B A B Y S T A T S
Baby is flexing his or her arms and legs like crazy these days (and I can feel some of it!). Baby's ears are now in the correct, final position, and his/her blood vessels are visible through the skin. If baby is a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If baby is a boy, his genitals are clearly visible. How interesting! I had no idea that reproductive organs formed this early. It's really a miracle that any of this occurs. Babies are just...miracles. :)
Baby is about 5.5 inches long and weighs approximately 7 ounces. He or she is the size of a
LARGE BELL PEPPER
M O M M Y S T A T S
Well, my belly is definitely growing but I'm not gaining any more weight. I think I even lost a pound or two. This is the total opposite of my pregnancy with Charlotte where I gained probably 10 or 15 lbs by this point. I go in for my next appointment in a few weeks so I'll see what they say!
Still don't have many. Still need many. Haha I've been putting off a shopping trip but I don't think it can wait any longer. I need to go ASAP! My poor non-maternity shirts are so stretched...
Sleep is tricky lately for a few reasons. My back doesn't allow me to get into the positions I need to be in. For instance one of the only positions that is comfortable to me is laying on my back with my knees up (picture sitting Indian-style but while laying on your back) but I'm not allowed to lay on my back because it could cut off blood supply and harm the baby. So then I lay on my side like I'm supposed to but that makes my back hurt. So then I want to put one knee up but I'm not allowed per my physical therapist who says that will make my back worse. Hahaha I think I might as well just sleep standing up! Being in weird, unfamiliar, uncomfortable positions all night means that I usually wake up with aching muscles now too. So there's that. But it's a good thing I get coffee in the morning. My one saving grace... ;)
Best Moment From Weeks 17 + 18
I think the best moments are probably just when I get to feel the baby kick. He or she is always making their presence known in the lower left region of my belly. I get little pokes and nudges sometimes where I think baby is just letting me know they're still there. I love those little reminders! They can turn any hectic or stressful moment into a happy one. Babies are just good like that! :)
Still the same - I want to cry when I pass a drive-thru that I'm not in. Haha I just want some fries, DANGIT. It's really pretty pathetic...
Still diapers. It's the strangest thing! Even a regular diaper with no poo makes me gag like crazy! It's really embarrassing in public because people probably think, "Wow. Your daughter is HOW old and you're gagging over a diaper with pee in it? Get a hold of yourself!" It's so weird. I could change the worst, messiest diaper on the planet before I was pregnant and I wouldn't even flinch. Now? Tom better be home or it'll be the death of me. lol.
Honestly I have no idea anymore what I think this baby is! No incling whatsoever. I swore baby was a boy up until a few weeks ago and now I just have no idea. My brain can barely remember my own name lately so I think it's done guessing genders. lol. Only a few more days until we find out!
- Hot flashes are still a thing. They come on so unexpectedly and bring on dizziness too. Thankfully they are not as bad or as often as they were before!
- My back is still absolutely awful. I'm going to the physical therapist this week and hopefully they can help!
- Low blood sugar? When I was pregnant with Charlotte I would get really really hungry but I could live with it if I had to (like if I was at work or something and couldn't leave to get food). This time, if I go more than 2 hours without eating something I might as well be dead! Okay, that's a little dramatic. But I'd say I get very shaky and weak. My body just sort of shuts down. I have to make sure to keep a snack on my at all times. Or...you know...drive-thrus are nice... >:)
Happy or Moody?
Both! Sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me and I just cry for literally no reason at all. I sit there while I'm crying and think, "What is making me so upset?" and I go through different things that I think could upset me but none of them are it. You know what IS it? Hormones. I cry just because my body is like, "Huh. It's been a few days. Let's just open the flood gates for 10 minutes and see what happens. Yeah, that sounds fun." 5 minutes later I'm happy as clam! Haha pregnancy is just pure craziness I tell ya...
My Midwife Says...
Nothing this week because I haven't been to see her. BUT I'm sure she'd say everything is looking just perfect!
I'm sorry if it seems like nothing changes from week to week! It seems like that to me a lot. I try to think of different things that I'm experiencing but it always ends up being...the same. But, I'm happy with that too because the fact that my pregnancy is pretty uneventful means that everything is going smoothly and that baby is fine. That's the part I love. :)
I hope you a wonderful week and I love you all!
My name is Hannah and I'm a lucky wife to Tom, and mama bear to two sweet girls - Charlotte & Rosalie. Coffee, lipstick, sunshine, and dresses are some of my favorite things! I love to blog about God, motherhood, "wifeyhood", food, health and much more.
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