Monday, April 26, 2010

Twenty-six Weeks

I’m MUCH happier to write this week’s post than I was last much discomfort last week, it was just too much. But this week has been lots better! My back isn’t 100% yet, but it’s really close...still not entirely sure what was going on there, and other than heartburn and sinus problems, nothing else is unmanageable. Have you ever noticed that when you have one thing that’s really, really wrong and you can’t do anything to alleviate it then everything else just hurts that much worse? too!

I think that we’ve decided that the back pain is all about the baby. I haven’t touched a paint brush (until last night) for more than a week, so that couldn’t have been the cause. And I noticed yesterday that my bump is lop-sided. Yep, it lists to the right...telling me that maybe baby boy is all curled up on my right side and staying nice and cozy right there. That would make sense, since most of the movements that I’ve been feeling have been either low (playing soccer with my bladder) or only on the right side. I actually jump when I get a kick on the left since it happens so rarely. So maybe my back just hurts because the extra weight that my back is supporting isn’t exactly equal to both sides? I don’t know, but that’s my best guess.

According to, Ziggy’s ears are more sensitive than ever before, as the network of nerves in his ears is developing further. He may now be able to hear both my voice and the voice of others as I chat with them. He’s also inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which sounds groddy but is essential for development of his lungs. These little breathing movements are also great practice for when he’s born and takes his first real breath. He’s also continuing to put on baby fat, and weighs about a pound and two-thirds while his length is about 14 inches. (That makes him the size of an English hothouse cucumber – why can’t they just say cucumber?) Since we are having a boy, they also let me know that his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum, which is a trip that will take two to three days. Interesting.

I think that it’s funny that they mention the hearing thing. We’re getting closer to settling on a name and B keeps calling him that through my belly and getting all excited when Ziggy kicks back in response to his “name.” I keep telling B that it’s just gas or reflexes, that it doesn’t mean anything, but you know men – they get latched onto something and just run with it! Actually, I’ve been using his “name” for the past few days, and although sounding a little weird at first, I’m really in love with it! But for now, on this blog he’ll still be Ziggy!

Let’s see – what else? Oh yeah, my belly button. Although technically still an innie, it’s a VERY shallow innie. And B got the biggest laugh the other night when we were laying in bed watching TV and noticed that when I laugh really hard, my belly button (just at the top of it) pops on out! He thought it was the funniest thing and kept asking me to “do it again.” I think that he thinks this is a new trick that I’m doing on purpose...but I wasn’t. It just happened. So probably within the next few weeks it’ll be a full-fledged “outie.”

Here’s my belly shots for the you can see – I’m getting bigger! And a frontal shot for you too...some of the other mommy-to-be blogs that I read do them from that angle and I think that it’s interesting. So I thought I’d try it. No stretch marks yet, either, but I’m using my Palmer’s religiously...not that I’m 100% certain that it helps! But it does help to make my belly feel better as the bump grows and gets tighter each week. Maybe it’s all in my head, I don’t know.

Also, I’ve been SO hungry this week – hopefully it will be noticed at the next dr appt! I’ve noticed that it’s easier if I eat in know, eat half now – save the rest for later! But my appetite has gotten a big boost this week, and I’m sure that the scales will see it in two more weeks when I go in for my check-up!

I feel SO much better this week than I did last week, there’s just no comparison. Keep your fingers crossed that the progress continues and my back aches go away all together. I tried to take a belly shot from my view point, so that you could see the lop-sidedness that I was talking about...yeah, didn’t work out so well. Oh well, I tried!

Now it’s off to the bathroom before bed...again...for the 3,746th time today...LOL!

1 comment:

The Undomestic Mommy said...

you have THE tiniest tummy!