Baby Size: 11 inches, or a package of oreos. Weighing just over a pound
Weight Gain: We'll go with 10 lbs, though not really sure
How I feel: Pretty good. My hips and lower back get sore, along with my tailbone. The Charley horses have come back, but nothing I haven't dealt with before.
Symptoms: Just a little reflux. I feel great.
Cravings: Really really loved the fried tomatoes and meatballs last night. Anything with tomatoes right now is pretty high on my list.
Best Part of Week: Feeling Simon's hiccups on a daily basis
Looking forward to: Heading home for a few days to visit family and Simon's first trip to the zoo.
I really feel great. The cough is pretty much gone and my energy is back. I am excited for summer to start, and to be pregnant during this summer. Simon has become a very active little boy. He moves often, and is quite strong. He seems to love to fun a leg or arm across the bottom of my belly. He gets the hiccups often, and I LOVE that! He also isn't a fan of loud noises. Yesterday during Colton's award ceremony, he jumped every time people started clapping. Made for an active afternoon.
Last weekend was a busy weekend. We were at a luau on Saturday. There was a point when Kristan was talking to Baby S. She was talking to her about Simon. And every time she said his name, it just made my heart melt. I truly love this baby boy, and everytime I hear his name, he just seems closer and closer.
Ethan has also began to tell the world about his baby brother. It is so cute. He'll walk up to a stranger, pat my belly and say, "My baby brother is in my mommy's tummy. That's right, we're having another boy. His name is Simon." I love that so much! I love that he is excited.
The end of last week was a little tough for me. It was Ethan's last day of preschool. As I was walking out with him, it really reminded me of when I left that church for the last time with Lucas and Caleb. The same thoughts went through my head, though I tried to stifle them some. I kept thinking how short my time left with them was, and how I had no idea.
Their birthday is looming close. I am having some issues with guilt, as my heart doesn't feel as heavy right now as it was this time last year. I know there are so many factors there, but it is hard. We're not doing near what we did last year for their birthday, and I know that is normal. Actually, I am not fully sure what we are doing. I plan on taking lilies out to the lake again, this time with Colton and Ethan. And I know we'll make some cupcakes. I would like to finish their stone and flower garden.
Along with Lucas and Caleb's birthday is also the 24 week mark of Simon's pregnancy. It is less than a week later. I am anxious about this milestone. I want to just through it, and keep going. I knew that these two dates, being so close together, could be the ingredients of the perfect storm. The fact that I'm not having as hard a time as I thought I would scares me a bit. It makes me wonder if it'll hit all at once, and hard. Guess we'll find out.
Well, on to some pictures.
22 week belly shot. Looking a little round this week.
A picture in one of my favorite maternity shirts. And one of the most comfortable pair of shorts I have.
With every baby, we make them a stuffed animal at build-a-bear. We started this with Colton. Each of us in the family kisses a heart to put in the animal. For Simon, Colton and Ethan added hearts with kisses for Lucas and Caleb. This little guy has 6 hearts in him. How's that for love??
We chose a chipmunk for Simon. When Ethan first learned we had chosen the name Simon, he informed us, "Simon is a chipmunk, not a baby!" Simon's nickname is chipmunk, given by Ethan.