Monday, September 21, 2009

18 weeks

First I just want to say, really?? This is the best picture of a sweet potato they could come up with? Do you see the hair coming out of the left side?? Really??

On to what the little man is doing this week:

"He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. Baby's become amazingly mobile (compared to you, at least), passing the hours yawning, hiccupping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking, and swallowing."

I meant to take a picture today but am already in my pjs now, so it will have to wait.

As you'll see below - the glider came in this past week. I love it! And so does Cali -she thinks that if I'm sitting in it, she's supposed to be in my lap. She curls up around my belly and we rock for long periods of time. At some point before the baby is here I think I'm going to have to start rocking a stuffed animal so that Cali gets used to not always sitting there. For now it's so cute though!

How far along: 18 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +2.2 (overall weight gain)
Maternity clothes: Um, yes. I also just bought a dress to possibly wear to a wedding we're going to at the beginning of January. It was $7 at a consignment sale - not too bad! It's obviously too big now, but will hopefully fit then.
Stretch marks: Nothing new.
Sleep: I couldn't get comfortable last night and was so close to sleeping in the glider.
Best moment this week: Getting our glider! It only took 4 days to come in. Jason picked it up and put it together for me - I love it!
Movement: Still not much of anything.
Food cravings: Nothing to speak of this week.
Gender: Boy!!!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out: In, but it's sort of flattening out, instead of a deep innie.
What I miss: sleeping on my belly or on my back. I struggle to try to stay on my side.
What I am looking forward to: Our next ultrasound in 2 weeks
Weekly Wisdom: If your body tells you to lay down and put your feet up - do it. You'll feel much better afterwards. :)
Milestones: Feeling the little man for the first time! I know I had mentioned odd feelings before, but they were mostly twinges and I'm pretty sure were just feelings of the uterus growing/stretching. This morning as I was laying in bed, I felt what can only be described as a bubble/air pocket! It was there and then it went away. After consulting several friends and google - that was probably the baby! Now I just wait for it to happen again.


Megan said...

Congrats on the movement!!! That is such an exciting part and I couldn't wait for Allen to feel it too, but that definitely takes more time. He'll be really inconsistent for now, but eventually you'll wish he wasn't moving so much :)

Lauren said...

Oh my gosh, Laura, I thought the same thing about the sweet potato when posting it on my own blog. They could have at least photoshopped the hair off of it. You're 18w already!

Anna said...

That is one ugly sweet potato. Kinda looks like a butt--hair and all.

Hooray for feeling movement. That was my favorite part of being pregnant.

Lisa said...

Yeah on the baby movement! It's an awesome's hard not to laugh sometimes when it happens. So excited for you! :)