GENDER: Team Pink, round 2!
WEIGHT GAIN/LOSS: Per the doctor at 28 week check up: up 11 pounds...I guess my body made up for that slow start! Ha!
STRETCH MARKS: I had a minor (OK major...pregnancy hormones) freak out because I took a late shower one day and didn't immediately put on lotion on my belly. Its so dry here and I was feeling a bit itchy so I checked it out and I had red marks ALL OVER MY SIDE AND BELLY! I was devastated and sure this was it, stretch marks. I know its silly to care this much but I feel like stretch marks are the ONE annoying pregnancy symptom that I have escaped so I was devastated. Turns out my skin was just ultra dry. I loaded up on cocoa butter that night and have been extremely diligent with it ever since and I seem to be in the clear.
SWELLING: None to report.
MATERNITY CLOTHES: YEP!
BELLY BUTTON: Almost an outtie, mostly flat but the area around my piercing sticks out.
SLEEP: Well...as they say, pregnancy prepares us for having a newborn and at this point I am up 2-3 times a night. Sometimes I just get up and go to the bathroom and go right back to sleep, other times...not so much. I have been having lovely periods of insomnia where I just lay in bed for hours in the middle of the night. I would get up and do something but I feel pretty queasy when I get up so usually staying horizontal works out the best. No fun...and I'm tired. :)
CRAVINGS: I am not a red meat person. I don't particularly care for steak or burgers and I certainly never crave them in normal life. Well, pregnancy isn't normal is it? I have had 2-3 intense cravings for burgers!!! Luckily there is a Culver's close by and Eric is more than happy to oblige!
SYMPTOMS: I'm revisiting morning sickness...Ive even thrown up a few times. Not super pleasant but it usually passes after breakfast and a little downtime so its not a huge deal. Heartburn has been RAGING. I was going through so much TUMS I decided I needed to switch it up to something a little more natural so my old doula Angie is sending me some bitters...I don't even know what that is but its supposed to be awesome and soooo much better for me than Tums. I have also had my first experience with Braxton Hicks contractions! It kind of freaked me out because I felt NONE of that with Amelia but its cool and it makes me feel like my body is getting itself ready for labor!
MOVEMENT: Baby girl is in full on acrobatic mode! She is always doing what feels like flips and spins. I love it.
WHAT I MISS: WINE AND BEER! :)
WHAT I'M LOVING: Lots of awesome movement and my big belly.
WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO: oddly enough labor...
BIG SIS UPDATE: Amelia has been talking about Baby Sister a lot. She calls her by name and asks to hug and kiss her all the time. She even told me she was going to hold her hand and play with her when she gets here. Heart melt!!!