A baby story: Week 22
February 2nd, 2012
Week 22: Baby’s the length of a spaghetti squash!
This little lady continues to be super active and it always brings a smile to my face when I feel her kicking me! The kicks have become a whole lot more pronounced and I am enjoying every minute of it. Kevin’s been able to feel her on a more regular basis and I know it’s made him feel a lot more connected to the baby and the pregnancy.
Last night as I was sitting on the couch reading the final book in “The Hunger Games” series (holy cow, these are such good books!), she seemed to be in the middle of an intense kicking session so I decided to look down and see if I could actually see the kicks…and I did! I was lucky to catch a good one on camera too to show Kevin when he got home from work since he missed all the action…and I can share it here with you too!
Here’s the link to the video on YouTube, the big moment happens around 8 seconds to the left of my belly button (just promise me you won’t make it full screen, haha). Notice my sidekick Lola in the background? Of course you did.
I also had another first this week…someone asked me if they could touch my stomach! It caught me a little off-guard because I had yet to have any strangers touch my stomach but she is the mom of a 1 year old who misses being pregnant so she was excited to touch my belly. It’s not super hard yet (which I’m sure you noticed in the video) so I’m not sure how it felt to her. I can only anticipate more people asking (or not asking) to touch my belly which at this moment isn’t too creepy to me. Ask me again after 50 people have asked (or not asked) to touch my belly…
My lil’ buddy decide to rejoin the belly shot photo shoot again this week. I don’t think she likes the beeping of our camera when it’s on a self-timer, that’s why she always runs behind me. Such a cutie.
Other pregnancy updates:
- Total weight gained: 0.5 pounds
- Self-care update: I noticed this week that I really need to take better care of myself in regards to my hectic schedule and lack of sleep. I’ve been feeling really exhausted every day (and probably not at all related to the pregnancy) and my back and shoulders have been hurting a lot due to the extremely long hours I sit at a desk for work or sit in my car to/from student teaching and work. Prior to student teaching I would walk to/from the BART station to work so would get a lot of exercise that way, but now that my work and student teaching days are 12 hours long it’s been hard to tear myself away for some exercise. So, I’ve determined to go for at least a 30 minute walk each day. I know it’ll be so good for my body and it’ll help relax me too.
- Fun baby developments this week: She’s around 11 inches long, weighs just about a pound and she sleeps for 12-14 hours a day (and when she’s not, she’s trying to kick me out of my chair!)
- Days until our next prenatal appointment: One! We’ve got an appointment tomorrow to check in with the doctor and hear the little lady’s heartbeat.