photo 1 we’ve got a hint of autumn in the air today! 

How far along: 23 weeks.

How big is baby:  Baby measures more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about the size of a large mango). Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world.

Weight gain/loss: I found myself on the scale this week–and it’s confirmed, I’m up another pound! Holding steady at +2 pounds for this pregnancy. 

Sleep: I’m back to not sleeping thru the night, but feeling thankful for the opportunity have such a relaxed schedule in the morning. I am spoiled!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Fruit! Definitely feeling disgusted by most types of protein and preferring to eat mostly fruits & veggies.

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: The rainy days that give excuse to laid back time spent watching movies, eating popcorn and snuggling under blankets with the cool A/C.

Symptoms: I discovered the hazard of ‘over-doing’ it, and agitated my round ligaments this week. Ouch! Alas, my OB called for more rest and far less activity. I am so grateful she did not return me to bed rest!

What I’m looking forward to: The July fourth holiday! Spending undivided time together with family Up North: relaxing, playing golf & swimming.

Best moment of the week: Watching SJ rejoice as she was reunited with her school pals at a playdate. Their joy with being together was contagious! Also, we had the opportunity to host out-of-town family this past weekend, making jam and soaking in summer. It was a delight to be together.