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26 November 2017

Baby Update: 26 Weeks

These weeks are flying by! 




Weight Gain: +10 pounds total. The ultrasound machine estimates baby boy at 1.9 lbs.

Symptoms: I still try to sneak in naps when I can, but I've had more energy in the past month. I still walk to the front of our apartment complex instead of riding in the car because going over speed bumps feels very uncomfortable. There are a lot of speed bumps on this island. I yell "SLOW!" at Angel before every one of them. Still having a bit of nausea or stomach upset, and definitely sensitive to smells, but generally feeling as well as could be expected and loving to feel the baby move! His favorite wake-up times are 5 in the morning and 10 at night. I sleep great, haven't bought any maternity clothing yet...the few times I've peeked into the few specialty maternity stores I just hated them. We'll see if or when I get over that. Leggings and tunics/dresses work fine for now. I've been taking all the clothes that don't fit out of my room and storing them in the other room. Let's say my wardrobe is becoming gradually more "streamlined."

Eating: I still tend to feel like I think about food more than I actually eat it. Fruit remains a favorite, although grapefruits may have surpassed green apples in popularity. I was actually able to eat my favorite homemade yeast rolls at Thanksgiving dinner--which shows how far I've come, because I requested them for my birthday back in July but was not really able to eat them due to nausea. I swear, my stomach is my greatest weakness, which might be surprising given the scrawniness of my arms. :P The lady from church who gave us 30 eggs and a 5 lb. bag of Milo back in September gave us another 30 eggs and another 5 lb. bag of Milo, so we're all set there. So sweet!

Questions: Everyone asks how many months along I am, and I never know what to answer, because months are hard to figure out. Weeks are easier. I know 24 weeks isn't really 6 months because a month is more than four weeks, but as of today (26 weeks + 1 day), we found out about baby boy 5 months and a few days ago so I'm guessing this must be about 6 months? How about you just let me answer in weeks? I always know weeks.

Emotions: The usual crazy happiness and excitement as baby boy gets a little bit bigger each week. My favorite thing is talking with Angel about dreams and hopes for the future. And "parenting decisions." We've had a bunk bed in our guest room for the past few years, a hand-me-down from my parents from when they downsized on their bed needs after a few kids moved out for college. Angel and I decided we didn't feel safe about having a bunk bed in a baby/toddler's room and decided to take off the top bunk and get rid of it, our reasoning being that it's still so many years down the road till baby boy would be old enough for him to be safe to sleep in a top bunk, and there's no point storing a bed you know you won't use for years just in case you do want to use it someday. That's when Angel said, "And besides, if we ever get to the point where we don't have enough beds, he can just sleep on a mat on the floor." 
My response was: "Wait, who can sleep on a mat on the floor? Our kid? The kid who lives here every day?"
Angel: "Yeah, why not?"
Me: "Seeing as a bed is something that literally gets used everyday, I think an actual bed would be a worthwhile investment for non-temporary guests...like your own children." 

#minimalismgoestoofar #realbedsareawesome

Preparations: We are significantly more prepared! Angel and I made our first and so far only baby purchase--a crib! And then Dad and Angel put it together over Thanksgiving weekend, so that makes things a lot more serious now. I asked my sister to mail me some gummy vitamins because I was running out of the vitamins we'd bought in the USA this summer (story: I was not yet pregnant when we bought the vitamins, but I strongly suspected that when I was pregnant, gummies would be a whole lot easier for me than swallowing giant pills, and we found several bottles on clearance at Meijer, so we bought them. They've been a lifesaver because all the prenatals I've tried here have been making me quite ill). Superhero Anna saved the day and her package arrived a few days before I ran out of vitamins, and she included some other treats, including 10 onesies and baby mitts. So now I think we have his newborn wardrobe all settled. ;) We also got the date and location set for a baby shower in mid-January.

15 comments :

  1. Hahahaha! Yeah...a mat on the floor. Mind you, I have a girlfriend that is 55 and she sleeps on a mat on the floor. Her husband is Japanese. Maybe that has something to do with it?

    I don't see a bed as an extravagance.

    Suzanne

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  2. I love being able to see how your pregnancy is progressing! Our first purchase was a changing station. Most people said don't get it but between my back problems and the thought of our sweet baby pooping on our very nice bed comforter we figured it's something we'd use! We haven't bought a crib yet but we also got a diaper backpack that I'm in love with. We've had friends give us TONS of onesies so babie's clothing is all set probably for the first year.

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  3. You look wonderful!!! I’m so happy for you! Good call on the gummy vitamins. I did the same thing for the same reason.

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  4. Hahaha! Beds are absolutely important. I wouldn't be able to walk (literally) if I slept on the floor. lol.
    I'm glad you are able to eat more now!

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  5. You look great! Glad you have more energy. And I'm with you -- the child will need a bed!! :)

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  6. Oh Rachel, I got goosebumps seeing the photos!! You look gorgeous! And your baby bump is soooo amazing! How incredible is our Creator?!?! Continuing to pray for you guys.

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  7. Your comment about not knowing how many months to say made me smile, I was exactly the same. It didn't improve greatly afterwards when people would ask how many months old my son was, especially due to the fact that I have severe baby brain (he's 16 now and I think I still have it at time:) )

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  8. Yay! So glad you and your baby boy are doing well. I can barely remember how old I am most days so I'd be hopeless with months vs weeks. I would have to go for more qualitative words like 'some' or 'many' if asked how many months pregnant I were... Anyway, hope you can get your hands on some more yeast rolls and enjoy the baby shower planning!

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  9. Your bump is so neat! Can't wait to keep following your story, I think you made the right call on not keeping the bunkbeds - but I agree with you, a real bed is a bit of a necessity ;)

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  10. You look great! Its amazing how growing up I always thought of pregnant people in 'months' and now having seen my sister and friends pregnant its all about weeks - months dont even make sense anymore - women arent pregnant for 9 months, technically they can be pregnant up to 10 months. I dunno, interesting concept as Im older.

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  11. You look awesome!!!! I am so excited for you!

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  12. You look awesome! Thanks for the update on the baby-I'm so excited for you!
    So many speed bumps would be horrible during pregnancy. Do you know why your island has so many? Haha, that conversation between you and Angel is funny-our little toddler sleeps on a mat on the floor, and I've never thought of it as a minimalism thing necessarily, I just wanted him on a floor bed (so it'd be less-bad if he rolled out of bed than if he was in a toddler bed), and my husband had the idea to buy an exercise mat from Target, so that's what he sleeps on! I'm not sure if/when we'll put him in a "real bed," but I guess we'll figure it out eventually!

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  13. I hate the "how far along are you?" question. There's no way I can remember a number that keeps changing. I just tell them my due date and let them do the math. :)

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  14. Haha #minimalismgoestoofar - so true. We have those moments too. It's so fun to see you progressing. You look adorable! Yay for a crib! I'm at 15 weeks and just wishing I would pop :) and I agree, I never know what to tell people when they ask how far along. I told a lady "15 weeks" yesterday and she looked at me like I spoke another language to her!

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  15. Oh my gosh, I am so excited for you! I'm sorry about the nausea but I am so glad that you are doing well!! How sweet of your sister to send you vitamins and onesies. My sister-in-law lives in Morocco and she asks us to send things she can't get there.

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