I came across this idea a little while ago on The Wiegands and thought it would be a fun way to give a little update:
Baby’s size? About 5 1/2 inches long, about the length of a bell pepper
How far along? 18 weeks. I can’t believe how fast this is going, only two more weeks and I’ll be halfway!
Sleep? While transitioning from sleeping on my stomach or back to sleeping on my side, I slept restlessly for a little while. But now that I use a pillow to put under one leg, it’s going a lot better. Also, I nap pretty often. In the first trimester, I took a nap pretty much every day and I still feel better when I take a 15-20 minute nap in the early afternoon.
Maternity clothes? I just bought my first piece of ‘real’ maternity wear, a pair pants for work. Other than that I am still pretty small and fit into a good amount of my normal clothes!
Food cravings? For a week or two, I craved and loved root beer and it helped me not feel nauseous. What was weird is that normally don’t like root beer at all! But now I’m back to not liking it. Other than that, while I expected to crave ice cream and sweet things (and maybe pickles?), I’ve found that one consistent craving has been fruit and veggies. I’ve been making lots of salads and buying (and eating) fruit like there’s no tomorrow. Thank goodness that it’s summer and fruit is in season and relatively cheap! A few yummy salads I’ve made are chickpea and tomato salad with basil, Jamie Oliver’s Mexican street salad and Vietnamese cucumber and melon salad. The last one hit the spot for both my cravings for fruit and veggies. I used mango instead of the cantaloupe and it was fantastic.
Food aversions? In my first trimester, I disliked the taste of coffee and tea, but that has gone back to normal. I have a slight aversion to meat, although I do have the occasional craving for a juicy hamburger.
Symptoms I have? Just overall feeling tired more quickly and slightly more weepy (although there is a reason for that, more about that later in the post).
Doctor’s appointment? My next appointment is in a week, I can’t wait! :) It’s funny to look forward to doctor’s appointments. It definitely helps that I have great midwives. In Ontario, Canada, you can choose midwives instead of an OB/GYN (for a low-risk, healthy pregnancy) and I am so thankful to have that option.
Movement? I sometimes feel little twinges that I think might be the baby moving around…but it’s still too hard to tell at this point.
Belly Button? Still the same it’s always been.
Gender? We are not finding out. Ben is absolutely dying to know and, shhh, don’t tell, but so am I. BUT, I’d rather have the surprise at the end and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do that way…so I’m putting my foot down on this one. :)
Best moment of the week? Actually, I’ve had a rough week. On Tuesday, our beloved yellow lab mix attacked me. He was nervous because it was thundering and I was trying to get him to come upstairs because he’d gone into the basement where he wasn’t allowed. Instead of going upstairs he lunged at me and bit my hands and lower arm. We had already been looking for a new home for him because he had been slightly unpredictable in the past, but this was his worst case of aggression yet and not something we’d ever want to happened to anyone ever again. So we made the decision to have him put down. In spite of everything, it was terribly sad and difficult. When he wasn’t aggressive (which hadn’t happened in a long time and never this bad), he was a sweet and affectionate dog and we miss him a lot. My arms and heart are still healing but I’m trying to hold on to good memories, so some of the best parts of this week were the nice walks I had with him in the days leading up to the incident.
What I’m looking forward to? Feeling the baby move and for Ben to feel him/her kick! I can’t wait for that moment.