|See also: this is what my hair looks like when I sleep on it wet|
How big is baby: Lemon went from a spagetthi squash, to a large mango, and is now an ear of corn. Ben and I have think the size refers more to the mass/weight than the actual size of the baby. However, the update I read on 24 weeks did say he'll start to "plump up" soon. Ha!
Anxious about: Part of me is really relieved to be at 24 weeks because that means viability - we definitely don't want Lemon coming anytime soon, but from this point on the chances of survival only increase, so I'm happy to at least be at this point. However, I feel like I'm reading all the things about pre-eclampsia and pre-term labor and oh my gosh, this and this and that. I'm trying to read enough where I'm informed but not making myself paranoid - we'll see how that goes.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Okay, so I have officially been off my morning sickness medicine since Christmas Day, and so far so good. If I could be really and truly done with puking, well, I'm not even sure what to do with myself! As far as cravings go it's mostly been cheeseburgers and root beer (which I try to not over indulge in), but lately there's been a shift and I want all the fruits and veggies. I'll take it!
Gender: Baby boy!
Movement: Lemon's movements aren't really visible on the outside yet, but they are enough where I can distinguish between when he's moving and when he's kicking - and Ben's been able to feel a lot of them which makes me so happy! Although I swear every time I'm like "babe, give me your hand, he's kicking," Lemon stops the minute Ben puts his hand on my stomach. It makes me laugh. A lot.
The belly: Growing! I don't really know what else to write in this part, but I did a fun little side by side comparison - the picture on the left is me at 16 weeks and the right is 24 weeks. Growing indeed!
I definitely have been hit by the tireds lately. (I mean, did you see my face in this week's picture?) Some of that is from all the fabulous holiday celebrating, but I'm also realizing I need to not push it when I'm tired and simply listen to my body. (I have a feeling this will be a lesson I'm learning over and over again for the next few months...)
Things that made me cry: It didn't make me cry, but at my 24-week appointment this morning, as soon as I heard the whoosh-whoosh-whoosh sound of his heartbeat on the doppler machine, I couldn't stop grinning. There are things I'm worried about, and things that make me anxious, but sometimes I just grin and tear up because wow, this is really happening.
Best moment of the week: I haven't slept well the past few nights (couldn't get comfortable, up to go to the bathroom a lot, etc), and this morning I was up at 4 AM to make another trip to the bathroom. I was trying to get back to sleep when Lemon started kicking pretty strongly - it made me giggle even as I was saying, "no buddy, not time to play, we're going back to sleep now, all right?" Ah! And he was kicking when I was typing this. It must be his way of saying hi to you all!