During this 6th month, RockStar is approximately the size of an eggplant… that’s 13.6-14.8″ long and weighing in at 1.5-2.2#, and his/her immune system is preparing for the outside world. Exciting!!! I guess from now on, the baby’s size is much more dependent on environmental and biological factors (hence why it’s pretty much impossible to determine gestational age based on u/s measurements once you’re this far along in the pregnancy).
As far as my own body size goes, I weighed in at 172# this morning (up 2# from last week, up 11# overall). That is officially a flashback to the highest number I have ever seen on a scale, and it’s more than a little bit scary to me. On one hand, I am so thankful that I had lost some weight by the time I got pregnant so that I’m only seeing that number now – at 25 weeks along. On the flip side, it makes me wish I’d have stuck with it a little more diligently and gotten down to my 142# goal weight pre-pregnancy (or at least maintained the 152# I was at last summer instead of letting it creep up to 161#). Thanks to stress eating and drinking throughout the TTC struggles, I kind of sabotaged myself there. Lesson learned! On the flip side, I’ll take the numbers creeping up on that scale every week since it means that RockStar is healthy and growing inside of me!
Random stuff I’ve been meaning to document here…
A couple of weeks ago I realized that I have to manually position the seat belt under my belly nowadays when I buckle up. Kinda cool. 🙂
Every time I lay down on the couch or in bed, I’m unconsciously waiting to feel RockStar move…and when s/he inevitably does, it makes me smile every time.
I can see my belly move on the outside now, and Charlie and a couple of my girlfriends (Leia & Marissa) have seen it too! Surreal.
I’m signing up for a Hypnobirthing course today, and I’m super excited for it! C’s preconceptions about birth are basically that I’ll be a screaming mess begging for meds, and I’m really hopeful that he (and I!) will learn a lot through this course. I’ve done a lot of research already, and I truly don’t believe it doesn’t have to be that way. I know that C is going to be a wonderful birth coach throughout the labor process, and I think this class will be an invaluable help to us both. On another note, it was awesome reading about my Mom’s thoughts on birth/meds/etc in the book yesterday – I’m planning on doing a whole post on this soon.
My parents both thought I was going to be a girl, and C & I both think I’m going to have a girl. I’m so freakin’ curious to see if we’ll be right as well!! I’m glad we’re waiting to find out, because it’s always been a dream of mine to hear the doc/midwife/my husband say “it’s a boy!” or “it’s a girl!” At the same time, some days I’m just dying to know already!! Totally worth the wait though. 🙂
My first baby shower is this weekend already (yes, it’s early at 25w3d, but one of the party-throwers has to leave the state next week and she really wanted to be a part of it). It’s a couples shower with most of the invitees being friends of my in-laws, so I’m curious what it will be like. I requested no games, but C just told me that his Mom has been excitedly telling him about all of the games she’s in charge of organizing. *groan* We shall see.
Overall, life is really good right now. I’m pretty consistently tired, but overall this past month has by far been the “easiest.” I still puke probably once a week (generally at night, right before bed – weird), but that’s totally manageable. I’m just so excited to have December be here already!!
Quick shout-out to my friend E (manymanymoons). She and her hubby have been TTC for 2 1/2 years, are in the midst of waiting for placement in the adoption process, and while waiting, had decided to give IVF one shot, but they just found out she’s a carrier for Fragile X. *sigh* If you have any experience with this, please go give her a shout out!