Wednesday, November 16, 2016

bebe dos:: twenty-three weeks

How far along: 23 weeks!

Total weight gain: I don't track it weekly, but thus far it's been +12 from pre-pregnancy.
Clothes: I got a gorgeous pair of evergreen ankle pants at A Pea in the Pod and I'm obsessed -- I wear them pretty much daily and it's SO NICE to not be wearing leggings. Favorite outfit is gray t-shirt, green ankle pants, gold pointy-toe flats, and J Crew tortoiseshell necklace. I took advantage of a Gap sale yesterday and ordered some more t-shirts (pink v-neck, light pink long sleeve, navy long sleeve, navy stripe) since they were SO CHEAP and all my Target shirts from last pregnancy are seriously so short. Why do they make maternity shirts so short?! Also wore my red silk dress to the BSA gala... one small perk to my boobs not growing as fast this time; didn't look vulgar with my non-cleavage "cleavage."
Sleep: I need to be going to bed earlier every day. I get so tired.

Cravings: Cottage cheese. Halo Top ice cream. Mexican salads. Meat. Averse to jack cheese, omelettes, cauliflower that tastes like cauliflower.
Symptoms: Constantly needing to pee. Bump. Baby kicking me often. Fatigue.
Diabetes Management: IT'S ACTUALLY BEEN EXCELLENT! I had my A1C rechecked last Wednesday, and it was 4.8!!!!!!!!!! That's phenomenal, for you non-diabetics -- it was my level before I got diabetes! (Back in the good ole days where I could eat moose tracks ice cream with actual carbs and it was no big thang.)
Exercise: Not much, sadly. Walks.
Mood: Pretty good. Still irritable but not as bad as normal, maybe. It's been nice to get out, hear good news, SEE Anna Cate (and her be perfectly, beautifully normal!!!!!!!!!!), and the weather is ever-so-slightly cooling off.
Miss Anything: Wine (I want it pretty much daily). Being able to wear flattering pants.
Nesting: I started looking at / thinking about my hospital packing list last night. That's progress, right?! Seeing Julianna Cate made me think of her as more real and REALLY look forward to meeting her in a few months!
Nursery: I've ever so slightly THOUGHT about her room and what we might need to do in there, but no actual progress has been done. I'm closer to ordering Lilly a pair of sheets, though!
Best Moment this week: Seeing that perfect little baby in a perfectly normal healthy ultrasound!!!!! And getting my A1C results back!!!!!!! Callie's party was fun, too, as was the Style Me Pretty luncheon I got to attend on Friday afternoon.
Thankful for: A husband that cooks delicious healthy meals for me and cleans my house and is overall top-notch. My sweet healthy toddler, and a sweet healthy baby sister that I know she'll adore playing with. Easily accessible childcare nearby (and free!). Potential clients and a working business.
Looking forward to: Election Day coming and going (I have a bit of anxiety about it -- I don't feel like we're really winning either way). In all honesty, I'm ready for a female president... I think it's time for our country, I think Hillary is experientially capable of doing a good job, I would love to have that monumental moment on the cusp of the birth of my second daughter... but I also don't have assurance that she'll select qualified, fair, moral supreme court justices or conduct her affairs with utmost integrity. I don't find her appalling, but I'm uneasy. And I also don't think she's a shoe-in for the position; America is totally split right now and the election could truly go either direction. So I early voted, exercised my political efficacy, and am praying for God to lead us the right way whatever that means. His will be done, not mine. May He give us what we need and not just what we want. May He direct us to do His will as individuals and as a country -- take care of the poor, exercise fair judgement and implement fair laws, assist mothers and encourage Christian family values. May we see beyond party lines and our own short-sightedness and selfish ambitions and love one another as we love ourselves. JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL! On a brighter, lighter-hearted note, I am looking most forward this week to Christmas Village shopping with Mom on Friday!!!!! YAY traditions! Hope I can rally through (Lilly too!) and have energy and stamina to bear the crowds and find some gems for loved ones!

Doctor Visits:  My next will be December 2!
Baby Position:  I have no idea!
How is Lilly:  Precious. Her little cheese smile is the best thing ever. She entertains us daily!

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