Monday, August 16, 2010

24 Weeks: Viability

How far along?: twenty-four weeks; a milestone because this week is considered the week of viability. In other words, if baby was (GOD FORBID) born now, he would at least have a chance at survival.
What's baby up to?: Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.
Weight Gain: I have gained seven pounds total; as of my last appointment
Symptoms: baby bump; back pain; insomnia
How big is baby?: about the size of a papaya (about 10.5 to 11.8 inches)
Sex: boy!
Maternity clothes?: yes
Stretch marks?: nope, and I’m working to avoid them, even though I know there is no way to avoid them if I am meant to have them
Sleep?: not so good anymore; I am having trouble getting comfortable, and still gotta go potty at least twice a night
Best moment this week?: setting up the crib
Movement?: yes
Food cravings?: none
Labor signs?: n/a
Belly button in or out?: out; it pokes out enough that you can see it through my shirt, if I’m wearing something that fits closely
What I miss: sitting for extended periods without pain
What I'm looking forward to: buying the crib mattress

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