Sep 10, 2018

Bump to Baby: 24 Weeks

You are now about 11 and half inches long and weight about one and a third pounds. You are now gaining weight at about 6 ounces per week. Your face is fully formed now, which includes eyelashes, eyebrows and hair. Of course right now all your hair is white since it hasn't gained the pigment yet. You are also missing a lot of fat, but that will continue to accumulate. Until that happens though, your skin will be transparent which means we can still see all your organs, bones and blood vessels for a little bit longer.

It's not going to be exactly shocking when I say that I have had another exhausting week. Being a mom of two while pregnant is just hard and exhausting. Plus early school mornings and the terrible twos just wear
me down pretty quick. But on the plus side I am definitely getting my appetite. I feel like I am always hungry. Unfortunately I can't seem to figure out what to eat. I don't really have any cravings but I do have a lot of things that just make me feel crummy. I think you might actually be my most active kid. Of course you get really active at night but you are actually pretty active during the day. And it's sometimes even painful. But we did learn with our ultrasound this week that you are measuring about a week ahead which makes you a bit bigger. Unfortunately that means that my body is really already feeling the affects of having you be a bit bigger. I have been having major pain under my shoulder blade on my right side (same place as with all my pregnancies) and some pain in my ribs. It's definitely uncomfortable and the only ways to combat that is to not just sit but to more lean back when sitting. It's going to be a long couple more months. On top of the pain from those spots, my rear end has been hurting because about halfway through the week I fell down the stairs. My foot slipped and I bounced down about two steps. I was fine but it definitely hurt.

At 18 weeks we had our anatomy ultrasound scan with you which showed us how amazing you are and that you are a girl. You looked good and healthy and everything was how it should be. However, something that the ultrasound tech and the doctor noticed was that you had developmental cysts in your brain. I was told that it was perfectly normal and you looked perfect otherwise but that we needed to go back to make sure that they disappeared. So this week we headed back for that ultrasound. I was trusting my doctor here and her confidence that there was nothing to worry about, but of course sometimes I couldn't help but wonder if there something seriously wrong. I was definitely looking forward to the ultrasound; for one for the peace of mind and two because I just wanted to see you again. I wasn't sure how much the ultrasound tech would tell us but I hoped she would tell us if everything was good so I wouldn't have to wait another week for my OB appointment. So we went in and got right to it. Right away she looked your brain and was able to tell me that all your tissue looked good and healthy. There were no signs of any developmental cysts anymore. It was definitely a weight lifted. Then I could relax through the rest of the ultrasound. She decided that since we were there that she would take some measurements and just take a look around. You were constantly moving and squirming, which made it hard to get a good picture of your face but you still looked perfect. But it was a huge relief for everything to look normal. I needed some good news and that was the perfect good news to get!

(Sunday, September 2 - Saturday, September 8)

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