Twenty-two weeks = 5 and a half months. When did that happen??!
“At 11 inches and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment.” (Source)
I know that dark eyes are dominant, and of course I’ll be ecstatic no matter what color the baby’s eyes are, but I’m hoping that soon the baby’s eye pigment settles in to be the same color as his/her Daddy’s:
Last week’s rough patch continued up until Sunday or so. After a two-day sob-fest, things finally started to turn around for me. I’m being careful not to get too comfortable with feeling ‘stable’ though, as the roller coaster of pregnancy continues and every day brings with it new experiences.
Other than that, not much to talk about this week, but here are some randoms:
Total weight gain: about 8 lbs. since conception.
Cravings: cooked veggies – in pasta sauce, in stir fries, atop pizza…
Biggest sources of happiness right now: Ben reading to the baby + I at night, seeing the baby in my dreams, and maternity clothes that really show the bump.
Biggest gripes right now: not being able to sleep well, a dwindling selection of clothes, and not being able to fit prenatal yoga classes or water aerobics into my schedule.
How often I feel the baby: almost all the time nowadays! I’ve only felt him/her kick once or twice, but I feel lots of movement from morning until night – on and off – and the baby even responds to my poking and talking now!
Funniest stranger encounter this week: a trip to the bank. I went in to cash a check and got into a conversation with my teller about how far along I was… she looked at me sideways and said, “My guess is boy.” Her friend – the teller next to her – came over and said the same thing, ”Yep, I think boy too… when I had my son my belly looked high like yours does. Except I was way bigger. I gained 80 lbs.” I find it amusing that everyone’s got something to say, and most times I appreciate it [just don’t touch the belly unless I know you, please].
Currently researching: cloth diapering. One of my best friends and I just may attempt to get a pattern and make our own – how domestic would that be??
Biggest excitement for March: Ben’s parents will be visiting for a week!!! I can’t wait to see them again! Most of all, I know that it means the world to Ben to be able to have them share in this experience with us, even if we only get them in person for a week or so.
Between new students, meetings, flare-ups, and progress notes coming up, Ben’s been insanely busy being the amazing teacher he is lately. And then he’s had to come home to me and all my
depression emotions [I’ve had issues with depression in the past, so it doesn’t surprise me that it’s crept up during pregnancy]. So even with all the stress at work, Ben’s really stepped up in the past few weeks to make sure the house has run smoothly as well.
I know you all must think I’m exaggerating, but Ben truly is the most caring and loving partner I could ever ask for.
After extra long days at work, Ben’s always sure to make time for me and the baby: giving me massages, rubbing my feet, holding me as I sob for hours about god-knows-what, simply laying with me and watching shows, and then washing and putting away all the dishes and clothes without ever complaining [because my-life-is-in-shambles-and-I-can’t-get-out-of-bed-this-morning]. Thank goodness I’ve been feeling more like myself again lately… it was getting pretty lopsided for a while there.
[thank goodness for friends who get Ben out of the house, too]
On a lighter note, Ben’s also been talking a lot with his fellow teachers who have kids and getting really great ideas on cloth diapering and being able to manage teaching and parenthood. He continues to amaze me with his level of participation in this whole process. After having a discussion about visiting his family in Seattle during the winter [coming from a warm climate I’m honestly nervous about travelling with a baby in winter weather], I got an email from Ben the other day entitled: “So Cute… DO NOT BUY!”
Inside was a link to this:
with a message that said, “that’s how they stay warm…”.
Holy moly, kids on the mainland have the cutest winter clothes! Good thing Ben wrote DO NOT BUY! or I may have gone straight for the ‘purchase’ button!
As week 23 rapidly approaches, I continue to have gratitude for this incredible process and my ability to open wide to everything it brings, comfortable or not.
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