How far along: 19 weeks. (From the Bump) Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.
How big is baby: The size of a Mango.
Weight gain/loss: +8 from original weight.
Maternity clothes: Honestly, because we had an almost non-existent winter, I feel as though I may not have to wear many maternity specific items like I did in my last pregnancy. I really didn't wear many items that were maternity specific (the last time around) and when I did, they were always just so massive. With this nice weather, I cannot help but wear dresses and leggings whenever possible.
Stretch marks: Nothing new, but as my belly starts to grow, I can see them fading a bit. Maybe that's a bad thing, I don't know... but either way, my belly doesn't look as red as it once was with those stretch marks from Coen... that arrived at 39 weeks!
Sleep: Sleeping has been better, but nothing really great. It's sort of hit of miss because Coen is teething big time and it's just rocking his sleep schedule. I'm doing more and more co-sleeping lately, but it's what works and he loves it. He also still nurses in the morning while co-sleeping and I'm beyond thankful for that as well.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Nothing really special, other than what I had mentioned before. Bananas, peanut butter, pasta, yogurt, fresh fruit and string cheese. All normal things, in my mind.
Gender: We're team PINK!
Movement: Houston, we do have movement this week. Movement that I could for sure peg to be baby movement and not just me making up movement. I haven't felt anything really consistent, as she's pretty small still and moving around like mad, but she's moving, for sure. Because I'm having a c-section, I'm not as worried as I might have expressed last time about being head down and all of that, toward the end... but thinking about Coen's movements and this baby's movements, I wonder where she'll end up toward the end. Coen was head down and his feet were way up in my ribs. While this wasn't comfortable all the time, it was reassuring to feel him in the same spots over and over again and know that he was doing well. I have a friend whose baby is doing what their calling a "star-fish" and just jabbing her from all angles and it's entertaining and painful all at the same time. Makes me excited for the movements to come!
The belly: It's starting to show, but still not very big. I will have a picture soon, just haven't gotten one that I'm proud of yet.
What I'm loving: Spending time with Coen and watching him learn something, every day. I'm also in love with buying the crap out of some pink frill! My husband keeps shaking his head and saying, "I cannot believe we're having a girl..." every time I show him a new skirt or ruffle that I bought... He's excited to have a "daddy's little girl", like really excited about this!
What I miss: My little baby that is growing up so fast. Oh and the idea of getting smaller and smaller... I was so stoked to get into my skinny (pre-pregnancy) jeans and now they are packed away again, waiting for their next return... Should be a little while yet. :)
Symptoms: This week was great. No back pain, not overly tired or hungry, just normal feeling. It's getting a little more difficult to lift Coen and get up off the ground at the same time, but I can't imagine that action will get any easier... It will just be the new norm.
The nursery: We had high hopes of starting it this week, or at least taking certain things out of the room and reorganizing (during S.'s spring break), but that just didn't happen. We'll get to it another time, just have to plan another time to tackle it. I did look for a window valance this weekend, but didn't have any luck with it... No big deal.
What's different/the same this time: Well, reading back, I noticed that I'm gaining weight at a faster speed this time around. Makes me want to grab a salad and slow this eating machine down. I wonder if that has something to do with nursing or my body adjusting to no longer nursing? I don't know. Either way, that's the only major difference. That and sleep is a crap-shoot these days.
What I'm looking forward to: Coen getting these teeth in and sleeping better. I'm also looking forward to making some progress in the nursery, but I know that will all come with time. I also look forward to visiting Ikea to see what we need for our new nursery and potentially a play room for Coen. We have plans, but they may not be realistic for a while.
Best moment of the week: Watching Coen really get the hang of cruising around on furniture and falling (unexpectedly) less and less... It's great and I'm so happy that he's progressing! I can't help but think that walking is not too far away, but who knows...
Next appointment: It's scheduled for Monday, April 23 and she said that she will start measuring my tummy then.