How far along: 22 Weeks!!
Size of baby: At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.
Weight gain: 11 pounds! I was so surprised when I stepped on the scale yesterday and had only gained a pound in the last two weeks! I have been eating everything in sight!!
Maternity clothes: Definitely! I was spoiled this Christmas with a bunch of new maternity clothes! (Thanks Mom & Skeet!) So I am feeling very stylish now!
Gender: BOY!! Little Sawyer!
Movement: I cannot believe how active this little guy is!! My mom and I were watching my stomach the other night and we saw it move twice with his kicks!! He's very strong! I have a feeling his kicks might start getting painful in the near future!
Sleep: Sleep is getting harder to come by with the body aches and the heartburn. I could probably sleep all day if it weren't for those little issues!
Symptoms: Round ligament pains, heartburn, and constantly hungry!! I am starting to develop some sciatic pain as well... in my butt... not fun! My back aches and I have been having Braxton Hicks contractions too but nothing to worry about.
Cravings: I have been eating everything and loving it!! I started to get really bad heartburn but started taking Protonix and it has helped so much!! Now I eat what I want, when I want and if I do get some mild heartburn, Tums take care of it!! Probably not a good thing though... I should really cut down on my eating!
Best moment this week: Christmas was great! We were able to spend time with family and we all got spoiled. Sawyer has been more and more active which made it so much more fun! Also, at my appointment yesterday, Dr. S said that my cervix looked great! The "pocket" is still there but hasn't changed since our last appointment. He even told me that I could start walking for exercise, if my body tolerates it. I am pretty excited to get moving again. I know I have to take it slow, and easy, but it will be nice to use my muscles! I go back to see Dr. S in two weeks for another check.
What I am looking forward to: 2011!! It's going to be an amazing year! Also, next week we get to go for a 3D ultrasound to see our little monkey's face! I can't wait to see him again!