Saturday, January 31, 2009

Week 23

This last week has been very crazy. Things are very difficult without a truck. And I have learned that I cant rely on very many people to follow through with what they say they are going to do. I have waited for a ride multiple times to find out that no one is gonna show up. It has been hard to find a reliable ride to work everyday. And worked has officially sucked lately. Everyone feels like they have to feel my belly. Even complete and total strangers will come up and touch my belly. The worst is all the mexicans that cook at my work. Last night this guy named Jose who is 15 pulled up my shirt and touched my bare belly. It was extremely awkward and I told him that i f he did it again he was going to regret it. I guess I just have to get used to the fact that pregnant bellies are public property that everyone likes to touch. The baby has been moving a lot lately. Sometimes it hurts. Hes getting pretty big and so when he moves it really can be painful. I still have contractions. But just a few every once in a while. Hopefully nothing to worry about unless they start happening more often and more frequently. My back has been really sore and hurts a lot. Especially after work. I have a hard time sleeping and even just walking around and functioning throughout the day sometimes because it hurts so bad. Other than that I think that pregnancy has been ok. Aside from constantly gaining weight and getting fat. Everyone at my work really loves to point out how big I am getting. I guess Im kind of getting used to it. But when everyone around you is telling you how big you are getting it starts to add up.
Living at grandmas has been great. But I cant wait to get up to Wayne County for the summer. Hopefully by March if not sooner. I might miss St. George just a little bit. But I cant wait to move up there.
So heres this week on the pregnancy. Ill try to keep it updated but I dont have internet at my house still. Love you all

Fetal development in pregnancy week 23:
fetus in sixth month At this point you’ve pretty much adjusted to the fact you’ve got a moving little gymnast inside of you, but now they’re going to kick up the party a notch because they can hear and react to sounds from the outside world. Sounds from your alarm clock, a thunder roll, or that darned car honking at you across the intersection can actually jar their little ears enough to elicit a kick or violent bout of squirming. Of course this also means that their little ears are picking up the sounds of your voice and those near you. So go ahead, sing a lullaby to your little angel—if they start kicking, it’s likely they just want you to stop… or maybe it was a kick of approval? You decide. Your baby's tiny taste buds are still growing and their bones are continuing to ossify (harden), their tiny veins are visible through their translucent yet wrinkly skin. (Think of it this way: they’ve been swimming in the equivalent of a long hot bath for the past 23 weeks, so you can’t blame them for being a little prune-like.)
And how's mom doing?
If no one warned you about the joys of the pregnancy-sleep-challenge, you’ve probably already started to discover just how difficult it can be to find adequately comfortable sleeping positions. The good news is: some people actually invented pillows specifically designed to give a pregnant woman if you want to further reduce the dreaded appearance of pregnancy “cankles” (calf-ankles) try to avoid sitting for long periods of time—and for the hundredth time: don’t forget to stay active! a better chance of sleeping through the night. There are a variety of different designs, but inevitably you’ll want some sort of belly support as well as a body pillow between your legs and under your belly to relieve a bit of the discomfort you're sure to be experiencing right now. If you choose to buy the (rather spendy) pregnancy pillows they've got on the market, make sure you keep the receipt as some women still have problems sleeping and fare better with their own unique pillow collection and set-up
As if there's not enough to keep track of already, are you remembering to drink lots of fluids? Plenty of good ol’ fashioned H20 (water) can help reduce swelling in your poor ankles and feet-- resulting from the pressure your now over-sized uterus is putting on your pelvic veins, thereby slowing fluid circulation to the lower half of your body. Also, if you want to further reduce the dreaded appearance of pregnancy “cankles” (calf-ankles) try to avoid sitting for long periods of time—and for the hundredth time: don’t forget to stay active! Keeping your fluid intake up is also good for your little resident swimmer as dehydration is frequently connected with premature birthing. Yep, it’s a lot of responsibility, but you can do it! You’re almost two-thirds of the way there already! Keep up the good work mom!

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