Family Friday: 28 Weeks

Warning: Family Friday posts are an open and honest update of our pregnancy.  There will be references to lady parts, internal organs, and bodily functions.  There will also be photos of baby bumps and ultrasounds.  If any of this bothers you, please stop reading now.

28 Weeks

 -  is about 15 inches from head to heel
 -  can blink her eyes (which now have eyelashes)
 -  can see light that filters through my belly
 -  can dream and experience REM (rapid eye movement) while she sleeps
 -  has eye color (though the final color doesn't fully settle until almost 9 months after birth!)

WEIGHT:  +15 lbs total.  One pound gain this week.

BODY:  My waist is now at +6 inches, my lower belly is now at +5 inches, and my hips are now at +2 inches.  I feel like my belly is growing super fast and I'm starting to wonder just how big it's going to get!  My boobs have also been increasing again lately.  I finally had to buy some new bras in a larger size.  I've heard many women talk about how they love their "pregnancy boobs" but personally I'm not a fan of them and I'm glad that they'll eventually shrink back down.

THE GOOD:  1) Movement.  Now that Baby G is getting bigger, movements feel different.  Before, there were simply general feelings of movement and parts of my belly would move up and down.  Now, I can actually feel her body parts moving around on the inside and feel them on the outside with my hand!  2) Hair.  I really love my hair right now!  It hasn't been this long since our wedding over three years ago.  It's been growing faster than normal during this pregnancy and it's healthier too.  I hope it doesn't change too much after Baby G is born.  3) No headaches this week - yay!

THE BAD:  I think the biggest "bad thing" about being pregnant lately is eating!  If I eat too much, I get extremely uncomfortable for hours afterwards.  The problem is, the amount of food that is "too much" is anything more than a big snack.  I really need to be cautious about how much I eat at any one time, which is so hard when I'm eating something tasty :(

FOOD:  Still no specific cravings but I do favor carbs more than protein.  However, I feel a ton better when I eat more protein than carbs.  It's a balancing act.

EXERCISE:  I am still loving my Power Pump class and I always feel so good afterwards!  Riding my bike is still comfortable... as long as Baby G isn't riding too low in my pelvis.  A new park just opened near our house (practically in our backyard!) that has a jogging path around it.  Dulce and I are going to start walking/jogging on it in the mornings since we wake up early anyways and that's when I have the most energy.

OTHER NOTES:  Baby things are slowly getting done:  baby registries are complete, split between two different stores;  the nursery has a plan but won't be worked on until at least August;  and the hospital labor and delivery tour is scheduled for this month.  Only 12 weeks to go!

"In the pregnancy process I have come to realize how much of the burden is
on the female partner. She's got a construction zone going on in her belly"
~Al Roker


  1. Isn't it fun to think about what she'll look like? Eye color can actually change later than 9 months. My son was born with the bluest eyes you can imagine. His eye color has changed to more of a green blue just this year and he's 8!

    1. I know, I can't wait to see what she looks like! I actually hope she gets Johnnie's brown eyes with his perfect vision :)

  2. You look beautiful! So glad to read about your pregnacy update. Hugs to you and Johnnie. Blessings to Baby G.

  3. I was not a fan of my preggo boobs either! A laady told me that to buy a bra with a bigger size around (so instead of 34, buy 36). that way the cup size stays the same but you have thicker straps and they feel better! Or have you looked into nursing tank tops? They are super comfy! Target and walmart carriers them! Not sure if your going to nurse. Either way they are comfy! :) But I did love how long and fast my hair grew! :) Plus it became thick! BTW! You look great! :) Megan

    1. Thanks Megan :) I did actually buy new bras a bigger around but same cup - looks like I guessed right which is nice to know! I am planning on nursing for a little while but haven't looked into nursing tops or bras yet. Thanks for the info on where I can find some!

  4. Even before I read it I thought of how beautiful your hair looks!

  5. Hello, by accident I came upon your blog you did on Naritasan, outside of Narita airport. I went there this past January and loved it. Your pictures brought me right back there. Looking at your at your site I realize that you live on Hickam. How funny, because I live in Waikiki. Small world. I think Dulce is adorable. Good luck during your pregnancy and look forward to future blogs that you post.
    aloha, Lisa

    1. Thank you Lisa! I find that the more I travel and the more people I meet, the smaller this world becomes :)