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.
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.