Wednesday, May 18, 2011

18 weeks

How far along: 18 weeks!

Size of baby: Baby measures about 5 1/2 inches long and weighs almost 7 ounces- the size of a sweet potato! She's busy flexing her arms and legs. 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.

Maternity clothes: Maternity pants and a mix of regular shirts that still fit and a couple of maternity shirts. Most days I just can't wait to get home and put my sweats on!

Sleep: Still not good.  I am having trouble with sleeping on my side- I am a back sleeper and trying to switch has proven difficult for me.

Best moment of the week:  Being 18 weeks pregnant (of course) and planing our trip to PA to see Steve's parents in June.

Movement: I can't tell for sure.  I have felt a couple of "bubbly" feelings that I'm pretty sure weren't gas but I don't know??

Symptoms: Still have the tail bone pain :(

Food cravings/aversions: Rosemary and Cracked Pepper Triscuits are AWESOME!

Gender: Girl ♥

Belly button in or out: Still in

Stretch marks: Nothing new

What I miss: We went to watch some friends play sand volleyball last night (I have played every summer for about 5 or 6 years and this is my first year not playing).  I have to say I really miss it but I know it will be there next year.

What I am looking forward to: Feeling her move for sure, hanging out with family this weekend for my brother's birthday, our trip to Chicago next weekend, our 20 week ultrasound, and our upcoming trip to PA in June :) So much great stuff happening!

Weekly wisdom: Adam and Julia who are about to be (or may already be) proud parents of twins wrote a whole post about what she learned in 37 weeks of being pregnant with twins- it is all so true but my favorite was this:
"Swelling. It is perfectly normal to have feet that look like they came from a manatee and fingers that look like sausages. The only thing that works is to keep your feet up and rest, but that is usually only after the doctor makes you!"

Belly Pic:  Please excuse how I look in this picture, I'm pretty exhausted today.

18 comments:

  1. You look beautiful! Wow, almost halfway there!

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  2. You love beautiful!! Look at that lil girl growing :)

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  3. You look gorgeous! So glad things are going well!

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  4. YAY for feeling her move! that must have been amazing! i love that you post weekly belly pics. i LOVE to see preggo bellies grow - too cute. and you look beautiful!

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  5. I bet that is baby girl that you are feeling! So fun! I hope the sleep thing gets easier for you - I don't think we knew it would be so uncomfortable so early on.

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  6. Excuse how you look? You look WONDERFUL!

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  7. You look great!!! 18 weeks is soooo exciting!

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  8. Oh my word, you look amazing!!! And those bubbles!!! Welcome your little girl!!! My sisters both described that very feeling with their first babes and it is certainly something to cherish! Your blog caught my eye and my heart after so many years of IF --- yours was the one that encouraged and inspired me to start blogging. I can't tell you how much your posts inspire me and how much hope they give me. Sending lots of love to you, Steve, and your beautiful little girl!!! You are a blessing to this community, for sure...

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  9. you look adorable! omg when are you going to be in PA in June? I am headed home also!

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  10. You look so cute!!! Congrats on 18 weeks! I am sure those bubble feelings are the baby, I felt the same thing and eventually they will get stronger and feel more like kicks!

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  11. I just love these posts, they make me cherish the fact that our baby miracles can happen. Plus, how neat will it be to have an archive of your pregnancy!

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  12. You are looking fabulous !! What an adorable growing baby bump :o) So cool to feel those bubbles too. I find that when I am laying in bed in the morning after my a.m. trip to the bathroom when I have no food in my belly yet I feel the flutters the strongest and most clearly. What an amazing adventure we are on!!

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  13. Wow, busy girl(s)!!

    Rosemary and Cracked Pepper Triscuits...THE BEST.

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  14. Congratulations... thanks for following my blog and great to visit you today and see a happy pregnancy story :)) Love you update and hope all continues to go well :) Love always xoxo

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  15. You don't look exhausted. You look ecstatic!

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  16. That's a great picture of you.. nothing to excuse at all! Congrats to being almost halfway.

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  17. You look amazing! Congrats on the pregnancy! I absolutely love these updates. It is the second I've seen now and I seriously want to save them to reference when I get pregnant. Thanks for the updates!

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