25 weeks: Energizer bunny vs. Mega napper
I was so busy this week I didn’t write a single note in my pregnancy journal. I’ve been so good about writing little notes all along on feelings, symptoms, etc, but this week I was bad. I was just too busy out having fun!
While I’m smiles all day, I’m having a tough time this week. The weather has been gorgeous and our to do lists long, and I’m still not accustomed to my new body. It is not easy to learn your body’s new limitations when you’ve been living in your old one for 27 years. I want to take advantage of this last summer as a family of two, and it’s not easy balancing that with my increasing exhaustion and need for rest.
When bambino needs rest, he tells me. I feel nauseous, my legs hurt, my belly gets hard, and I overall don’t feel well. PB has been helping me figure out when it’s ok to push myself a bit and when it would be best for our growing baby for me to put my feet up, enjoy a lovely foot massage, and drink a big glass of water. This weekend we switched sides in our bed and it seems to be helping with my problems sleeping. Now I’m next to the window and while it’s a bit disorienting when I wake up in the middle of the night, the breeze from the window means I’m sleeping long periods of time. My record of the last few months was this weekend- 4 straight hours. He also bought me an amazing oscillating fan and I practically cried tears of joy and relief. Our wall AC is just too much to keep on all night and nothing is too hot. The fan has been a godsend and I am loving getting a few straight hours of sleep at a time.
PB has been so selfless, and I see already how he is going to be a great dad. He will give up the last portion of leftovers to me without a peep, rub my feet without my asking, and squeeze the tension out of my shoulders multiple times a day. He even makes sure I’m drinking enough water. I don’t know how single moms do it because I can’t imagine making it through this experience happily and comfortably without him by my side. I feel so lucky.
I know some people hate pregnancy, but I am not one of them. I love being pregnant and seeing all the different changes in my body. And I really love those special moments where bambino kicks me to say HI MOM! Seeing the scale creep and hop up is hard, and some of my weight loss buddies from back in the day are urging me just to stay off it. I don’t know if I can do it! I immediately freak out at the big jumps but later in the day shrug them off. I know I am doing the best I can do, and I know my body is doing what it needs to do. I just want bambino to keep growing and growing.
25 weeks and nice and round:
I can’t believe I thought I was “showing” at 12 weeks. I was so thin!
Here’s what Babycenter says about 25 weeks:
Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn’t much more than an average rutabaga, but she’s beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. She’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture.
I hope bambino is born with lots of hair like I was as a newborn. If heartburn really is any indication, then this baby will be a monkey- just like I was!
Our nursery furniture is now all here and assembled. Saint PB put it together within 24 hours of receiving it, and it looks so good. I can’t believe we have fit a guest bed (full size), my big work desk, a crib, a changing table, and a dresser all in this one small room. We had to get a bit creative and ask for some help in the form of my mother in law’s garage for some storage, but we are going to make it work. Thank goodness because I LOVE living in a city and I’m not quite ready for the suburbs. Having a baby does give us the itch a bit, but we want to hold off until the city is no longer fun.
Random facts of the week:
Overall weight gain: Between 21 and 22 lbs depending on the day (this is at 25.5 weeks pregnant)
Weight gain in the last week: Yesterday it read as 3 lbs, today it reads as 1.6. Let’s just say 2?
Current obsession: CLOTH DIAPERING. I want to know everything and anything about it. The pediatrician who spoke at our childbirth class (who is incidentally also bambino’s ped) said that cloth diapers are better for our baby’s vor (aka bottom) and now I’m obsessed. We were considering it but I was more concerned about using washcloths instead of disposable wipes. Now I really want to cloth diaper too. In today’s Babycenter post I asked everyone to teach me to cloth diaper. If you know anything about it, please head over there and leave me a comment. I am going to make myself a big Word doc with all the replies.
2nd current obsession: Questions about those glass bottles I love. They have a stage 1 nipple. Will my breastfed baby do well with those or will the flow be too fast? Anyone have experience giving a breastfed baby a stage 1 LifeFactory bottle?
Baby stuff this week: Not much except… our babymoon! We are just going for the weekend, but I am selfishly stoked to get away for a few days with my hubby and my hubby alone. He is all mine! And I plan on dominating the pool at our hotel. Can’t wait to swim! We also have our last childbirth class which is bittersweet. It has been fun learning more about baby stuff and hospital stuff and labor/delivery stuff over the last 6 weeks. Tonight’s class is on breastfeeding and then it is all over. Major bummer!
Oh, and I have nothing funny to share this week except that I now have to propel myself off the couch in order to actually get up. Ridiculous. And awesome.
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