Hello Everyone, we are now closing in on 6 months of pregnancy, just one more week to go.
This week baby Sprout Silk is the size of a cauliflower, and hovering somewhere close to 2 pounds! It took so long to get to this point I feel like 2 pounds is huge, and from here on out it is about a pound of weight gain a week! Up until next week if Sprout was born she would still be a micro-preemie, but by week 27 she would just be a "regular" preemie (and has a 95% survival rate) which is pretty amazing. The whole my inside baby being on the outside is slightly mind blowing. Her now almost constant movement is starting to help me get prepared though.
And something very exciting this week. Hiccups! At least... I am pretty sure they are hiccups... they basically just feel like very rhythmic kicks; so either this baby is getting ready for her first drum set, or we have hiccups going on in here. Would you like to know what else? Braxton hicks! These are really hardly noticeable but basically it just means my belly feels harder than normal for a second or two. I probably wouldn't notice it, except my uterus is now the size of a freakin' soccer ball.
According to thebump.com Sprouty is also learning about balance this week, and should start to be able to feel up from down. I feel like this is really unfortunate. If I had to sit for months standing on my head in someone's belly I would really prefer NOT to know that I was doing so.
Here is the freaky list of symptoms I am supposed to be having this week: Constipation, Hemorrhoids, Gas and Bloating, Heartburn, All-over aches and pains, trouble sleeping, stretch marks, and so the list goes on. I, luckily, do not have the vast majority of these issues. I do have all-over aches and pains, but really the pain is mostly back, feet, belly and neck. I am also not sleeping well but I think it has much, much, more to do with my crazy stress level than it has to do with the baby. I probably need prenatal yoga on a daily, rather than weekly basis to get me through! I also find that I am super thirsty at night, like drinking 3 full glasses of water at random times during the night. It is very odd.
On a positive note, I have been getting a ton of compliments. People really, really like to talk about bellies I guess! Most of them say something along the lines of "cute belly!" or "wow, are you getting close?" or "I love your bump" if people think I am big now I hate to think what it will be like in another 3 months. The comments may turn along the lines of "is that a boat in there?" or "did you swallow a small calf?"
And on another positive note my birthday party/baby shower is on Saturday! Hooray!