Week 24: (April 6-12)
Me this week-
Week 24 was pretty non-eventful, but in the world of pregnancy that's not necessarily a bad thing! :)
I finally wore a shirt my BFF lent to me as her favorite maternity shirt and said is a must-wear. I had forgotten about it but as soon as I put it on I sent her a pic. I like taking comparison pics in the same shirt every few weeks (usually by accident), so I'l try to put this one on a few more times before Bee arrives.
We then babysat for our friends & Scott got to play Daddy-in-training, which of course he loves. The baby whisperer in action. This sight always melts my heart and I can't wait to see him holding OUR OWN baby boy!! :)
-Feet starting to swell a bit on really hot days. Trying to stay off them is very hard in a kindergarten classroom, but I try when I can!
-Very random/less frequent heartburn
-Hip aches at night, so finally bit the bullet and sleeping with pillows between my legs, while on my side (only way I can sleep now). I do miss sleeping on my belly, back, side, however I want. But flipping from side to side every few hours is working just fine, too! :)
Bee this week-
At 24 weeks, Bee is the size of a cantaloupe.
Some fun facts at week 24:
- Baby's skin is gradually becoming more opaque
- Every week, Bee gets closer and closer to being ready to survive in the real world.
- Kicks are getting stronger (Scott's finally been feeling them every so often!!)
Week 25: (April 13-19)
Me this week-
Time is FLYING by!!! It's crazy/scary how all the time we spent trying & waiting for Bee to come into our lives draggggged on like the slowest time ever, yet our months with him have been flying!! I know I say this all the time but it's bittersweet!! I'm overjoyed that he's almost here but I'm not ready for this experience to be over yet. I am incredibly thankful for it and am cherishing every bit of it. We don't know if it'll happen again for us in the future so we are acting as if it's our one and only shot because you never know what's coming around the corner. I've been getting a little emotional lately.
It was also a shopping week! My friend Kortney (also pregnant with her first child) told me about a local children's consignment sale. The sale was open to the public last Friday/Saturday but she had a flyer for the pre-sale on Thursday afternoon so we went together for about an hour or so after work. It was soooo cool! Overwhelming for sure, sensory overload, but so neat!! It's all second-hand things at discounted prices, but you get to weed through the stuff and decide for yourself what's worth it and not. Some things were overpriced, some things were amazing steals. Think of a yard sale with just kid stuff and no pressure from anyone to buy anything, all in a giant space. There were rows and rows of kids clothes, tables and tables of toys, baby gear, supplies, etc. I wanted to buy way more than I did but also knew I couldn't afford to go nuts just yet. Everything I bought had to be packed up and moved, so I stuck with smaller items (regret #1, in hindsight, although it made perfect sense). I did end up with the following (and all were great steals!!)...
This Tigger lovie was a must have because Tigger was always one of my fav Disney characters. He was $3 and is already washed as well. :)
This toy retails for $40 and I got it for $9!!! I've lately had a thing for baby blue elephants too so it was super cute for many reasons.
To no surprise, I had to get a Pooh Bear toy too! It just spins and makes noise but is so cute and has little bees around it on the colorful spheres. It was around $4 I think.
This frame was like $3.
I also got a brand new minky blanket for just a few bucks & a baby Boppy/tummy time mat set for $5. In total, I spent around $70 and added up retail prices for what I could find. I estimated that it all would have been $250ish, or more, full price. I'm now totally hooked on the consignment deal for kiddo stuff and will be back for their fall sale! I wish I had taken advantage of the jumpers/bouncers/pack-n-plays there (even as backup sets to keep at grandparent houses) but now I know. Scott & I went back the next night to see what was left but all that stuff was pretty much gone. Lesson learned! We can go back in the fall for those because Bee will still be little and won't need them yet. All in all, it was SUPER fun and exciting!! :)
Over the weekend we were able to meet up with my dad for dinner. He had been complaining that he was only seeing belly bump pics so I told him we could get a pic of the bump and my face. :)
Some 25-week shots :)
-Occasional heartburn from time to time, but nothing consistent or crazy. A Tums always fixes it immediately when it comes about.
-Tailbone pain returned for a day or so again, out of nowhere! One night it was so bad I literally froze in one position because if I moved in any way it just was sharp pains. Scott helped me into bed and then I was better. We've been walking around the block and I've been trying to watch how I sit/lay down too.
-Laying on my side is the only way I sleep now, but it's funny because sometimes I can almost feel my belly pulling down so I have to sometimes prop it against a pillow so it doesn't feel weighted down.
Bee this week-
Bee is the size of cauliflower!!
He is moving around more and is said to be the most active over these next few weeks or so. While there's still room left, I'll start feeling him more and more before things get cramped in there in another month.
He's growing more fat & hair.
His sense of equilibrium has formed & now knows which way is up and which way is down! (I notice when I shift sides in bed, I sometimes feel Bee move and squirm. Hence the equilibrium thing... he's probably shifting himself as I do the same. So cute!)
In case you haven't noticed, I've been averaging 2 weeks every post. It's easier to combine 2 and to find the time to do 2 at once. Sorry if I've made some of you nervous in the meantime not posting much.
Next week, April 24-30, is National Infertility Awareness Week, or NIAW. This is a week near & dear to our hearts (for very obvious reasons) and I plan to take part in a few ways. I will have a few special blog posts along the way and also hope to raise awareness/offer support for those in both categories. If you want to support, one way you can do so is to wear pink & blue!! If you do, send me a pic! :)
As always, thanks for reading & supporting us through this journey!!
Stace, Scott, & Bee