My 6-year-old decided she wanted to take photos with me this week. She’s so loving, always giving my belly kisses and talking to her baby brother.
Look how much she has grown! Here we are at 22 weeks last pregnancy:
What a week. Wow. This last week was so full, I’m still recovering. My son turned 2 and I had a friend and her two children stay with us during the week, Tuesday through Friday. We had activities planned every day, from hikes to museums, and even when home, things felt crazy busy. But in a good way. I like getting outside, especially when the weather is gorgeous and we’re surrounded by friends.
As far as the pregnancy goes, all is well this week so far. My belly seems to have grown a little and the kicking is constant, a sweet reminder of the little person I’m growing. He’s supposed to be around 11 inches now and nearly a pound, and he’s developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. I almost felt heartburn one night, waking up after accidentally falling asleep with the kids at their bedtime and drinking a tall glass of half water, half green juice. My stomach was so shoved up in my ribs, I could almost feel the heartburn coming on. It didn’t, so I’m thankful, but it was a reminder of what I’m “missing” now and will probably have in the coming weeks.
I weighed myself and did break the 130 barrier. I’m at 131, 132. A steady gain, I suppose, from my 120 starting weight. I wonder if I’ll be at 160 by the end, the weight I always am by birth. Seriously. I always start out the same and end up the same. I have four and a half months to get there, or not. We’ll see! I wouldn’t mind gaining a little less but it doesn’t seem to be up to me. My body just does what it needs to, I guess.
Weekend Update: My hospital visit
I took so long to post this because I had a bit of excitement this weekend. We made a family trip to Point Reyes Lighthouse this past Saturday and when I got home, I rested in bed and then started bleeding heavily. Now, I’ve been used to spotting after active days but this was much more than usual and when it lasted through the next day, all day, I decided to go to the hospital to see if an ultrasound could determine the source of the bleed. Basically to get peace of mind, to confirm it wasn’t anything serious. Because I still felt the baby and was feeling fine, just bleeding a bit much, and I knew it wasn’t placenta previa. The sonographer did locate the issue, a subchorionic hematoma, and I’m thankful for the reassurance that a clot was all it was, is, nothing serious or life threatening to myself or my baby. I didn’t feel that it was something serious, just very concerning due to the increased bleeding this weekend after a couple of months of heavy to light spotting on and off. I wasn’t told by the doctor that I should go on bed rest or to return often for more scans, told there was anything to do about it really, except I should just eat more iron rich foods to help my body replace the lost blood. It’ll likely just go away on it’s own. I guess I had the best possible visit.
But still, I’m feeling conflicted about my first hospital experience this pregnancy. Why? I don’t know. It just bothered me. I was thankful for the resource, because I did make the choice to go in, but it was exactly as I expected, not any better. I was hoping it’d be better. The standard questions and hospital routines done on me, all pregnant moms really irked me. I did my best to remember I was using them as a resource, not to let those things get under my skin, but I’m so far removed from the hospital’s model of maternity care now, seeing it from my side was quite sad. I wish it was a more warm, personal experience. I could ramble on about every detail of my visit but I’ll spare you and save it for my personal journal. Let’s just say, I hope I don’t have to return.
How were you feeling around 22 weeks? What week are you at now? Did you have a subchorionic hematoma or experience any bleeding during your pregnancy?
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