baby #4: 22 weeks

Four months from today is our due date! It’s crazy to think that if she’s early like our last two babies, we’ll be holding her in less time than that! (And the sun came out for this picture, which makes me so happy!)Baby’s size: About one foot long and almost one whole pound! The Ovia app says that’s the size of my Nalgene water bottle. I kind of can’t believe she’s that big already!

Maternity clothes?: Just the pants! I’m still loving those super comfy jeans.

Gender: Sweet sweet baby girl (who still has no name)! When I write to her in my journal, I call her “Pipsqueak” (and have from the very beginning), so maybe we should just stick with that! 😉 Haha.

Symptoms: Sometimes my belly feels super sore by the end of the day, but other times, it’s totally fine. It really just varies.

Sleep: I don’t know how the third trimester is going to go, because this second trimester is supposed to be when I have all the energy, but I just don’t. I nap every afternoon and still get a decent amount of sleep most nights, so I don’t know what else I can do. I’m still having random nightmares, just not as many as before.

Movement: She moves almost ALL the time now, and I LOVE it! She hits me low in the center of my belly and kicks on my right side. I even feel her when I’m walking around now or standing, as opposed to only when I’m lying still. I have felt her strong kicks with my hand a few times, and Michael and Kaya have both felt her, too. The later at night it gets, the more active she is!

Cravings: Chocolate-chip cookies and Cheetos.

What I miss: Still just cooking and eating more normally.

Anything making you queasy or sick?: I still get randomly nauseous, and in general, I am just not excited about eating. Chicken seems disgusting, and even when I’ve cooked real food for my family, I’ve pretty much been eating grilled cheese for dinner nearly every night for about two weeks. So, the girls have been eating a lot of sandwiches and cereal lately. I feel kind of guilty about it, but they’re happy and still getting food in their bellies.

Belly Button in or out?: In.

Exercising?: Ran 21.8 miles (longest run was 7.3 miles); walked 2.2 miles. Best average pace this week was 9:17 min/mile. Fitbit total steps: 70,961.

I’m wearing the support belt for my runs now, and it’s making a huge difference in how my lower abdominal muscles feel, especially after those 7+ milers. I am still amazed at how my average pace has picked up, and I’m just trying to enjoy it while I can, because I know I’ll likely be slowing down here soon.

Mood: It’s starting to feel like time is going too fast, and a part of me feels like I want it to slow down so I can just savor this time being pregnant, while another part of me can’t wait to hold her. Honestly, I feel like once spring really gets here, time is going to go even faster, and she’ll be here before we know it.

Best moment this week: Feeling her move so much! And hearing that my friend Katherine had her twin baby girls. Sooo exciting (and adorable)!

Looking forward to: Spring weather? Come on, a girl can hope! We’re actually slated for 3 days’ worth of snow this week, and to be honest, I’m praying it all melts quickly!

Big sisters: They still want to name her “Flower”, or really any other word they can add a “y” to to make it sound more like a name. Kaya and Kaelyn are both obsessed with “playing doctor” with my belly, which includes trying to find her heartbeat with a stethoscope (Kaelyn) and performing ultrasounds to “see if it’s a girl or a boy!” (Kaya).

Comparison: 22 weeks with Kaya; 22 weeks with Kaelyn; 22 weeks with Nella.