Too lazy to take a belly picture right now, so this is from 24w4d while hiking in Prescott.
Weight: 150 pounds - I've made it to my pre-pregnancy weight! Lost 30, and have now gained a total of 33. I am finally noticing my legs are teeny tiny and am now fitting into my yoga pants again. (Yes, I was skinny enough that COMPRESSION yoga pants were loose and falling off.) And I have an out of control muffin top that makes Vince and I laugh.
Sleep: Depends on the night. Most nights I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, but other nights I'm just so uncomfortable that it's hard to sleep. I usually get up 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 times to go to the bathroom (I know they say to not drink in the hours leading up to bedtime, but I can't not drink) but fall asleep immediately again. Per the advice of Grace, I have been using this sound machine set on the waves sound and wowza, that is the best thing I've ever bought in my life. As soon as I turn it on, my eyes get drowsy! Some nights I just cannot sleep though, which sucks.
Cravings: I get pretty strong cravings for coffee still so I drink plenty of decaf, but other than that, most of my cravings have gone away. There are times when I definitely want something NOW, but it's not like earlier in my pregnancy when I had to have something all the time. Except maybe vanilla chai freezes from Campus Coffee Bean...I get those pretty frequently. Interception: I started this post at 24 weeks (and am editing it to be relevant to 25 weeks because it obvs didn't get posted) and today I had a crazy insane craving for Chik-Fil-A sauce. So I of course got a large fry as well and proceeded to eat two packets of the sauce. I've also been super stoked on hard boiled egg sandwiches with tons of mayo and liverwurst. (I know, I may be the only person who eats terrible food like Chik-Fil-A and then later eats grass-fed and organic liver sausage.)
Movement: So much! At my 20ish week appointment, my midwife asked if I had been feeling anything. I said I have felt some things I thought could be it, but nothing substantial. She explained that it was normal, then had me lay down so she could use the doppler, and I felt a strong kick! I laughed and thought there was no way that was a kick because that would be a weird coincidence to feel it right as I said I didn't feel it, but later that night I started feeling a bunch of kicks. It was crazy! Since then she's been an active little baby throughout most of the day and evening. It seems like she never sleeps, unless there are people around that want to feel her kick. Recently she's been stretching as well, which is an entirely different and weird feeling and crazy to see my belly move. I caught a bit on video and am excited to look back on it and think how weird I thought that felt compared to when she's much bigger and belly movement is much more substantial.
23 weeks in my 2xl 'slimming suit' not for pregnant women,
but it totally works and is SO much more supportive that a belly band!
Best Moment of the Week: Vince sounding so weirded out when he feels kicks. When we're cuddling and she kicks, he always sounds so offended, like, 'The baby is kicking me right now. JERK."
Looking Forward To: Pooping normally. Still. My constipation has gotten WAY better since getting off the zofran pump (it causes extreme constipation) but I'm still not 'regular'. Ha, so awkward. I'm doing everything I can to 'promot'e it, but it is still a no go. She likes to hangout reallllly low in my belly so I think she's just crowding my intestines and making them revolt.
What I Miss: Bending over. This past week I've realized that I can't really bend over at the waist anymore and have to squat. It's weird to have something so solid in my belly area to prevent movement!
Milestones: Being past the 23 week 'age of viability'! I was talking to Vince about it yesterday and he thought that was so morbid, but I definitely consider it a good milestone. I would obviously like to keep her cooking for many more months, but just in case she does come early, it's nice to know we're in the 50-70% survival rate range.
Excited About: Baby wearing and smelling my baby. (Freeaaaaaakk.)