How far along: 18 weeks. (From the Bump) Your fetus has become amazingly mobile (at least compared to you), passing the hours yawning, hiccupping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing. And, baby's finally big enough that you'll be able to feel those movements soon. (I'll have a picture this week for the 19 week mark!)
How big is baby: The size of a sweet potato.
Weight gain/loss: - 2 from last week, but still up +6 from my starting weight. Not bad.
Maternity clothes: Not really still. I even wore my regular jeans last weekend… unfortunately; I couldn’t buckle them without having a major muffin top, so I just went with the belly band and a flowy shirt. I like them better than maternity jeans because they actually stay up… Outside of that I’m wearing just the norm (maternity pants mainly) but nothing else, yet.
Stretch marks: Just the leftovers and they seem to be fading a bit. It’s strange. Maybe just re-stretching.
Sleep: Still doing great. I’m so glad he’s sleeping through the night. It’s been a dream come true and makes it much easier on me too. I could hit the hay about 9pm every night… or even earlier, sometimes. My body is just worn out from a combination of this pregnancy and my little man who is on the go, non-stop.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I’m really digging on peanut butter again and any kind of peanut butter & chocolate combination. I also love bananas, gummy bears, jelly beans, watermelon/cherry lickerish. Those aren’t completely abnormal, still things that I’m really enjoying. We are trying to grill out and cook in a lot and we’re doing a fairly good job of that so far. Thank goodness for this weather, because it only encourages us to be outside and enjoying it!
Exercise: Nada. I mean, I went on a walk the other day, with Coen and that has been the extent of it lately.
Gender: We just found out last week that we’re expecting a baby GIRL! Very exciting! With knowing the gender, comes questions like… “Well, do you have a name?” And the answer is yes. Honestly, we just thought of names again when we found out about this pregnancy and the names we had on the board from when Coen was in womb, have been thrown out for this one. Going into the ultrasound, we only had a girl name… so I guess it’s a good thing she’s a she, otherwise, we’d have to go back to the drawing board. The next question is… “Are you sharing your name?” And with that, we haven’t decided. Her name is in no way related to the OC, but I’ve gotten a lot of questions around that. But we really do like it and think that it’s pretty fitting. We just haven’t decided to come out in the open with it yet. As soon as we decide, we’ll let you know. I thought about sharing our out-take names, since we aren’t using them and we may not have them transfer over to the next child/pregnancy, but we hope to have 2 more and who knows if we’ll use the names or not. So I have to refrain.
Movement: I feel bad that I keep saying it this way, but I still haven’t felt movement. Like 100%, that was the baby moving, movement. I feel things that I think are the baby, but then I get distracted and I don’t come back to it. It’s very strange. I have faith that things are well, since we just saw them on ultrasound… not only that, but I also know that when she wants me to know she’s moving, she’ll let me!
The belly: It’s starting to show more, but honestly, not really. It’s really only obvious if I’m wearing stretch pants, pj pants or workout pants with a tight fitting tank and I really only wear that outfit at home as to not embarrass myself completely, in public. It’s starting to take shape and look less like pudge, in my eyes.
What I'm loving: I never thought that I would say this, but I’m LOVING not pumping at work! It’s so much less stress to NOT have to pump. I can actually get some quality work done, I don’t have to watch the clock and I only have to remember to bring my wallet with me when I leave the house and I’m good to go. I’m actually thinking about starting to use a purse for work now, since I don’t have to worry about everything else that I have to lug to work. I’m a little sad that my body wouldn’t allow me to do it longer, but this pregnancy is taking precedence and I just have to let it happen. Like I had mentioned, I have enough milk to last about 20 days (now) and with that, he’ll be 11 months and that’s pretty great. We are still nursing in the morning. Sometimes it’s just once and other times it’s twice, but either way, nursing is still happening, which I’m very happy about. But being strapped to my pump no longer exists and I’m very excited about it. I’m going to steam all parts to my pump tonight and put that baby away until this baby comes along.
What I miss: Nursing Coen at any given second. (See it’s a double edged sword!) I hated pumping, but I loved nursing. Because I’m not pumping, I’m not nursing nearly as much as I once was and because of this, it’s really killed my supply and ability to nurse all day, when I’m with him. It’s very sad to see that part of our relationship fade away, but I know that it was about to anyway, since he’s approaching 12 months. I have to remind myself that I did far more than most, so I have to be proud of that and just let it be. I cannot believe that I am and have been pregnant and nursing for almost 6 months too! What an accomplishment! This was one I wanted to do, but you just never know how it’s going to work out and I already can’t help but worry about how this baby will do. Hopefully she can catch on like her brother did and we’ll be good to go!
Symptoms: Nothing really. Just not as hungry as I was last week or the months prior and I think that I can chalked that up to the lack of nursing/pumping. I'm still eating regularly but not nearly as often or as much as I once felt like I needed to. It's interesting how quickly that dropped.
The nursery: I’m still sticking with the same colors that I had said before, but I have plans on Friday to go and pick out some fabric that might work in there for a crib skirt, valance and maybe a pendant banner… the projects and options are endless, really. I keep thinking about adding coral to the mix, but I’m not sure how that would work, so I’m waiting for Joann’s to tell me if I’m crazy or brilliant. I’m sure they’ll have some options that will work, just have to go there and scope them out.
What's different/the same this time: The major difference that I was trying to deny at first, but is completely the truth… This little girl is sucking the beauty (whatever it is that I had) out of me. She’s blowing my face up with pimples, she’s drying my face out, and while I know there might be some truth behind girl pregnancies vs. boy pregnancies… but for me this has been the only big difference between the two, so far.
What I'm looking forward to: Buying ruffles, dresses, polka dots, headbands, and lots and lots of frilly girl clothes! I'm also looking forward to going through my friend's daughter's baby clothes because she has FANTASTIC taste and style!
Best moment of the week: (since I’m writing about last week) … It was finding out that our little baby is a baby girl. And then second moment was when I went to Target and bought her some rompers to start of her wardrobe with some frill. That part is going to be very fun and very dangerous, all in the same breath.
Last appointment details: It's a GIRL and she's as healthy as can be!
Next appointment: Our next appointment is April 23 and that's when she'll start measuring my bump... YEAH!