19 Weeks

Sunday, August 26, 2012

My baby bump at 19 weeks from the side:



And from the front:



























Total Weight Gain: I gained another .5 lbs this week!  I'm still down 6 lbs so far, but at least I'm starting to gain weight.

Movement:  I definitely felt some little kicks this week.  I am feeling them several times every day now!

Boy or Girl? Only 9 more days before we find out!

Food Cravings: Nothing new, I just want lots of sweets.

How I'm Feeling: Pretty great!  I love being pregnant so far!  

Size of Baby: Mango (6 in, .5 lbs)

Baby's Development:  Arms and legs are finally in proportion, neurons are now connected between the brain and muscles, and cartilage throughout the body is turning to bone.  All these upgrades combine to give baby more control over limb movements.

Best Part of this Week: Feeling those first little kicks!  I love knowing that our little one is moving around in there.  I can't help myself from smiling every time I feel a kick!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Seeing our little one again!

18 Weeks

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My baby bump at 18 weeks from the side:



And from the front:


























Total Weight Gain: No change this week.  I'm still down 6.5 lbs so far.

Movement:  I think I have felt a few little flutters, but still waiting on definite movements.

Boy or Girl? Two more weeks 'til we get to find out!

Food Cravings: Nothing new.

How I'm Feeling: I've been feeling pretty great lately.  Nothing uncomfortable other than a few headaches and some round ligament pain.  

Size of Baby: Sweet Potato (5.5 in, 5 oz)

Baby's Development:  Baby has now mastered the art of the yawn.  He or she is also working on twists, rolls, kicks, and punches.  Nerves are forming more complex connections.  Those in the brain are further specializing into the ones that serve the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing.  

Best Part of this Week: This week, a few strangers have noticed that I am pregnant.  One person only whispered something I wasn't supposed to hear, but that was probably only because you never really want to ask someone if they are expecting.  It's good to know that I actually look pregnant enough for people I don't know to say something.

What I'm Looking Forward To: Our next ultrasound...only 14 more days!

Dear Sprout,

Thursday, August 16, 2012
I feel like a lot has happened since the last time I wrote you a note.  Last week I went to the doctor again and got to hear your heartbeat and your sweet little kicks.  We also scheduled the next ultrasound.  Are you a boy or a girl?  We should know in about 3 weeks!

We have also done some more planning for your nursery.  I think we have picked out the perfect paint color.  We got your crib last week and have decided to use a family rocking chair.  I can't wait to rock you in it and read lots of books!  I have the supplies to make your mobile and have picked out the fabric for your bedding.  Once we know if you will be into pink or blue, Daddy and I will start getting everything ready.

I can't believe you will be here in just a little over five months!  It seems like you will be in our arms in no time.  I get more and more excited every day!  I love you so much already, Little One!

Love,
Mommy

17 Weeks

Monday, August 13, 2012

My baby bump at 17 weeks from the side:



And from the front:


























Total Weight Gain: I gained .5 lbs this week.  That puts me back to only being down 6.5 lbs so far.

Movement:  Nothing definite yet.  I think I may have felt a couple of little flutters, but it's hard to be sure.  I can't wait until I know for sure that I am feeling little kicks!

Boy or Girl? We will find out on September 4th (hopefully)!  I really feel like we are having a boy.

Food Cravings: Nothing new...but I finally got some pretty amazing apples this weekend!

How I'm Feeling: Pretty great!  I finally got some yummy apples.  I'm sleeping better thanks to a body pillow that takes up half of the bed.  I have the energy and motivation to finally get the house organized...maybe the 'nesting' everyone talks about has made a little appearance.

Size of Baby: Turnip (5 in, 5 oz)

Baby's Development:  Baby's body fat has started to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of the pregnancy.  Baby is almost certainly listening up by now.  In fact, loud noises will actually startle baby.  Baby's eyes are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light.  Within the next week or so, the pads on baby's fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).

Best Part of this Week: Finally getting some pretty delicious apples.   Baby M and I have thoroughly enjoyed them!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Our next ultrasound...only 22 more days!

16 Week Appointment

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Yesterday was my 16 week appointment with Dr. H.  Since this appointment was going to be just like the last one, I went by myself so that Corey wouldn't have to miss work.

This was my shortest appointment yet. I was in and out in 20 minutes.  This one was just as great (and nerve-racking) as the others.  I am always so nervous before any appointment that something will go wrong.  I guess that's normal though...and just the start of my worries as a mom.

Everything was perfect though.  Our Sprout had a heartbeat between 150 and 155.  Dr. H couldn't get a perfect number because our little one kept kicking.  It was so sweet to hear the little thumps of his or her kicks mixed in with the wonderful sound of that little heartbeat!

I also scheduled our next ultrasound.  September 4th we will get to see our little one again and find out if Sprout will be a he or a she.

I can't wait!

16 Weeks

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My baby bump at 16 weeks from the side:



And from the front:


























Total Weight Gain: I gained one lb this week, bringing my total weight loss so far to 7 lbs.  I hope I have finally stopped losing weight.

Movement: I thought I felt a little flutter or two last week, but I haven't felt anything since.  Could have just been wishful thinking.

Boy or Girl? Hopefully we will schedule that ultrasound at my appointment this week.

Food Cravings: Apples of course.  I think we are going apple picking soon though!

How I'm Feeling:  I feel pretty great until it's time to go to sleep.  I can no longer get comfortable.  I am going to buy a body pillow today, so hopefully that will help.  I am also hungry all the time.  I have to eat at least every 2 hours, but I can't eat very much at one time.

Size of Baby: Avocado (4 to 5 in. and 3 to 5 oz)

Baby's Development:  Tiny bones in baby's ears are in place this week, making it likely that he or she can hear my voice.  Baby's face now has both eyebrows and eyelashes.

Best Part of this Week: We ordered the crib this week, I ordered supplies to make the mobile, and I have picked out the fabric for the bedding.  I am so excited to be working on the nursery!

What I'm Looking Forward To: My 16 week appointment this week!

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