August 7, 2017

Baby Lawrence- 23 Week Bumpdate

Happy Monday friends! Today marks 24 weeks with Baby Lawrence, and I always look forward to Monday's for one thing...and one thing only. That is-- seeing what baby girl is this week in terms of size and what new things are on my baby app.

I figured I would share another update since the only one so far was right at the end of the first trimester. Last week it hit me...4 months until baby is here with us. That makes me so happy, kind of nervous...but way more excited than anything else.

Size: Baby girl is the size of a Barbie Doll, or a bunch of grapes if we're talking food. I have my Ovia app settings for baby size in Fun & Games....and it really is fun!

Sickness: Not so much anymore, I was clear for a sickness at all. Recently it's hit me once or twice a week out of nowhere, weird times of the day and usually only once. Thank goodness!

Cravings: Chick- Fil-A nuggets...I don't crave much, but when I do it's usually these.

Weight Gain: -37 pounds. I lost A LOT during my period of really bad sickness, and so far have gained 3 back. I eat, and eat...and not much is coming back. Kind of nice in a way, but we also need me to grow so baby can grow, especially once we hit the third trimester. 

Physical Changes: My skin is still on the drier side. My feet are swelling easier, and I've been told to stay off them as much as I can when I get home from work. It's hard to listen to that, especially when I'm usually an on the go type of person but I'm doing what I need to so this baby gets here safely.
19 weeks-size of a video game controller

 20 weeks- size of a paper airplane

21 weeks- size of a baseball hat

22 weeks- size of a water bottle

23 weeks- size of a Barbie doll

Sleep: I sleep great. Usually I'm the one who is passed out in bed first most nights, but lately I'm up past Chuck, which is rare. I am typically up 2-3 times a night hitting the bathroom, especially more lately because I'm tracking my water and really trying to up my intake.
Unless I am absolutely exhausted, I can't sleep in anymore. Ask my husband, this is not normal for me. I swear it's my body training me for baby. When people used to ask me if we were going to have children my first admitted fear was not waking up to hear the baby during the night. This change has happened since finding out I was pregnant, so it's kind of funny and helpful in a way.

Purchases: *insert big eyed emoji face here* I've bought a lot of clothes, but every single thing but about 2 items has been on sale, so it's okay, right?! I'm trying not to buy too many necessities until after the baby shower, and seeing what we receive. I've bought a few other things here and there, but mainly clothes...they're just so damn cute.

How I'm Feeling: To be honest, this hasn't been the easiest journey. First, it was all the sickness and more sickness, and trying out prescriptions to find something that worked. Next, it was being sent to a thyroid specialist and finding out things aren't what they should be in that area. About a month ago, we were in Harrisburg to see my Uncle get inducted to the State Sports Hall of Fame when we had an emergency with some cramping and bleeding and were rushed to the Emergency Room. That rocked my world, I don't know that I've ever been so scared in my life. The minute I heard her heartbeat I felt like I could breathe again. I have a bruise on my placenta which caused the bleeding and now have placenta previa, which means my placenta is covering the opening to my cervix. If it doesn't move I have to have a C-section, and if that's the worst of it...I'll take it. Last week I was sent to another specialist to monitor my thyroid along with the ways it is affecting the baby. Unfortunately, due to the problems I've been having our little babe is a little behind in the growth area and I have almost no amniotic fluid. After checking things out they sent me to the hospital to do some tests because they thought my water may have broke, thankfully it did not.
I debated talking about these things publicly, but I think that it helps me to write it out. I'm a very anxious person by nature, so throw in hormones, scares, specialists and a high-risk pregnancy and it's been difficult. Somehow, I've been as calm as I can through it all. Our support system helps immensely and I don't know what I would do without everyone's prayers, thoughts and kindness. Again, I have to thank my amazing husband for everything, his patience, his reassurance and his positivity...yes, it's what any partner would do- but it's exactly what I need and makes me extra thankful for a wonderful Daddy for this family.
I hope that if I can spread any awareness with anyone dealing with ANYTHING...not just baby related, it's to take it day by day. That's what I'm doing because it's basically the only thing I can do.
Every kick in my belly, every movement, every sonogram keeps me going and reminds me to stay calm. Worrying is not healthy, keeping the faith is what is best for all of us right now.
So, thank you to each and every one of you who has sent us prayers and positive vibes, we hear them and baby can feel by day we will get there.

Most Excited For: Overall, just her to be here. She can take her sweet time growing, but I can't wait to hold her. I am looking forward to the baby shower, we set a date and booked a venue and are working on all the fun stuff that comes with celebrations, so that will be fun!

Every moment of sickness, swelling feet, tears, worries and more is so worth it. I know that not everyone gets to experience this journey and it's really a huge miracle that I can't properly's a blessing.

If you've made it to the end of this, high five! and thank you for reading about the latest with our little babe. We are so excited for what's to come.

Have a great start to your week!

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