Week 23: Swollen Feet and Electric Shocks

Baby is the size of: A large mango (I thought he was a mango a couple of weeks ago? I guess he was a small mango back then.)

How far along are you: 23 weeks, 1 day

What’s happening with baby: From Babycenter, “Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With a sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that he’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound, you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in your baby’s lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and his hearing is becoming more keen. In fact, your baby’s cochlea — the inner ear mechanism that houses all components of hearing — is fully formed. So he can hear what you hear, but not at the same level. (Sounds and voices are muffled by the muscles and tissues around your belly, the placenta, and the amniotic fluid.)”

Due date: February 3rd

Maternity clothes: Probably 90%. I’m also wearing Mister Mister’s T-shirts to bed at night now, because mine are ridiculously small.

Sleep: Some mild early-morning tossing and turning after I get up for my 3 a.m. pee.

Best moment this week: Actually seeing this baby kick from the outside — not that I can make out a foot or anything, but I can see mah belly move. Also, Mister Mister got to feel *his* first kick, just on accident, which was pretty special.

Worst moment this week: Not feeling any movement in his usual 9-10 a.m. slot yesterday morning (he’s got obviously discernable awake and asleep patterns now) and chugging orange juice and 20 ounces of ice water to get him moving. Sorry, buddy. I knew this would happen once I started feeling you.

What are you looking forward to: Our next appointment is tomorrow, so it’s always fun to hear his heartbeat and learn the next steps. I only have one more monthly appointment (at 27 weeks) before I start going every other week. The shower planning is starting, and we’ve now purchased almost everything we need (want) for the nursery, with the exception of a couple of random decorative items. We’re just waiting for all the furniture to be delivered at this point.

Food cravings: Peanut butter. Pasta. Hamburgers. Chocolate shakes.

Food/smell aversions: None

What do you miss: The days when all I had to worry about was imaginary stuff my mind made up to keep itself occupied, instead of incubating a human being inside of myself and trying to keep him healthy, growing, and in place for at least 37 weeks.

Symptoms: Pelvic pain, heartburn, slight sleeplessness, headaches, swollen ankles (some days worse than others), being a fatty, constant hunger, constant thirst, some weird nerve-like pain by my cervix.

Gender: Boy

Belly button: Still in, but teetering on the edge.

Rings: Still on, because I’m stubborn

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