Tummywatch Tuesday: 23 Weeks

Check it out: 23 weeks! Apparently this is the point in my pregnancy where I begin discovering random stains and globs of food on my stomach. I’m not sure whether it’s because that stomach now sticks out far enough to collect stray material or because normally, my stains are lying flat against by body, where I notice them less. Regardless, it makes me want to wear lipstick. Because who notices an Africa-shaped salad dressing stain on a woman’s giant belly when her mouth is done up in a perky shade of red? Everyone, probably. But I am not above trying my hand at distraction tactics.

Because this is a place designated to relating how my pregnancy feels, at the risk of sounding like a big ol’ complainer I will tell you it feels painful. In my ribs and my lower back specifically. Which, honestly, kind of pisses me off, as it seems way too early in my pregnancy to start feeling this way. Especially since I just recently got over morning all day sickness. My attempts at pain relief so far include walking, yoga and miscellaneous stretching, icing and sleeping with a pillow between my legs. If nothing changes, soon I will move on to massage and possibly a chiropractor specializing in the Webster Technique. Suggestions welcome.

Little Girl is now the size of an eggplant, according to Parents.com’s week-by-week babytracker. Grow, girlie, grow! Her brother-to-be has been an absolute joy lately, which sometimes makes me wonder if I’m insane. What to do when your toddler finally naps reliably, sleeps through the night, manages stairs on his own, uses the word “please” to communicate his wants and plays on his own for long stretches of time? Start over from square one with another kid, of course! Big. Fat. Sigh.

But these same things also make me think that the timing is perfect. Roy’s growing independence frees my time enough to pay attention to another and my hands enough to hold another. Plus, he’ll be a fabulous helper. The boy just loves to help. To “help,” too, but the need to use quote marks fades each day.

Regardless of how I feel, mentally or physically, she’s another week closer to being here. So I’m all about savoring my time with my little toddler, while he’s still my only one. What a bonus that he’s in the midst of a dreamboat phase. He’s so sweet at the moment, there are times when I can actually relax off the parent bit—the redirecting and preparing and monitoring—and just hang out and enjoy his company. Yep, the pain is definitely worth it.

Eggplant image credit: Mike Dieter


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  1. by Chris

    On October 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Love this blog, brings back so many memories! Feel better and enjoy every minute, especially with good-boy-Roy!

  2. by melissa

    On October 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    When I was pregnant I don’t know if I’m just wierd but I slept on the couch once my back started to hurt! And it seemed to help at least so I could sleep and I was closer to the kitchen and bathroom! LOL so it made life easier when I had night time craving I didn’t have to let my fiance know I was getting up to eat again or pee again.

  3. by Eve

    On October 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love that Roy is a helper. He and Milo sound like they would be great pals. Milo recently got his own sponge and basting brush to help with the dishes. The basting brush makes it easier for him to reach the dishes.

    Has Roy asked about your belly? Do you think you will have to do a lot to prepare him for little sister?

  4. by Berit Thorkelson

    On October 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Oh, we always talk about my belly, and that there’s a baby in there :) He seems to *kind of* get it — wants to give his sister (my belly) kisses and hugs. We talk about who’s going to ride in the infant car seat and the double stroller and who’s going to wear the little pink clothes that we’re accumulating. And when he helps, we’ll tell him that he’ll have to teach his little sister how to be such a good helper. That kind of thing. We’ll step up the Get Ready for the New Sibling Campaign as my due date nears… I’m planning on posting more about this soon, actually, so stay tuned.