23 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 23 weeks and 5 days

Meds: 
All taken daily – prenatal vitamin, Omega 3 + DHA, Vitamin D, Ranitidine (2x/day), Magnesium (250g at bedtime as per my chiro’s recommendation), Gaviscon for heartburn as required.

Baby is the size of: a cob of corn or a eggplant

Best Moments This Week: More baby kicks 🙂

Total Weight Gain: 8 lbs total. + 0.4 from last week

Maternity Clothes: I wore my first maternity dress out to a wedding this weekend. It was just a plain black maxi dress that I accented with gold jewellery and sandals. I love anything comfy these days.

Symptoms:

  • Heartburn – ugh. I need another massage or something because it’s bad again.
  • Sore hips on and off
  • The morning pukes are back. I have puked 4-5 days in a row. Luckily, it’s usually just early morning. I did have one middle of the night puke though.
  • Baby is sitting low and sometimes it’s super uncomfortable
  • Headaches – especially if I don’t eat enough protein or if there’s a rain storm (change in pressure perhaps?)
  • I had a nasty prego rash on my neck for quite a few weeks. It went away when my puking subsided, but it appears to be coming back a bit now. I definitely think it’s linked to hormonal levels.
  • HUNGRY! I still eat small meals, but I need to eat more during the day.

Sleep: Peeing has increased 😦 I get up at least 3x a night now. Pillow fort still rules the bed. I sleep on an incline to help with the heartburn.

Food Cravings: Strawberries, green grapes, bagels

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Brushing my teeth still, eating too much, taking too much in my mouth, meat – I can not eat pork at all!

Movement: He’s was kicking up a storm last week. I think he is having a growth spurt because he’s been less active the past 2 days. Although, his latest antics is jumping on my bladder. Oh yeah – that one feels awwwwwesome. :S

Stretch Marks: Ugh… the lower tummy ones are starting. I can see a bit of red coming through now. Still lathering myself with coconut oil or belly balm nightly.

Baby Bump: Growing and growing…

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Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Too early.

Belly Button In or Out?: Innie.

Wedding Rings on or off?: On

Happy or Moody?: Happy this week. I’m getting good at knowing my limits before I get overtired.

Purchases for baby: Nothing this week

Purchases for Momma: Nothing this week

Miss Anything?: Not tiring so quickly

Looking forward to: Our roadtrip to Ikea this weekend 🙂

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Answering the question: do you plan on having more children?

Last night at our hypnobirthing class, another gal asked me if we want to have more than one child.

I fumbled for words and replied with, “Ummm, ughh, well… we might have to pay for another child. Yes we would love to have one, but we may have to do IVF again”.

If there’s a set of questions that has bothered me since we got pregnant, it’s that: Will you do IVF again? Do you plan on having more children?

When you face infertility, the answer is never simple.

I didn’t plan on struggling to get pregnant.

I didn’t plan on doing IVF.

I didn’t plan on losing our first baby.

We would love to have two children on earth. I’ve always pictured myself with two kids – the perfect family of four. We do have many options to make that happen. Although when you have difficulty conceiving on your own, the options become complicated, emotionally-charged and costly.

The hardest part about these questions is that I feel like it detracts from this pregnancy.

Can’t we be left alone to enjoy growing and bringing our son into the world?

Why do we need to rush life and prepare for the future?

Infertility and pregnancy loss teaches you to slow down; to cherish the small milestones. Deep down, you know that nothing is guaranteed. Life could change instantaneously and completely side-rail your plans. You take life one day at a time, one step at a time.

So, what’s our future family plan?

We aren’t thinking about it.

When the time feels right, we will entertain our options for growing our family.

Right now, we are going to cherish each and every second we have with our son and welcome him with love into this world. He’s our focus right now. We’ve worked so hard to have him.

Our family is growing by one beautiful baby boy – and for now, that’s enough for us.