24 Weeks Pregnancy Update – Officially 6 months along! Whoo hoo!
Boy – I call him “baby boy” to AJ and “Himmer” (Him/Her) to everyone else.
1 1/3 pounds, almost a foot long, about the size of an ear of corn.
Baby currently has a lean figure, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon plump up.
His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop.
His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world.
His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.
My weight gain:
More like myself again though every morning I wake up feeling very tired even after getting enough hours of sleep. AJ says I toss and turn all night so this may be the reason I wake up exhausted. I prefer to sleep halfway between being on my side and being on my stomach so baby boy tends to punch or kick out against the mattress if I am smashing him too much. This makes getting comfortable during the night quite difficult.
My doctor told me I experience hypoglycemia when I get those dizzy, nausea spells and that I need to be munching on something throughout the entire day. I try not to let myself go too long without eating and pair up my food groups with things like nuts, cheese, fruit, oatmeal, and milk as my snacks of choice.
Hearty meals like beef, chicken, or turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans.
Things of Note:
I have officially “popped” and walk around with a bump in full swing. No one has tried to touch my stomach yet, thank goodness! I am waiting for that day to come and hoping it never does.
So far, I have been wearing looser clothing to work so the bump doesn’t show too much, always covering up with blazers and sweaters. Of course, now that it’s gotten to this size it is harder to hide but I am gradually getting more and more comfortable with it.
Every night I lather on coconut oil and sometimes just stare at my stomach in the mirror, completely in awe at how my body is changing to accommodate this growing babe. It is so mind blowing that my body knows exactly what to do and can simply do it. Here I am walking around like normal while basically growing a human from nothing. Of course, I really love to use it as an excuse for getting out of anything saying things like “yeah but I’m really tired, I’ve been growing a human all day long.”
I can already tell that I’m going to miss having this little boy in my tummy once he arrives. It makes me sad to think that this intimate time with him is so short. Before I can even blink I know the quiet moments of laying in bed, cherishing the notion of a growing boy inside of me, feeling him kick, will soon be traded in for a little boy running around the house, tracking in mud and all manner of wild things later on. Everyone says it’s worth it though and I believe it 100%.
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