This past week has been a pretty big week for me both emotionally and physically.
First off the 24 week mark means viability and the milestone point of pregnancy that infertiles’ crave the most.
When this special day came for me I celebrated in joy and also reflected on my journey thus far.
I began by reading past journal excerpts of the countless tear filled days leading up to conception of baby R. There were days that felt lower than low, mornings I could not get out of bed, crying fits in my car after having to interact with a random pregnant women and her darling toddler in a store or after reading about another pregnancy announcement on Facebook. Days when I did not know how I would continue to put one foot in front of the other while trying to navigate my childless world. Yes, my faith was tested, my personal resilience pushed to the max, but after reflecting I knew it was all worth it to be able to finally be a momma-to be.
And oh how my world has changed.
These reflections have created another surge of gratefulness within me that I cannot describe. At times I feel as if I need to pinch myself as a reminder that this is really happening to me! Just yesterday I was getting a few dresses altered and while waiting for the seamstress to come into my dressing room, I took the opportunity to simply look at myself. And I mean really look and stare at myself in the full length mirror and take in my reality. I studied my whole body from top to bottom side to back and settled back on my growing belly. I was amazed at how beautiful I both looked and felt carrying our miracle child and for finally being at place that I had longed- for, for so very long, and feeling thankful and blessed beyond measure.
Truly, I am enjoying pregnancy just as I always knew I would.
How far along: 24 Weeks (VIABILITY) and baby is the size of a cantaloupe!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 124 lbs- up another pound!
Maternity clothes: Yes, but still able to wear some non maternity clothes as well!
Stretch marks: Not yet… but lots of blue veins all over my belly.
Sleep: Better! I think my hips stopped stretching because sleep has been wonderful again.
Best moment last week: Reaching viability- the big milestone and passing my glucose test! By the way, the worst part of my glucose test wasn’t drinking the juice which wasn’t half bad, but having to wait an hour in a crowded waiting room with someone who smelled like oniony body odor. Uggg- Another wonderful moment and one that keeps happening is when J puts his hands on my belly and talks to baby. It’s the sweetest thing!
Movement: Yes, all the time and brings a smile to face instantly. First thing I do when I wake up now is try and make baby move, once I feel him move I can start my day!
Oh when do I need to start doing kick counts?
Food cravings/Aversions: Lately I’ve been loving oatmeal with bananas, walnuts, and milk for breakfast and maybe because of Easter, egg salad with crunchy celery and hotdog relish has been a lunch staple this past week. Aversions- still not a big fan of Italian food; marinara sauce and garlic.
Mood/Energy: Still emotional! Energy has been ok- although one of my test results came back that I am low on Iron and my doctor wants me on an iron supplement. Alternatively, I am taking Floradix (a liquid supplement) so that I don’t have to deal with bathroom issues- praying it works!
Labor signs: Nada!
Belly Button: Stretched
What I miss: Nothing and the days need to slow down already!
What I am looking forward to: My checkup next week and getting my baby shower announcements out!
Milestones: 24 weeks baby! oh and the glucose test over with!
Bump Picture and my “Lately”:
Sophie- a gift from a dear friend- doesn’t she look so happy?
My orange glucose drink
and picking out paint colors for my bedroom and nursery!