Monthly Archives: October 2011

22 weeks

Pregnancy time creeps so slowly! It’s really amazing.

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she’ll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside her belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

The site also says: “At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It’s perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you’d rather they didn’t.” Ha. As you may be able to guess from my personality, I would not take well to people touching my belly, and so far it has not happened (with the exception of my husband.) I *dare* a random stranger to touch my belly. 😉

As of yesterday, I was up about 10 pounds. I’m clearly showing, but I guess I wear loose clothing (as it’s comfortable!), so people still don’t always know. I have no nausea anymore. I’m moderately fatigued, but I can get through a 9 hour workday without too much trouble. At 8 or 9 hours I start fading fast. The sun and/or heat definitely takes it out of me. Round ligament pain has decreased significantly, though sitting at a desk all day definitely exacerbates it, so the improvement was partially due to my trip to Hawaii (which involved much lounging, but not too much sitting up.) I feel the baby kick or move regularly, which is great. I’m experiencing some mild acne, but nothing terrible.


I think the woman who “ran” a marathon at 37 weeks pregnant is fabulous. She actually only ran half of it and walked the second half, completing the course in 6.5 hours. Her PR is faster than 3:30, meaning that 6:30 is VERY slow for her – pretty much a walk in the park so to speak. What really bugs me is the number of people all over the internet calling her selfish and irresponsible, etc., etc. Which is worse – being in amazing shape and completing 26 miles at a very leisurely pace with doctor’s permission, or being massively out of shape and not exercising at all, as is the case for so many women? Anyway, I personally am struggling to job 3 miles these days (primarily due to round ligament pain) so I definitely give her major props.

I am not too pleased by the B of A debit card news. I’ve been happily with B of A for a decade now – I have literally no complaints. The customer service I’ve received has been great the few times I’ve needed it – but they’ve been few because B of A has a great website. In addition, they have branches and ATMs all over the place. My experience with them has been night and day compared to the nightmare that was Wachovia when I was at Georgia Tech. My experience has also been much better than my husband’s, who banks at the local credit union, BECU. Their website doesn’t always work quite right, and they have a limited number of branches and ATMs. Hence, I really don’t want to change banks. But, paying $5 a month is unacceptable. It’s a problem.

I didn’t update while in Maui because our resort had no internet. It was annoying, but probably actually a good thing. Maui was, of course, wonderful. How could it be anything else? Being back in the real world is not quite as nice.