24 weeks

It has been a good week.  Nothing new to report.  I still weigh 150.  Weight gain is going very slowly.  I can’t complain.  The less weight I gain, the better my blood pressure will be and I may not get severe swollen ankles either.  Also, older moms who gain a lot of weight have a higher chance of developing preeclampsia.  I’m trying to eat healthy and drink lots of water.

Next week classes start back up for me.  Just one class this semester and I’m done.  Finally.  I will graduating very soon!  I had a nice winter break.  Relaxed as much as I could and simply enjoyed time with my family.

24 weeks belly pic…

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What baby looks like at 24 weeks…

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Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts her at about 1 1/3 pounds. Since she’s almost a foot long (about the size of an ear of corn), she cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but her body is filling out proportionally and she’ll soon start to plump up. Her brain is also growing quickly now, and her taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help her air sacs inflate once she hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Today we finally had our first snowfall of the winter.  It’s only 14 degrees outside, but Faith was extremely excited to play out in the snow.  She has cold urticaria (allergic to the cold).  She develops hives when her skin is exposed to the cold, and if she’s out for too long, it gets worse and she has an asthma attack.  Poor girl.  Today she could only be out in the snow for about 10 minutes before hives appeared and she started wheezing.  I feel so sad for her.  I personally hate the cold, but as a child I enjoyed playing in the snow.  I grew up in Chicago.  I would play in the snow with my neighbors for hours!  I would come in from the cold feeling numb to the bone, but no hives and I didn’t even have a problem with asthma back then.  Some of my favorite childhood memories are playing in the snow.  My dad would take us to the park and we would go sledding down a hill.  We built snowmen and had snowball fights.  Faith really can’t do any of that.  I hope she grows out of it.

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I hope her baby sister will not have this disorder as well.  I wonder how it will be for Faith if her sister can play out in the cold for as long as she wants, or can play outside at recess during the winter while Faith would have to stay inside?  I worry that Faith will be angry or jealous about this.  I pray the girls will get along well and grow to be great friends during their lifetime.  I want them to comfort and support each other.

At my next baby check up, I will be having another ultrasound to see if we can get better pictures of baby girl.  Faith is excited about this.  We all are.  Faith is ready to meet her already!  Just a few more months!!!

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