22 weeks along, birth plan anyone?

{22 Weeks}

I can’t help it but I think I start almost every “Belly Update” post with the same line: “wow, I can’t believe how fast this is going!” If I had to guess, I would say that time will really start to slow down after my 30 week mark. Just a guess!

I will admit that I’m more into the curious stage of my pregnancy right now. Curious about what Abbey needs (hence registering with Lauren last week at BuyBuyBaby) and what we need to do to prepare for her. Last week I posted a question on Facebook about creating a birth plan and asked my mom friends to tell me if they 1. did a birth plan and 2. was it worth it or even necessary. The answers were almost unanimously the same,  most everyone who DID put the plans together said that either the plan was shot to hell or it never made it out of the bag. I even got professional responses from labor and delivery nurses and they pretty much agreed to not waste the time unless I have some seriously off the wall demands. There were a few posts that were pro birth plan and some friends even sent me their plans to consider (Thanks for that!).

Here is the next big thing that I need help with deciding….this is big, haha! George and I can NOT find a diaper bag that we really like. We have at least decided that we want a “back-pack” type bag that will be easy to just throw on but we can’t find THE one that we love. If you have any suggestions on one that you have used and like that has the back-pack straps, please let me know. One that we are looking at right now is a Columbia back-pack diaper bag that Jami and Matt and our friends Lauren and Mark have. Only issue is that we can’t find one where we are registered…should we just buy a back pack from Dick’s and call it a day??

Lastly, who do you suggest for a pediatrician? We’d like to stay local, meaning Sharonville, Blue Ash, Montgomery area if possible to make it easy on us. I was told that I need to start meeting and interviewing doctors soon and want to get my homework  done before my next appointment with Caligaris. Again, any suggestions would be helpful either via comments or my email – Thanks!

{Belly Updates}

22 Weeks and 2 days. And I'm getting HUGE (especially at the end of a day!)

{How far along?} 22 Weeks 2 days

{Total weight gain} Recent doctor appointment + 2.5 pounds for a whole month (I was proud of myself) and only a total gain of 5 pounds for the pregnancy so far. (This appointment was on July 11th – I’ve had some serious carb cravings since then and can expect this number to be MUCH higher next time).

{How big is baby?} Abbey should be about 11 inches long and just about 1 pound. At my last ultrasound, almost 20 days ago, she was weighing in at a whomping 13 ounces so I’m assuming she is actually bigger than 1 pound right now.

{Maternity clothes?} YES… actually just purchased a few cute items from the Motherhood Maternity store. I’m really NOT excited about purchasing a new bra and have been stuffing myself into my current non-maternity one for quite a while. I’ll delay this purchase for as long as I can!

{Sleep?} Remember in my last post when I said I was sleeping good, yea, scratch that! I’m having the hardest time now. My lower back is starting to ache, I’m trying to keep on my left side but my flippin hips are going nuts and I’m just getting to the overall uncomfortable stage. I’m trying out little things here and there to aide with the sleeping so we’ll see what works or doesn’t work.

{Best moment this week?} The whole family was in Barberton, OH this past weekend for the 2011 Challenger State Tournament and I can’t tell you how many times little kids would come up to me to ask if they could pet my belly or to see if there was a baby in my belly. It was pretty darn cute! And just to note, I’m not one that freaks out about people touching my belly. I do prefer it when complete strangers ask but if you are a friend or family member… go ahead, I’m an open petting zoo.

{Movement?} Abbey’s movement varies. She was going nuts this past Friday night kicking and stretching but mostly I still feel flutters. However, I’m feeling something new these days and its hard to explain except I think it is her having the hiccups. There is a little bubble feeling and I can’t think of what else it could be.

{Food cravings?} Pepperoni and single cheese calzone from LaRosa’s pretty please! I’m trying to space it out to only once a week but it is a dangerous craving. And poor George is probably getting sick of eating it all the time. I still love my golden delicious apples with peanut butter, wheat thins and laughing cow cheese and I just recently discovered Quaker Chewy Dipps. Which is basically a chocolate chip granola bar dipped and completely covered in chocolate. Probably not as healthy but sure tastes REAL good.

{Labor signs?} Nope!

{Belly button in or out?} In

{What I miss} sleeping on my back or stomach

{What I’m looking forward to} I scheduled a 3D ultrasound at the Becoming Mom Spa in Deerfield. We are going to be there between 27 and 28 weeks which I was told is a good time to see the baby in 3D (thanks Lauren!) I was talking with Jami who I share my doctor with and she told me that with Dr. Caligaris she went from a 20 week ultrasound to 36 weeks. I just felt like I needed something to break it up and it will be so neat to see Abbey in 3D and compare her features from those pictures to when she is born.

{Milestone} I’m making it through the summer heat!

**Side comment about the shirt I’m wearing in the picture. George found it at Target and it reads, “Hope Grows Love.” We thought it was perfect since we call our last daughter Hope!