How far along: 22 weeks.

How big is baby:  At 11 inches and almost 1 pound (about the size of a spaghetti squash), your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment.

Weight gain/loss: We don’t have a scale in our home (thankfully!) and I haven’t made it to yoga at the gym since SJ has been out on summer break. I’m guessing I may be up a few more pounds when I go back to the OB next week, which would make me plus 3-4 pounds total.

Sleep: For the first time in awhile, I’ve slept thru the night a couple times this week. It feels amazing! Thank you, Lord!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I’ve slowed down a bit on both the strawberries and the iced tea, and have really been enjoying the fresh lettuce and herbs from the garden. Herbed dips and spreads, yes please!

Movement: At least every hour! I’m amazed that Baby Girl will even wake me up in the night with her crazy movements.

What I’m loving: Spending time with friends at the beach, our relaxed schedule, lounge-y mornings and most of all, the blessing of having girly time with Schaeffer so many more hours in the day.

Symptoms: Unfortunately, my sciatica has been unrelenting.  (So much so that as the day wears on I find bending and twisting to be very difficult.) I had a massage tonight and am grateful for some relief! I’ll also be seeing a chiropractor next week to see if that’s an even better option.

What I’m looking forward to: Upcoming family vacation! Spending time at the cottage! Finishing the paint in Schaeffer’s room so we can get to the ‘fun stuff’ of decorating. What precious mother-daughter time that’ll be!

Best moment of the week: Working together with Schaeffer today to remove the last bits of wallpaper in her new bedroom–while listening to Adventures in Odyssey. It was sweet time together, made even sweeter by introducing my girl to stories I loved as a child her age.