Sunday, March 30, 2014

18 week pregnancy update

Pregnancy bump

How far along? 18 weeks 5 days.. Baby is the size of an sweet potato!    

Weight gain? I actually have no idea.  I haven't weighed myself this week.. Again.  I'm sort of afraid to see it, preparing myself for massive weight gain. 

Belly button? Starting to look more flat and stretched.  It never popped out with Dawson so I'm pretty sure it will just become flat by summertime.  

Wedding rings on or off? Still on but I really need to hunt for my necklace..  

Movement? Oh yes.  Little girl or guy is just a wiggling away, a LOT usually late morning & late afternoon.   Been feeling him or her much more lately.  He or she seems to be enjoying having a dance party on my cervix.. Awesome. 

Maternity clothes? Yes, yes, yes! 

Symptoms? Feeling? Nausea is only hitting me on some days now, but when it does it lingers all day. I've put not only my promethazine to good use this week, but also my zofran.  Booooo.  I'm getting a little pickier about food again.. Be nice to just be able to eat whatever.  My ribs are still killing me, and it really really need to find a chiropractor that our insurance will cover this week.  I know this feeling will only get worse. My legs are also going to sleep at the drop of a hat when I sit funny.   Braxton hicks contractions hit me every single day or night now.. I'll be asking about it at my next appointment.   My nose is stuffy but im never sure if that's just my allergies or not. 

Mood? Feeling pretty good still.  I have been having days where I'm just irritable and no one can say or do anything right.. Except I know it's just me.  I'm still nesting like crazy, I am purging the houses fall kinds of crap I don't need or want.  

Missing? Alcohol.. My god, I miss it.  I am not a big drinker, really, but when the sun comes out a beer with dinner just sounds amazing.  Virgin drinks are just not the same.  Alcohol sounded so gross with Dawson.. But now I'm just wondering if that's because if was a totally different time of year.  

Looking forward to? The anatomy scan! Set for April 8th! Just a little over a week away now! I'm also looking forward to getting the nursery put together! 

Sleep? Having a lot of bad nights.  If I'm asleep, I'm having weird dreams.  I've been awake way, way too much at night though.  My nose is the biggest interference.  

Exercise? Nothing too fancy this week.  We went to the park with Kirsten and Ayla.. That was a lot of dodging running kids and keeping tabs on our kids.  Otherwise, just doing at home things is exercise at this point.  

Any cravings? Sushi, donuts, bottled water (with a sports bottle top ONLY), still smoothies for breakfast, maple cream top yogurt.. That's about it. 

Food aversions? Steak. Bacon.  Grilled chicken.  Yuck. 

I'm doing okay this week.  I've had some pretty awful days filled with nausea again but not as bad as it was.  Dawson has done really well with potty training this week and we had our first outing with big boy underwear and that went well.  My patience was wearing thin so I'm glad that we are finally somewhat on top of it.  I'm bracing myself for laundry though, because tonight he goes to bed with no diaper for the first time.  He is too reliant on a diaper at night, Joe and I both agreed as crappy as it might be (no pun intended) going diaper free is what we need to do. 

My motivation to get the house ready for this baby has gone into overdrive. It's just hit me in the last week that we will be bringing a BABY home.  This is for real.  The newborn days with Dawson were honestly one of the darkest times in my life.  I did not enjoy having a squishy itty bitty baby.  I felt completely out of control of any and every situation at that time.  I still feel that way at times now but it's infrequent.  Months of feeling like every outing was a disaster, every night meant no sleep and lots of crying, and being nothing but a milk machine to a baby was very hard.  Now of course I look at him and see how wonderful he is, even at moments that he's driving me crazy.  I'm hoping having the regular reminder that he might have been difficult, but he's better now and we share a bond that no one else knows, will help me cope with having a newborn again.. and better this time.  

Only a little over a week until we find out what this baby is!  Hopefully it will help Joe and I both bond with the baby more.  

1 comment:

  1. When I night-broke Keith, I had to wake him every 2-4 hours, and make him pee. If he need to do more, he just did it, like it was in his sleep. He peed, then, turned around and sat on the pot. But, it was like he didn't even realize he was doing it cuz he was still mostly asleep! (It was pretty funny, really). It's a little annoying having to get up in the night, but I went right to sleep after, just as he did. And I only had to do it for a week or so, then he got up himself.