that he got to share in that moment!
Movement: Yes! I'm not really sure of her "schedule," but definitely when I switch from laying on one side to the other and nighttime (past 9pm,) is her most active time!
Gender: GIRL! Grace Madeline is her name and I can't wait to see her beautiful little face!
Belly Button in or out? In, but at the end of the day, and especially after a big dinner it starts to "bulge," a little.
What I miss: Solid sleep!
Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy every last day as your last "day," before baby comes. We celebrate every little thing as it means that we won't ever have a January 10th without being parents again!
Milestones: The third trimester! And though 24 weeks is viability week in the States, out here 28 weeks is closer to being her viability week. So comforting knowing she could make it now!