that's the belly just a few days shy of 24 weeks. it's definitely growing. and i'm feeling every bit of it. the belly makes it quite difficult to get up off the couch or to roll over in bed at night. but i'm LOVING it.
this time, instead of the usual update, i'm just going to bullet point things i want to remember about this time in my pregnancy.
*i finally gained weight. at my last appointment i was finally +1 pound from my original start weight. i lost weight at first, so i'm just now gaining.
*i'm finally feeling decent. i am still exhausted all the time, but i'm not nauseated anymore and my tummy seems to be doing great after my gall bladder surgery. it took me a few weeks to recover from that.
*i'm eating semi-healthy and drinking tons of water. i'm trying to get my diet right to where i'll hopefully get some energy back. and i'll start really paying attention to my diet soon when i start monitoring my blood for gestational diabetes. my doctor and i decided that since i had it with my last pregnancy, we'll just assume i have it again. that just means i'll have to check my blood twice a day and following a certain diet and exercise plan.
*baby boy is kicking away! just this past week we are able to see him move externally. david and karsyn have both felt him and have seen him. and he moves all the time!
*karsyn has been amazing. i tell her every week what he's doing now and how big he is and she constantly talks to him and rubs my belly. it's the sweetest thing.
*we started working on his nursery. the walls are painted. furniture in place. and we're starting to buy things slowly. and the BFF volunteered to make a few things for him too. i cannot wait to see it all finished!
*my hands and feet are swelling a little, probably because of the wonderful texas heat.
*i've had to tell several strangers that i actually do have double digit weeks left to go. they don't seem to believe me.
*my belly button is out now.