Sunday, April 8, 2012

22 Weeks- Happy Easter!

Belly is getting bigger!

Far Along?  22 weeks, 6 days!  According to my Mayo Clinic Pregnancy book, I am officially 6 months!!!!

Total weight gain/loss: +5 pounds total.  I asked my doctor this week how I am doing, and she said that I am doing a good job keeping the weight off (wahoo!) but that wouldn't last much longer.  Ledoux is supposed to double in size over the next 3-4 weeks.  She also told me that I should expect to be +20 or so by the time I am full term- because all the baby, and stuff associated with baby in me weighs 17-20 pounds on average.  Whoa baby!  As long as all of it is weight gain associated with that, and not FAT, than it is fine with me!
Maternity clothes? This weekend was the first time I actually couldn't hide the bump- she has 'popped'.  That being said, I didn't get out of my gap maternity leggings because they are so stinking comfy.  Other than those though, I haven't worn any other official maternity clothes.  Luckily, I have alot of cute tops that accommodate the belly (and will for a while longer) so I don't have to worry about getting alot of new stuff to wear.  I just wish I could either wear my leggings to work, or work from home, so that I could stay comfy.

Stretch marks? Nope, keeping a close eye and using my cocoa butter every night.  So far, so good!

Size of Baby (in produce)?  Mango!  However, a mango seems smaller than last week's spaghetti squash... but whatever.  Another book says she is the exact replica of you and i- only in doll size.  She is a little over 8 inches long, and has tipped the scales at over one pound.  
This is Ledoux this week- only she is way cuter than this baby

Sleep: No sleep issues here!  My back has been hurting at the end of the day, so I have a really long heating pad I lay on, and it puts me right to sleep- it must be the heat that makes me tired.  

Best moment this week:   I had my doctor's appointment this week!  It sounds so crazy, but I actually really like going to the doctor.  The baby has now reached the size that we can hear her heart beat with a stethoscope from outside my belly- crazy.  Her little heart is a beatin' too, and she was moving and grooving when we tried to hear it.  The doctor was trying to count heartbeats, and Ledoux kept moving and turning around so she had to keep starting over.  my doc  is really nice- as I would hope baby doctor's would be, but she answers all my dumb questions.  Questions I had this week: 

1.) why has my due date changed 3 times? Answer: because baby is growing faster than the "norm", meaning she may come earlier than our projected date or be a large baby....eeek!
2.) when it gets closer to the time, can I just schedule my delivery?  Long answer: yes- but she won't let me do it yet.  I wanted to get an answer to this question just in case lee isn't back- so that I can plan on having my family here for support.  Being the total crazy person I am, all I can think about is the baby deciding to come and me being alone- and having to go over to my neighbor's house to drive me to the hospital, lol.  My doctor also said that it is my choice with pain meds, how I want to baby to come (csection vs natural) etc.  She is pro-me, and I like that!  my hospital is also a no-pain hospital, so as soon as I want pain meds, they give them to me (no waiting for an epidural for this girl!)
3.) when should I find a pediatrician and can she give me referrals?   Turns out there is an office of pediatricians right across the hall from my doctor, and all of them take my insurance with no problemo-s, so i will talk to them and hopefully find one I like

Miss Anything? My husband.  Usually with deployments, every week that goes by it gets easier- but this time, every week that goes by gets harder and harder.

Movement: Of course- she is packing a little more a punch this week.  Boy am I in trouble for when she actually weighs more than a pound.  I can actually lay down still and see my tummy move when she kicks now- and feel it from the outside. 
Food cravings: Everything, but I am not giving in!  I dont want it to all go to Ledoux's hips, haha. Last night, in the course of a 45 minute conversation with my honey, I craved wendys, almost got up and went to the store to buy chocolate cake, and then i wanted fried cheese sticks dipped in raspberry jam.  By the end of the conversation, I had decided that I didn't think my life would go on without a bag of lays potato chips and a piece of chocolate cake... together.  Luckily, Lee read up on how to quell those cravings, and he coached me through just saying no.  I ended up having a 90 calorie fiber bar, a bottle of water and reorganizing my closet.  thanks babe- i feel much better this morning for NOT eating all that crap (and making room in my closet for new clothes- bonus!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Have you started to show yet:  ohhhh yea.
Gender: Girl!

Pregnancy related gripes? I am getting terrible leg cramps- charlie horses in the middle of the night that hurt sooo bad.  My book says it is common and there isn't much I can do- drink more water is all they suggest.  My back is also starting to ache by the end of the day- which I expected to happen once baby starting growing and shifting around.  thank goodness for my heating pads. 
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I've bee a little better this week- I think I only cried twice because I missed my honey.  Trying to keep it in is the hardest- because I could easily cry everytime I talk to him.  But its hard on him when I am sad and he can't do anything to help... so I try and fight it as best i can.
Looking forward to: my parents are coming again this weekend!!!  wahoo!  its also my mother's bday, so i am going to bring her down to my hair stylist to get a do.  I am pretty excited to see the new treasures they have for Ledoux- my dad might have one of the best: an autographed Chris LeDoux picture for her bedroom!  Pretty stinkin excited about that. 
Chris LeDoux print

Other news?  Lee got some optimistic news this week- that there is a good chance he will be home for everything!!!  I, of course, starting balling my eyes out that there is even a chance.  Fingers crossed, but I am still not going to get too excited until July when he is actually on a plane, coming home.  please please please let him be home- gosh, i cannot imagine doing that without him.