Date: November 20
How far along: 22 Weeks
Baby’s size: Spaghetti Squash
Symptoms: Awful back pain all over but especially lower back. Occasionally, a sharp pain in my lower abdomen or hip.
Sleep: Not bad until the morning when the excruciating back pain kicks in
Wearing: Leggings, yoga pants, and lots of layers. This is the coldest November we’ve had in a while. This past week we finally turned the heat on! Brrr.
Loving: Clementines and red grapes. Can’t get enough of citrus still. Also this week, I’ve been back on the bacon kick, only this time it’s with breakfast sandwiches. I’ve been loading mine up with tomatoes. Mmm.
Hating: The direction my belly button seems to be heading in lately. I read that my uterus has finally extended an inch above my naval which makes perfect sense since I’ve felt an uncomfortable pulling sensation in that area over the past week and a half. It’s looking like my “innie” days are numbered. Sob.
Missing: The fitted shirts, sweaters, and coats I usually wear in the fall. My winter jackets are difficult to button lately!
Movement: Yes!!! Lots of flutters throughout the day but especially during yoga when I’m in pelvic tilt with a block under my sacrum. I think I felt the first hiccups this past week too. It was sort of a rhythmic flutter.
Labor Signs: None yet
Health + Wellness: Going to yoga twice last week really helped ease my back pain. I’m realizing that a lot of the discomfort in my body is tension, so deep breathing and stretching has been great. One of the best moves I learned in yoga involved just placing my palms on a wall and stretching my back. Another that really opened up the back of my neck (and relieves heartburn I was told) is a position where you sit cross-legged, facing a wall, arms outstretched to hug the wall, with neck, throat and chest pressed, looking up to the ceiling. Amazing!
What I’m looking forward to:
Lately, I’ve been imagining more about what our daughter will be like, who she will resemble and what her personality will be. I’m just so excited for her to finally be here. I feel like I need to busy myself as a distraction while I wait.
Best moments this week:
1. Catching Brian’s smiling glances at my belly and his exclamations — “that’s our baby girl in there!”
2. Spending time visiting with the Dobbins family and their twins
3. Testing out the back brace Casey lent me. Life changing!
4. Two amazing yoga classes.
5. Feeling stronger, more frequent movement.