28 Weeks

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Photo-bomb courtesy of Adrianna
 
How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +20 lbs. Not up, not down.
Maternity clothes? Just like Vegas, baby. We are all in.
Stretch marks? Back with a vengeance.
Sleep: Some days are better than others.
Best moment this week: Realizing that in +/- 12 weeks, I will get a 12 week “vacation” that I’m sure will be the most relaxing 12 weeks of my life! Haha! 
But seriously?  Adrianna sang the baby to sleep last night and I absolutely melted.  She laid her head on my belly, rubbed her tiny hand where the baby was and sang him her favorite lullabies (Baa Baa Black Sheep, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Rock-a-bye Baby)
Worst moment this week: Laundry. All of the tiny laundry is really taking a toll on my psyche this week.
Movement: All the time. I love feeling all of his kicks and jabs and somersaults!  And he definitely is establishing a sleep/wake cycle so there are some times during the day where I won’t hear a peep out of him for a few hours at a time and then he wakes up and wants to party.
Food cravings/aversions: I’ve really been loving hot chocolate this week.  Yum!
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: Nada.  Just a couple of Braxton Hicks contractions this week but nothing too awful.
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 this baby is healthy.  That football is almost over.
What I am looking forward to: Finishing the nursery, getting the last of his clothes sorted.
Milestones: Nothing too big this week.  But last week, we not only moved into the 3rd trimester, we also went down to every other week appointments with my OB (rather than monthly).  Shit just got real.
Symptoms: shedding hair, exhaustion, sore boobs, heartburn, burgeoning belly, having to stop and take much more frequent breaks
Technical baby news: At 10 inches from crown to rump (around 15 inches from head to heel) and 2 ½ pounds, gaining weight is now your baby’s main focus. Since his senses are well-developed, you’ll find that he will react more readily to music, voices and other stimuli from the outside world. Try singing and talking to him regularly, and see if you can make him wiggle by eating certain foods or resting in certain positions.  His skin, while still thin, is stretching and strengthening to make room for a layer of fat, and the lanugo that has covered his body is falling off. Along with other debris in the amniotic fluid, the remnants of this fine hair create meconium in your baby’s intestines, a thick blackish substance that will become his first bowel movement. External genitalia are also forming by now.

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