22 and 23 weeks

Since there was so much excitement going on around here with 2nd birthdays and family visiting, week 22 got overlooked so I’ll lump it in today!

What’s new with the baby?

Week 22 – At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Week 23 -Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.


Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?

Really good…fall is here, the days are cooler, and that has helped a ton!  I can get outside and not feel like I’m going to drop over from heatstroke.  But I think that would also be the case even if I wasn’t pregnant!  I’m feeling the baby move more and more…still nothing too dramatic, but I’ve begun to see the first movements from the outside.  Just little pops here and there, but it’s nice to feel.  I am noticing that I need more sleep, I think; which is hard since Scott and I are used to staying up late watching tv or movies together.  But waking up in the morning is feeling harder and harder, so maybe my body needs a bit more rest.  I did take a nap yesterday during Urijah’s nap and it was wonderful.  Just what I needed!

Weight gain?
I finally had my prenatal appt this past week and I am up 16 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.  Darn you, Haagen-Dazs.
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?

I do miss having my family here, even though it was a busy week!  We had a great time and I will do another post to recap their visit and U’s birthday.  A good time was had by all, I’d say!

I am really looking forward to the holidays.  It feels like I can officially say that now since the weather has changed a bit and we are having cooler nights and days…it makes me want to make chili and bake things with pumpkin and spice in them.  I finally got U’s Halloween outfit ready and now I’m looking forward to the next week or two that we will get to do fun Halloween things around town.  We have one Halloween party lined up with some other moms and kids and a Halloween festival to go to, as well.  We did got this weekend to an Austin nursery that was having their PumpkinFest and checked it out.  We went thinking we would get a pumpkin, but at about $20 we skipped that purchase and just got one at HEB for about half that price.  We still had a fun time, though!  (I have some cute pictures to post but they aren’t off the camera yet.  They’ll come later this week.  It will be picture overload!)

I got in my head this past week that I would need a couple more crib sheets for the new baby’s bed, since the 4 that we currently have wouldn’t really be enough for both kids.  It felt urgent, like something I shouldn’t forget to do, so I had to stop right away and got 2 more sheets, only to realize that it’s probably going to be a while before the new baby even sleeps in his own crib.  But hey….better to have them on hand right?  Ha!  Hopefully this week I can take pictures and post the guest bedroom furniture online for someone to come buy.  Hopefully it goes quick and with not much hassle.  Then I can empty out the closet and the room will be ready for carpet cleaning and painting!

Highlights of the week?

The weather was wonderful – we had a lot of outdoor family time which was really nice.  And U’s birthday party – it was so fun and he seemed like he enjoyed himself!

Belly pic:

22 weeks and 23 weeks respectively

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