Time for a bumpdate as I have officially grown past 5 months and have now moved into my 25th week.
(here is my 22 week update with Bea right around the same time)
Month five has meant feeling great, all things considered. The baby is now the size of….an ear of corn? If pregnancy enjoyment was a bell curve, month five has to be the middle arc. I’m way beyond the misery of tri 1, but just about to hit the downward slope of large and uncomfortable.
Just a few precursors to that stage have started to hit this month like the tossing and turning to find a (safe) sleep position and the slight –urpiness– of bending over or leaning forward too suddenly. I’ve also gotten at least one good kick to the stomach that sent food back up into my mouth–bleh.
This pic cracks me up because it shows the difference an angle makes. With all three girls, I’ve carried high and wide and always seem to expand in both directions at the same time-ha!
Speaking of kicking, she is a pretty athletic little thing, twisting and moving around quite a bit. I love the reassurance of these kicks and also the milestone of reaching viability this week. Sometimes she jabs me so hard, I can see it from the outside. N has been able to feel her kicking and has been quite impressed. MG has been kicked a few times, too, but hasn’t been able to recognize it. A good impression of her expectation level is coming up out of the blue and pressing her hands deep into my belly for approximately two seconds before declaring, “I can’t feel her moving!”. Or she lifts up my shirt and talks/yells to the baby through my bellybutton. “Do you think she can hear me? I can’t hear her!”
Cravings have been next to nothing but my appetite for home cooked food has improved and I am making some pretty satisfying dishes in the kitchen (think creamy, hearty, comfort food). Just like my last two pregnancies, I am greatly enjoying citrus fruit this winter and also keep a bag of sour candy on hand for when I randomly get weird tastes in my mouth.
My to-do list for this baby is probably the shortest yet and mostly involves prepping the girls, the house, and my hobbies for her arrival (i.e. get both girls sleeping well in the big bed and finish the 2015 scrapbook). I’ve been having fun, as I mentioned, with my sewing machine and snap setter and have been making a few gowns and newborn outfits while I’m in this sewing stride.
The “M” is for our last name, the other initials have been covered up, for now :). I love newborn gowns for easy diaper changes and these knotted ones will keep little toes and frog legs warm throughout the night.
My snap setter is SO FUN and easier to use than I imagined. I purchased it from here. It definitely helps my baby/toddler clothes making skills as I was previously sewing in snaps or buttons (I HATE sewing button holes!). Also, I had to cover up her name on the first outfit 😉
I also wanted to make some paci clips since I received the end pieces free with my snap setter. The leopard one is a leather and the other two are made from teething-friendly silicone beads (the giraffe is a silicone teether too). There’s nothing like a new pregnancy to inspire some creative notions 🙂
Everyone warned me this would happen but this pregnancy has gone by incredibly fast. I am in disbelief that we are already past the five month mark and that I have already spent more time being pregnant than I have left! Right before we got pregnant, I prepared myself for this to be the last one and as I went through the morning sickness/fatigue/baby blues, I was more sure than ever that I wouldn’t be doing this again. Now that I’m feeling better, I’m starting to entertain the idea of a fourth, but I think it may just be sentimentality. The funny thing is, in the beginning N was wanting a fourth but now we have flip-flopped and he’s saying he thinks this will be our last. Either way, I’m going to try to enjoy every kick, every daydream that brings a smile to my face, every ounce of anticipation for this new life that I can. Four months is going to be here in a blink.
P.S. I’ve been writing pregnancy updates as well on my Instagram page that is solely for this pregnancy. If you want to follow along, join me here.