23 Weeks: Baby You’re A Firework


Feelin’ good. Feelin’ pregnant! My bump is in that small round petite stage and I’m savoring it up before it starts to affect breathing, standing up, rolling over and more : ) Although I already have a hard time rolling over – I think my abs are just shot already!

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Speaking of abs, some of you might not realize as I never did that the baby grows UNDER the abs. When my friend Becca was first pregnant she let me feel her stomach and I couldn’t believe it. Of course it makes total sense than the uterus would not grow on top of the abs but what I couldn’t believe is that even with a huuuuge belly you can flex your abs and make it hard just like when they were flat. I’ve noticed on walks and things that I’m starting to get sides to my bump and it’s hard – abs at work! Some days the top layer is more jiggle-prone, but other times it’s firm and hard. It’s like my abs are in 3D now!

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The baby movements are getting to be stronger and even a little more predictable. They are just like fireworks! Unpredictable and some are bigger than others. Waiting to feel them is just like watching a firework show when you don’t know what the next boom will be like. He almost always kicks around within 10-15 minutes of eating a meal. First thing in the morning he doesn’t move but within maybe 5 minutes of me waking up I feel my first kick. It’s so sweet – like we’re waking up together. I should probably start saying “Good morning baby!” because his ear drums are apparently working! They say the baby will recognize his parents’ voices when he comes out, so I have to get Matt to start talking to him too.

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I feel movements most when I’m lying down, second when I’m seated and rarely when I’m standing, but I’m feeling those more now too. The other day I was lying down on the porch and Karen was over and he kicked hard twice and I told her to put her hand on my stomach and press down and just then he gave her a big kick to the palm!! Matt has finally been able to consistently feel them. Sometimes they are SO strong I can’t believe it!!

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I’m still having a handful of symptoms: nosebleeds and lower back pain being the worst two. With the nosebleeds, it’s not like when you were a kid and your nose just started gushing blood, but it’s just like it leaks a lot. I haven’t had any moments of “I’m trapped in the time warp in LOST” dripping, but it’s just sooooo much more than when I wasn’t pregnant (I’d have these symptoms maybe twice a year then!) Edited to add: I did get a REAL nosebleed on Saturday morning – right when I woke up! SOO weird since I had just written this the day before!

My back pain is actually better, but still noticeable. I feel like my posture is a little bit better this week and perhaps that is helping? I’m also not sitting on our squishy couch every night watching LOST, so maybe it’s also sturdier chairs!? I do feel like my whole torso is a little unstable – like things are getting looser.

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One symptom that I do NOT have that really surprises me is that I don’t have to pee that often. So many pregnant women talk about having to pee all.the.time and getting up all night, but I don’t get up in the night at all, and feel like I pee the same as I used to! Maybe slightly more when I’m on a walk. I wonder if this is because he is/was feet down? I’m sure this symptom will come in time!

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It’s so hard to believe how long I have been pregnant. When I think “23 weeks” it seems like just a small bit of time. But if I think “Since December…and it’s MAY” or “NEARLY SIX MONTHS” – gosh that sounds like a reallllly long time. And I’m not even close to my due date! It has been a fun ride so far though, but I’m already so ready for a big glass of wine…



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39 thoughts on “23 Weeks: Baby You’re A Firework”

  1. your belly is so cute!
    I love feeling the kicks too, best feeling ever I think.
    Peeing a lot is my least fav symptom of pregnancy so far! I pee at least every hour (sometimes sooner) and at least twice during the night! Sometimes I can even feel baby kicking or punching my bladder because I get an intense need to pee all of a sudden, then it goes away, then I feel it again LOL weirdest feeling!!
    I also have more blood in my nose, mostly when I blow it in the morning! I haven’t really had a full on nose bleed though.

  2. I’m having the worst lower back pain right now as well :o/ sleeping, standing, sitting, walking, ALL hurt. The only comfort I found was in a bath, but otherwise miserable.

    I’ve never had a nosebleed and think I’d have a panic attack if I did!

    You’re belly is so cute!!!

    1. My back pain is a bit better…I don’t know if it’s been a few chiro appts, a massage, not sitting on the couch every night or the small strength exercises I’ve been doing twice a week, but something has helped.

    1. 🙂 Because i miss the process more than the flavor, I just want to swirl some wine! Maybe I’ll just ask Matt if I can hold one of his glasses soon and just swirl away 🙂 Beer is not as fun to hold!

  3. Cute belly!
    I felt the same way about not having to pee. It wasn’t until about week 28 that I had to get up at night to go. Around the same time the bloody noses started!
    I am definitely a wine girl, but for some reason I have been craving a margarita for weeks!

    1. It’s too bad you don’t live here – the virgin Spice-a-Rita with limeade is just as good as a real one!

  4. I’m 2 weeks behind you and was thinking the same thing about bathroom habits. I don’t really have to pee anymore than I did pre-pregnancy. I was worried maybe I’m not really drinking enough?

  5. At 29 weeks I still don’t have to pee much more. I was always someone with a small bladder, so I guess I go more than most, but I don’t feel like anything has changed. Except like you said, when I’m exercising: spinning (esp jumps), and running make me have to go a bit more. However, I’m trying to stay extra hydrated when i do those things as well!

  6. Aren’t nosebleeds the weirdest? They totally caught me by surprise. And you’re smart to not sit on the squishy couch too much. I was told to stop reclining on squishy services towards the end because it can cause the baby to stay sunny side up. Who knows if it’s true or not, but Hailey was born face up- ouch! 🙂

  7. I’m at 32 weeks and so far so good on the bathroom trips! I don’t know if it is because of doing Kegel exercises, trying to space out my trips consciously, keeping hydrated (~being used to lots of fluids?) or what! Also I’ve heard people say they feel the baby on their bladder and I haven’t felt that either. I don’t know if I’m just fortunate or if in general we just “swap war stories” of pregnancy more often so the symptom seems more prevalent.

    Also I was really surprised when I went for a prenatal massage; the therapist told me my shoulders and lower back were really tight but for some reason I didn’t feel like that at all. I don’t know if she was just marketing herself for the next session or really meant it! Very odd!

    Yay for belly pics!!

  8. The pee will come. As for your abs…. Oh boy. Post birth mine seem to have taken a vacation.
    I didn’t talk a lot to the baby, except when he was kicking me! Now that he is in my arms I recognize some of his movements.

  9. I never had to pee much either when I was pregnant. But I got the nosebleeds which I think is way worse – people don’t expect it, and it freaks people out when a pregnant woman starts bleeding! I read that it’s because there’s so much extra blood running around in your body, plus something to do with the elevated hormones. I think you can blame everything on hormones when you’re pregnant!

  10. So funny about referencing the LOST-style nosebleeds- those were so nasty! That’s awesome you don’t have to wake up to pee at night…good for you! You look so happy and excited!

  11. I never peed very frequently when I was pregnant either. Even at the end, I only got up to pee maybe once or twice total…? Definitely not what I was expecting. But my baby was transverse for a while and then when she did turn head down @ the very end, she was sunny side up. (Dr. manually turned her when I was pushing….thus avoiding a C-section at the last second!)

    That loose feeling is one of my least favorite side effects. Especially after delivery, you feel light as a feather but also very much like Gumby. I wore the Belly Bandit for support all night and a little during the first few wks. It not only made me feel more sturdy, it flattened my belly nicely as well.

  12. I’m at almost 29 weeks and still waiting for the frequent peeing! And baby’s been head down this whole time! I like to think it’s because I have a super strong bladder and awesome pelvic floor…. but really…. I’m sure she just hasn’t jammed her head into that region yet. The nosebleed thing sucks – Just like you, I’ve only had one that could actually be considered a “bleed,” otherwise it’s been a slooooow leak for the past 3 months or so. Lovely. Your lil’ round bump is adorable!!

  13. Maybe it is because he is feet down. I wouldn’t have thought about that but my son was not and he repeatedly head butt my bladder throughout the third trimester. It really hurt! Eventually when they get pretty big, those cute little kicks and jabs become painful.

  14. Hi Kath,

    I’m currently a student looking to get a close (pregnant!) professor a thank you present. I want to get her something useful & meaningful, but also not too expensive – probably around $50. Can you make any recommendations on what you would like to receive as an expecting mother?


    1. Hey Linnea,
      Does she have a registry? You might be able to find one through Babies r Us or Amazon. That would make it easier! I think most people would appreciate a gift card, but if you want to get an actual gift, maybe some of those velcro swaddle outfits (I think most people rave about them!) or a breastfeeding cover in a pretty design (check bebeaulait.com)?

      1. My suggestion is books, I always give books for baby presents as babies need lots of books! Seems perfect for a teacher!

  15. Definitely encourage Matt to start talking to the baby. My husband was really good about doing that with our first baby. Right after she was born he said something and she turned right towards him. She clearly recognized the sound of his voice. Very cool moment 🙂

  16. They say peeing gets better in second tri, because your uterus is up higher but not super heavy yet, but then it could get worse in third tri. We’ll see. I haven’t had too much trouble lately!

  17. I definitely think that the baby knows voices from the outside when they are born. I stay home with my older daughter so when i was pregnant with my second, my older one and I hung out all day and night. The baby loved the sound of her sisters voice as soon as she was born. Way more so than my husbands (who is in the military so not around much).

  18. Oh golly am I ready for the glass of celebratory wine or a margarita! I just love being on the journey with you, Kath. Thank you for sharing- it is so nice to have someone who is about exactly as far along as I am to compare notes with. Wishing you nothing but the best!

  19. Your baby bump is so cute!! 🙂 And I love your top, the colors are really pretty on you.

    I’m getting lots of kicks these days too. Glad your back pain is getting better. I had really bad sciatica with my last pregnancy, and I’m worried that the same thing will happen with this one!

  20. The first tri symptom of increasing urination is all about flushing out your system, then it subsides in the second trimester. Then in the third – which is where I am, (36.5!) the nightly visits are back! Enjoy your slumber while you can, although mine is in intervals, I am enjoying my sleep!

  21. My discomfort–which is not painful–is in my shoulders. Thankfully, the discomfort has subsided!

    Now that you brought it to my attention… I believe that I have better posture when I am sitting at the table, as opposed to sitting on our couch. It just came to me that my lower back bothers me while watching T.V. on our squishy couch than it does in a chair.


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