I know I am about five weeks behind on the baby updates. I don't think you all care to go back and read about the past so we are just going to jump in with where we are today and I am going to do my very, very best not to get off track again.
How Far Along: 23 weeks today!
Size of baby: Baby is the size of a large mango. She is just over 11 inches long and a little over a pound. Holy smokes!
Maternity Clothes: Pretty much the same as before... I haven't seen regular pants in a long time. As far as other maternity clothes, it just depends on what I feel like wearing on any given day. I still have quite a few regular tops and dresses that I have turned into maternity pieces.
Gender: It's a girl! Annabelle Rae Krueger
Movement: Y-E-S! I started feeling confident that I was feeling her around the end of week 19/beginning of week 20. Her kicks and wiggles have started feeling lots stronger over the last few days. She had a pretty nice 2 am dance party that kept me from falling back asleep the other night. She seems to be more of a night owl than me.
Sleep: We spent all of last week in St. Kitts on vacation so I was usually completely exhausted at the end of the day. This resulted in some great sleep! I am excited to be back in the states though, I wasn't able to find a way to pack my Snoogle for vacation and definitely missed it at night! (and yes, I know that a pregnancy pillow seems totally bizarre. I totally judged them before getting pregnant. Now though, I love the Snoogle. Love.)
What I miss: One thing I missed over the last week of vacation was not having to stress over food. I miss being able to grab a sandwich for lunch without fear of lunchmeat giving me food poisoning. There were also a few long travel days and I miss not having to stress over how long its been since I have eaten real food. It makes me so nervous to get too hungry since my food isn't just for me anymore.
Cravings: I can't think of any big ones lately.
Symptoms: I can definitely tell that I get physically tired more quickly now than before. I have also started having crazy dreams at night which is apparently common for pregnant gals. I've dreamed about everything from Kyle having a girlfriend to Rachel Zoe helping me write my research paper on cyber bullying.
Best Moment this week: The best moment of the week came on Monday when Kyle finally felt Annabelle kick! I was 22 weeks, 4 days at the time. We were still on vacation at that point and everyone had gone to the beach except for Kyle and I. We stayed back at the hotel that morning to relax and read. Kyle had been really anxious to feel her kick so when she started having herself a party in my tummy, I tried to feel for myself if I could feel her on the outside. I was able to feel her little kick so had Kyle try to do the same (I didn't want him to try to feel her until I was sure he would be able to). She must not have wanted to let her daddy down because she kicked his hand right away. He was so excited and it was just the sweetest little moment. He has been able to feel her several times since then and I love that he can be part of that now. I realize I've been pregnant for quite a while now, but having him feel that little life inside of me made it all feel so much more real.
And now for our 23 week picture. Nope, not the best picture but since I am five weeks behind, we are just going to go with it. You can get the idea... I am growing like crazy... and, note to self, horizontal stripes don't exactly help.
I have lots more updates to share, hopefully I'll get those done soon. We have about a week left in Texas and my sister gets to town in a few days (HOORAY!) so family time will likely continue to beat out blogging time for a little longer.