PREGNANCY WEEK 23 – June 27, 2015
We went camping this weekend. It was fun to spend time with friends and enjoy the fresh air and outdoors. We bought a new tent that is much bigger than our old tent. That way it can hold a pack ‘n play, air mattress and still have plenty of room. The first night we were so excited to sleep on an air mattress, but were left very disappointed as the air slowly released throughout the night. We called it our sinking ship! VERY uncomfortable to sleep on a deflated air mattress. The second night we decided to forego the faulty air mattress and sleep on the ground….let’s just say my hips are hurting today! We really enjoyed spending the weekend with friends from small group.
In the past few weeks (especially this week), I notice DAILY how much my belly seems to be growing. It is incredible…it’s almost like it gets bigger overnight. My belly button is on the verge of popping out, which didn’t happen until 30 weeks last pregnancy. In addition to noticing visually the growing belly, I am really FEELING those growths too. I feel like I’m slowing down and just “feeling more pregnant.” It feels like I have a bowling ball attached to me! Carrying Winter is getting to be more challenging.
As far as working out goes, I am pleased to say that I’m maintaining a high level of fitness between strength training, circuits, and running. Running is only happening one or two days per week. But I’m happy to still be regularly running, even if it’s not my main form of exercise. I don’t want to think too much into it, but my right foot has been giving me a lot of trouble since a little over two weeks ago. I have had to change my stride/gait when I run to compensate for my hurting foot. Eric says I should get it checked out at the doctor, but honestly I’m afraid of what they are going to say. My fear is that I’ll have to give up running or give up exercise, which is not something I want to do. This weekend it’s been bothering me even more, I’m beginning to think it’s either a sprain or a stress fracture. Neither option is good. Perhaps I’ll get it checked out soon. I just pray that it’s a minor sprain.
My age: 29
How far along: 23 weeks
How big is baby: the size of a grapefruit (11.5 inches and 1.1 pounds)
Events of this week: Went to the splash park, had an IKEA lunch date, met with several friends to go to the pool, had our small group where I shared my testimony, went to the zoo, and spent the weekend camping.
Symptoms: Increasing belly size, tired (though not as tired as last week), feeling slower and heavier.
Exercise/Activity: I exercised 5 days this week: 2 days running, 2 days of strength or circuits, and 1 day hiking while camping. See above for ailing foot condition.
Sleep: Sleeping decent, though I get up usually once a night to pee.
Maternity clothes: Yes.
Stretch marks: No.
Belly Button: In, though for not much longer. It’s pretty flat.
Food cravings: Smoothies, swiss cheese.
Food aversions: I FINALLY ATE CHICKEN! I don’t think it’ll be back in my regular diet, but I can now say I don’t hate the thought of it anymore.
Movement: Strong movements daily. I can see and feel them from the outside. This all seems to be happening much quicker.
Best Moment of the Week: Camping trip.
Worst Moment of the Week: None.
What I’m looking forward to: Spending time outdoors enjoying the summer (pool, splash parks, etc).
What I’m nervous about/praying for: My foot. I really hope it’s a minor issue and it goes away on it’s own. I really don’t want to go to the doctor in fear that they’ll make me stop exercising.
What I miss: Having a healthy foot!
Next appointment: Monday, July 6th at 9:40 a.m.
Here’s proof of my ever-growing belly the past few weeks:
Comparison with 1st pregnancy:
23 Week picture baby #2: