23 Weeks

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How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Holding steady at +10 lbs
Maternity clothes? Almost completely. Some non-maternity shirts still work but it’s getting close to being a full-time thing.
Stretch marks? Back with a vengeance.
Sleep: Some days are better than others.
Best moment this week: All of the movement from this little miracle
Worst moment this week: Just a few more scattered Braxton Hicks contractions but nothing to worry about.
Movement: Lots and lots!  Especially at night or when I am sitting down (driving, at my desk, etc.) Homeboy likes to hold 9pm raves. BYOB.
Food cravings/aversions: The smell of cooking chicken has been bothering me lately. No aversions to any particular tastes this week. No real cravings, either.  And my appetite has slowed down which is a good thing.  I was a little concerned when I was eating everything in sight but then I remembered that I’m having a boy so this probably won’t ever really stop.
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: Nada.
Belly Button in or out? Most definitely in.
What I miss: Energy. And wine.
What I am thankful for: That I made it another week successfully through this pregnancy! That we are (mostly) moved into the new place and can start to make it our own. That this baby is healthy. That the weird dreams have stopped.
What I am looking forward to: Our next appointment (today!) which will yield us our SEVENTH ultrasound. It’s a fairly long story, but yeah. We’ve seen this kid more times than the other 2 pregnancies combined.
Milestones: Crossing the halfway point which is equally scary and exciting. Next week we hit the point of viability!
Symptoms: shedding hair, exhaustion, sore boobs, heartburn, burgeoning belly.
Technical baby news: Your baby has reached an important stage of development, for now there’s a chance (albeit a small chance) that he could survive outside the womb if you were to deliver prematurely. At 8 ½ inches long and weighing around one pound, baby’s thin skin still reveals his bones, organs and blood vessels, but everything is working in tandem to help him grow in size and complexity. He continues to get most of his nutrition from your placenta, but the amniotic fluid that he’s been breathing and swallowing may also give him some of the nutrients he needs. There is still very little fat under his wrinkled skin and his organs are just beginning to practice for life outside the womb, which is why a 23 week old fetus has only a 35% chance of survival.  Not all premature babies have the same odds, though. Gestational age, weight, gender, the presence of infection and whether or not your membranes have ruptured all play a role in calculating a premature infant’s chances of survival. Also, those chances will increase with each day your baby stays in your uterus past 23 weeks, and by week 27 the survival rate skyrockets to between 80% and 90%. While your baby can grab, kick, sense sounds and react to his environment by now, his little lungs need a few more weeks to mature enough for him to breathe air.

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I love how the baby in the diagram looks like he’s meditating.  Nice and peaceful, baby.  That’s what we are aiming for, m’kay?

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