Dear Toes,
      I have enjoyed being able to see you the last 22 years, and this isn’t goodbye, but for the next 3-4 months we will have to see other people. There’s a baby boy growing inside of me and he has officially gotten so big that he wants to take the attention away from you and bring it all onto him. I assure you this is nothing personal.

Until we meet again,
Katie

Today marks the beginning of week 23 and we have 119 days to go until Jude’s due date :)

Changes I’ve Noticed So Far:
—I have officially gained 6lbs since getting pregnant
—I am beginning to see the tiniest of kicks from the outside but so far you can only feel them from the outside when I’m laying down
—Jude’s most active times are from 5:30am to 10:30am so we are on very different schedules haha
—I am losing sight of my toes more and more.


Our baby is the size of a Pomegranate or large Mango and measures around 11.4 inches (28.9 cm) long from head to heel and weighs almost 1 pound (453.6 grams).

He continues to accumulate fat and drink in amniotic fluid. His sense of taste is maturing, along with other senses such as touch and hearing. The baby’s lanugo (hair that covers its body) is growing darker and its fingernails are also almost fully formed.

Over the next few weeks, Jude will gain significant weight and will almost double in size.

The ears are also starting to develop as the three main bones (hammer, anvil, and stirrup) are hardening. This means the baby can listen to sounds but the brain is still developing rapidly.

Our son’s important organs are also developing quickly. The pancreas, which helps produce insulin, is maturing, and he now has sweat glands.

Blood vessels in baby’s lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and his hearing is becoming more keen. In fact, the baby’s cochlea – the inner ear mechanism that houses all components of hearing – is fully formed. So he can hear what you hear, but not at the same level. (Sounds and voices are muffled by the muscles and tissues around my belly, the placenta, and the amniotic fluid.)

If I turn on the radio and sway to the music, with a sense of movement well developed by now, he can feel me dance.

Jude will also be moving around a lot during this time, so the kicks and punches I am starting to feel will continue and get stronger.

Omg I just had a mom moment. I’ve been trying to cut back on my cussing and I cussed and instantly held my stomach as if that covered Jude’s ears lol

I definitely without a doubt felt baby hiccups today and I think even a temper tantrum lol. I kept feeling these little kicks but they were really consistent and I felt my stomach and it’s where his head is and I could feel the little hiccups!! He apparently got sick of having the hiccups and it felt like he performed a drum solo in the womb kicking and moving all over the place lol

Left work early last night and now I’m staying home today. Food poisoning on top of normal pregnancy stuff is no fun.

I have 7 bags of boy clothes so far the clothes range from newborn to 2t. I love me some handmedowns. If you have any boy clothes, boy toys, boy anything that you don’t need anymore send them my way I am also going to start buying at least one pack of diapers and wipes every week, that way when baby gets here we’ll have tons!! You can never have too many diapers. Baby Jude is coming in roughly 125 days it’s time to buckle down and get in full on mommy and daddy mode.

I have some exciting news for you all. I’ve been up on and off since 7am because I could feel the tiniest of nudges from Jude from the outside!!! By the time his daddy gets here there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be able to feel him :) as of right now I can only feel them from the outside laying down but he gets bigger and stronger everyday, who knows what he’ll be doing by the end of the week let alone month :D