In the next few weeks, my baby will double her weight and add inches to her length. Right now, she’s about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. Her legs are much more developed, her head is more erect than it has been, and her eyes have moved closer to the front of her head. Her ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of her scalp has begun, though her locks aren’t recognizable yet. She’s even started growing toenails. And there’s a lot happening inside as well. For example, her heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as my baby continues to develop.
How Moms life’s changing
The top of the uterus is about halfway between the pubic bone and navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. Mom is probably feeling a whole lot better as she settles into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and “glowing” skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Soon Mom will experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling the baby move. While some women notice “quickening” as early as 16 weeks, many don’t feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is the first baby, don’t be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby’s movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they’ll grow stronger and you’ll be able to feel them much more frequently.
How Far Along?
16 weeks (4 months)
How Big Is The Little One?
My mini me is the size of an avocado
Total Weight Gain / Loss?
I have remained pretty stable and bounce between 2 pounds
I am still in my regular clothes, which are really baggy given the 16 pound loss the first few months of pregnancy.
I find that I am tired at night now. I attribute it to the higher energy levels now that morning sickness has wained.
Best Moment of the Week?
My mother and I are in Las Vegas all week. The most exciting thing I have done all week, aside from house hunting with our realtor here yesterday, was the Michael Jackson One Cirque De Soleil show. It was soooo amazing ! Today, we are taking a VIP Tour of the Hoover Dam. My mom wanted to go by helicopter, but I have already done one helicopter ride a few months ago and that was enough for a lifetime !
I urinate more frequently now and I still have no real appetite. I am eating every 4 hours on a schedule to make sure I eat, but I am not hungry at all. Since being pregnant, instead of being constipated, my bowels work overtime ! I guess now, they are doing what they are supposed to do normally, but its weird going to bathroom after every major meal. Two-three times a day is a bit much, but my tummy is not bloated so I guess its a good thing !
Still salt and sugar
What I Miss?
The occasional mixed drink or glass of wine.
What I Am Looking Forward To?
Finally starting to show instead of looking like I have fat tummy.
Still a little pouch that is higher up that it was before.
I have been doing a bit too much shopping during these internet sales Carter’s had a 70% off sale so I bought a bunch of onesies with matching leggings, dresses from Gymboree, and some other clothing from other sites. I get notices from http://www.hip2save.com and the sales are ridiculous ! 🙂
I remember that helicopter ride! Eek. You two looked so happy at the Hoover Dam yesterday. I also picked up some wee things for your mini me yesterday so was happy to see this update.
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Yes, that helicopter ride ! Whew !! It was fun and so not what I expected. I just knew I would be petrified, but I made it through. Lol. We had a blast yesterday. We took the red eye last night back to the East Coast. Just got in a couple of hours ago. Awwww. You are already finding things for your niece? Lol. I hope to come up to visit before I get too big to travel.
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