Thursday, July 21, 2011

23 weeks :)

How your baby's growing:

Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

How your life's changing:

You may notice that your ankles and feet start to swell a bit in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer. Sluggish circulation in your legs — coupled with changes in your blood chemistry that may cause some water retention — may result in swelling, also known as edema. Your body will get rid of the extra fluid after you have your baby, which is why you'll pee frequently and sweat a lot for a few days after delivery. In the meantime, lie on your left side or put your feet up when you can, stretch out your legs when you sit, and avoid sitting — or standing — in one place for long periods. Also, try to exercise regularly to increase circulation, and wear support stockings (put them on first thing in the morning) and roomy, comfortable shoes. You may be tempted to skimp on liquids to combat swelling, but you need to drink plenty of water because staying hydrated actually helps prevent fluid retention. While a certain amount of edema in your lower extremities is normal during pregnancy, excessive swelling may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia. Be sure to call your midwife or doctor if you have severe or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, swelling in your face, or puffiness around your eyes
Size of Baby: apparently the size of a large mango :)

Total Weight Loss/Gain: -20.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: maternity jeans and trying to find cute tops to wear so I actually look pregnant and not just large :-P

Gender: GIRL!

Movement: lots of it!

Sleep: same as before.  Sleeping alright.

What I miss: Not giving a second thought to the amount of caffiene and/or other things like medicines etc I consume.

What I'm looking forward to: another ultrasound on Monday! :)

Cravings: yellow tomatoes, cheese, melon (especially watermelon!), protein rich foods

Symptoms: general soreness and tiredness and still battling some morning sickness.

First of all- I am so sorry about the lack of updates lately!  We've been in the process of moving, and then you add in a vacation there and the sad passing of a dear friend and no internet at home and you get an absent Rachel from the world wide web unless you count what I can easily and quickly do from my phone which is of course, not blogging.

The pregnancy and has been going along... Im tired alot and I am very busy making the new house our home and getting us in here and settled.  And then we added a small 3 day vacation to Anaheim for an Angels game and Disneyland and you have me as basically a spent, tired gal all of the time.  But I am plugging along and making it all work.

Most importantly, my family has been greiving the loss of our dear friend Ganai Silverwolfe who left us exactly a week ago after a long and courageous battle against cancer.  Her passing has left us shell shocked and with gaping holes in our lives and our hearts and I am just now beginning to be able to say what I wish to say about her and will be posting specifically and especially about her soon, as soon as I can.  What I can say for now is that I love her, I will forever miss her and I am so saddened by her passing but so incredibly joyous and blessed that I was allowed to share in her path in life and have her guide me along in mine.  She's not completely gone because I am forever changed by her.  But I miss her deeply.

We have another ultrasound coming up this Monday which we are excited about.  Always a blessing to see our little girl and see how she is doing. I'll update again after that.  Til then... sending much love and thanks to all of you!


  1. Glad you're back! Look at that cute belly...just not when the critter moves, cuz...**shudder** that creeps me out! LOL So you're all settled in? When's the housewarming? I miss you! We need to get together soon! Love, Cass