Friday, January 25, 2013

23 weeks (Only 16 more to go!)

I wasn't sure if I was going to do one of these 'status' things while I was pregnant, but I decided to do it so I can look back and read how I felt in the middle and end. I don't think I will forget how I felt in the beginning... or maybe I want to forget, which is why I didn't write about it at all. Haha. And yes, my math is right, I only have 16 weeks left due to the fact I am having a repeat C-Section (had an unplanned one the first time).

how far along: 23 weeks (Here's the obligatory pregnancy photo)

size of baby: He should be about 11-12 inches long - and about the size of a papaya (according to

weight gain: Total weight gain has only been 2 lbs up until right now. The reason being is I lost 8-9 lbs in the first trimester due to how I felt like dog ass for about 8 weeks. So I gained that loss back slowly and now I am up 2 more total. Not bad I guess. Last time I gained about 30, because I felt great the whole time and ate my way through every restaurant in NJ! I doubt I will gain 28 in the next 16 weeks. Our 20 week ultrasound showed the baby to be right on target and no issues! YAY!

maternity clothes: Um yes. Dooohh. I envy those people that wear normal clothes until they hit like 30 weeks- WTH?! Not me. I have been wearing maternity of some sort since like 8 weeks b/c I was feeling so lousy, I couldn't handle anything tight on my waist. I needed comfort.

symptoms: Hmmm. Nothing off the charts... Just some bloating (I still can't eat a lot of food at once). My hips feel like they are going to separate from my body at night when I sleep. Oh, I woke up uncontrollably shivering in the middle of the night the other night - not sure what that was all about! I have a sight case of "pregnancy carpal tunnel syndrome" (Double WTH!?). I feel like I got hit by a train some days, but I also chalk that up to my age. I don't think 42 year old's are supposed to be pregnant (just a joke folks!!). I had some rib pain the other day, probably from a foot or arm pushing into them - I'm short and I hear us short ones get that fun stuff. Occasional back aches & heartburn (Praise Zantac!) pop up. I can handle most of this as long as I don't go back to feeling how I did in the first trimester. UGH!

exercise: Ummm... Not much. Bad me, I know. We do get out on the weekends and walk around when we can. That's about the extent of it. God, I am a lazy thing.

cravings/aversions: Not too many weird cravings. I like love blue cheese dressing on my salad - a lot of it. I like chocolate smidgens. I love corn english muffins toasted with butter. Mmmmm. I love those little crunchy onion thingies you put on salads and on green bean casseroles. Hehe. I have been wanting Lucky Charms lately - not sure why, but I feel like I could eat a box of them! Oh - I love red grapes. I am pretty sure I'm single handed keeping the Red Grape crop in South America in business lately.

movement: He's kicking a lot lately. I feel like Brian should be able to feel him sometimes from the outside, but no go yet. Soon enough.

sleep: Some nights I sleep great, and other nights I get up to pee, and just can not get back to sleep. For a few nights last week, I was up listening to my daughter coughing all night. Ugh. Other nights, I sit up worrying about stupid stuff that I probably shouldn't be worrying about at 2am!

gender: Still a boy.

looking forward to: choosing a name, having the baby and having my life (mainly my body) back to normal. I won't lie, I am looking forward to taking off of work for 16 weeks with my new baby and my older baby! :)

worries: I am a super-duper worry-wart! Darn hormones. I worry about everything. EVERY. THING.  I make myself miserable because I worry about things that normally wouldn't put me over the edge like this. I just have to keep telling myself it's hormones and ignore it (HAHAHAHA!). Easier said than done. My patience threshold is very low- I have little tolerance for 2 and 1/2 year old evil toddler tantrums and wining lately.

what's different this time: Everything. It's no lie when they say 'Each pregnancy is different'. I feel totally different. The only things that are the same this time so far are the achy hurting hips and heartburn. But my heartburn was way worse last time and I was on Prilosec by this time.

milestones: None that I can think of other than I am too old for this - haha.

best moment this week: Visiting my midwives. I love going there. I wish everyone could go to them. I feel so comfortable and happy with husband likes going there too. It's kind of funny because I am sort of the 'anti-midwife'.  They do mostly natural, home & water births.... And in comes me who demanded drugs last time fro the get-go, had a c-section (unplanned) and will be having another section this time- Oh and I bottle fed too {GASP!!!!} - But I love going to my midwives for my prenatal care! And they are cool because they honor your requests no matter what.

something that bothers me: It bugs me when someone asks if we will be having more kids. Dudes, I am 42. One more just isn't going to happen. I can assure you the factory is closed. I am never going through pregnancy again. I plan on having my tubes tied during my C-section anyway. Modern medicine rocks. Amen. 


  1. I was hoping you would do a post like this. You look beautiful. Not too much longer till your little boy is here.

  2. I love this post. First of all, you look great!!! That is funny that you use a midwife and are "anti-midwife", as long as you like them and are comfortable, that's all that matters :) Age is just a number, I don't think you look your age at all, though being pregnant I'm sure you feel your age! Just keep reminding yourself that in a few months you will have another precious baby and I'm sure he's going to be just as beautiful(handsome) as Julianna is!

    1. Thanks - Yes I am the anti-midwife but I love going there and they are so good to us as well! I do feel my age- it's only 3 years later but I feel much older this time around. I feel much achier and slower. It's also winter so I'm not getting out much - I hope to get to the mall this weekend to walk around... its been too cold here to go outdors this week! Yes, I also worry about what he will look like? LOL- We were blessed with a gorgeous little girl and I am scared he will be a troll - Sad to think about that but I do LOL

  3. You're amazing. Keep up the good work ;)

  4. "What's different this time? EVERYTHING".....amazing how that can be so true with pregnancies. I literally SLEPT my way thru my third one, couldn't function AT ALL...CRAZY! You're looking good girl. And WOW...can't believe how fast this is going (don't you hate when people say that? lol).

  5. You look beautiful, Skye. And I'm not saying that just because I'm your mom. I'm thrilled with your progress report - that everything is going well (I'm a worry-wort too as you know. Can't wait to see my little grandson.....!!!

  6. You look great! Now I have all your cravings though...grrr. I craved Lucky Charms with Chloe...I failed my first glucose test because I ate a big bowl right before the test. So don't do that...then you'll have to take the three hour one. And what is it about pregnancy that makes us worry? I'm glad I'm not the only one. I hate that I'm aware I'm being irrational and I can't do anything about it.

    1. thanks Kim! LOL on the cravings- It's so funny how they just hit you and it's something you would never think about LOL. THe good thing with my midwives is - I don't have to drink that nasty drink for the glucose test- they have you eat a meal that equals the ideal carbs/protein/fat that the drink does for you - WAY better. I have to do it in 3-4 weeks. I worry all the time about everything - its just in our nature i guess lol!

  7. OMG!!!! It feels like it's been forever! So sorry I haven't been visiting lately. You probably know I haven't been blogging much either. Crazy things happening over here! I'm so happy for you though :o) You look great girl and I can't believe you are having a boy (sounds pretty perfect to me) :o) I bet J will be an awesome older sister! Yeah, that 2 1/2 age mark is quite the challenge. I think I've heard enough whining for a lifetime. I used to think I had so much patience but not so sure how accurate that is anymore. Anyway, I'm so happy for you and the family. I'll have to drop by a little more often than I have been :o)

  8. What a cute little baby bump!! Looking forward to some newborn pics :)


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