18 Weeks

Sorry my hair is always out of control in these pics, I always take them when I first wake up.

Size of baby: About 6 inches from crown to rump (the size of a large mango)

Sleep: Not too good. I’m starting to think I won’t be having good nights of sleep for a long time. Last night I had a baby dream.

Symptoms: backaches! ugh… my bad skin finally looks like it’s starting to clear up, though.

Fetal Movement: a few more tickles every now and then

What I Look Forward To: Feeling real, no joke kicks. It is kind of eerie to feel something one day and then not feel anything for another couple of days. I can’t wait until it’s more consistent and obvious. Finding out gender, of course! 2.5 weeks away. I can’t wait to start shopping!!!

Words of Wisdom from this Week: No joke, sometimes it can be really scary and frustrating seeing all the changes my body is going through. It’s getting hard for me to button my jeans. All my clothes are definitely fitting tighter. Even though I know it’s because I’m pregnant, these things are terrifying for a fitness junkie like me. Sometimes I really just need to take a deep breath and know it will all be worth it when I have my little baby in my arms. I have no worries about not getting my body back afterward- I’m a pro at cutting weight!

Other Interesting Info: So it’s always so confusing that pregnancy is 40 weeks but 9 months. If you think of a month as 4 weeks (or 4.5 weeks) it’s hard to figure out how many months pregnant you are compared to how many weeks you are. Well, according to this handy dandy chart I found on a pregnancy website, I’m 5 months this week! Pretty crazy, but here it is:

 

17 Weeks


Size of baby: a little over 5 inches (about the size of a grapefruit)


Sleep: It’s getting really difficult for me to get comfortable. My back always hurts. 


Cravings: I haven’t really had any this week, actually. 
Symptoms: backaches, headaches 
Fetal Movement: I’ve definitely felt him/her! When it first started it felt more like a slushing but now I feel tapping too. (kicks?)
What I Look Forward To: Finding out whether my baby is a boy/girl in three and a half weeks!


Other Interesting Info: There are many natural health practitioners that believe in the power of touch. Though your little one is still very small, your touch may do much to help him feel safe and warm inside the womb. If you haven’t started already, you might consider rubbing your ‘pooch’ in calming circular motions. This will not only help comfort your little one, but will help initiate the bonding process with you and your baby throughout your pregnancy and after. 



16 Weeks

Man, I’ve really popped this week!

Size of baby: 5 inches (about the size of an open hand)

Sleep: Alright. I’m still having back/body aches.
What I Miss: Everything! Surfing, Monsters, booze, etc… It’s all worth it though. 🙂
Cravings: Thousand Island salad dressing, broccoli & cheese soup
Symptoms: a tiny bit of heartburn, body aches, stretching feelings inside my tummy
Fetal Movement: I’ve been feeling some tapping
Best Moment This Week: Discussing plans for after the baby is born and I after I graduate law school. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

15 Weeks

Size of Baby: 4.5 inches (about the size of an apple). 
Sleep: A little better now that I have an awesome pregnancy pillow. 
What I Miss: well yesterday we went out on a boat and everyone was jumping off the roof into the water but I couldn’t 🙁 womp womp womp… besides that, the usual. 
Cravings: Still haven’t got my Mexican food fix (besides what I cook myself, and that doesn’t count).
Symptoms: bodyaches… 🙁 ughh…
Fetal Movement: I don’t think I felt anything this week. 
Best Moment This Week: Being able to hear my little baby’s heartbeat again at my OB checkup. 🙂