24 weeks – my giant belly, strawberry daiquiris, and red velvet cheesecake brownies

Well, we didn’t get to sneak another peek of the peanut at our 24 week appointment this week. The midwife was too busy with appointments and the Dr. across the hall was in using the ultrasound machine. We will get to take another look at our next appointment though, at 28 weeks.

Since I’ve been feeling so huge lately, I snapped a few more photos of my growing belly, just for you guys. 🙂

How Far Along: 24 weeks

Size of baby: 12 1/2 inches, 1.25 lbs, the length of an ear of corn (It grew 4 ounces in a week?! why does that seem like a lot to me?)

Total Weight Gain: I didn’t weigh myself this week, but I’m guessing it’s quite a bit because I suddenly feel HUGE.

Maternity Clothes: I just ordered some more work tops and even a bunch of super fun dresses and tops for our upcoming maternity shoot, including this super cute dress from SierraLane. Hopefully some of them fit and will work.

Gender:  Just 4 more weeks until our repeat gender ultrasound, we’ll see if the Dr says she’s more than 85% sure it’s a girl this time.

Movement: She’s still moving like crazy.You can see her from the outside really easily now and I actually took video of it the other night. 🙂

Sleep: I’m still sleeping through the night just fine, I just never feel like I get enough sleep, no matter how long I sleep.

What I miss: I had the strangest craving for a strawberry daiquiri the other day and that’s not even something I normally order or drink! I don’t miss much, but man when I’m feeling uncomfortable in bed, I’d give ANYTHING to be able to lay on my belly again.

Cravings: In the past few weeks I’ve made endless batches of these red velvet cheesecake brownies that I found on Pinterest and made for our super bowl party earlier this year. Seriously, red velvet and cheesecake, need I say more??

Symptoms: I’ve been having this insane, intense pain that’s driving me crazy. It’s in my ribs and through to my back. It literally feels like I’m being skewered with a hot poker from my right upper ribs straight through my back and out the other side. I asked the midwife if it could be gallbladder issues (a friend of mine said she had similar pain when she had her gallbladder problems) and the midwife said it could be, but it also could be from my uterus moving up and everything stretching, there’s really no way to tell. I’ve noticed that it’s the worst when I’m sitting at my desk at work (which of course is for 8 hours a day) and it gets better when I’m at home relaxing or lying down. I do get some relief when I stand up, so I’ve been trying to get up and move around more regularly at work, but it’s hard when 99% of what I do is done sitting at my desk.

I also had another incident where I threw up again the other night. It’s been so long since I threw up, I honestly thought I was done with it all. I made this super yummy dinner for J and I, I took two bites and felt full, which is pretty common for me now. At breakfast and lunch I eat just fine, but come dinner time I eat a bite or two and I feel so full I can’t eat any more. A few minutes later I got up and J asked where I was going, I had to make a mad dash to the bathroom and luckily I made it in time.

What I’m looking forward to: I’m ready for our 28 week ultrasound already, hopefully she can give us a 100% answer on the gender.I’m also really looking forward to opening weekend of duck season tomorrow, it should be a blast (pun intended).

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