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26 Week Bump Report - Ramblings and Photos

April 28, 2012
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26 Week Bump Report
Fearfully and Wonderfully 26 Weeks RS
Photo inspired by Kelly Cameron Photography
How far along: 26 weeks (technically, 26 weeks and 3 days today). I’m getting close to the end of my second trimester (depending on how you calculate it)…and we only have about 94 days until we meet our baby! Where has time gone?

How big is the baby: Our little girl now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches from head to heel.

Total weight gain: Since my last bump report, I’ve gained half a pound for a total of 12 lbs gained since the start of my pregnancy. I actually went to the doctor on Friday, April 20th and I hadn’t gained any weight since my 24 week update…I attribute it to stress. I did make up for it a bit over the weekend, thanks to some good southern comfort food…but it doesn’t seem to show much. For what it’s worth, I feel a lot bigger than this photo seems to portray. However, one of my coworkers did comment this week that my baby “has grown so much!” I’m not completely sure, but I think she was saying that I’m getting big.

Sleep: It’s getting more difficult to find a comfortable spot. At this point in my pregnancy, I’m not supposed to sleep on my back so I’m forced to sleep on my side. I normally sleep on my side, so this should not be a problem. HOWEVER, our little girl thinks it’s fun to kick mommy in the side when she rolls over (although she likes kicking my left side more than my right). In addition, Kitty Paw has recently decided that I need a little extra attention and wants to sleep as close to me as possible (the other night, that meant on top of my head).

Maternity Clothes: Nothing new to report here. A lot of people who haven’t seen me in a while are shocked that I’m 6 months pregnant. I guess because I’m all belly. I’ve been told on a few occasions that I have the cutest maternity clothes. I can’t say that I spend much on them…I just don’t think pregnancy is an excuse for being frumpy.

“Note-worthy” moments of the week (past two weeks):
  1. During my doctor’s appointment, they checked my hemoglobin levels. Apparently, I am not getting enough iron in my diet. Therefore, I’ve started taking an iron supplement…and paying even closer attention to foods that are rich in iron. I didn’t bother arguing with the doctor, but I can’t imagine that my nutrition in the days prior was much to brag about…eating just enough to get by and limited to mostly fast food options around the hospital. I’m sure my body was showing some wear and tear.
  2. I also had to do my glucose test during my visit. I had a choice between orange and fruit punch. I went with fruit punch and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting. I assume I passed the test since I haven’t heard anything.

Food cravings: Nothing specific, but my hunger is really starting to come back.

Food aversions: Nothing new.

  • Leg cramps. I’m still getting these and attribute it to not drinking enough water. So…I’m trying to drink more water. 
  • Circulation issues. Every so often, my hand or foot will just fall asleep. I hear it’s normal, but still kinda weird.
  • Still hungry, still experiencing heart burn. I picked up some Zantac this week – hopefully that’ll do the trick…otherwise, I’ll be asking for a prescription. If the old wives’ tales are true, this is one hairy baby.

Exercise: I got back to my routine on Tuesday after being out of the gym for a week. Up until this point, I’ve still been doing my thing on the elliptical machine. I briefly decided to move over to the treadmill and walk (at least I did on Tuesday)…much easier on my body now that our little girl has decided to work out with me. What I mean by this is that she normally falls asleep when I’m working out (something about the movement of my hips that simulates a rocking motion). Now, she likes to jump on my bladder or do a kick-boxing routine. It’s awesome. On the other hand, some of my gym buddies (the ones I don’t know by name…the ones that have never spoken to me before) have decided to congratulate me and comment on how cute I look. Only took 6 months to realize I wasn’t eating too many donuts. Sweet! 

Movement: She is moving all the time now…and it’s kind of exhausting.

Gender: Girl! 

What I’m looking forward to: Now that we’re back to our regular schedule, it’ll be nice to finish up the nursery. I’m also looking forward to our upcoming showers – we have one next weekend that should be fun. In addition, we just reserved a shelter at one of the nearby lakes for a baby party we’re throwing in June for all of our local friends. I guess I should start working on those details.

What I miss: My energy. I get a little bigger every day so it’s becoming more difficult to move around. 

Next Appointment: May 18th for my regularly scheduled appointment and May 21st for my 3D/4D ultrasound!


    Look at your cute bump!! :D You’re 6 months already?? It’s flying by. Well, at least for me. ;)

    Ooooh. 3D u/s! I never had one, but they look really cool. :)

    Soooo cute!! I used to get the leg cramps too. It helped if I would drink milk. Might want to try that. :) Loved hearing your update.

    Lookin’ good there sis! :-) LOVE the photo… beautiful idea! Hope you’re getting back into the swing of things. I know last week was tough. Hugs! xo

    You are just beautiful. Pregnancy looks good on you! Boo to heart burn and leg cramps though! <3 you!

    Time really is flying by! I hit 20 weeks this past week (and found out we are also have a girl) and I just don’t know how I got there so fast.

    Don’t worry too much about gaining weight. I have gained 6 lbs so far. With my last two I barely gained, then gained a bunch in the end.

    Have you tried natural (non-flavored) yoghurt for the heartburn? It is one of the only things that worked for me. I also heard baking soda and water.

    Wow that’s what my stomach looks like without a baby in it! :D

    Congrats!! Time is moving so fast, it’s amazing!

    I think having a baby is such an amazing event.

    For leg cramps – try eating bananas every day.

    If you are taking iron, be sure you get enough fiber or you will be constipated – dried prunes are good for that if you like them.

    Hope your heartburn gets better.

    So nice to have a bump report. I had that numbness too. Water retention on the wrist. Sort of like carpal tunnel. It goes away thank goodness. Take your iron, drink lots of water Mohave a peaceful week.

    I’m glad to see your bump report and read that everything is going well with your little girl growing strong inside of you.

    Love Psalm 139.. reminds me constantly, that no matter how I feel about me…God has made me in His image.. and I’m am fearfully and wonderfully made… and that I am always loved unconditionally.. :)
    You look great! what a beautiful picture..thanks for sharing!! :)

    What a sweet bump!

    I enjoy reading your updates…your “hairy baby” comment made me laugh. :) I’m glad that all is well and healthy with both you and your baby girl!

    My goodness, what a beautiful bump! Grow, little miracle, grow big!

    Such a beautiful bump! So glad you are both doing well. Love reading your updates! XO

    Glad that things are going well. Can’t believe that you’re just 3 months away. Stay strong and keep walking.

    Hey there, stranger!! Just popping in to see how things are going — so excited for the continued good stuff!!!

    Have a blessed weekend!!!

    Cutest baby girl bump!! <3

    You are still tiny! which is great- less stretching :) I can’t believe you are 26 weeks already though!! I loved maternity clothes, so comfortable and I had a lot of cute hand me downs so I didn’t spend much. Can’t wait to see your 3D, those are the best. So exciting!!

    Oh!! I’m so happy for you and your husband! Can’t wait to see the first pictures of the baby (are you going to show her on your blog?)

    Some cute clothes are an absolute must during pregnancy. You already start feeling not-so-good and having some cute clothes to spiff yourself up really helps to perk you up.

    Way to go! Getting closer!


    Salad caused the worst heartburn when I was preg-o…and I craved it. :( No fun!

    Adorable bump, my friend.

    Glad to see you’re doing well. Been thinking about ya & wondering how you were doing.

    So glad you are doing well. Love your sweet image. You will treasure all of those pregnancy pics. I am always sorry that I didn’t take them when I was pregnant.

    Now that is one cute lil baby bumperooo! So happy your going well Ashley, I’ve been praying for you hon. Sending lots of strength & love your way!

    Gorgeous bump and love the added verse! I’m now 31 weeks… and counting!! :) Hehe!
    You get to pick a flavoured drink for your glucose test! Great! Here in Australia it’s a bottle of ‘glucose syrup’ and it tastes like thick, sweet, flat lemonade… yick!
    I had low iron first pregnancy too… lot’s of iron rich foods… I increased red meat intake a little and had it a little bit pink and orange juice (vitamin c) helps iron absorption so I used to have that at the same time! :) You sound like you’re having a wonderful first pregnancy! Glad it’s going well! x

    Look at you! miss Adorable belly! LOL .. I had the circulation things too! never had really dealt with feet andhands going to sleep LOL and yes very weird even if its normal… And I would have the Calf cramps like no other! wow! YAY for your ultrasound! I loved my 4d :) so fascinating! Praying for ya!

    That is the cutest bump shot!

    Ashley, you look awesome! Glad to hear everything is going well, even if heartburn is starting up. But you know what they say about heartburn right? Lots of heartburn means your baby will have lots of hair! In Georgia’s case, it certainly worked. I had none, and Georgia was bald!

    Love all your experiences here Ashley- brings back so many memories. The photo is beautiful!!!!!!

    I just read about your Grandmother and tears are pouring down my cheeks. I am so sorry for your loss Ashley. So very, very sorry. I am glad she is with Jesus but I am sorry for the pain you are feeling. Sending lots of love.

    So glad to read this and have you back! You have been prayed for this past week…will continue.

    Your bump is so cute! 94 days is not that long! Can’t wait to “meet” baby.

    I know that this is SO not the point, but omg I think we have the same wedding/engagement rings!!! Mine look almost identical :)

    Happy 26 weeks!!!!!!!!

    Oh my goodness…gorgeous!! All of it, the verse, the pose, the baby bump. Beautiful!

    Such a pretty bump photo! I didn’t find the glucose test nearly as bad as everyone made it out to be! Glad everything is moving along smoothly!!

    Ok, the fact that you are six months along and have only gained twelve 12 is amazing. I put on 12 pounds in the first trimester with all three of my pregnancies. Lol.

    I love your bump reports. I am so excited for you to be a mother!

    One thing that helps me with the leg cramps is eating a banana every day, plus drinking water like it’s going out of style. And I have to laugh about your gym buddies’ comments–I’ve been doing Zumba this whole time and people are finally figuring out that I’m not fat…ha! :D Glad to hear you’re feeling good and can’t wait to see the nursery!

    You are soooo tiny for the end of your second trimester!!

    I’ve been a terrible at commenting lately, but I’ve been keeping up with you and your baby bump. :) I’m just so happy for you! Glad things are going so smoothly for you!

    Look at that little bump! I agree…can’t believe you’re 6 months along! You look so tiny! :)

    love the picture friend! beautiful and so proud of you for continuing to work out through your pregnancy. Your weight gain is great and healthy. You are rocking this girl!

    Hey there. You look fantastic and I’m glad you are doing well. I was a little afraid of the glucose test thinking that drink was going to be hard to get down, but yeah, I was pleasantly surprised. Not too bad right.

    Hey, I cant claim to know anything about pregnancy but for the leg cramps it might be an idea to increase your salt intake a bit as well as the water.
    Also Indian tonic water is good too because of the quinine in it.