Bumpdate: Week 26

So I had my first random belly touching experience.  I gained a few new students this semester and on the second day of having one of them in class, she asked if she could feel the baby kicking in my belly!  I usually don't get too weirded out by this, but c'mon, it was her second day of class and I'm her teacher!  I wasn't sure how to respond, so I scrambled to say, "Well, he's not moving at this instant....but I'll let you know if he starts!"  Oddly enough (wink wink), Baby hasn't moved yet during her block...  I'm sure her intentions were well, and there are definitely students I wouldn't mind touching my belly...I guess I was just taken aback by her directness on the second day of class!

Another weird prego side effect - I went to the eye doctor for a regular check up and apparently, my eyes have changed significantly - both my prescription and astigmatism.  My doctor said it could be due to pregnancy and all the crazy hormones in my body right now.  Weird though, because I went after having Brantley and my prescription hadn't changed one bit!  The doctor told me that things could very well "normalize" after having this baby...but likely not until I'm done breast feeding.  It's crazy to me how pregnancy affects more than you ever imagined possible!  (After having Brantley, I went to the dentist and had something like eight cavities!  That was not fun!)

I'm still feeling pretty good and trying to fathom that I'm 26 weeks into this pregnancy!  According to my Baby Center app, the countdown to Baby's due date has gone from triple to double digits this week!  98 days and counting...  98 days of normalcy to prepare for life with two kids...  Heaven, help me!

How Far Along: 26 weeks

Size of Baby: ~14 inches, 1 2/3 pounds; the size (length) of a green onion

Gender: BOY

Weight Gain: 19-20 pounds

Food Cravings: Sweets...cookies and ice cream...I always feel the need for dessert after dinner!

Food Aversions: None

Movement: I can definitely tell the baby is getting longer.  I feel distinct kicks and punches quite often throughout the day, as well as see my belly jump and thump from the outside.  Haven't felt any protruding body parts yet, but I have a feeling it's not too far away!

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well still.  I always start out on my left side, hugging my Snoogle, but often wake up on my back and/or on my right side.

Clothing: Still about 90/10.  I feel like I went on a major shopping spree over the weekend after finding a bag of maternity clothes (mostly jeans) a friend had given me!  I knew I had her old clothes (as most of them have been hanging in my closet for 2+ months), but didn't realize there was a second bag hidden in our basement!  Hello six or more pairs of jeans!!  Now, if only I could wear the jeans to work on a daily basis... :(

Other Pregnancy Symptoms: Acid reflux on occasion (Seems to be brought on by chocolate, but do you think I've given up eating chocolate??  Heck no!!), Braxton Hicks a few times per day, especially when I use my stomach muscles, worsening of vision, sore hands in the mornings, but not as bad as it has been (and was with Brantley).

What I Miss: The usual.  98(ish) days til I can have a beer! :)

Best Moment: Hearing from people (co-workers) that I finally look pregnant!  Haha.  I've had a few of those comments since returning from winter break!  Like my pregnancy with Brantley, I always take it as a compliment. :)

Looking Forward To: Spring!!  We had a pretty warm weekend (60 on Sunday) and it was nice to go for a walk and venture out to the park.  Also looking forward to my spring maternity clothes (minus the white, pasty legs under the skirts)!  I'm getting rather sick of my pants and long-sleeve options.

Here's my 26-week bump!  I don't think I realize how big I am until looking at a picture!

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