Mmmm, mango sounds pretty good about now! Yes I am 23 weeks today, and yes it is still flying by! Bradley is kicking stronger every day, and I started feeling him kick at the top of my uterus which was a little different...weird knowing it is really up that high! Here are the updates:
Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With his sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.
The only thing I don't like about these comparisons to fruit is that they are not always a SIZE comparison. Sometimes they are a just a weight comparison. Oh well.
Otherwise things are going great with everything still! No nausea, no excessive weight gain, no stretch marks...don't be jealous :) I think I'm up about 9lbs now. The belly has most definitely gotten bigger since my 20wk picture, and next week is the next one so be sure to check back for the update on that. Next week is also my 6 month OB appointment and glucose test.
In non-pregnancy news, the hubby and I have finished painting our two extra bedrooms, and now just need to work on organizing clutter and deep cleaning the house so that we can get it listed for sale! I decided that doing it FSBO would be way to much of a headache right now, considering I would be the one to deal with everything. So after doing some research, we decided to go with "Help U Sell". They do everything for you except show the house, and they list it on several websites and provide signs. They can list it on the MLS if you like, but then you would have to pay 3% commission to a realtor who found it. Otherwise the fee is a flat $4000 due at signing for a selling price <$200,000. That's a lot better than the $12,000 commission if we went with a regular realtor!!
Today while we were out and about running errands, we also stopped at the apartments that we decided to use so that we could go through their "model" apartment. It is very nice and clean, gated w/24hr security patrol, a fitness center, pool, and year round hottub. We are either going to get a 1,100sf or 1,200sf 2 bedroom apt, and it includes a full size fridge AND a full size washer and dryer! It will be a big change for us to downsize from our current house to this apartment, especially for Nick because he has never lived in an apartment. But it is purely temporary and will really save us money while he is finishing school and (hopefully) I am working part time.