Week 24

How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain: Ok, let me get detailed here. I have been using my weight from my checkups as “official” weight gain. My appointment last week was cancelled due to a labor and my rescheduled appointment this week was cancelled due to two women in labor. The babies had Thursday on their calendar! So next week we will see what Wednesday has in store. Maybe I’ll have my total weight gain then.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: I have been sleeping well.
Best moment this week: Refer to the previous post!
Miss anything? Yes, sushi dates and lying on my stomach.
Movement: Yes, often. It makes me feel nauseous when she kicks as I am eating a big meal.
Food cravings: Fall food. Soup, hot chocolate, pumpkin anything… I just have to wait for the cooler temperatures.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Being kicked when I am eating.
Showing? Yes. I have enjoyed wearing loose clothes in the heat, which doesn’t accentuate my belly.
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: Tight belly, hungry, thirsty, none of my jeans fit…
Belly button in or out? I think it is fully out.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Saturday! Lumber Jack and Jill birthday party celebrating my sister-I-L and her friend. We are dressing up!
Baby’s fruit size: Ear of corn, yum!

Ezra is getting bigger and stronger. Her little body is filling up more space in my abdomen and I have been experiencing new sensations. I would like to list a few:

-Thursday, as I was listening to a lecture in my political science class, she was poking me in the belly button repeatedly. This was very distracting.
-Every time I am seated in my car with my seat belt on she kicks and wiggles. My bladder usually gets pressed on while she is doing her dances.
- Most fascinating and least comfortable is when she stretches her body out testing the elasticity of my uterus. 
My favorite is a newer feeling. She runs a part of her body fluidly along my uterine wall. Sometimes I can see it and other times I feel it with my hand. It is quite amazing!
-This morning was weird. It felt like an earthquake was happening in my belly. Ezra was just going wild.

Pregnancy is... hard to explain.
It is beautifying, uncomfortable, hard work, stretching, scary, joyous, hunger, motherhood, happiness, emotional, hormonal, love, sacrifice, laughs and more.
Everyday she gets bigger as does my heart. Everyday is challenging.
There are moments where I worry and have to pray. Moments where I am so happy I cry. Sometimes a laugh or a sneeze or a fierce kick can send a full bladder over the edge; destroying your perceived sense of control over your body. Through the fun times and the frustrating I feel so privileged that I get to carry our baby. This is a gift from God.


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