Just the Facts:
Weeks pregnant: 18 weeks, 3 days (haha getting more and more behind on these! oops)
Gain: +1 overall
Size of the baby: 5.6 inches.
Weight: 6.7 ounces.
Other pregnancy related crap:
Emotional crap: So happy. I’m so excited about our growing family. I’m anxious to find out if the baby is a girl or a boy (no set appointment yet, but soon!) so that I can start calling it by a name instead of “it” or “fetus” or “inside-baby.”
Physical crap: Dreams have gotten even crazier if that’s possible. Still thirsty at night, still intermittent headaches. The positive physical thing is that I can feel the baby moving now and then (again). Yay! Looking forward to the baby getting bigger and stronger so I can feel it more.
What I want to devour: Fresh things… my favorite meals this week were eggplant with sausage/mushroom tomato sauce on top, whole milk mozzarella, and pepperoni (like pizzas sort of w/eggplant “crust”) SO good.
What makes me want to hurl: Meat I’ve cooked, eggs. When will this end??? I miss meat!
Supplements: Prenatal vitamin, calcium that has a little bit of Vitamin D in it. Vitamin D3, Fish Oil. I got my vitamin D serum test back and my levels were great (75 ng/mL now!) so I’ve cut back to 5k IU/day for maintenance. Very pleased.
Activity/Training: Nothing exciting, a few walks. Not as many as I’d like still.
Boy/Girl? GAHHHHH!!!!! I DON’T KNOWWWWW!!!
Birth prep: A nice visit from my homebirth midwife. She took my history and we talked about my pregnancy/birth with Anneliese, and this pregnancy so far. I tested my urine and she took my blood pressure and felt where my uterus is. Simple, relaxed.
Baby prep: I think really nothing this week.
Tandem nursing / BOOBS: LOTS of nursing, and nursing in the middle of the night too… Anneliese has woken screaming several times the last few nights, and only wants to snuggle and nurse. But this morning there was a new tooth that had popped through, so hopefully she will sleep better tonight. My breasts are very sensitive at night, and the night nursing isn’t super-comfortable. During the day it’s not so bad, and she doesn’t nurse as desperately as she has been at night with teething pain.
She has started to ask to nurse after most meals, and she does this adorable thing where she signs “milk” with both hands, and makes a please-face… which is wide eyes, eyebrows raised, a lovely little grin, and tilting her head to the side a bit. So funny, like someone taught her how to “be cute to get what you want.”
Other stuff: Took this this morning. I’ve been living in my yoga pants since my maternity jeans still fall down a bit. The weather has finally been getting chilly and I’m looking forward to shopping for some cooler-weather clothes and shirts that will actually fit me for many months. You can tell in the pic this shirt is getting a bit “full” in the belly area… I have 3-4 shirts like this I think (cheap non-maternity shirts I bought this summer because I had no clothes), 2 short/flutter sleeve shirts I’ve had for years (not really good for cold weather) and one short sleeved maternity shirt that doesn’t really seem like a maternity shirt to me at all… so I’m not sure how long it’ll fit. I have no clue what types of things to look for or where to shop. Just keeping my eyes peeled… I feel like a lot of stuff at Motherhood is very “Duggar-ish” and not my style. Pea in the Pod is super-expensive. Forever 21 is very limited in the maternity section. So I’ll probably end up trying to find things that will work even though they’re not labeled as maternity. Suggestions are welcome.