Now begins my foray into the 22nd week. According to What to Expect, this week will mark the last week of my fifth month. This past week I started experiencing a few more of the pregnancy symptoms that that I’ve been anticipating. For example, after a long walk in the city, the next day my lower back was NOT happy. I’ve also been experiencing a lot more sleepless nights, which my husband is having to suffer through right along with me.
In addition to already missing my sleep, one body position which I never realized I would have to be without is crossing my legs. I’ve been crossing my legs for so many years, that I hardly know how to sit in a chair without doing it. At this point in my life, crossing my legs while sitting is simply a reflex, and it’s strange adjusting to its loss. I still find my leg trying to cross over, with no purposeful thought on my part, so I have to quickly put the leg back in its place, and remind myself that this position is just not an option.
In other changes, my belly has also experience a sizeable growth over the past week alone. It is now much rounder and fuller. Even some friends have been commenting on how round the belly is looking! I love my new belly, and I’m trying to squeeze it into as many form hugging outfits as I can find so I can proudly show it off! Although I must admit that I’m not quite sure if my bigger belly is the result of the baby growing, or my sudden growth in appetite. Last week, I ate an entire foot long Subway veggie sandwich, and wasn’t even full after!
Now here’s a look at what is going on with the little guy this week:
- No more ounce measurements: He now weighs about 1 lb!
- Sense are developing, including sight, touch, hearing, and taste
- I’ve noticed that when my husband talks directly to the belly, the baby begins kicking like crazy
- His tiny hands and fingers can now grip
- Lips, eyes, and eyebrows are growing in more
- A layer of fine hair called Lanugo covers his little body