Pregnancy Update | 23-24 Weeks

It’s pregnancy update time!  In my weekly update I share what’s happening in my pregnancy journey with you.  This includes general stats such as how I’m feeling, any symptoms I’m experiencing, food cravings and aversions, weight gain, bump shots, etc., as well as what’s going on in my life that’s pregnancy-related and any baby things we’ve purchased or received as gifts.  Here’s the scoop at 24 weeks:

bump update 24 weeks 2015

Hmm…I’m not noticing a huge amount of change in the bump and there’s a two week gap between the middle and the righthand picture in that collage.  It feels bigger to me, although I agree it doesn’t look much different.  I know Baby Girl is growing though because I can feel her movement much more distinctly and can even tell (more or less) which way she’s situated.  She’s definitely been on the move lately!

This update will cover the last two weeks since I skipped my post last week while away on our babymoon vacation in Hawaii.

Here’s the current status:

 How Far Along – 24 weeks (officially 6 months!)

Baby Size Comparison – Ear of Corn (8.5″ Head to Rump / 11.75″ Head to Toe and 1.5 pounds)

Symptoms – The itchy breasts and frog-in-the-throat acid reflex I mentioned a couple of weeks ago have subsided for the most part.  When the frog-in-the-throat pops up, usually sometime between dinner and bed time, I just take a Tums and I feel better.  I did experience an increase in feeling physically uncomfortable on our long flight legs to and from Hawaii, but nothing unbearable or that couldn’t be cured by stretching and getting up every now and then.  

 Physical Changes – The bump feels bigger, it just doesn’t look much different, although I certainly gained weight while we were away!

Weight Gain – 5 pounds (19 total) – I’m actually pretty surprised by this as I was expecting to gain more while we were away thanks to all the naughty food I ate.  That’s about how much I typically gain on a vacation that long when I’m not pregnant.  I did stay active while we were away between using the elliptical most every day and swimming a lot.

 Mood – Super relaxed and happy.  12 days in tropical paradise will do that, though!

Sleep – 8-9 glorious hours a night with the exception of our overnight flight home where I only slept two hours in one 24 hour period.  Luckily I bounced back from that quickly! 

Food Cravings – The sushi craving hit me hard when we were in Hawaii.  I realized it wasn’t so much that I wanted raw fish, but more just the experience of eating sushi (and soy sauce! Yum).  It took me a week to figure out I could still eat sushi so long as it didn’t have any raw fish in it.  I happily devoured veggie, shrimp tempura, and crab rolls during the second half of our trip and felt totally satisfied of that craving by the end.  I also ended up eating quite a lot of pancakes, which is something I normally only feel like once in a blue moon.  Let’s just say I didn’t hold back on this vacation. 😉 (That bottom right picture is actually french toast, if you’re wondering)

pancakes week 24 2015

Food Aversions – Fish.  Even in Hawaii where I was surrounded by the freshest fish, I still had no interest in it.  But my aversion wasn’t so bad I couldn’t be near it, which is good because then Don could enjoy it without me running for the hills.  I’ve also noticed I’ve grown increasingly less keen on meat or poultry in general.  I’ve been trying to compensate with non-animal proteins when I can.

Missing – Now that we’re back from Hawaii I miss those beautiful sunsets and the peaceful calm I experienced there, but honestly, I’m super happy to be home and back to my routines.  Plus, I missed my Winnie girl quite a bit while we were away and it’s so wonderful to be reunited with her.

Looking Forward To – Ordering our nursery furniture.  I did quite a bit of research while I was in Hawaii and had lots of time and am now ready to make some decisions.  I plan to visit a local shop later this week to see my top brands in person and hope to place an order at that time.  I feel like I’m cutting it a bit close, because some pieces can take up to three months to arrive and there’s less than 16 weeks left until my due date.  I’m not too worried about it since Baby Girl will be sleeping in our room for at least a little bit (not in our bed, but in a bassinet), but it would be nice to have the nursery set up before she arrives.

 This Week’s Happenings – Like I mentioned, I’m planning on nursery furniture shopping this week as well as starting my registry.  My sister-in-law, Emily, is very sweetly throwing me a shower in November and I’ve been told it’s time to get cracking on that registry!  In addition to researching furniture while I was in Hawaii I learned a lot about baby gear and narrowed down the things I’d like to have before Baby Girl arrives, so now it’s just a matter of picking a place to register and getting on with it.  Our plan is to register for mostly smaller, less expensive items and purchase the big ticket stuff ourselves.  Exciting baby shopping times ahead!

I talk more about my week in this video if you’re interested:

Please let me know if there are any other stats you’d like me to add to the list.  I’m happy to share!
Thank you so much for your well wishes, kind words, and helpful advice.  I appreciate your support so much!


* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *


18 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update | 23-24 Weeks”

  1. Hi Jen, I am so glad you liked the sign I had made for you guys. I’ve loved seeing your baby moon video and all the photos too! Take care, Katie 🙂

  2. Hi Jen,
    I am submitting a question for next week’s update:

    How do you plan to instill body/beauty confidence in your daughter? This is very important for all girls and I know you struggle with it…the profile pic on this blog has been seriously retouched (e.g., your nose has been reshaped, your facial mole removed, your hair and eyes lightened, and your skin tone lightened).

    As a woman who does makeup and beauty hauls, what values do you think are important for young girls? For example, un-retouched photos? Makeup versus no makeup? What age will you allow your daughter to wear makeup?

    Thanks for sharing and caring! ❤️

    1. Thanks for your question. As for my profile picture, it actually hasn’t been retouched as much as you think. All they did was remove some flyaway hairs and a bit of uneven skin. Everything else was just great photography and lighting. Plus the photo was taken in May when I was much paler. I did not edit that photo personally, but all of the rest of my pictures I do myself and I never purposefully try to alter the way I look. Sometimes I’ll lighten up shadows or turn up the contrast because I am not an excellent photographer and I like my photos to look as nice as possible. Self confidence comes from within, not from what’s on the surface. I hope to help my daughter embrace her inner beauty.

      1. Thanks for responding to my question, but I do not see how “great lighting” can remove a mole or change the shape of the tip of your nose…

        1. Oh for goodness sakes, what silly questions. I’ll never understand why people feel justified in analyzing and scrutinizing people bloggers/vloggers to death like this. Jen, I wish you nothing but the best with your pregnancy and baby. It will be so nice to see your family grow.

  3. Be prepared to sit in awe of baby girl and for your face to hurts from smiling, you will want the world to slow down for a while and celebrate the arrival of your tiny bundle of joy. In your mind there will be a band playing and angels singing for your miracle. When you feel her sweet face nestled in your neck as you pat her back after her feeding, her sweet smelling skin will feel like nothing you have ever felt. You and Don will find yourself singing like cartoon characters but don’t worry, sweet baby girl thinks her mummy and daddy are professional singers loll. You may even find yourself calling baby girl things like, sweet pudding or sweet pea because sweetness will radiate from her ..Trust your instincts, untested as they are they spring to mind for good resign. Jen, you and baby girl will find the way to feeling settled together, it won’t take long because your love for each other will find the way. Your not expected to be the perfect parent or no everything about parenting, a loving caring home is all baby girl needs to be happy. You and Don have a loving happy life so there’s no resign to worry baby girl won’t feel the same loving happiness, if little pretty miss is half the person her parents are, she will settle into a routine just fine and live a life of contentment. looking forward to seeing her pretty little face, much love Margaret “TheNunaFeedTheDucks” xxxx

  4. You are having a very fit pregnancy. Could you do a video on staying active while pregnant? Like a day in the life, from what you eat to how you pace yourself on the elliptical, et al? It would be much appreciated.

  5. Hi Jen,

    Thank you for all the video’s you post, I love all your channels all very interesting.
    I really loved your baby moon one, you both look very happy.
    Just watched your pregnancy update, you look very well.

  6. Hi Jen,
    Congrats on the baby! My little one is 7 months today and I fall in love with him every day! Try to enjoy every second of your pregnancy because it passes SO fast! I can’t believe a year ago I was not even half way on my pregnancy and now I have this big boy that’s ready to crawl!! Enjoy every second and even more when baby comes!!! they grow up so fast.

    As for baby updates, it would be great baby organization videos. Their needs change so fast that, schedules and gear and even the items on the diaper bag are changing all the time (at least for me) and it would be great if you share how you are adapting your scheduling, planning and organization to that (A “what’s on my diaper bag” video would be awesome).

    Try to check out it is really great when you are pregnant, gives you lot’s of tips and recomendations and once baby arrives it’s amazing! you can follow her milestones and it even gives you game ideas that are suited for her age.

    Big hugs from Guatemala.
    Un gran abrazo!

  7. To address your question in the video- I would love to see monthly updates about baby girl. I got hooked on the ones that Anna Saccone made for her children after I had my son. I enjoyed her style of combining baby milestones and her own post partum experience.

    Congratulations again on your pregnancy. My husband and I have been watching your videos for years, and we are so happy for you and Don.

  8. I would love to watch your postpartum videos. I think you could help a lot of women, you could include, how many hours you guys are averaging on night, your journey with bf’ing and things you have found to help with that, your return to pre-baby weight and what is working for you with that. What toys your little one is finding amusing. If you plan on making your baby food, you could even include what you are using and what she is enjoying(when solid foods start for her!)…. Hope that helps!

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