Week 22

Total weight gain: I decided not to look this week.

Percentage through pregnancy: 55.7%

Weeks until due date:
18

Food of the week (a.k.a. size of baby): Spaghetti Squash

Pregnancy symptoms: Sometimes when I roll over in the middle of the night, I’m awoken by a sharp pain in my abdomen. As soon as I move, it goes away, but it hurts enough to wake me up. Not quite sure what it is, but will ask the midwife in a few weeks. Also, in class on Tuesday, my stomach cramped up intensely for several minutes, but I couldnt’ tell if it was gastrointestinal or baby-related.

Movement: Charles felt the baby! We were in bed and Charlie was kicking like mad. We put his hand on my belly, and sure enough he felt a little kick. Charles got a little weepy. It was so sweet.

Weekly sins: I think I worked out for 30 minutes the entire week. By yesterday, I was feeling pretty sluggish so we took an epic six-mile walk.

Pregnancy moments of the week:

— At least five nights a week, I have a dream that Charles is either leaving me, has left me already, or that I’m single. I wake up feeling lonely and devastated. I’m sure it’s because I don’t quite feel like my sexy self right now and the marginal placenta previa keeps us from getting physically intimate. I miss it so much!!


Best pregnancy gifts:

— Another bag of clothes from BFF Ashleigh!

Baby Milestones:At 11 inches and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Quotes of the Week:

— I had an incredibly awkward conversation with my boss following our regular weekly meeting. I’m sure she was just trying to seem understanding and helpful, but it came out wrong.

Her: How long will you be out?
Me: 12 weeks
Her: Hmmm….3 months.
Me: Yep
Her: You know, Jessica, I think you’re doing a great job, but it would be alright if you didn’t come back.
Me: Um…what?
Her: You know, if you decided to stay home with the baby, that would be OK.
Me: No, um, well. I’m not planning to stay home. We can’t even swing that financially….
Her: Well, you’ve got to do what’s best for your family. I totally understand if you change your mind.
Me: ……….

— I teased Charles mercilessly for spending 15 minutes trying to choose a new stapler at the store. His response: “Hey, don’t tease me. You should be glad that I put so much thought and effort into that. Just think of how meticulous I’ll be choosing a stroller and a carseat.”

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