[she is 24 weeks pregnant]

How far along: 24 weeks
Size: Cantaloupe
Symptoms: Indigestion. It's pretty common to find me by following the outrageous burp sounds.
Prepping for baby: My best friend came over and helped me clean out the potential nursery. Josh and I went to a few furniture stores and took advantage of the Mother's Day sales by ordering a glider/recliner for us to rock her in. We also played at this baby store by testing out carriers, strollers, and car seats. It was so much fun to just cut loose with Josh and be incredibly silly.

We couldn't find the test doll, so this giraffe had to do!
Stretch marks: Not any to be seen so far but my once-deep belly button is now flush with my skin.
Sleep: This week was stressful. There was a lot going on and I just didn't get the sleep I needed. I was able to take a few naps here and there but I am exhausted this week.
Movement: She's moving a lot more now during the day. Josh can feel her a lot more too but other close friends haven't been able to catch her in action. Still the best thing, ever.
Cravings: Vegetables. There's a huge part of me that wants to eat all the cookies in the world but this week, I just want green stuff.
Changes from last week: My belly button. It makes me laugh every time I see it.
Best moment of the week: For nearly 25 years, I have dreaded mother's day. I remember in Kindergarten getting in trouble because I didn't make the construction paper gift for mother's day. My mother had just died the summer before I started school. My dad had to explain the situation to my school and I remember going to the library each year when they did the mother's day crafts, picnics, etc. And even as a teenager and adult, I have always felt left out. This was the first mother's day I didn't feel left out. I could feel my sweet daughter moving around the whole day and I felt whole on what was once such a broken day for me. No tears, no sadness, no longing. Just pure joy and thanksgiving for this precious miracle. Honestly, one of the best days on this journey.
Miss anything: We took Josh's mom and sister to Ruth's Chris steakhouse on mother's day. And I missed my medium rare steak. Well done just doesn't do it for me at all... but still worth the sacrifice!
Looking forward to: Our appointment this week - We get to take a peek at her! And of course, every little movement she makes.
Scripture for the week: For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. - James 1:3
No cat today! 

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