24 weeks | Baby Sweets

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Well aware it's Wednesday, but slipped my mind to take a picture until now. Looking well more than my #24weeks, but I guess you'll have that with #baby3! Say it with me VIABILITY! #pregnancy #pregnant #babybump #maternityootd #bumpstyle
How far along: 24 weeks. [24 with Ezra24 with Isaac]

How big is baby: A cantaloupe at 10.5 – 11.8 inches and 12.7 oz. At week 24, Baby Sweet's progress isn't just about internal stuff, it's about her looks too. With pinker, more opaque skin, she's looking more and more, like a baby.

Weight gain/loss: I awesomely put on a good 5 additional pounds, which gave me a total gain with clothes on at my midwife appointment of 21lbs. The scale seems to have settled to 18lbs total and I'll be looking to maintain this for awhile now. Considering I seemed to put on 10lbs between my Oct and Nov appointments [including Thanksgiving and staying in a hotel for a few days for Levi's wedding] and putting on 11lbs between my Nov and December appointments, my midwife did tell me that I gained too much and that I'll have to get it under control.

There were so many supportive comments on IG. I seriously can't convey how appreciated they were. I just want to stress that I trust my midwife, otherwise I wouldn't be under her care. I wasn't complaining she said it and I don't think it was out of line. I don't believe that pregnancy is a free ticket to the buffet line of over indulgence and would much rather put the work in now to continue to be healthy after the pregnancy. A healthy mama is the best foundation for baby's future health and while weight might seem trivial, it's my best opportunity to help my little one. It just really, really, really sucked to hear that I wasn't doing that.

This pregnancy has definitely been different and I'm carrying differently. My whole entire day can be ruined just by the way I feel upon waking up and I'm only 24 weeks into this! My confidence has totally been shattered, but maybe that's the point.

Stretch marks: After two pregnancies, I somehow still don't have any. 

Sleep: Still having pregnancy nightmares.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Can you say salads, salads, salads. I'm not a big calorie counter, but know enough about what should go into my mouth that no one should be concerned I'll be dieting, but I'm going to rely heavily on vegetables and lean proteins. To boot, the button on my maternity winter jacket popped the same day I was told I'd gained too much. Awesome.

After 2 1/2 pregnancies, this button finally had it! Easy fix, but not until after errands. #pregnantgirlproblems

Movement: Still pretty infrequent, but definitely daily.

What I'm loving: I have a healthy baby. My family is healthy. I am healthy.

Symptoms: New this week, shortness of breath and feeling like I'm unable to move.
What I'm looking forward to: My Mom and I picked out yarn for a beautiful chevron baby blanket. I can't wait to see how it turns out. 
Yarn shopping with my Mom. #chevron #babyblanket, say whaaaaat?! #teamnopink
Best moment of the week: Tony and I were able to go into Enlightened 4D Imaging with the boys and my Mom and it was with great certainty confirmed that Baby Sweets is indeed a baby girl! 
I'll spare you the other pictures. Sweet baby girl! Isaac just kept saying "It's MY baby sister."


Erin said...

I must have missed that IG post - I know you trust your midwife and that it's important to be healthy - and that ultimately you're okay with the comment she made, but I do always find it SO strange how different providers react to weight gain - honestly both in the mom AND in the baby. Some completely flip out about it (my friend's OB told her if she gained any more than 10 lbs she was just being "lazy") and others (like mine) don't mention it AT ALL - I gained 14 lbs in a month last time and never got a single comment. Also, Luke has gone down in weight percentiles steadily ever since birth and that's never gotten a comment but other people's pediatricians seem obsessed about making sure babies stay on the same percentile in weight for quite some time. So odd. I wish there was some consistency about it!

Glad you got the double confirmation that SHE is a SHE! Bring on the real planning now!

Julia Goolia said...

Ah, hit send too soon.

Anyway, if my comment was lost here is the bottom line:

You are doing a great job at keeping baby sweets healthy. Please don't let the scale tell you otherwise. I think an 18 lb gain at 24 weeks is totally fine. Hugs, mama---don't let your confidence be rattled by silly numbers. It's not like you are shoving your face with junk food 24/7 and a splurge here and there is healthy and normal.

Hugs, mama.

Kristal said...

I hope my IG comment didn't sound like I was putting down your midwife. I'm just frustrated that her comment has affected your confidence. 18 pounds in 24 weeks is WELL within normal and you are doing a great job at keeping your sweet girl healthy.

Also, I cannot wait to see this blanket!! What are your rooming plans for this baby? I know you guys have a 2 bdrm, so will the boys be sharing now?

Megalamode said...

What is IG? I love the pic at the end! So precious!

Megan said...

You are gorgeous, sweet friend! Rock that belly and that 18 pound gain, you are brewing a human in there and look AMAZING!!!

Unknown said...

I'm identifying with you all too well. I'm 30 weeks today and have gained about 30 lbs. It's been a hard pill to swallow as I gained a total of 32 with my daughter and I really thought I was doing a good job of listening to my body and eating when hungry, etc. Hang in there. I know it can be difficult, but I agree with others that it is normal, even if it doesn't always feel that way. Also, I think weight gain can happen very different through different pregnancies! I had gained 3 lbs by 20 weeks with my first and was already at 20 at 20 weeks with this one. But then I gained quickly in the end and this one has started to slow down. Hang in there! You're doing great!

Meredith said...

Ditto everyone--take your midwife's comment as inspiration to continue eating healthy, real foods. If your weight gain slows, great. And if not and all other things (fluid levels, blood pressure, etc) are normal? It's because that's what baby sweets needs to be healthy. Your body knows what it is doing mama!

(Sorry, I basically just repeated my IG commet!)

Also LOVE those yarn colors and can't wait to see the blanket!

Julie S. said...

24 weeks already? Girl, it is flying! Her little profile is so precious!

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