Pregnancy:The Sequel (21-23 Weeks)

21 weeks 22 weeks 23 Weeks

How far along? 24 weeks currently.

Maternity clothes? I’m not wearing any maternity tops in these pics. I only wear maternity or athletic pants or shorts anymore though. I found the long black and gray striped t-shirt dress at a discount store in my little town for $7! It’s like wearing a night gown. I sort of feel like a Duggar when I wear, but I think they’re cool so I don’t care.

Stretch marks? No way. But my belly has been more itchy this time. Maybe I’ll get them this time?

Sleep: Only induced by a melatonin supplement.

Best moment this week: Well, since I’ve not written in the last three weeks so I have a couple. I got to see some of my best friends that I haven’t seen much of in the last little bit. It’s always great to catch with your girlfriends in person. We also may finally, really be buying a house. We’ve tried so many other times, but every single one of them fell through for some odd reason or another.

Miss Anything?: Clear skin. Energy. Good moods.

Movement:HEYY MACARENA! I don’t why I said that. Probably because he moves all. the. time. Which I love. Big sister always responded to music. Little guy responds to spoken prayers.

Food cravings: NONE. I don’t even have an appetite. I lost about 4 pounds a couple of weeks ago, and have barely gained it back. I only a bowl of cereal for dinner because that’s all I can hold. I don’t really mind not eating a lot at night because my heart burn has not been as bad lately. I have to remind myself to drink a big glass of water and eat something within the first 30 minutes of waking up or I will pass out.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not this week.

Gender: BOY

Labor Signs:  Some practice contractions here and there. Nothing major. I jut crossed over into my 24th week which I’ll write about later, but I’m a little more relieved because the baby is now viable! If he were to be born now, the NICU here would have a huge percentage of saving him.

Belly Button in or out? I guess because it got stretched out last time, it has already started to expand. This did not happen until about 32 weeks last time. My diastisis recti has already begun too. Maybe that is where the itching is coming from.

Rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody: The last three weeks have been tough.

Reading: Lots of story books to big sister, home decor articles, and beauty articles.

The last few weeks have been miserable to be honest. I haven’t been well this entire pregnancy, and it came to an ultimate head a few weeks ago. I’m just incredibly grateful for the amazing support system that I have. My husband, mother, and in-laws have immensely supportive, and I’m pretty sure that there is nothing I could ever do to repay their love and kindness. Say a prayer for me when you think of it.

PREGNANCY:25 Weeks

25 weeks 6 days

                                                       25 weeks 6 days

How far along? 25 weeks and 6 Days in this picture.

Total weight gain: +13lbs.
Maternity clothes? This shirt is maternity as well as my capris that I’m wearing. I’ve mostly worn yoga pants all week though.
Stretch marks? NONE!
Sleep: Sleep has been awesome. I’ve been getting up at the same time every morning with my husband and we’ve been going to bed earlier. I’ve been feeling energized this week which is nice since I never received that amazing burst of energy that everyone told me I would get in my 2nd trimester.
Best moment this week: Going to a private screening of A Birth Story and getting to hear from Ina May Gaskin as well as other birthing professionals in my city. It was so encouraging to be around others who celebrate birth and who are incredibly supportive of mothers. I’m glad I live where I live.
Miss Anything?: Not having heartburn at night.
Movement: She kicked her daddy in the face this week which we both thought was adorable. The last couple of days she hasn’t been quite as squirmy.
Food cravings:  Not really craving anything this week, sort of weird since there has been something that I just couldn’t do without almost every week so far.
Anything making you queasy or sick:Bread and now tomato sauce.
Gender: GIRL
Labor Signs: Just my braxton hicks.
Belly Button in or out? In, but it’s stretching. Take a look, it looks like an eye.

Front view of the belly at 25 weeks.

                                             Front view of the belly at 25 weeks.

Rings on or off? On!
Happy or Moody: Feeling so blessed.

Reading: My husband and I are reading through Husband Coached Childbirth and I’ve been diving into Hypnobirthing which I am loving.

I can’t believe that in probably less than 15 weeks this little angel with be in my arms. We’ve been incredibly blessed by other people who’ve given us clothing and other essential baby items. It’s all becoming so surreal.

 

Binkies and Boobs? What Are Your Thoughts on Pacifiers?

I’m re-blogging this article from Parenting.com about using pacifiers or soothers in partner with breastfeeding.

Soothing News About Pacifiers
March 19, 2013
by Stephanie Wood
Binky fans, rejoice! Increasing evidence is showing that breastfeeding and paci sucking can co-exist.

The latest proof, just published yesterday in the journal Pediatrics: A study of more than 2,200 newborns out of the Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland found that after a hospital stopped routinely handing out pacifiers, exclusive breastfeeding rates actually decreased. Conversely, exclusive and supplemental formula feeding rates increased.

Prior to the binky ban, during which pacifiers were placed in literal lockdown and nurses had to enter a code to retrieve one, 80 percent of babies born at the hospital were exclusively breastfed. After the ban, that number dropped to 70 percent. The irony here is that the hospital took this step to receive a “Baby-Friendly” designation.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (babyfriendlyusa.org) was created to encourage and recognize hospitals that offer optimal support and care for breastfeeding mothers and their newborns. To receive the designation, hospitals must meet 10 criteria, one of which is “give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.”

It’s long been debated whether pacifier use interferes with the establishment of breastfeeding, particularly in the early weeks. Lactation enthusiasts tend to support this thinking, insisting that pacifier use (along with supplemental baby bottles) can cause “nipple confusion” and interfere with the development of proper latch-on and suckling technique. Not only would plenty of parents and researchers disagree, but pacifier use has also been shown to have some important benefits in recent years.

“This subject poses an additional dilemma for parents and pediatric providers as pacifier use is associated with a decreased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a pacifier for sleep after breastfeeding is established,” notes study author Laura Kair, M.D., pediatric resident at OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital where the research was conducted.

“Our goal with publicizing this data is to stimulate conversation and scientific inquiry about whether there is sufficient evidence to support the universal recommendation of not offering pacifiers to breastfeeding infants in the first few days to weeks of life.”

Did your breastfed baby use a pacifier as well?

Mamas, What are your thoughts on using binkies while breast feeding?