Eighteen Weeks & Counting ! – The 411

 

BABY STATS:

How my baby’s growing

Head to rump, the baby is about 5 1/2 inches long, and she weighs almost 7 ounces (about the size of a bell pepper). She’s busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin, and her ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from her head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

How mom’s life’s changing

Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now. Make it count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories (chips, French fries, candy, and other sweets). Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow.

Your cardiovascular system is undergoing dramatic changes, and during this trimester your blood pressure will probably be lower than usual. Don’t spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.

From now on, when you do lie down, it’s best to lie on your side — or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.) Try placing a pillow behind you or under your hip or upper leg for comfort.

If you haven’t already had a second-trimester ultrasound, you’ll probably have one soon. This painless procedure helps your practitioner check how your baby’s growing, screen for certain birth defects, check the placenta and umbilical cord, determine whether the due date you’re working with is accurate, and see how many babies you’re carrying. During the exam, you might see your baby moving around or sucking his thumb.

How Far Along?

18 weeks !   Only 21 more to go 🙂

How Big Is The Little One?

She is the size of a bell pepper !

Total Weight Gain / Loss?

My weight stayed the same this week.  I have lost a total of 20 pounds since February 1st.

Maternity Clothes?

I still have no noticeable bump so I wear my running leggings, my regular skinny jeans (which are still sliding off me) and a pair of maternity leggings I bought.  My maternity pants are too big right now.

Sleep?

I am having terrible insomnia.  I wake up and then stay up for hours.  I can not get comfortable so I move to the couch and then later go back to bed about 4 am.

Best Moment of the Week?

I ended up catching a stomach bug from my niece, who gave it to the entire house one person at a time.  I only felt bloated and was very nauseous.  My mom, sister, and my other niece got the whole virus.  I tend to stay to myself in the basement so I only walked through the upstairs family room over the weekend.  My mom sat up there with my nieces and the rest of the family so she was very , very sick for three days. I did not eat for two days because I could not hold anything down.  I was just grateful NOT to have it coming out of the other end LOL.  I will take vomiting over that any day of the week !

The best part of my week was receiving a surprise package from my sister girl in Canada for my baby girl !!!  She sent the most beautiful white blanket and these adorable booties with African animals on them.

Symptoms?

Insomnia

Food Cravings?

Watermelon

Food Aversions?

Salty and sweet foods are my aversions still.   Oh how I miss brownies and cake ! Even Chick Fil A is way too salty for me to eat now.  I cringe with one bite !

Gender?

Girl !

Labor Signs?

None !

What I Miss?

An occasional glass of Moscato

What I Am Looking Forward To?

Holding my daughter in my arms in 21 weeks.

Bump?

Nope… still a little pooch.  #waiting

Navel In/Out?

Out

Baby or Mommy Purchases?

This week, I ordered Burts Bees organic cotton burp clothes and a designer birthing gown with matching bright colored pillow case.

Seventeen Weeks and Counting ! – The 411

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BABY STATS:

How your baby’s growing

My baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. The baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

How Mommy’s life’s changing

Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby.

You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.

How Far Along?

Seventeen Weeks Zero Days

How Big Is The Little One?

My baby is the size of a Turnip !  She should weigh about 5 ounces.

Total Weight Gain / Loss?

I have lost two pounds

Maternity Clothes?

I am still wearing my normal clothing, which are still too big.  I will be glad when I pop so that I can rock my maternity jeans I bought months ago.

Sleep?

I still have off and on insomnia.   It is currently 4 am and I am up writing this blog post.

Best Moment of the Week?

Last week, I vacationed in Las Vegas with my mom and then headed to New York this week.  On Monday, I had my 16 week anatomy scan and all was well.   I got to see my little one and boy has she grown !  Her legs and arms are so long and she has the cutest long fingers.  On Tuesday, I got to tour the hospital where I will be delivering my baby girl. It was a relief to be able to envision everything.  On Wednesday, I had my monthly OB appointment with Dr. Karamitsos and everything is going well.  He had to move my delivery date back three days because the date I wanted conflicts with the days he is in the hospital and I refuse to deliver with any other doctor.   So instead of a Friday, I will deliver on a Monday. I guess the exciting part of my week was meeting Fantasia Barrino and her band in the lobby of my hotel, as they were staying there this week too.

Symptoms?

I still have no appetite and have to eat by force every four hours.  I re-injured my achilles tendonitis yesterday as I started up the stairs.  My right heel popped and then I felt this burn.  I have my foot wrapped in ACE bandage and if it doesn’t feel any better by Sunday, I am going to the emergency room at the hospital by my mom’s old residence and let them treat it.  Hopefully they can inject it with cortisone, if it is not detrimental to my baby.  I can not imagine having to deal with heel pain while gaining weight with this pregnancy over the next five months.  It took over six months for my heels to heal when this happened over the summer.

I have an increased sense of urinary urgency.  My placenta is low lying and my baby likes to lie at the bottom of my uterus and doesn’t see a need to move up.  Although my placenta has moved up quite a bit since the last scan, the doctors are not worried and feel as the uterus rises, the issue will hopefully resolve itself.

Food Cravings?

I have no appetite.  I have no real cravings this week….  The only dish I have given thought to is swiss steak, so I will get my mom to make some maybe next week when I can fathom eating steak.

Food Aversions?

Salty foods and sugary treats.

Gender?

Baby girl who still has no name !  Any suggestions?

Labor Signs?

None…

What I Miss?

The occasional glass of wine

What I Am Looking Forward To?

Holding my daughter and trying on all these outfits and little tees I have bought her.  I look forward to seeing her in her first church outfit I bought her from Gymboree.
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Bump?

Still no real bump… just a pouch.   I am 4.5 months pregnant and still no real bump.  Maybe I will not end up looking like Orca or Shamu !  🙂
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Navel In/Out?

In

Baby Purchases?

I ordered five or six onesie/ legging sets from Carters since they were 70% off.  I only bought NB size.   I do not want to purchase a bunch of clothing that she will quickly outgrown and not get a change to wear, so I bought gowns, tees, and onesies.  I am avoiding any clothing with snaps.  It is too much work !

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Still Ten Weeks ! – The 411

IVF #6 - 10 wks kumquat

BABY STATS:

How Far Along?

10 weeks 2 days

How Big Is The Little One?

My baby is the size of kumquat.

Total Weight Gain / Loss?

I have lost 1.5 pounds since I last weighed on Friday.

Maternity Clothes?

I ordered a maternity vegan leather jacket and three maternity body con dresses from Haute Couture , which is a part of Nordstrom.

 Sleep?

I am assuming because of the anemia, I am pretty wiped out and want to nap in the middle to the day. With losing an hour, I am sure that is playing a big role today.  I am sleeping all night with the exception of waking up to urinate.

Best Moment of the Week?

Today, I found a lot of Burts Bees Organic baby items at TJ Maxx. I am finally starting to relax and accept that this IS happening !  I am anxious to find out what the sex of the baby is so that I can start planning with an event planner for my gender reveal party and come up with a theme for my baby shower in NYC this summer.

Symptoms?

I am very tired and not hungry.

Food Cravings?

None.  I have no hunger.

Food Aversions?

Everything tastes funny to me.  It is either too sweet or too salty or just plain not good !

Gender?

Holding out hope for Team Pink !

Labor Signs?

None.. too soon !

What I Miss?

Nothing.

What I Am Looking Forward To?

Nurturing, guiding and loving my children.

Bump?

I have a little pouch but this week, it looks smaller to me for some reason.  My mom says its bigger.  Guess I am getting used to seeing it…

Navel In/Out?

In

Baby Purchases?

Burts Bees organic cotton body suits and bibs, Burts Bees organic cotton outfits, 2 gray baby blankets, one ivory knitted cable blanket, baby grooming kit, Stokke Xplory Black Melange Stroller system and a Maxi Cosi Prezi Infant Carseat (for a STEAL on Albeebaby.com).