Week 23 – Poor Ben.

Uhhh, so I’m a little late with posting this.  Whoops.

Now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound, you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes.  No, not yet, but I can FEEL her from the outside now.  She gave me a big ole kick the other day while I was sitting on the couch with my hand there.  I was *amazed.*

The sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.  I’m sure she can hear Jersey and Shiloh ‘talking’ every morning and when I get home from work.  At least it won’t bother her once she’s born.

I was starting to get concerned when Ben was having near-constant heartburn every night but then he realized the other day that it’s in conjunction with MY heartburn.  Yep, he has sympathy heartburn!  While it’s not funny it still makes me laugh just a little bit knowing that he’s suffering right along with me.   Poor guy.  We both have Tums on our nightstands in the bedroom.  My heartburn is so bad that I can be less than halfway through a meal when it hits.  I’ve learned to drink milk with my meals to try to minimize the effects.

Everything else is pretty good.  I’m growing out of the last of my ‘normal’ pants and will be almost exclusively in maternity pants this week.   I can’t believe how much my ‘bump’ has grown in just the last three weeks.  Good thing I got gift certificates from Motherhood Maternity for Christmas.  I just wish they carried fashionable clothes, but as a friend pointed out to me – why make stylish clothes that you’re only going to wear for 4-5 months?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. claire
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 12:23:21

    Tums and milk…ahhh, brings back memories… 🙂 Happy shopping! 🙂

    I tried to get Ben to stop by DQ today for a hot fudge sundae but they were closed…. woe is me!


  2. DarcKnyt
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 16:30:30

    Yep, livin’ on Tums. I didn’t get the heartburn, but I know the agony. My wife’s been living on antacids for years. 🙂

    Ice cream seems to help, as does milk. But yeah, I’m we’re eating Tums like they’re candy.

    Tell Ben to talk to her everyday, at LEAST twice a day! She’ll know his voice when she’s born if he will, and the bond will be greater between them! 🙂

    He’s still a little freaked out about the whole thing and I don’t think he’s comfortable with talking to my stomach. You’ve got to work with him on that!


  3. Allison
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 08:39:20

    But what size fruit is the baby now? 🙂

    Large mango, apparently! http://www.babycenter.com/slideshow-baby-size#1230903488051_20 Looks like we’re going to advance to the length of an ear of corn next week.

    I think you shouldn’t have to say no to style just because you’re pregnant (umm says the big lady who wore pajamas in public for the last 2 months!). I hated most maternity clothes. They were overpriced and never fit me right, no matter what month I was. I hated how everything was cut so that my boobs were on display and airing out for all to see. I liked the Old Navy maternity stuff because it was a bit more low key, and I liked just bigger plus sized clothes because I could usually find it cheaper than stuff marked maternity. I did buy some maternity stuff (when Old Navy lounge pants just wouldn’t do) from a consignment shop and had decent luck shopping there.

    Luckily I lost some weight before I got pregnant so most of my work pants had some extra room in them anyway. I’m having a big problem with shirts because the ones I have are starting to be too short 😦 I may just have to take a look at Old Navy’s Plus section to get reasonably priced fashionable clothes – the only problem is that they don’t have that stuff in stores so you have to order them online and return ’em if they don’t fit. Plus, it’s $7 shipping – highway robbery!


  4. Allison
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 14:09:02

    You can always find a coupon code for free shipping, can’t you? And seriously maternity clothing makers…WHY with the short shirts??? I had issues with shirts being too short since Griffin decided early on to stretch out horizontally in my belly. Maybe mens shirts would be longer?


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