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PREGNANCY WEEK TWENTY: CANTALOUPE

Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation… baby’s genitals are now fully formed!

How Far Along: 20 weeks, 5 days
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: Realizing I’m half way there now!
Movement: She moves all the time and it’s so cool to watch my belly move when she rolls and flips
Food Cravings: French Fries, Coconut Cake
What I Miss: Being able to drink beer….and wine….and hard liquor
Sleep: Pretty good this week except for the bathroom visits
What I am Looking Forward to: Buying cute little baby things again
Symptoms: Supercharged emotions, Heartburn

I know I’m supposed to be posting a picture this week, it will be added later when I find my stupid USB cord for the stupid camera. Grrrr….



PREGNANCY WEEK NINETEEN: A MANGO

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.

Week Nineteen Highlights:
How Far Along: 19 weeks, 3 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +6 pound so far (but I think I might have lost some this week being sick as a dog)

Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time
Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: Watching Mase’s face when he felt his sister kick
Movement: She moves alot and she’s already very predictible
Food Cravings: Sweet Tea, Honey Buns, French Fries
What I Miss: Being able to take real people medication for this horrible cold/sinus crap
Sleep: Hardly any this week, I’m too sick to sleep
What I am Looking Forward to: Feeling more like a human when this sinus mess goes away
Symptoms: Supercharged emotions, Headaches

This has been a bad week at the Semi-Domesticated house. We went last week to the pediatrician’s office to do Maia’s Kindergarten check up and Mase’s 2 year check up. A snot nosed brat who should not have been sitting in the well child room sneezed on me and I got sick. I’ve been sick for over a week now and I think I’m going to have to go to the doc today. One half of my face throbs and I’ve got a fever so I’m thinking Sinus Infection. Damn that snot nose brat!

Bad week. A very bad no good week. Boo.



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.