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PREGNANCY WEEK EIGHTEEN: A SWEET POTATO

Your fetus has become amazingly mobile (at least compared to you), passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing. And, baby’s finally big enough that you’ll be able to feel those movements soon.

Week Eighteen Highlights:
How Far Along: 18 weeks, 1 day
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +6 pound so far

Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time
Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: Finding out that we are having another daughter
Movement: I think she’s going to be a soccer player like her mama, she’s a kicker!
Food Cravings: Sweet Tea, Fruit Salad, Brownies
What I Miss: Nothing this week; really enjoying this point in my pregnancy
Sleep: Better except for having to get up to tinkle 1-3 times a night
What I am Looking Forward to: Finding the perfect name for our new daughter
Symptoms: Excessive Tinkling, Supercharged emotions, and Severe Headaches

Our newest daughter is absolutely healthy and the picture of perfection. She measured 5 days ahead, which is consistent with my first ultrasound at 7 weeks. I cannot even describe my relief and joy right now. Maia is super excited and already throwing out name suggestions, although I’m not sure Sparkles is going to make the cut this time. Matt is in shock and already looking up the nearest convent. Poor thing.
Here are my 2 favorite pictures from the ultrasound this morning, her profile pictures:



PREGNANCY WEEK SEVENTEEN: AN ONION

Baby’s skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. The umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes are now topped by one-of-a-kind prints.

Week Seventeen Highlights:
How Far Along: 17 weeks, 3 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +5 pound so far

Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time
Gender: We find out next Monday; Matt and I both predict BOY but the kids are saying GIRL
Best Moment this Week: Having someone tell me I am so small to be almost half way done
Movement: I’m feeling some very defined movements now….so sweet
Food Cravings: Cheese Bread with marinara sauce, Sweet Tea, Fruit, 3 Muskateers Whipped Truffle Bars….Oh Mylanta, are they good.
What I Miss: Nothing this week; really enjoying this point in my pregnancy
Sleep: Better except for having to get up to tinkle 1-3 times a night
What I am Looking Forward to: Our big ultrasound next week
Symptoms: Excessive Tinkling, Supercharged emotions, and Severe Headaches



PREGNANCY WEEK SIXTEEN: AN AVACADO

Watch what you say… tiny bones forming in baby’s ears mean the little one can now pick up your voice. Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming. And, if you’re interested, an ultrasound might be able to determine gender.

Week Sixteen Highlights:
How Far Along: 16 weeks, 1 day
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +5 pound so far

Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time
Gender: We find out in 2 weeks; Matt and I both predict BOY but the kids are saying GIRL
Best Moment this Week: Starting to feel the little “flutters” inside as the baby moves around
Movement: YES, finally feeling the little flutters
Food Cravings: Cherry Cheesecake, Sweet Tea, Fruit
What I Miss: Nothing this week; enjoying the pregnancy
Sleep: Uncomfortable, I’m a tummy sleeper and I can’t get comfy on my side
What I am Looking Forward to: Finding out what we’re having in 2 weeks
Symptoms: Excessive Tinkling, Supercharged emotions, Pregnancy Amnesia, Nosebleeds and Headaches

And….my 16 week belly pictures as promised. Be Kind.

I threw in a bare belly picture for your viewing entertainment. I forgot to take a frontal shot so you could see my cool tank. It says “I can grow people”. Ha!

I had my 16 week appointment this morning and it was one of the scariest prenatal visit I have ever had. They could not find the heartbeat. It took 30 minutes, 5 nurses and one worried OB to find it. I was about a minute away from heading down to the ultrasound room to confirm a fetal demise when the OB found the heartbeat. She thinks I might have an anterior placenta, which made it hard to hear the heartbeat. Longest 30 minutes of my life. Good thing they took my blood pressure first because it would have been very high by that point. Everything else looks good and we will hopefully find out what we are having in 2 weeks when I have my anatomy growth ultrasound done.



PREGNANCY WEEK FIFTEEN: A NAVAL ORANGE

Continuing the march towards normal proportions, baby’s legs now outmeasure the arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably still can’t feel the movements.

Week Fifteen Highlights:
How Far Along: 15 weeks, 2 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +3 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time (I got some cute ones this time around)
Best Moment this Week: Watching Mase discover my expanding belly and yell “Hi Baby” to my tummy every morning
Movement: None yet
Food Cravings: Fruit Salad, Pizza, Sweet Tea
What I Miss: Going out without having to tinkle every 20 minutes in a public bathroom *shudder*
Sleep: Uncomfortable, I’m a tummy sleeper and I can’t get comfy on my side
What I am Looking Forward to: Feeling the baby move
Symptoms: Round Ligament Pain, Excessive Tinkling and Supercharged emotions, Pregnancy Amnesia



PREGNANCY WEEK FOURTEEN: A LEMON

Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, and (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over the body for warmth.

Week Fourteen Highlights:

How Far Along: 14 weeks, 3 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +3 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: Completely in maternity clothes now and so much more comfortable
Best Moment this Week: Feeling the return of my energy, this is my favorite time in pregnancy
Movement: None yet
Food Cravings: Jelly Beans, Coke Zero, Fruit
What I Miss: Sleeping through the night without getting up to pee 4 times
Sleep: Fine except for the frequent potty breaks
What I am Looking Forward to: Feeling the baby move- with Mase I started feeling movement at 15 weeks
Symptoms: Shortness of Breath, Round Ligament Pain, Excessive Tinkling and Supercharged emotions