Tuesday, March 26, 2013

26 weeks

How Far Along: 26 weeks today. E2 should be around the length of an English cucumber (14" crown to heel) and the weight of a 2 pound chuck roast (given we're beef farmers, we find this comparison hilarious, and also, why such an unglamorous cut of beef for a comparison?).

Total Weight Gain/Loss: So. Yeah. I appear to be up a total of 22 pounds. According to Dr. M.'s scale, I gained 4 pounds in two weeks...about a pound too much. He wasn't super upset about it, but he did comment on it. Time to knuckle down, me thinks. If I were to keep gaining at this rate, I shudder to think of how much weight I may gain by deliver day...certainly well above the 25 pound goal I'd set for myself, and likely quite a bit higher than the 30 pound max he recommended.

Maternity Clothes: Yes, and in fact, it would appear that at least one of the tops I bought during my pregnancy with the twins and have worn all along this pregnancy are getting too tight!

Movement: Definitely. The little guy has been squirming all around in there, and I can tell pretty easily when he changes position from feet-first to transverse. He's also getting the hiccups regularly...twice today that I caught.

Sleep: OMG, suck-ville. Last night I swear I barely slept at all. In fact, the last three night have not been good to me. I don't know what the heck is going on, but I'm not a fan. And there's really no good way for me to nap during the work day, so I'm really feeling it.

Gender: A baby brother for Aliya and Bennett.

Symptoms: The usual, including slightly swollen feet and ankles and a tiny bit of hand swelling on occasion. I'm starting to wonder when I'll have to take my wedding rings off. Sooner than later, I'm pretty sure.

Cravings: None.

Belly Button In or Out: Still in, still shallow, with a lip.

Freak-out of the Week: No freak outs, thankfully, but quite a few tears Saturday morning (pretty normal for me...it takes that long to unwind from a long week, and I need the time to myself to feel all of my feelings).

Looking Forward To: Our next milestone, 28 weeks. :)

Next Appointment: Monday, April 8th for another cervical length ultrasound and the dreaded glucose challenge test. I have bad feelings about that (see below). We also have a growth ultrasound for E2 and a follow-up with my MFM for me on Thursday, April 11th.

Miscellaneous: My appointment with Dr. M. yesterday went well, as far as my cervix (4.1 cm) and baby (heart rate of 148) are concerned. He didn't do an ultrasound of the baby this time (the first time ever!), but we did get a good look at one of his feet and his lower leg as he hauled off and kicked me in the cervix during my transvaginal ultrasound (he did it on and off all day!). Dr. M. did comment about my weight, and another comment, like two weeks ago, about how big my belly is getting (that's while I'm lying down, not standing up...standing up is a whole 'nother ball game). Well, Dr. M. did a fundal height measurement to assess my uterine growth, and for some crazy reason it measured a full week ahead (27 cm). Last time it was right on track. Now, I can tell you that I notice my belly is bigger about every three days. I mean, noticeably bigger. I hear comments from my co-workers, too. But why a week ahead? Is it that E2 is really that big (God help me!), or could I actually have gestational diabetes? I'm really not looking forward to the GCT in two weeks (I've heard from two different friends that they felt completely horrendous afterward). I am, however, really looking forward to our first growth scan ultrasound a few days after that. I want to know how big this kiddo really is!

One other little thing that doesn't feel so little: I can't believe that as far as number of days left in this pregnancy, we're down to the double digits! As of today, my ticker (in the right side bar of the blog) says 98 days left. Holy macaroni.

The belly at 26 weeks, measuring 27. Egads!


  1. Movin' right along! I love the 26 week belly. Just go with the flow - you can't change the outcome of the glucose test, but I know it's nerve wracking.

  2. You look beautiful Amy! Don't worry about the scale.


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