Friday, April 4, 2014

Baby Boy Shep - 26 Weeks

How far along are you? 26 weeks (technically I am 27 weeks as of this posting).

How big is the baby? About the size of a scallion (length-wise).

How much weight have you gained? 18 pounds. Definitely picking up some speed at this point…but I'm still hoping to avoid the 50-pound mark again.

How are you feeling/sleeping? The hip pain was temporary, thank goodness, so I have been feeling pretty good for the most part. But definitely starting to feel third-trimester pregnant...large and slow. I am also super grateful for the new mattress we bought last year as I think it has helped out with my sleep tremendously!

What was the best moment of the past few weeks? Seeing this little face at the 25-week sonogram...

Doesn't he look nice and cozy in there? He was measuring more on track at this sonogram, so my due date was officially set for July 3. And the c-section will likely be set for the week before. Which means we will get to see this adorable mug in person in approximately 12 weeks. Eek!

What do you miss the most? Wine, of course. And cold, white wine sounds delicious despite the fact that I am usually more of a red wine fan. A cold turkey sandwich also sounds fabulous.

Any movement? His movement has really picked up in the last couple weeks, and Ava even felt him kick one day. She thought it was the coolest thing ever and has been trying to feel the kicks ever since. I learned at the 25-week sono that I have an anterior placenta this time around, which can mask the baby's movements for a while due to the extra padding in front. So, that explains why, despite being my second pregnancy, I didn't feel him much until recently.

Any food cravings? Despite not craving sweets as much this pregnancy, I was DYING to have a chocolate chip cookie from JD's Chippery last weekend. I made it there just as they were closing, but they took pity on the poor pregnant lady :). I foresee a return trip in the very near future.

Baked goods, particularly cheese danish and muffins, are also my pregnancy kryptonite at the moment. So much so that some slightly-brown bananas called out to be made into Cinnamon Crumb Banana Bread at 9:00 pm last week…which I highly recommend.

Is your belly button in or out? Out and about.

What are you looking forward to in the next few weeks? After reading Ava's 26-week post a couple weeks ago, I realized that we were already putting the crib together by this point in my pregnancy with her. As a result, I developed an extreme sense of urgency (i.e., pregnancy-induced craziness) to get Baby Boy's room together and ordered all the big nursery items in one night. Most of it has been delivered, and I can't wait to start putting his room together over the next few weeks.

How is Ava handling the pregnancy/impending big sister status? She talks about "baby brother" all the time and even asked the other day when he will be out of my tummy. Even though Ava has no idea what she is really in for, I think she is really excited to meet him. She also continues to maintain that she has a baby sister in her stomach. And tonight she put my hand on her stomach and said "baby sissa kick"…hilarious!

Finally, for a comparison, click here to view my 26-week post with Ava. 

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My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; The Bar Method; pajamas; Topo Chico; reading; coffee; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows and podcasts; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; snoring; bad hair days; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and Miracle Whip. That pretty much sums it up.


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