pregnancy update: threshold of viability!

October 25, 2013
HOWWWW many weeks?

i look at this picture and see a chick looking good for 30 weeks pregnant.  unfortunately, i’m only 23.

maybe it’s partially the angle, as josh apparently took the photo at HIS height, maximizing my head [and bump] size and minimizing already pygmy-esque legs.  no matter.  you all can see:  this baby is huge.

and i’m feeling it.
i remember feeling pretty sprightly last time until week 30 or so.  this time, not so much.  annabel already seems confused about why my lap is shrinking, and floor time becomes terribly uncomfortable after 30 minutes or so.

the good news:  i’m still sleeping great, on my side with 2 pillows [tried and true method from last time].    i also have no nausea or cravings, and am eating normally [though starting to have some early satiety sometimes, which was pretty significant in my 3rd tri last time around].  i’m still running, except . . .

the bad news:  i seem to have jacked up my achilles tendon a bit.  apparently the extra 13 [+?] lbs i am currently carrying are not so easy on my delicate flower ankles, and i stupidly kept continued a treadmill run on wednesday morning when i SO should have quit 5 minutes in.  someday — someday — i hope i will learn not to run through pain.  hoping to make a comeback next week.   loved running [in some form, anyway] until 40 weeks last time and i had every intention of doing it again, but if i can’t, i’ll survive.

other lameness:
     – being ridiculously emotional
     – not being able to straighten my hair, which is getting OUT OF HAND

that’s about it.

nesting instincts
i haven’t even really started thinking about stocking up on ‘boy stuff’ yet, but i’m sure i eventually will.  the only thing i’d like to figure out at some point is a double stroller.  any recs for a tandem double?  i do also want a double bob eventually, but since running with a newborn can’t happen for ~8 months or so, there’s no rush on that.

everything else we already HAVE.  and it seems like just a few months ago that i was whipping out my brest friend pillow [thankfully gender-neutral] and the ol’ rock ‘n’ play.  i’m feeling pretty calm about the baby — what i’m really worried about is how miss annabel is going to handle the devastation disruption exciting changes up ahead.

she does seem pretty resilient though 🙂
[yes, that dress is super short but there are bloomer shorts underneath.  it’s about to be retired sadly!]

annabel lately – at 18.5 months  . . . .
✰ still loves books and reading.
✰ still eats everything — she apparently hasn’t gotten the ‘picky toddler’ memo.
✰ is starting to identify colors!  although her default is ‘boooo’ [blue]
✰ is easy and cooperative.  EXCEPT if you try to brush her teeth!! omgggg.
✰ combines two words, but usually only after we say them first.  “more please” “big puppy”
✰ answers the question, “what’s your name?” with “a-bellll.”
✰ randomly adds “s” to things, whether plural is appropriate or not. “bananas.” “puppies.” “daddys!”
✰ running and climbing like a champ; does down dog on command
✰ 32.25″ tall and 29 lbs.  yes, 29!


  • Reply Denise March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    A. You don’t look that big – especially in person! B. Annabel is the cutest thing ever! That is all 🙂

  • Reply oldmdgirl March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I think our daughter’s must be telepathically communicating because A sounds so much Dyls.

    How do you get A to agree to toothbrushing? We let Dyls do it herself, but sometimes… she refuses, and occasionally pitches a fit. And then what? I’ve chosen to let it go for now, but am in need of some suggestions on how to get this happening. For other things, like refusing to put on her coat, bribery has worked reasonably well (cookie!), but cookie after toothbrushing just seems wrong to me.

  • Reply Monica March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    You don’t look 30 weeks. Also, your muscles already know what to do, so they do them easier, so you may feel bigger quicker. Every baby is carried differently. I think you look great. Hope you can enjoy these last few months. When I had my second we were so excited, that are 2 yo became excited as well. Also, I was quick to put the baby down in the beginning or at least give our older one attention quickly when he asked for it. I don’t think he ever felt like he was being replaced or pushed out. I figured the infant wouldn’t remember anyways as long as he ate and was changed regularly. Luckily, the older one gave up the crib on his own, before we knew the 2nd was coming.

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    You look awesome and WAY tinnier than I looked this time around at 23 weeks! But I do know what you mean/how you feel. I am 27.5 weeks and oh my gosh I feel HUGE! Way bigger than I did with Clara at this point. Ha! Guess our bodies just know what to do so don’t waste any time.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      ahhh how are you 3rd tri already!? time is flying! have you looked into a double stroller yet? like us, your 2 are so close together that i’m guessing it will be a necessity!

  • Reply Sara March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Just a cautionary note from an occasional commenter (and longtime reader)… Be careful with your achilles! If it’s still bothering you, I wouldn’t push through next week. Achilles tedonitis can take foreverrrrr to heal if it gets bad and can be really painful. Sorry to be negative/pushy but I had a minor case that I ran through that then took more than a year to heal so I cringe whenever I see someone else mention it.
    Also… A is adorable and you look great!
    Have a good day!

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      hi sara! yes, i agree. this actually isn’t my first brush with achilles suckiness. back when i was a real (>50 miles/week) runner, i really REALLY hurt my left achilles trying to qualify for boston. it was pretty devastating because just when i was hitting paces i’d never dreamed about, i got injured and was sidelined for months! this injury definitely isn’t at that level (i remember being unable to walk properly for days . . . ) but i want to prevent it from getting there. plus, pregnant run/walking isn’t exactly worth the risk! i am only going to resume when it’s totally pain free. very sad as it’s FINALLY starting to slightly cool off (first low under 70!). but i know that even if i have to just resort to walking and yoga during the rest of this pregnancy, i’ll be able to come back later 🙂

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    You don’t look a week over 22. Seriously. And your hair looks amazing, regardless. I have been back & forth on the hair straightening and am now going to bug you for advice—what kind of salon straightening do you recommend? What kind of hair texture do you have, without straightening? My hair is thick, with irregular waves, and often frizzy if there is more than 0% humidity—I just don’t know if it will be worth the $, but wash & go sounds AMAZING. (for the record, I DO wash & go, but my hair looks awful). Thoughts??

  • Reply Tierney March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Maybe this link could give some helpful ideas? I don’t have kids but I’m starting to do the electronic equivalent of clipping (presumably) helpful articles.

  • Reply Sharon March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Annabel is soo cute! I think we have you beat on the 18 month stats tho…i just looked at iris’ old medical records and she was 30 lbs and 34 inches at 18 months! 0_0

    We’re excited for Annabel to have a baby brother. It is very nice having to experience one of each over here…

  • Reply JennyPenny March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    She is a cutie! Essie is 31 inches and 20 lbs. Maybe slightly on the small side? Ingrid was the same though, so i am not stressed. I figure as long as they eat, move and are healthy, all is well.
    I was bigger the second time around too. But I was new at my job and somehow managed to hide it until I hit 20 weeks. I have no idea how, but I remember I used a lot of long scarves and rubberbanded my pants. 🙂 Then when I got home in the evening I think I just *exhaled* and grew inches! Did everything work out with telling your employer and getting the mat leave you wanted?
    And no, you don’t look 30 weeks, you look GREAT! Hugs from Sweden!

  • Reply Susannah March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    You look beautiful! I remember being seriously scared of how big i would be by the end because I was a lot bigger with Eamonn than with Finn…like you, the growth slowed down in the last 8 weeks. I loved the Annabel update…you two are raising a rocket scientist! What a bright and ridiculously adorable little girl. I miss you!

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