I am 24 weeks today! I have to admit, this photo was taken yesterday though since my work schedule is all wonky this week and I have to go in early today while hubby (aka the photographer) will still be sleeping. Baby Caleb is about the size of an ear of corn or cantaloupe, a foot long, and over a pound! Big boy!
It was a pretty uneventful week baby-wise, but we did get one major thing accomplished: Mom and I booked my baby shower! Woohoo! It’s at an Italian restaurant we recently discovered that has a party room. The prices are good and the food is good, so what’s not to love? The shower will be on November 16th and I cannot wait! Jerry and I will be going to register at Target this week (woohoo! Love that store. Our bridal shower registry was there too). My good friend, Angela, also made us these absolutely AMAZING and adorable invitations that go along with his nursery theme. I LOVE THEM! Thank you so much, Angela! I’ll post some pictures of them up here once we get his nursery set up and revealed on the blog. I am also doing one of those diaper/wipe raffles at the shower. I’ll be putting together a gift basket and if anyone brings diapers or wipes, they will get a raffle ticket for the basket. Have any other fun baby shower ideas or games? Let me know in the comments please and thank you!
We visited a pediatrician’s office last week and were very impressed. The office manager showed us around and talked to us about their practice. We are meeting with the actual pediatrician who we selected this Wednesday, and if that goes well, then we will have found our pediatrician! That’s one thing to check off the big old baby to-do list!
We are getting ready for fall in our little household! We got our Halloween decorations up over the weekend and I love them. I’ll have a couple of pictures up tomorrow on the blog, so stop back. It’s wild to think that everything will be our “last” without the baby: last fall, last Halloween, last (and first) wedding anniversary coming up this weekend (!), last Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc. In addition to decorating, I also decided to be wifely and cook on Sunday. I am not big into cooking. Jerry is much better than I am so he usually does the cooking, but sometimes he wants a break. Now granted, due to his night shift, we only get two nights a week together anyway, but he usually cooks. I have decided to cook at least one of those nights each week from now until the baby comes. I need to learn since I’ll be cooking for our children once they are old enough to eat real food. It also makes me feel like a better wife too. 🙂 I made chicken thighs in pesto in the crockpot over linguine, and also brownie sundaes. If you know of any cheap, easy meals, please feel free to share. I am big into the crockpot, but am open to other things too like casseroles!
I still get a huge kick out of the baby movements. Every time I feel it, especially from the outside, I definitely laugh. Jerry has only felt him a couple of times so far, but pretty soon, he should be able to feel him more regularly. Now that I am 24 weeks, it also means that the baby is viable. I have been anxiously awaiting the 24 week mark so I could feel some relief over this fact. Basically, it just means that at 24 weeks, the baby could be born and would have a good chance of survival outside of the womb. Earlier than that, the chances are basically zero and doctors generally don’t and won’t intervene with a fetus born before the 24th week. It’s a good feeling to know that my baby is finally viable, and even though we DON’T want him to come for another 16 weeks, he could survive from this point forward being born. But please stay in there, Caleb, and keep on growing!
Lastly, now that my cold has finally let up almost entirely, I am back on the workout grind (as best as I can be what with the back pain). I went for a nice walk outside yesterday morning for about 25-30 minutes. I plan on doing this four more times this week since my work schedule is weird and I only have two early mornings this week. I will usually be aiming for four walks a week. I really need to stick with this plan. I am not happy with the amount of weight I’ve gained so far, and I know how beneficial it is to stay active during pregnancy. Not to mention, I feel a lot better after. As soon as I got back from my walk, I had a burst of energy where I put away all the laundry, and tidied up the kitchen and upstairs bathroom… all good things!
So that was my week in a nutshell! Moms, did you/do you have an active pregnancy? Any advice about how to stay motivated through the discomfort?