How far along – 24 weeks
Last time week 24 was no different than any other week. This time is a little bit different since between then and now I had a sweet friend deliver her baby girl at 24 weeks. In fact, it was exactly this time last year. She was born on Oct 16 at 24 weeks and 6 days gestation and this year on October 16 I am 24 weeks and 5 days pregnant. Following along virtually through her birth and those early days was both heartbreaking and inspiring. And now being pregnant I just cannot imagine what all they went through and what it would be like if Parker were to be born right now. That would be so unbelievably scary. So I’ve been thinking a lot about them this week.
She is doing fantastic, by the way and is such a fighter. I got to meet her in person a few months ago and just cried because it was so incredible to see her healthy and thriving. Happy birthday precious Journey!
Doctor updates – We had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and everything is progressing nicely. I had my 1 hour glucose test for Gestational Diabetes and passed. My blood sugar was 72 and my doctor was very pleased with that (he said anything under 140 is good and with Hudson when I did the test it was 96 so he was happy that is was 72 this time…I’m not sure how much it varies from day to day for someone so I don’t know if it’s significant that it was less this time than it was with Hudson or not). I’m thankful of course because that’s better for me and Parker but also because it would really stink to have to be watching my sugar super close during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!
Everything else looked good too. My blood pressure was fine and I’m measuring right where I should be. We did another ultrasound because they didn’t get all the info they needed during our last one so we got to see our sweet Parker again. He was *very* active! The ultrasound tech commented on it several times. I could have told you that though! I feel him like crazy all the time in there!
Symptoms – My back issues that I had with Hudson have flared up again. I rolled my ankle and fell a few weeks ago (not a bad fall at all, everyone was fine) and that must have jarred or pulled something because I’ve been having back problems ever since. I’m doing several things to try to alleviate that so that hopefully this won’t be a problem for the whole rest of the time!
Other than the back stuff though I’m feeling pretty good!
Weight/belly – Well I have finally gained some weight, about 8 pounds I think. Yikes. I guess it’s about that time in the pregnancy for weight gain to happen but it’s still a bit of bummer to see that number going up, you know? But my main goal of course is to just be healthy so I’m trying to keep the majority of my food choices healthy and as long as my back permits I’m going to start doing some more consistent, pregnancy-safe exercising.
Movement – All the time. It’s hard to compare since it has been a couple of years but if I’m remembering correctly then Parker is even more active than Hudson was. And if that’s any indication for how active he’ll be outside of the womb…yikes…
Food cravings – Apples! I can’t get enough of them! I buy a big bag of Fugi apples at Kroger every week and eat two or three every day. And not even with peanut butter, which prior to now about the only way I’d eat an apple was with peanut butter; I didn’t really like them plain. But currently they are sooooo delicious plain! I’m very thankful I’m craving such a healthy food at the moment!
Food aversions – None.
Sleep – Still good. Or as good as it can get with a very active toddler sleeping in the bed…
Thoughts – This pregnancy is flying by! And I feel very unprepared. With Hudson by this point I think we had lots of the major stuff bought and had started our birth classes. With Parker there really isn’t much of anything that we need for him, at least not at the beginning, so we haven’t purchased anything and we aren’t doing birth classes again so there isn’t all that much that I need to be doing right now and yet I feel like I should be doing something, you know?