Week 24 has arrived! This is an important week to me because it marks viability. This means that if baby were to be born for some reason he would have a good chance of surviving. I like passing the 24 week mark 🙂 Here are all the details!
This week baby is the size of a cantaloupe. WTF, that seems huge! His skin is beginning to change from see-through to opaque and is turning more pink as he grows many little capillaries. He is also starting to grow hair, eyelashes and eyebrows (maybe that’s why my heartburn is terrible!) but it doesn’t have any color yet. I wonder if this baby will end up being a blondie like little Kevin, myself and my husband. I do wonder about that because while almost everyone in my extended family is blonde-haired and blue-eyed, we have a few that ended up with red hair (including my sister). I would LOVE a little red-haired baby!
I feel like my belly definitely had a growth spurt this week! I can tell when I compare last week’s picture to this week’s, and also just this week I started to not really be able to zip my winter coat up all the way. My belly feels like it’s growing too. I can tell because it’s itchy and crampy and feels like something’s stretching in there.
I can tell the extra weight is taking a toll on my body more than it did with my first pregnancy because this past week I discovered some varicose veins on my right leg. Actually, my husband saw them when I was getting in the shower after a run. I was really sad, because both of my friends who just gave birth developed them during pregnancy and had to stop running because they got too uncomfortable/painful. They are located right behind my knee and aren’t too bad (yet), but they definitely bulge and throb more after I run. Just like my friends, they are only on the right side. I even have some up in my inner thigh area going all the way up to where you REALLY don’t want to have bulging veins. Ugh. I don’t really feel them when I’m running, except if I stop to walk and the blood stops circulating as much. I am being proactive by wearing compression during the day since I can’t really stay off my feet as a teacher, and elevating at night when I can. I’m also running every other day and will start using some essential oils on them when I get my next order. Just trying to go with the flow right now and take it day by day, and continuing to hope I can keep running!
Other than that I’m mainly feeling tired due to my toddler not sleeping very well. At this point I don’t know if it’s a regression or his last molar that has yet to come in or the little cough he has, but it’s rough! I need my sleep!!! Luckily there was one night where my hubby took him into the guest room when he was up and unhappy, so I was able to continue sleeping peacefully. I was very thankful for that.
This week was much better for me emotionally. We had Monday off for Martin Luther King day and was able to spend the whole day with Kevin. We had a lot of fun going for a run, playing at the playground and snuggling watching Frozen. Later that week we had a 2 hour delay and my hubby took Kevin in at normal time so I could have some “me time.” I don’t get much of this since my husband works most nights, so it was so amazing! I actually got to relax and not rush off to work like usual. I also was able to drink my coffee before it got cold. It’s the little things that make me happy 🙂
One thing that made this week extra special was getting to spend a little time with my two friends and their newborns who were born 4 days apart. I stopped by their houses after work this past Tuesday and Wednesday and was able to hold them, which gave me serious baby fever. It also helps to bring back my memories of having a newborn. Sometimes I really can’t remember certain things- it’s like I blocked it out or something. Haha! Just another reason why I’m thankful to have this blog so that I can look back on my updates and Day in the Life posts to refresh my memory!
I AM SO SO SO HUNGRY this weekv. We are still sticking to our plan of not eating out at all, but I have noticed my appetite has increased a ton. There were some nights that I actually ate a second dinner because I was so hungry, yet I only gained 0.2 pounds this week?! I feel like I have a bottomless pit of a stomach! I have only gained one pound total in the last 3 weeks, despite my belly getting noticeably bigger, so I guess I’m doing something right.
Some indulges I let myself have this week: hot cocoa with marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies that I baked with little Kevin and non-alcoholic wine that my hubby picked up for me! It was fun to have some treats amidst all the healthy food I’ve been eating. Balance is a good thing 🙂
Running every other day and wearing my support belt has been helping my workouts feel a lot better this week! I did them all outside and while the first minute or so can be a little awkward/uncomfortable, I feel great after my body gets in the groove. It also helped that I did most of my runs outside this week, which I definitely prefer. These varicose veins have thrown a little wrench into everything however. Luckily I do not feel them from walking and body pump and they don’t bulge at all after I do those activities. Running seems to be the one thing that makes them flare up a bit. I was able to do my long run of 9 miles this week with both of my boys. I was so proud of them because it was the longest little Kev has ever sat in the stroller on a run, and the farthest my hubby has run in 2 years! I felt great while running, but I started feeling my veins more when I stopped to use the bathroom just after mile 5, when the blood starting collecting in my legs a little bit. I also felt some round ligament pain that evening. I’m definitely at the point now where I feel ready to cut back after this half marathon in a couple weeks.
- Monday – 3.5 miles @ 10:10 pace [pushing the stroller!]
- Tuesday – Rest Day
- Wednesday – 3.5 miles @ 10:27 pace
- Thursday – Body Pump
- Friday – 4 miles @ 10:30 pace
- Saturday – Body Pump
- Sunday – 9 miles @ 10:45 pace
- Run – 20 miles
- Strength – 2x
Week 24 Summary
- Weight gained this week: +0.2 lbs
- Total weight gained: +15.0 lbs (I’m now pretty much right where I was with my last pregnancy at this point)
- Linea negra status: not yet!
- Stretch mark status: not yet!
- Belly button status: still getting shallower!
- Favorite part of the week: having MLK Jr. day off with my boy. We had such a great day together with no tantrums 🙂
- Looking forward to: still excited to run the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon with my husband on Valentine’s Day! 19 days to go!