26 Weeks: Nursery Progress and Big Feet

Baby is the size of: An English hothouse cucumber (mmmkay…)

How far along are you: 26 weeks, 1 day

What’s happening with baby: From Babycenter, “The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. Your baby is inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid. These so-called breathing movements are essential for the development of the lungs. These are also good practice for when your baby is born and takes that first gulp of air. Your baby is continuing to put on fat. He now weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches from head to heel. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.” <— Son, you’ll thank me someday for telling the world this fact about you.

Due date: February 3rd

Sleep: A bit better this week. Not waking up as much in the middle of the night to go pee, probably because I caught a hint and stopped downing a quart of water right before I went to bed. Napped last night from 6 to 8 p.m. after a party at our house. Then stayed up till midnight. winning!

Best moment this week: Starting to put together our nursery. We’re really making progress and all that’s left is putting together a bookcase, hanging a few frames, putting up one more decal and making the mobile. We also have the light switch cover and some baseball bobbleheads to order for decoration. That sounds like a lot, but when you consider we have the crib, glider/ottoman, and dresser set up; book ledges hung with some thrifted books adorning them; one decal — his name — above the crib (which made me cry when we got it up); one piece of art hung; hooks hung; lamps set up; room painted; window treatments hung… you realize we’ve actually made a good chunk of progress for being just 26 weeks. I make myself proud.

Worst moment this week: Being so sore and out of joint on Thursday that I had to call in sick to work because I couldn’t move. On the bright side, I started seeing a chiropractor my boss used when she was pregnant, who determined my left hip joint and some lower vertebrae are out of joint. We started doing some gentle adjustments are are working our way up to stretching and massage. The pain is still there but it’s already significantly better, and I don’t even care that she costs $30 twice a week.

What are you looking forward to: Putting together the remaining bookcase so I can decorate the remainder of the walls (we can’t really hang anything else until I see how tall and deep the bookcase is). And our first wedding anniversary is next Monday! My, how time flies. We also have our hospital tour and birthing class coming up in November, and two friends’ baby showers to attend, both of whom are right there with me at 26 weeks.

Food cravings: Barbecue. Particularly barbecue ribs. We went to Chili’s this weekend and I didn’t get them and I’m still kicking myself. Though the queso was divine.

What do you miss: Being able to put on socks and shoes without having a grunt-fest. It’s actually in the 60s in Florida today, so I wore my boots for the first time in a long time. It took me a good 5 minutes to get them on, and then I realized my feet have already grown and they barely fit. I brought flip flops as backups. Oh, yeah… they didn’t tell you that your feet can grow in pregnancy? Mm-hmmm, welcome to the miracle of life.

Symptoms: The usual offenders: heartburn, hip and back pain, some sciatica, mood swings, exhaustion, some swelling. Now add big feet to the list.

Gender: Boy

Belly button: Still in but almost had an outtie the other day. It seems to fluctuate with how baby boy lies — if his back faces my front, it pushes more against the button and makes it crater out.

Ring: Still on but I took it off before sleeping last night because I could only get it off by covering my whole finger in spit, and it made me nervous that it’s so tight. But back on today, because I’m stubborn. Off as of this morning. I took it off again last night and then this morning it wouldn’t go back on. Ugh.

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