Tuesday...not quite Monday but not as late was Wednesday!
Baby stats: Butternut squash :) Baby now weighs about 2.5 lbs and is 15 inches long. His skeleton is hardening, his brain is growing rapidly, and his nutritional needs are about at their peak.
Bump picture: Very few people I interact with can resist the urge to comment on my belly. I'm not sure if I think that is flattering or not, haha. More than one person has commented that I look like I have a (fill in the blank) ball under my shirt. I appreciate the sentiment, I think it is intended to be a compliment. It is almost big enough to rest a bowl of cereal on...I'd say give it two weeks.
How you doin'?: We are all still adjusting to having Matt home during the day. In some cases obviously it is SO much easier for me but I also like to have a routine and Matt definitely does not. It is great to have him here to help with tasks that are flexible as to when they get done (like yard work) but I am still in charge of just about everything that has to happen at a certain time (like school drop off). Admittedly, we have used the past two weeks to get a lot of stuff done (like car shopping and getting the dog to the groomer) that are not part of our normal routine. I'm not sure we even have a normal routine anymore.
My dad had hip surgery this past week and the kids and I have been his day nurses. It was actually the most adorable thing ever to see my little caretakers dote on their Grampy. When the actual day nurse came they both broke out their stethoscopes and made sure to mimic her every move. They helped with meals and monitored Grampy carefully while he did his exercises.
Allergies have officially hit and I am currently feeling pretty itchy. I am taking Zyrtec for the first time ever while pregnant and while I am not thrilled to be taking any medicine (I haven't taken so much as a Tylenol thus far) I know that I can not handle the alternative. I am hoping that I do not have to take it for long on account of the fact that spring is so late this year. Hopefully all of the trees will bloom all at once and although it will be a hellish two weeks at least it won't last long. Fingers crossed, I guess.
I had a fabulous Mother's Day thanks to my amazing husband who made all of the plans AND did the lions share of the wrangling all day. Almost nothing went as planned but that is a post in itself. Like I said, it was really wonderful.
Aversions/Cravings: Ice coffee (decaf for the most part), fruit, Oreo milkshakes!
Sleeping: So much better! It is unreal how much of a difference moving Ben into a real bed has made. I can't even remember the last time he got me up in the middle of the night. The kids are still getting up too early and running around the house like monkeys. We are working on it.
Movement: For the first time I noticed the baby's hiccups. I am sure he has had them all along but not so much that I have really noticed. Both of my other kids were very hiccup'y' babies. Also his movements are still borderline painful at times. He doesn't kick and punch as much as my other two, he stretches...his whole body. The pressure is intense and I am hoping it is just a phase. I do love feeling him move all day, even if it isn't always comfortable.
Milestones: I have my first Maine OB appointment tomorrow.
I am looking forward to: Getting the nursery ready, sun tanned feet, finally deciding on a new car!
Worries: This has absolutely nothing to do with the baby but my subconscious is totally preoccupied with ticks. I woke up at least three times in the middle of the night convinced I had one crawling on me. We have never lived in the woods and between the dog and the kids I spend half the day checking someone for ticks...more often than not I find at least one. It is gross and sort of scary and I am SO over it. I wouldn't even say I think about it that much during the day but like I said my subconscious is obsessed.
For the first time I am taking something for my allergies while pregnant or breastfeeding
Exercising less overall but I would like to think that keeping up with two kids is better than nothing.
Sleeping better than ever!
Best moment of the week: Waking up rested more than once!