Monday, July 13, 2009

24 Weeks!

Week and day: 24 weeks and 1 day

Belly Button in or out: Still in. :)

Wedding rings on or off: SO still on. And I finally took the time to have them cleaned by our jeweler. You would not BELIEVE how much these babies sparkle after a good professional cleaning! Woot!

Food cravings: Nothing specific, really. I have been living off of chocolate milk these past few weeks, though.

Food aversions: None.

Nausea: None! No other major pregnancy-related ailments, which I'm VERY grateful for! :)

Energy level: Same ol', same ol'. Nothing new to report here.

Weight gain: I'd guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 pounds, although with the way I'm feeling at this moment, it feels like 40 pounds!

Mood: Excited! I know God has a perfect plan for our son, and we are totally committed to Him and our trusting in Him every step of the way!

Maternity clothes: 24/7.

Size of baby: I swear it feels like he's quadrupled in size over the past 4 days, but he's just now over a pound and is almost 12 inches long.

Baby's changes: His body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Next appointment: July 15th for our regular OB appointment. July 22nd for our next appointment with the pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Horne. We'll also have an appointment at MUSC in Charleston, SC, around 32 weeks, which will be in September.

What I've been up to: LO's birthday is just under 2 weeks away, so I've been spending time getting ready for her party, figuring out what presents to buy her, etc. I'll post her party invitation on here tomorrow so you guys can see how cute (I think) it turned out. The other thing that has been consuming my time has been searching for properties in Charleston while we're at MUSC. I've been focusing on vacation properties since they are furnished and should have all of the basic amenities we'll need. But gracious! Has it ever been an arduous process! Finding a place that meets our needs, is in the right location (as close as possible to MUSC) and is in our budget is proving to be quite the task! But we know God is faithful and He will open the right doors and lead us to the place He already has in mind for us.

Here's my 24 week pic. Does it not look like my "baby bump" had at least doubled in size since week 22? Seriously. I'm feeling huge, and this baby still has a lot of growing to do!!!