Saturday, December 18, 2010



How far along: 22 weeks 0 days. Cricket is the size of a papaya! Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.10.5-11.8 inches; 12.7-20.8 oz.  (*This will apparently remain the same info for a few weeks now as she gains weight and actual development slows down)

Total Weight Gain: 143.8 lbs. I didn't pee out the fluids from the hospital like we thought...I am honestly a little concerned.  However, I didn't really GAIN any this week, so maybe if that keeps up it will be okay.  Still, I'm way ahead of the game here weight-wise.

21 Weeks

Maternity clothes: I am starting to outgrow some of the pants that were donated to the ASS.  Hmmm.  I spent money I shouldn't have this week on leggings and sweaters from the regular section because they work now and after baby.  Mucho comfortable.  And then I splurged some more and bought 1 pair of pants from Mother.hood.  OMG, their belly panel thingys are FANTASTIC.  I want to buy allllll my pants there!

Stretch marks: Hip and thigh ones are flaring up from puberty.

Sleep: Because of my stupid hip (left) and Dr. Back realigning me, sleeping on either side has become a no-no for long periods unless I want to wake up Hubby yelling in pain.  So, back it is.  I prop a pillow under my right side so that I am at least leaning to the left a bit to compromise. Another pillow under my head so I'm not FLAT on my back, and 2 under my feet to keep them elevated.  Plus the giant pregnancy pillow.  I love the little nest I have created in my bed :)  Some nights I sleep well in between bathroom runs.  Others not.  It's all's infant prep :)

22 weeks!  Looks about the same.

Movement: Cricket is still a bit slowed down from the meds in my system, but kicks are stronger.  DH finally felt it last night!  With opposing schedules it's been hard to get him to feel it.  But last night we actually went to bed together, and he managed to stay awake long enough to feel a strong enough kick.  I had passed out, LOL.  She has taken to spending a half hour every couple of days or so kicking my cervix.  I keep telling her she's not coming out anytime soon and to knock it off (it is...bizarre feeling!).

Cravings/Aversions: My appetite has come back with a vengeance, and of course, for all things CARB.  I have given up...I'm going to put on a lot of weight, it's a foregone conclusion.  So, FEED ME SEYMOUR!  Still can't do red meat.  And some other things make me feel totally ick.

Sex (I changed it to this because gender is a totally different thing and it's been bugging me): Not intentionally finding out, much to everyone's annoyance. However, I REALLY think Cricket is a she. Hubby is of course still convinced Cricket is a boy. As for me?  Yeah, no sex lately. 

The nekkid belly.  He didn't really get
the shot including my whole side, but oh
well.  That tattoo used to look a lot
different in presentation, LOL.

Symptoms: Swelling is in full presence.  I need bigger shoes and socks.  No socks in 20 degree weather...LOL.  It's all the way up my legs, tho worse at the ankles. It feels like they are bruised.  And I thought my rings might make it through, but my hands are swelling as well all of a sudden.  I now have to hold my belly up to pee.  LOL.  And, nipple leakage!  Yup, only a couple of days this week, but it was there, alright.  LOL.

What I miss: Ease of movement.  That's about it.

What I look forward to: Viability!  Being free of Pancho.
Moods: Feeling better this week.  Still a bit frustrated with my body, but overall, pretty good!

Milestones: We have started weaning me off of Pancho as I haven't dry-heaved in nearly 2 weeks!  (discounting the morphine induced vomit).  I am almost FREEEEEEEEE!!!

Medical Concerns: Hypothyroid, anxiety, migraines, severe back pain. Ready for the list? Syn.throid 50 mcg, 100 mg, Zo.fran pump, Iron, D3, D2, B12, Vitamin C, Folic acid, no more prenatals, Bene.fiber, stool softeners. Fentanyl patch, Fentanyl 200mg prn (every 4 hours) (if Hubby ever picks the script up from the pharmacy...), Flexeril a bit longer, Lidocaine patches, Tylenol 3 for the migraines - I will be off of a lot of these by next week.

This week saw Dr. Back 3 times (I wanted to kill him Monday, but by Friday, things were looking up.)
Saw Dr. Head Monday morning, as well.  Also doing much better in that arena, added some more D to my regimen.

Weekly Wisdom: Sleep however is comfortable.  If I can't sleep on my left side, so be it. I do my best.

Best moment this week: Dissipation of the morning sickness finally!!!  Yeehaaaaaaa! Hubby finally getting a chance to get kicked by his kid :)

Worst moment this week: Still hurting quite a bit at work (very difficult to get comfy) and the addition of the extremely swollen feet is not helping.  So I am very happy to get home to heating pads and a way to elevate the sausages at the end of my legs.  The pain and discomfort is the worst part of it.


  1. Glad things are taking a tuen for the better!

    BTW you have the cutest preggo belly ever!

  2. I have often wondered about pregnant ladies with tattoos in the abdomen area and how it stretches and then shrinks. It will be an interesting process for you, I'd imagine :)

  3. Awww, you look amazing lovely lady!!

  4. Your belly is so cute! And, I am glad that you are finally getting some relief from the vomitting/nausea/dry's about time!!

  5. Congrats on the new milestone.

    I wore leggings for much of my first and second trimester. But I found them uncomfy after I hit 27 weeks or so. I now prefer loose garments.

    If you are having swelling issues in your ankles, make sure that you do not stand for long. Also, get comfortable by raising your legs. I tend to put my feet up (sans shoes) on a chair when I am in office. I still do not have oedema, but I find it relaxing.

    Take Care!

  6. How do you think work would take it if you show up with a doctors note that you have to have your feet up on your desk at all times? LOL.
    You look adorable sweetie, don't worry about the weight gain (you started behind the power curve anyway) and enjoy the carb-fest!

  7. Glad things seem to be looking up a tad or at least you can look forward to things progressivly getting better...You must be all fluid because you def dont look like you have put on that much and Im sure it will just fall right off after birth...I had a friend who is thin that put on 80lb with both of her boys and is now skinnier than she has ever been..but I do remember her having a ton of fluid weight gain...What else oh love the sex comment Nick and I were watching that mario lopez baby show the other day and they couldnt have sex for something like 4wks and he was just dying...My husband was like stop complaining man we havent been intimate since before Egg Retrieval...This is nuts and so hard to believe and to think we will have at leas 6more weeks after birth..Oh my talk about a dry spell but it will all be worth it...

    Well take care and you look great...Belly button is really poking out this week:)


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