Our Doxie, Charlie already loving (or stretching) on his baby sister!
This is a big week! 24 weeks is known by Dr. Google and the medical team at large as “viability week”. What this means, is that if I possibly went into pre-term labor, or something happened and they needed to take her early (in an emergency situation), that they would do everything possible to help our baby girl to survive, and physically it would be possible starting now. That doesn’t mean she is allowed to come early by any means, but it is sure comforting to know that if something were to happen, she would have a chance to survive and that the doctors would be doing everything in their power to have this outcome as well. It just feels like another hurdle that we have finally gotten over…and it feels GREAT!
Here is what is going on this week according to Baby Center:
How your baby’s growing:
Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to 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.
How your life’s changing:
In the past few weeks, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button and is now about the size of a soccer ball. Most women have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition.
Untreated diabetes increases your risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery or needing a cesarean section because it causes your baby to grow too large, especially in his upper body. It also raises your baby’s odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth. A positive result on your GCT doesn’t mean you have gestational diabetes, but it does mean that you’ll need to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure.
Finally, if you don’t already know how to spot the signs of preterm labor, now’s the time to learn. Contact your caregiver immediately if you notice any of the signs mentioned below.
How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain: 14 lbs. Yikes. I put on 2 lbs since last week (although I did weigh myself after a nice big breakfast, so I’m sure that didn’t help). My OB says I should be gaining between .5 lb – 1 lb a week from here on out. I was underweight to begin with (100 lbs at 5’2″) so she wants me to put on between 25 – 35 lbs. I am well on my way to that goal! As for the 2 lb gain in a week, I definitely feel like my belly popped since last week, so maybe baby girl went through a major growth spurt. As long as she is getting bigger, stronger, and healthier…I could care less what the scale says!
Maternity clothes? Yes! So comfy…although I am still wearing a lot of regular clothes too. Maxi skirts and dresses are my go-to’s right now!
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: We had a really busy week this week, so I haven’t got as much sleep as I would have liked. And it seems as though it is taking me longer to fall asleep and turn off my mind these days. So many to-do’s running through my head. Baby girl also kept me up one night this week from 3 am – 6 am kicking up a storm. It was the most active I have ever felt her for a long stretch of time. I just layed there and took in every little kick and movement. Eh, sleep can wait…this is what I have been waiting and praying for! Even though I was tired the next day, it was totally worth the midnight play session!!!
Best moment this week: Got a few more key pieced this week for baby girl. We got her bath, a vibrating chair, a few more clothes and shoes, and put her crib together. Plus, remember that cute etsy outfit I ordered for her newborn photos? Well it arrived! And it is just as cute in person. I can’t wait to take newborn pics of her in this adorable ensemble! Here is a pic and the link to the adorable Darling Baby Shop. This was definitely a splurge, but I just couldn’t resist. And now I have to remove the page from my favorites because I think I might just go broke from wanting EVERYTHING off this entire site!
And here is a pic of baby girl’s crib that we finally put together. This was a pic from the Craigslist ad. Isn’t it just beautiful?! Score for a perfect second hand crib that doesn’t break the bank. It even has a drawer at the bottom for storage and can convert to a toddler or twin bed. It was just what I was looking for!!!
Miss Anything? Nope!
Movement: Yes! Tons this week. And feeling her kicks and flips a lot higher too. Definitely above the belly button area now.
Food cravings: Still loving fruit, popsicles and milk (chocolate and regular)!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Gender prediction: It’s a girl!
Labor Signs: Nope. Hopefully not for at least 14 more weeks!!!
Symptoms: Round ligament pain, spider veins, varicose veins, itchy arms and weird rash type thing developing on both my forearms. Maybe pregnancy related, maybe not. I have an appt on the 30th and will ask my OB.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy!!!
Looking forward to: We have an apt on the 30th with our OB and then another on the 3rd with the Perinatologist. Looking forward to getting another sneak peek at baby girl!