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26 Weeks Down, 14 More To Go!

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26 weeks already just seems crazy! I figured that since I found out I was pregnant around 3 weeks that this pregnancy would drag on and feel like forever but here I am wondering where time has gone! Not only am I three short months from having my baby girl but that means I am three short months from my baby boy turning a year old! I can't express how blessed I feel and how truly grateful I am to have found such a great man to spend my life with and have two amazing children with. I would have never thought my life would be where it is now when I was joining the Army that summer of 2011. I appreciate every past relationship and friendship that has not only lead me to where I am now but also made me the woman and mother I am today. 

On that note
Highlights and lowlights of my pregnancy week 25-26 
This past week I have gained one pound and 1.5 inches around my waist! 
Besides peeing a little when I sneeze and being slightly more off balanced this week has been a piece of cake. I love falling asleep with my hand on my stomach as I feel my baby girl squirm under my palm. I may not take as many selfies because I have mom bags under my eyes and no ambition to put make up on all but one day a week when I take this photo, but I flaunt my mom look with pride. I know my man loves me no matter how rough I look and he is all that matters. My kids are worth every long sleepless night and dreary stressful day. 

This week I get ready to approach the big 130lb mark. It may not seem like a big deal to others because lets be honest we all have different weights and comfort weights. After I had Brayden I got stuck at 130 lbs for a long while. No matter how healthy I ate or how much I exercised it took me forever to get under that weight and I remember how proud I was the day I stepped on the scale and hit 125.  To this day I remember my frustration with trying to get back to my pre pregnancy weight or at least close to it and the thought of making time to do it all over again with two kids is a bit scary. I'm up for the challenge though, bring it on. 

This week's big developments: The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. She may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. She's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of her lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when she's born and takes that first gulp of air.  She's continuing to put on baby fat. She now weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches from head to heel!

Weight Gain/Loss:  +10 pounds.
Sleep:  I am finally not feeling horribly exhausted! It's like I am getting a second wind. 
Best Moment This Week: My weeks fly by so fast it's honestly hard to remember certain moments. I was actually just thinking that I should start keeping a journal that way I can remember how I was feeling certain days and my symptoms. 
Movement: Elena kicks and moves all the time now. I love that she is getting so big. I feel her most when I wake up and at night time when I am laying down and relaxing. 
Food Cravings/Aversions: This week I have got into juice more. Less food and more sweet fluids. I think this is my way of trying to cut back on the sweets as I approach a weight that was quite traumatic for me with my first pregnancy. Orange juice, cranberry juice, raspberry lemonade, orange banana juice. You name it, I love it! 

What I Miss: Somedays I miss how confident with my pre baby body but then I remember how blessed I am to have my babies and the loss that other moms or even women trying to conceive feel. My babies are worth every added pound and stretch mark.  
Stretch Marks:  No new ones yet but applying lotions and oils like crazy!
Belly Button:  Still in for now! 

Rings:  Still loose! 
Mood: Somedays I catch myself very easily getting stressed and over reacting but I am just trying to stay happy and know that I wont be crazy busy and stressed forever. 
Labor SignsThis week really wasn't that bad with Braxton hicks or cramps. I had a few times where my pelvis did pop when I go to sit up out of bed but nothing too painful or consistent! 
Upcoming Appointments/Events: My Midwife is officially transferring to NewYork this week. I couldn't be more relieved and excited as I get closer to biweekly appointments and checking for thinning or dilation. I still can't believe how fast my pregnancy has gone by. I need to call and have a 3D ultrasound scheduled! Can't wait to see my baby girls face. 
What I look forward to: Having my midwife back, moving into our house, My "baby sprinkle", Brayden's first birthday and the birth of my baby girl and marrying the love of my life. 

Weekly Wisdom: Be who you want to be, not who everyone else expects you to be. 

Starting weight 119lb - Starting waist measurement 31in. 

I am now 129 lbs and 37.5 in. 


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