Sunday, December 5, 2010

24 Weeks: Happy V-Day!!!

As of today, the baby is viable to survive outside the womb!  Yay!!!  Now, Baby Shelton, that is not an invitation to come out this very moment or in the near future; but I'm happy to know that if you had to come out now, you'd be safe.  :-)

Baby is now the size of a: papaya!  She is approximately 11.8 inches long and 21 ounces.  The baby's skin is becoming less translucent, but it is still very thin and wrinkly; this is because her body is making her skin more quickly than fat.  Her lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory tree, and cells are producing the necessary substances that will help the air sacs inflate once she leaves the womb.  Also her hand and footprints are forming, and she is starting to kick in response to sounds and touches.  The nurse at my OB's office said the baby is still extremely active (see Random Thoughts).

How I'm feeling:  itchy.  I swear that I bathe, people! But last night I was laying in bed and I had an itch attack.  My belly, lower back, and chest were on fire!  OMG, sooooo unpleasant.  I still feel great though; all my regular symptoms are still present, I've just pushed them to the back of my mind.  I'm scheduled to have my blood glucose test at my next prenatal visit.  The results of this test will determine if I have Gestational Diabetes; I really don't think I do.  Casey and I are very familiar with the symptoms of high blood sugar (obviously), and I'm not feeling any of those symptoms.  Just the opposite actually, I get very light headed/dizzy whenever I stand up too fast or get too hungry.  Oh, and I think my feet are officially starting to swell.  Yesterday I noticed my slippers cutting into my feet.  LOL!  Really its not funny, its pretty hideous, but fat feet are just silly.

Physical differences from last week:  I think I finally had my second trimester growth spurt!  Better late than never, huh?  Well my uterus is now the size of a soccer ball!  Annnnd I'm up 15 pounds.  Surprisingly, I'm not upset.  I mean, I'm not happy about the weight gain, but it is well within the normal range for someone being 6 months along.  If I keep up this weight gain rate, I should end up gaining about 31 pounds total.  I was hoping to only gain 30 pounds total...maybe I should lay off the lemonade.  Any is your weekly pic:

What's been on my mind:  well I got my weekly birthday email this morning, and the first sentence was, "If you don't already know how to spot the signs of preterm labor, now's the time to learn."  Ya, that is a little stressful.  Apparently 12% of women give birth preterm.  I really, really do not want to be apart of that percentage; as much as I want to meet my little baby, we are just not ready!  And, of course, the little one still has some major developing to do.  Also, I downloaded a to-do list from The Bump during the week, and OMG the list is huge!  Naturally I have done nothing towards this list (yet). 

What I'm looking forward to:  school being over and getting that baby to-do list checked off!  SO MUCH TO DO. 

Random thoughts:  Allow me to share a funny story...I had my monthly prenatal visit on Thursday, and when the nurse put the doppler on my belly, Baby Shelton became verrrrrrrry active.  She kicked four times in less than a minute.  The nurse kept moving her hand, and the baby kicks would follow her hand.  I just burst out laughing; I usually do anytime she kicks a few times in a row.  Lately it feels like my belly has become a dryer, and the baby is just constantly tumbling around, kicking up a storm.  I actually saw the baby move under my skin yesterday morning.  I have been waiting for weeks to see this!  At first it was a tad creepy, like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it made me very happy nonetheless.    

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