24 weeks

How far along? 24 weeks.

Baby’s size?   Spatula is about the size of an eggplant, 9” and over a pound and a half.  She’s working on her lungs this week, and getting some more capillaries all over.  Kind of awesome for over-educated anxious basket cases, if Spatula decided to come out this week, she’d have a pretty good chance of making it (not that she will, it’s just nice to know). Also, apparently, my uterus is the size of a soccer ball, which frankly seems impossible and bizarre.

 Sleep?   Up and down.  I imposed a fairly strict 10 pm bedtime because my narcolepsy was getting out of control, and that seems to have helped in the past few weeks.  If it hadn’t, I probably would have been on driving probation, and I’d prefer not to lose my autonomy this early.  I am on bathtub probation, since I fell totally asleep there a couple weeks ago and scared the crap out of Kev – he says I have to get a lifejacket for baths.  The doc also told me to take benadryl sometimes to knock me out a little more, since I’ve been sleeping poorly at night – you know, because something keeps kicking me!  On the bright side, my anxious dreams have mostly gone away, so that’s a huge bonus. 

Food cravings or aversions?  Getting a lot better in this department, I’ve been able to plan what’s for dinner up to 24 hours in advance and not change my mind!  As far as cravings, basically fresh fruit and veggies.  I’m all about watermelon and corn and cherries and blueberries mmmm!  Unfortunately none of those will keep me full for long, so I have to be careful to eat actual protein and carbs when I’m hungry, or I’ll find myself in a severe food emergency with little warning.

Symptoms?   I didn’t really believe anyone when they said the second trimester would be a total breeze, but I’ve definitely been feeling like that the past couple of weeks.  My headaches are basically back at normal occurrence levels (1/week or so, no big deal), energy is reasonable, heartburn has gotten milder, anxiety is low.  I’d been having consistent but mild sciatic pain for a few weeks but it’s actually gotten better too.  So everything is pretty peachy at the moment :D

Best moment this week?  We decided on a name, first and middle.  We haven’t decided if we are going to spill the beans before she gets here…  I also ran about a mile and half, up to our friends’ house, which felt good – exercising since I stopped frisbee has been a challenge, since I just haven’t had to outside of playing sports for years.  I got this belly band thing I read about on a runners forum, and it helps support my belly and makes jogging a lot less uncomfortable.  And don’t worry, I got the OK from the medical establishment before jogging (which was at a total snail’s pace).

Movement?  Less gentle, more cat-trapped-in-burlap-sack.  That’s not totally fair – the movements are probably verging on uncomfortably strong about 25% of the time, it’s just that that is usually when I am trying to go to sleep!  It’s pretty neat though, and now you can definitely see her moving from the outside.  Alien!

What I miss about not being pregnant?  Not being able to play sports (and not just frisbee!) or even really exercise… having my narcolepsy under control… breakfast being optional… 

What I’m looking forward to?  Friends coming to visit in less than two weeks!  And quite a bit of camping in the next month or so, gotta have as many adventures as possible!  Also, as much as we love our roommate/tenant, we are both looking forward to her moving to another friend’s house next month – we’d like to be able to get the house in order ASAP, since we are only going to get busier in the next few months.  We both have to build up hours at work, save vacation, and I have a LOT of important milestones to reach in my research before baby. 

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