23 Week Pregnancy Update

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How far along? 23 weeks 6 days (the pictures are 23 and 4)
Total weight gain/measurements: About 10 pounds up. My belly is 35.5” at the biggest point. It seems to be holding pretty steady in terms of how big around I am but it's getting bigger all over, if that makes sense. My uterus is rising so the upper part of my stomach area is getting wider now, too...I guess that's where my natural waist is/was.
Maternity clothes: I did get a couple of things this weekend. I got a maternity t-shirt from Target (I'm wearing it in the pictures) and a pair of maternity shorts. I also have moved up a bra size...AGAIN.
Stretch marks: None.
Sleep: My sleep at night has been better this week.
Best moment this week: I bought one baby thing this week. It's the first thing I've bought. I'm very paranoid and superstitious (anyway and my previous miscarriage probably makes this worse) so I've been really afraid to get anything. I still feel like it's a little early but I decided to just get one thing.
Miss anything? Being able to roll over in bed. I feel like I have to do a 3-point turn to get out of bed. I also have been really really missing my old boobs this week. I just can't even deal with how big they are now and I know they are only going to get bigger.
Movement: I've been feeling lots of movement.

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Food Cravings: Salty things
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really. I did feel pretty crummy Sunday night after eating a bunch of Easter dessert. I could just tell I'd had way too much sugar and it made me feel horrible.
Gender: We don't know. One of my parents is convinced it is a girl. Of course my other parent had a dream it was a boy. I think as I get towards the end people are going to start looking for more clues. Just so you know, I'm refusing to tell anyone the baby's heart rate after any of my midwife appointments. Ha ha! :)
Labor signs: None.
Symptoms: My boobs are sore again! Not anything like the first trimester but it's kind of an all over soreness which I think is because they've been growing more again. My belly has also been very itchy and the stretching has felt almost like stinging. I've also noticed stretching pain in my hips and my back gets sore at the end of the day. I already have some issues with an old knee injury so that knee and the hip on that side has been bothering me more than the other, but that's completely expected and is obviously normal and unavoidable for me.
Belly button in or out? In...for now! It does look really different now.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Oh boy, so emotional this week! It's not that I'm unhappy. I'm actually totally happy. But I feel like everything is starting to pile up and I'm feeling overwhelmed and getting stressed even more easily than normal. Add in the fact that we're still in this rough early Spring season and that we just had Easter and holidays are always really stressful for me... I haven't had a day when I didn't burst into tears at least once in the whole last week.
Looking forward to: Viability.

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice

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