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24 WEEKS PREGNANT
This week Baby Girl is almost a foot long and has gained about four ounces putting her just over a pound – approximately the size of a grapefruit. Her brain is also growing quickly now, and her taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing branches of the respiratory tree as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. And this is what Baby Girl looks like now…
About me & Baby Girl this week….
Symptoms: Baby Girl is moving SO much!! I don’t feel her right in the front because of the placenta but I definitely feel her on the sides and very low a lot. Speaking of very low… I am already having lots of pain down there, especially when I walk too much – definitely need to look into a belly band.
Weight Gain: +5 pounds…. which puts me at 167 1/2 pounds total. Ya I really have no stinkin clue how I gained 5 POUNDS in one week. That is utter craziness….. oyyyyy.
Food Aversions: This is a bit tricky… because pasta and sweets taste and are SO appealing to me right now, but after I eat them I feel a bit nauseated and kinda jittery. Ya…. I definitely know I have gestational diabetes even though it hasn’t been medically diagnosed yet, so I am trying to only eat these things in moderation. No fun, no fun at all.
What made me cry this week: Oh gosh… I’m gonna try to make this as short as possible…. try to. So Dilly & Sugar’s birthday party is this Sunday and is going to be at my parent’s house which is also where I had the party last year – their house is much larger than ours and has plenty of parking, plus they are gracious enough to allow us to use it. Well last year I got some rather lame excuses from Dustin’s extended family (his aunts and uncles) about why they could not attend. Same thing happened again this year and so I called his mom to find out the real reason. Turns out his family doesn’t like my family – literally flat out said that and are refusing to come because that is where I am having the party. Oh and that includes his own mom – she doesn’t like my family either. I take that as a personal jab – I AM PART OF MY FAMILY. That is where I came from – so if you don’t like them I feel like you don’t like me. After all there are so many similar characteristics between my father and I. Instead they think I should have two parties – one for their family and one for mine! Really?? You can’t put on your big girl panties to come celebrate two little girls birthday? You’re not coming to visit with my family – you are coming to see your great nieces. And so I ask why they all have no problem going to his sister’s kids parties when her husband’s family is also there and she says “Because we like his family.” Are you kidding me???? This is so ridiculous. And since there have been other issues between his extended family and I over the past five years I have always put on MY big girl panties and went to almost every event whether I wanted to or not, but guess what? If you don’t have the same decency for my children then I am not putting myself through going to events where I do not feel wanted. And so…. yes I cried because they are hurting my girls, but then I breathed a sigh of relief because I won’t have to deal with their bull s&$# anymore. And that one event I didn’t attend – that was a wedding when Dustin was working and my girls weren’t even invited…. I definitely wasn’t going to be going by myself – would you with how they act? But ya I ended up crying and crying and crying over this because they are hurting my kids, then I had to dry my tears and go grocery shopping because this all went down in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Such great times I tell ya.
Medical Stuff: Nada this week! YAY!!!!
Thoughts from Dilly & Sugar:I felt Baby Girl move this week and so I took Dilly’s hand and put it on my belly and she kicked again very hard in that same place. The look on Dilly’s face was priceless – it kinda shocked her a bit, but now they both won’t leave my belly alone, hehe!
Something I am excited about: Well I am very excited about the girls birthday party this weekend – regardless of those people not coming, all the people that mean the most to me and that care the most about my girls will be there and it is sure to be a great time.