How Far Along: 26 weeks and 1 day.
Size of Baby: Our little bug-a-boo is on average 14 inches long (head to heel) and weighs about a pound and two-thirds. Or for comparisons sake...the length of an English hothouse cucumber.
A picture of an English hothouse cucumber!
Picture of Baby: No ultrasound this week which means no picture...boo.
26 weeks: The network of nerves in my baby's ears are better developed and more sensitive than before. He/she may now be able to hear both mine and daddy’s voices as we chat with each other. He/she is inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his/her lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he/she is born and takes that first gulp of air. And he/she is continuing to put on baby fat. If I’m having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum--a trip that will take about two to three days. (Information taken from babycenter.com)
Maternity Clothes: I still have some clothes that I can wear (hence the belly shot below) but I mostly stick to maternity.
Weight Gain: Up 4.5lbs (in just 6 days)...YIKES-A-ROONIES. But in my defense I was a bit constipated this week...so here's to hoping next week I don't gain quite so much. My total weight gain now stands at 22.5lbs.
AND 26 weeks!!!
Stretch Marks: Nope. Now and then I put a lil cream on the belly but I am hoping genetics is on my side :) Meaning my mom and sis don't have stretch marks. BUT if I do...then it is what it is!!!
Sleep: Let's just say it hasn't been the best this week. And the last few days have been especially bad since I came down with a nasty cold and sore throat on Friday morning.
Symptoms: Thinking my antibiotics are responsible for my off (meaning nauseous) days :)
Food Cravings: Nothing specific.
Gender: Getting more and more excited to find out if we'll be adding a lil man or a lil lady!!!
What I Miss: A good nights sleep. Sleeping use to be
What I'm Looking Forward to: Registering tomorrow with my sister!!! And my 27 week appointment which includes a growth scan, an ECHO on baby's heart (standard with my office because Bug is an IVF baby), and rechecking Bug's kidneys (praying that the hydronephrosis that was found at 23 weeks is still mild or better yet...gone).
Milestones: Two weeks from my next goal of 28 weeks (which means 2 weeks past viability)..boo-yah!!!
Emotions: A lot less anxious than I was a week ago. And oh so very thankful to be done with cervical checks. And I told Brian that he does NOT need to come with me to my prenatal appointment tomorrow...now that is HUGE for me!!!
So I actually did it. I actually went to a doctor appointment without the hubby. So proud of myself!!! And a good appointment it was. Baby's heartbeat (with doppler) bounced between 153 and 154. And I got my first tummy measurement...and I landed right between 26 and 27...perfect since I am 26 weeks and 1 day. Not much else to report on besides the fact that I get to look forward to my glucose test in 2 weeks. Praying I pass!!!