23 WEEK BUMP UPDATE

^^I'm so very elegant^^

How far along: 23 weeks + 1 day 

Days until due date: 118

Baby's development: Baby Boy Parsons is about as big as a grapefruit now. He's 11 inches from head to toe and weighs about 500g.

My bump: Growing day by day which I totally love. My belly button is on its way out though. It's gone very flat, very wide and very weird-looking. It freaks me out a little if I’m honest! The sooner it pops the better.

Stretch marks? None still thankfully! I ran out of my Clarins Tonic Oil a week or so ago and as it's much more expensive over here i'm gonna wait till we're home to repurchase. I bought the Honest Company Belly Balm as my interim tummy stretch mark preventer and i've been pleasantly surprised! I still favour my Clarins oil as it sinks into the skin quicker and well, ya know, the smell...but the balm feels super moisturising and luxurious too. I'm thinking the perfect combo is the Clarins in the morning and the Honest Balm at night. A lady can never be too moisturised after all. 
Cravings: Does ALL THE FOOD count?

Sleep: It's gotten a lot better the past few weeks. The dreams are still bonkers and the toilet breaks annoying but the "wide awake at 3pm for a couple of hours" episodes have thankfully dramatically improved. 

Best moment this week: The other night as I was listening to a pregnancy relaxation track from here I could feel Baby P moving around more than I ever have before. I had my hands resting on my tummy and every kick, punch, swirl, ripple and pop was really pronounced. I called Ben in straight away and it was just such a magical moment to share with him and the baby. 
I've never been so grateful in my entire life. 

Worst moment this week: The breathlessness is getting silly now. I know it's completely normal during pregnancy but it feels so odd to have to pause and taking a breath if i'm walking and talking. Or going up a flight of stairs. Or even a couple of stairs. It's kinda ridiculous. 

Miss anything? Nothing, except everything that i've mentioned in my last updates

Mood: I can't wrap my head around the fact that we head home back to the UK in just 19 days. I flit daily between being utterly over the moon excited about it and then completely devastated that we have to leave this gorgeous city that's become Home. It's likely the hormones making it worse but it's a complicated and confusing time for this pregnant lady.

On the whole though am feeling happy, relaxed and very much enjoying this stage in my pregnancy. 

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