Pregnancy Update: 23 Weeks.

 
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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! It was so special to celebrate Father's Day all weekend with Jesse, my family, and Jesse's family. When we see both of our families in one weekend I always am reminded of how grateful I am that we all live so close.

I am so excited to be 23 weeks pregnant! Things have been going well and my bump definitely shows in certain outfits and can be a little bit more concealed in other outfits, so I am always so surprised when someone says asks me how far along I am. Today at the grocery store the cashier asked me and I thought to myself, I thought this was one of my more concealing outfits. Either way, I am thrilled. 

We spent some time with Claire's baby over the weekend and I was so touched by how interested and helpful Lillian has been. She is so gentle and attentive and it has calmed me down a lot. I know there will be some adjustments when our Baby arrives in the fall but it is so reassuring to know she's not going to go totally psycho on the baby.

Today I am watching my 20 month old nephew and boy is it a breeze compared to having a toddlr! Ha! They listen and get in their car seat- something that is ingrained in three year olds to not do! One of the things I keep thinking about is the age gap between our children and while I originally wanted our children closer in age, I could not be happier with how the spacing is going to work out. Especially because when they are adults they will feel so close in age. I really do like that they will be a few grades apart. It was really nice being in school with Caitlin and Colleen but not having our friends, classes or activities overlap.

I have still be feeling really great and I was laughing to Jesse that a lot less people ask you about your pregnancy if it's not your first. Which is fine by me, I don't need people to ask me. That's what my blog is for! I get to share and reflect and it is soooo therapeutic.

I have to tell you that I am definitely going a little mental in my head. In a totally normal Caroline type of way. See, I know that I can be a little...hmmm...what's the word I am looking for? I think it might be something like overly motivated or hyper-focused. When I get something in my head I won't stop until it's finished. Ask Jesse or my family. There are some things I am so relentless about. So while that is nothing new, I am starting to feel it bubble to a whole new level the past few days. It all has to do with nesting. Right now I just walk around our house and I'm like okay, gotta add that to the list. I feel like I have a million things I want to do and buy before September. Because I honestly don't want to be rushing before our baby girl gets here in mid-October.

So, I feel like I need to get our couch and all of our area rugs professionally cleaned, organize our laundry room/ pantry, get a new armchair in the living, possibly mount our television, get the nursery organized. And then I go off the deep end and I'm like we need a new dining room light fixture (we don't), we need to paint the bathroom (we actually really do). And a whole bunch of other stuff. When they say nesting is real, trust me, IT IS REAL. The difference this time is I feel like I have to nest our whole house. 

Other than that, things have been great. My doctors appointments are so brief and there isn't that much to go over. Things look great and next visit I will do the glucose screening where they test for gestational diabetes.

Oh, I wanted to comment that I really love the photo above because this from Sunday after we had been out and about running errands and I literally hopped out of the car and had Jesse snap this picture. You can see the top of Lillian's bow because she was standing at my legs. I love this picture because my hair is a mess from the wind and I'm so casual and honestly, I love this look. It's so real and how I would look if you bumped into me at Target or something. It's so funny because I always say this but it's so true- since I work a uniform my whole life, I only like to get dressed 2-3 times a week. I don't think I have the bandwidth to get dressed more often than that! And the picture cracks me up because my favorite non-maternity Pixie pants are going to have to get shelved. They are starting to unzip when I walk. So, I will be on the hunt for new maternity pants! First purchase is obviously a pair of white jeans.

23 weeks update

Baby is the size of a: Grapefruit! 11.3 inches and 1.10 lbs! Yay! I love it!! Get bigger, little lady!

Cravings: Haven't had Souvla in far too long! Going to go tomorrow! Have been loving fruits and I have been making smoothies in the morning with spinach, fruit and ginger.

Complaints: No complaints. Just my back is sore so I stretch it, use a heating pad at night in bed, and am going to get a prenatal massage this week. My calves are also tighter.

Common Symptoms:

Swollen Ankles and Feet: Nope.

Braxton Hicks Contractions: Not yet.

Aching Back: Yes, but that's been my only symptom.

Bleeding or Swollen Gums: Haven't noticed this!!

Fetal Movement: Yes, a little during the day and always at 9:00 at night. I think this baby girl is going to come at 9:00 pm! I really do! She is so active at 9:00 pm. I can't wait until she gets bigger and is doing karate in there! I LOVE IT! It's the best feeling!!

Hearty Appetite: YES!!! I literally have to eat every two hours.

Snoring: Nope. 

Excited for: Getting the nursery in order. And I'm obviously excited for Lillian to be a big sister.

Missing: A celebratory glass of champagne every once in a while. We have had so many great things to toast to recently and I miss just a cold glass of Sofia champagne!

Weight gain:  I realized I didn't put it last week. I forgot to weigh myself. Have no fear, I am gaining wait! Ha!! Which I am fine with. Truth is, I feel so hungry this pregnancy. I eat so much food these days! The scale says I've gained 16 lbs!!!! WOW! Hard to believe but love it!!

Lillian Update: I hate to totally gush over Lillian but I can't help it. She has been so much fun recently and such a joy. She is so hilarious and truly her personality is larger than life. We really feel like we've hit our stride and are soaking this time up because we know things will change. Because that's what happens with kids, they're always going through a phase.

Pregnancy Comparison: I just read my 23 weeks update from my pregnancy with Lillian and just laughed out loud. Guys, it's really important to never take yourself too seriously. All of the things are still so true. Wow, again, so glad I write these updates. 

Past Updates:  Our Pregnancy Announcement / 14 Weeks / 15 Weeks / 16 Weeks / 17 Weeks / 18 Weeks / 19 Weeks / 20 Weeks / 21 Weeks / 22 Weeks

First Pregnancy Updates with Lillian / 19 Weeks with Lillian / 20 Weeks with Lillian / 21 Weeks with Lillian / 22 Weeks with Lillian / 23 Weeks with Lillian

xo,

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