Mommy Monday: 23 Weeks!

Quiet time with the little bump and a good book!

The bump and some new workout pants - So excited to work out again once the little guy gets here! 

Hi there! As I’m writing this, my ribs are being pummeled from the inside by a certain little someone. :p Tomorrow, we hit that MUCH anticipated 24 week mark! Or, as I am affectionately referring to it, Viability Day! Hitting 24 weeks is the first major milestone since we found out about my shortened cervix. We’ve reached the point at which baby boy can survive outside of me IF he were to be born early! But of course we don’t want him to come just yet. Now, the next goal is 28 weeks! After that, 30 weeks, and then just as long as possible! We’re doing this! Hang in there, little guy!

At last Tuesday’s weekly check up with my perinatologist, we learned that my cervix had shortened again a tiny bit. The doctor said to just keep doing what I’m doing, and that some shortening was normal as my body prepares to give birth, but that we just don’t want it to shorten too soon. So, that was not what we wanted to hear, especially after getting the news the week prior that my cervix was stable. Needless to say, my anxiety over the situation has kicked up a notch. BUT, now that the 24 week mark has arrived, I am very slightly less anxiety ridden. At least we know that if he is born soon he has a chance at surviving! :) Just taking it one week at a time and each week I’ll be able to breathe a bit easier!! You know who is NOT stressed or anxiety ridden? This baby boy. He's just kickin' back and relaxing in there! It looks like we have a little thumb sucker on our hands! :) I die every time I look at this picture...so freaking cute!!

Today, I go in to get my first steroid injection. This is for the purpose of speeding up our little guy’s lung development. I go back in again tomorrow for the second round of the steroid injection, and our weekly ultrasound and cervix check with the doctor. Then on Friday, we go in for our monthly check with our OBGYN…it’s a big week! Since doctors appointments are the only time that I get to leave the house, it’s going to be a very eventful and exciting week for me! Three outings! haha

I have been finishing up our baby registry, which has been SO fun! Here’s a little board I made of things that will be in his nursery: (If you'd like details about where each item is from, I can do a whole nursery post! Let me know in the comments below!)

Also, I am SO sold on this idea for a baby monitor: Owlet 

Image: www.owletcare.com

I like this idea SO much more than a traditional baby monitor. It alerts you if your baby stops breathing, and you can even sync it to your phone. With a traditional monitor or a video monitor you have to listen or watch to make sure your baby is doing ok, and if he stops breathing you wouldn’t necessarily know it. The Owlet will keep an eye on your baby for you and let you know if he stops breathing via a flashing light and an audio alert. Just love it! Plus, I've heard creepy stories about video and audio baby monitors, such as people spying or listening in. No thank you!

How far along: 23 weeks 6 days (Tomorrow we hit that MUCH anticipated 24 week mark! Woohoo!!)

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 13 lbs

Maternity clothes? Yep, having so much fun with them! 

Stretch marks? No! I slather on body oil and coco butter at least three times a day and I’ve been drinking a ton of water! No stretch marks, please!

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well!

Best moment this week: Capturing our little boy kicking on video!  AND getting a surprise visit yesterday from our good friends, the Liens!!

Have you told family and friends: Yes! 

Movement: Yes, so much! Feeling him kick is the coolest, most amazing thing in the world! 

Food cravings: French fries, meat, berries, smoothie bowls

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: Oooh yes!

Gender: Boy!!

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button in or out? Still hangin’ in there…

Wedding rings on or off? On!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! But so emotional it’s not even funny, haha.

Symptoms: Acne and bloody noses again. So fun!