How many weeks? 22 weeks, 18 (or less?) to go - the downward count has begun!
Baby's size and weight? 10.94 inches / 15.17 ounces (27.8cm / 430 grams)
Pink or blue? It's a BOY!
Weight gain? 10.3kg / 22.7lbs. Weight gain has gone up a lot in the last fortnight - could be because I weighed myself at night, after dinner (instead of in the morning like usual) or it could just be that I've done a lot of baking and eaten a whole lot of Halloween candy...
Symptoms? Morning sickness. STILL. Ugh. It's definitely nowhere near as bad as it was - in fact, now that I think about it - I haven't thrown up since last week. Please please please let this be the end of it!!!!
The pelvic pain has started early too - I had SPD with Oliver but it didn't get severe until around 35 weeks. By that point, the physio told me that the only thing that would get rid of it was birthing the baby so I just had to live with the pain. It's not as bad yet and mostly flares up when I've overdone it the day before, but some mornings I am having to sit down to get dressed because of the pain. A wheat pack at night is helping keep it manageable at the moment which I'm thankful for.
Movement? So much!!! He flipped last week - he had been breech and all the kicks I had been feeling had been really low, but I'm 99.9% certain he turned around because now I'm getting really solid kicks higher up. He is a real little mover and shaker, much like his big brother was!
The best thing? Other than all the movement (which can also now be seen, not just felt!), getting a real start on the nursery has been a highlight. Last week I made cot & co-sleeper sheets and I finished the cot blanket yesterday. I've also got ideas for wall decor but yet to order anything. The cot & change table are looking awesome too - loving the grey colour! The room is currently a blank canvas (except for my new Ikea chair/footstool and rug) but I won't put anything in there until we get back in the new year.
The most difficult thing? Slowing down; forcing myself to slow down. In a sense, it's been the best thing - I am getting more rest and making myself take naps a couple of times a week. But I'm a doer and I find it hard saying no to things and having intentional 'home' days on our own. Ollie is thriving though - he seems much happier and it's being really helping with the potty training. I feel frustrated though because I want to do so much and have all these ideas floating around, but I know I need to rest while I can. In only a matter of months, I'm going to have a toddler AND a newborn with no family around. I'd be kidding myself if I didn't think there were going to be challenges ahead.... So rest it is, for now!
Appointments? My next one is in 2 weeks - I haven't actually seen my ob-gyn since I was 13 weeks so I'm looking forward to this appointment and just getting a few (non urgent) questions answered, especially as we leave for Australia when I am 25 weeks and will be gone for the rest of the year.
Looking forward to? My next appointment! I doubt I'll have an ultrasound - in the Netherlands, I had one at every single appointment, but here it seems to be more limited. My dr said none are given routinely after 20 weeks! It just feels like a really long time since I've seen the dr so it'll be good to have that done before flying.
Bump comparison? 22 weeks pregnant with Oliver on the left vs 22 weeks with this little guy on the right :-)