Time is FLYING. Turkey day marked week 23, so I guess it's time I posted these. Things continue to look rather official in the bump department. Apparently I'm not fooling anyone anymore, although I've personally felt big as a house for a couple of months now.
Loose-fitting shirts and especially dresses make the situation a lot more noticeable- I wore this dress to a work party for my husband and was pretty clearly in the family way:
Baby O is still kicking (elbowing? butting?) me pretty frequently and I'm still loving it. Hubs is still a little miffed that he can't feel it. Advantage: person carrying a human in their uterus. HA! I told him he can carry the next one.
Once again, my take on the pregnancy survey...
Pounds gained: Somewhere north of 15 and south of 20.
Cravings: Still gobbling down chocolate like a fatty. [See above.]
Think outside the fruit (via this website): Weeks 21 and 22 bring you beer bottle and football-sized babies, respectively. Could we get more stereotypical here?
Weirdest google searches: Nothing exciting to report... although I have been googling for deals on rockers and gliders like a fiend. Too bad Black Friday was good for nothing but tvs and video games.
In all seriousness for a minute: I'm having a bit of a mental breakdown about choosing a baby-catcher. The decision was pretty much made for me at four weeks when the midwife practice I loved stopped taking my insurance (the exact DAY I found out I was pregnant). I started seeing an OB group (that all my friends go to and recommend) and things have been fine there... well, now the midwife practice has worked it out with my insurance again. I've been finding myself more and more anti-intervention as this pregnancy continues, and I'm thinking about switching back to them. I'd really like to try giving birth the old-fashioned way; primarily to me this means believing that my body knows what it needs to do and trusting it, not jumping the gun on an epidural (and the likely-subsequent pitocin), and avoiding a c-section unless totally necessary. Does anyone have any words of wisdom on accomplishing any of those goals with a traditional OB group? The midwife group I'd like to go with delivers at the same hospital, so I need to find out just how much that ties their hands anyways. There is a birth center option too. I'm just thinking it makes the most sense to work with a provider whose goals match up with mine.
[Sidenote: ZERO ZERO ZERO judgment on anyone that chooses to give birth in a different way... if the way you'd like your child to come out of your body isn't a personal issue, then I don't know what is. The way I'd love to do it isn't the *better* way, it's just the way I'd love to do it. End disclaimer.]