I am happy to report we have "broken ground" on our home improvements. Thank goodness Craig and his dad are so handy! They are doing most the work themselves and then we will have the stucco done. Whew! I am so happy this project is started. The sooner it will be over and we can move on to the baby's room, floors and backyard stuff. Still so much to do and what seems like so little time. We will get it done!
Your pregnancy: 26 weeks
How your baby's growing:
The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.
How your life's changing:
Are you rushing around trying to get to childbirth classes and prepare your baby's room while still taking care of all your other daily tasks? Make sure that you also continue to eat well and get plenty of rest. Around this time, your blood pressure may be increasing slightly, although it's probably still lower than it was before you got pregnant. (Typically, blood pressure falls toward the end of the first trimester, and it tends to reach a low at about 22 to 24 weeks.)
If your lower back seems a little achy lately, you can thank both your growing uterus — which shifts your center of gravity, stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, and may be pressing on a nerve — as well as hormonal changes that loosen your joints and ligaments. Plus, the extra weight you're carrying means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints, which is why you may feel worse at the end of the day. Walking, standing, or sitting for long periods, as well as bending and lifting can all put a strain on your back. A warm bath or hot compress might bring relief. (Some women, though, find cool compresses more comforting.) Try to maintain good posture during the day, avoid activities that require bending and twisting at the same time, take frequent breaks when sitting or standing, and sleep on your side with one or both knees bent with a pillow between your legs, using another pillow (or wedge) to support your abdomen.
Here's a look at what the baby might look like inside me right now...
She's definitely starting to take up some "real estate" LOL
As I mentioned in my last update, we start our child birthing classes July 29th. I am excited for that. No rushing around here. I think we will need to schedule our hospital tour shortly after that.
I am still "on pins and needles" excited for our 3D ultrasound AND my baby shower! Good things ahead!
I have to say that my FAVORITE part of being pregnant is feeling my little girl moving, flipping, kicking and punching me from the inside. I never thought it could feel so good! Still can't get over how much I love her already. I can't imagine when I lay my eyes on her and hold her in my arms. I can't wait for Craig to lay eyes on his little princess either! OMG brings tears to my eyes! He's going to be the best daddy!
As for the aches and pains, I am having a few, but nothing to crazy. Nice to know it's all normal. I am carrying around a *few* extra pounds!
I had my monthly doctor appointment this morning. Everything looks good. He scheduled my glucose testing. I can go into the lab any day within the next week to have that done. Wish me luck!
Edited to add -
I PASSED THE GLUCOSE TEST! WOOHOO!!! No 3 hour test for me!