Hello Sweet Girl,
It's been a while since I posted an update and you are growing like a weed! (well at least my belly is!) I have been studying all of the changes that you are going through and it is so exciting to know how much you are growing and thriving!
We have gotten a couple different due dates- but I've been sticking with the original one of February 20th- we know you'll come when you feel like you are ready, but sometime during the last week of February seems to be the general consensus.
24 weeks- that's where we are now. :) You are about a foot long and weighing in at a little over a pound. Your teeny little body is starting to pack on the weight and you are finally filling out! You brain is growing quickly and your taste buds are developing. Your lungs are developing quickly, preparing to take their first breath out here! We can't wait to see you!
Here is a little bit of info on Mommy:
Maternity clothes? 1 pair of maternity jeans and 2 shirts- but I did have to buy some more shirts in larger, yet still normal sizes
Stretch marks? No- hopefully it stays that way!
Sleep: Yes please! It's getting harder to get comfortable but with 3 pillows and a body pillow I just about have it figured out!
Best moment this week: Reading you Guess How Much I Love You - then watching you kick!
Have you told family and friends: Yes! We finally announced to everyone that you are there this week! Most family already knew, but now everyone does!
Miss Anything? Laying on my belly
Movement: Yes! You wiggle and kick and punch away! Your movements are so big that Daddy can not only feel them, but he can see them too! It is amazing watching my belly move and knowing you are in there! I hope you are cozy and happy!
Food cravings: Milk, Carnation Instant Breakfast, cravings occur very randomly... oh, Chocolate Cupcakes! (which sadly I have yet to have :( )
Anything making you queasy or sick: Certain smells... and occasionally brushing my teeth (don't worry, I still do!)
Have you started to show yet: Yep :) we have a mini soccer ball now! Belly pics will be coming soon as we have been severely slacking!
Labor Signs: No, and they should stay away for a long, long time! I do notice a few Braxton Hicks contractions and my belly feels really tight.
Belly Button in or out? 50/50 almost flat up top but still mostly in at the bottom- it changes throughout the day
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time :D (though Daddy might disagree)
Looking forward to: Our trip to VA this weekend! Seeing family and letting them experience your wiggles!
Like I mentioned before- you are a wiggly little girl now, mostly active at night- hopefully we can get that swapped around before February! Daddy and I love to sit back and watch you moving around and feel your kicks! I love when I am doing something during the day and you give me a little reminder that you are right here with me!
We decided on your name too! *Katelyn Marie* aka- Kate :) My sweet baby Kate! If you rearrange the letters in your name you can spell Kyle- that's your Uncle who loves you soooo much! Also, Mommy had a great-great Aunt Kate and everyone talks about how awesome of a person she was! Marie is your Daddy's Nonna's name- we thought it sounded nice with Katelyn, and she is pretty excited to share that with you! Everyone already loves you so much! You are one special little girl!!
Also, Daddy's younger sister is expecting a baby as well! Just a few months after you are born! We are so excited for them and so excited for you to have a cousin that will be just about your age! :)
The 3 of us (You, me. and Daddy) are flying to VA tonight to spend some time with my family! I know your Mimi is sooooo excited to see how much you've grown and feel you moving around! Hopefully you aren't too stubborn! :)