How far along? Currently 24 weeks, 1 day. Picture taken at 23 weeks, 4 days (before we left for Minnesota).
Size of baby: Baby is the size of a cantaloupe.
Gender: Baby girl :)
Weight Gain: I have not had the chance to weigh myself recently, but I would guess around 9-10 pounds.
Maternity Clothes: I have not bought any more maternity clothes recently. I did buy another maternity dress a few weeks back because I need a dress for the rehearsal dinner for a wedding we are going to next week and I figure I can wear it to my baby shower too. Otherwise, I am doing my best to stick with what I have for now.
Symptoms: I have actually been feeling really great! I still have some back pain, but it has been pretty manageable since I am still going to the Chiropractor often enough. The pain used to be mostly in my upper back and neck, but lately I have been having some pain in my low back. I have had issues with this in the past so it is not exactly new, but I have noticed it is harder for me to make it feel better on my own. Other than that, I have had some shortness of breath, especially when I eat too much. I have also been struggling with not being hungry much so I have to be really careful about snacking. If I eat too many snacks, then I will be too full for a real meal after that.
Movement: All the time! I have been feeling her more consistently in the mornings and nights, usually when I am laying in bed. Feeling her move is seriously the best part of this whole thing. There are times these days where I can feel her shift into a position where she puts a lot of pressure on one part of my stomach. Then after a few minutes the pressure goes away. So weird, but so cool!
Sleep: Sleep has been good and bad. I can be so exhausted from the day, but I will still have a hard time falling to sleep. Some days are better than others. Usually though once I fall asleep I will stay asleep until morning, with the exception of a few bathroom breaks. I think the pregnancy pillow has been really helpful in that area. On the few nights where I do sleep without it, I really struggle to stay asleep.
Baby Purchases: I am really proud to say that we have been able to hold off on the baby purchases recently. We have been buying Christmas presents and other things so we have been trying really hard not to spend too much money. We also have not really figured out what we want to do for a nursery yet so I am sure we will start buying all the baby things soon.
Best Moment This Week: Being back in the Minneapolis area and getting to see my extended family. We had our first Christmas celebration over the weekend and it is always fun to see everyone and catch up.
Looking Forward To: More time in Minnesota and seeing more family over the next week. We have a Christmas to celebrate with both sides of our family and it should be a fun time!