Baby

26 Weeks

How Big is Baby McLees?  Weighing in somewhere around 2 pounds, our little one is comparable in size to the following: a head of kale or iceberg lettuce, a head of cauliflower, and a slow loris (if you’re not familiar with this adorable nocturnal forager, click here).  He measures about 12-14 inches long, so he’s about the length of a scallion, or a pair of men’s work gloves.

Movement: Little Michael’s movements have really picked up since the beginning of week 25.  Pokes are turning into gentle punches, and they seem to be much more frequent.  Michael enjoys getting to feel them when we are relaxing on the couch together.

Pregnancy Symptoms:  This continues to be a very gentle pregnancy, but more symptoms are beginning to surface.  I’ve been peering down at my feet and ankles for the past few months, checking for swelling, and have always looked back up grateful that there was no swelling to be found.  Well, not anymore!  I was sitting on the couch watching the Rio Olympics last night.  I had my legs stretched out on the recliner, so my feet were on display right in front of me.  The swelling has begun: first, I noticed that all of my (very) long toes suddenly seemed much thicker than before.  I shifted my gaze up to my ankles, and those too appeared to have a new thickness about them.  I was stunned when I pulled my left foot up to my chest for further analysis and the bottom of the foot seemed to be about 1/2 an inch thicker than before.  Michael was sitting beside me and confirmed that I was not imagining it, my ankles and feet were definitely swollen.  For some reason, the left one seemed significantly more swollen than the right one.  I think I was surprised about the swelling because I hadn’t felt anything different with my feet.  I’ve been busy unpacking things from my Texas trip and haven’t gone on very many walks since returning home.  Hopefully, resuming my daily walks will help with this swelling.  When I was in New Braunfels, I walked about 4 miles a day and had no swelling.

My left hand continues to be bothered by carpal tunnel syndrome.  I did not sleep very well during my first few nights back in Ohio because my hand was tingling and hurting so much that it woke me (and therefore Michael) up almost every hour.  I continued to wear the wrist splint, but after 3 or 4 nights of hardly any sleep, I was fed up.  Michael and I were talking about what to do, and he noted that my wrist splint was looking kind of loose.  I realized I had been pulling it off each time without undoing the Velcro closures.  After a month of wear, it was certainly not as snug as it had been when I first bought it.  It turns out that all those hours of lost sleep were probably due to the simple fact that my wrist splint was loose.  I started tightening and re-fastening it every time I used it, and slept pretty well with the tightened splint.  However, I’ve had one or two more sleepless nights even with the tightened wrist splint.

Maternity Clothes:  While I was in Texas, my mom took me shopping for some maternity clothes with my sisters.  We went to Motherhood Maternity, and I’m really impressed with their styles and how the clothes fit me.  I was able to get some awesome essentials for the approaching cooler fall weather.  My mom and sisters helped me pick out some nice black leggings that are long enough for my 5’11 height and a pair of long indigo maternity jeans.  I really appreciate the fact that Motherhood carries pants in Long, and not just Regular.  The leggings and the jeans have full panels, which I definitely prefer.  They also helped me pick out some soft knit tunic tops.  I haven’t worn jeans in months, and I’m really enjoying wearing this comfy new pair.  I can’t wait for the weather to cool off so I can wear my other new outfits.

My mom also bought the dress I wore at my baby shower from Motherhood Maternity.  I felt really good in it!

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Nighttime:  Sleeping has been kind of unpredictable due to the carpal tunnel.  On the nights when it doesn’t keep me up, I’m just getting up once or twice to go to the bathroom, after which I fall right back to sleep.

Food I’m Avoiding:  I’m happy to report that I don’t have anything to put on this list right now.  I’ve eaten meals with pork and chicken, the two main foods I had been avoiding, and thoroughly enjoyed both.

Food I’m Enjoying:  I had some pork tenderloin last week, and it tasted great.  Michael and I also enjoyed some pork and beef sausage from New Braunfels Smokehouse.  We were so happy for some real smoked sausage since it’s basically non-existent up here in Ohio.  Additionally, I’ve been eating sunflower seeds and almonds for protein, turkey sandwiches, Michael’s homemade wood-fired pizza baked on the Big Green egg, oven fries, grilled hot dogs, eggs, salads, fresh fruit, ice cream, and the tasty molasses cookies from my mom that are from the oldest bakery in Texas, Nagelin’s.

Best Moment this Week:  I had a lot of fun showing off our house and the city of Cincinnati to my mom.  She spent a few days with us after driving with me for two days from Texas to Ohio.  I was so grateful to have company on the 1,200 mile drive back home.  We ventured out to Jungle Jim’s International Market, walked across the Purple People Bridge (a walking bridge that connects Ohio and Kentucky), enjoyed an iced cold cup of coffee in Covington, KY while looking out across the Ohio River at the Cincy skyline, took an elevator and then stairs to the top of Cincinnati’s tallest building to admire the downtown view, and enjoyed 3 delicious dinners made by Michael.  My mom also got to attend a prenatal appointment with me during which she met my doctor and heard little Michael’s heartbeat.  It was special for me to have her there at the appointment, and she was very happy with the quality of care I’m receiving at my doctor’s office.

Michael:  Michael spent his day off last week putting together some of the gifts from the shower (bambino beach shower post coming soon!) as well as the crib and changing table.  He made short work of the assembly process.

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What I’m Looking Forward To:  I’m very excited about setting up and decorating little Michael’s nursery.  We were showered with gifts for him in Texas, and I can’t wait to share all about the beautiful baby shower my sisters gave me on my next post!

3 thoughts on “26 Weeks

  1. You guys have been super busy! It is so exciting to see the baby items being assembled. You looked so adorable at the shower- it was such a love-filled fun day to share with everyone in preparation for the arrival of baby Michael!

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  2. Great post! Sorry about the swelling and hand pains. I guess every mother has some discomfort during the last months and everyone has a different experience. Hopefully the walks will help. The swelling may be due to the pork. When I was pregnant eons ago, my doctor told me not to eat pork because of the salt and fat content. I know times have changes as have ideas and new information about our bodies. Hopefully things will keep going well. You always look really good and radiant! Viel viel Liebe!

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