Sunday, November 18, 2012

Eighteen Weeks...

(I won't lie, y'all.  I'm kind of in love with my belly.  Micah laughs at me because I stare at it in any and every reflective surface. :))

How far along?  Eighteen weeks.

Baby is the size of... a bell pepper.   

Best moment this week?   Getting the house decorated for Christmas.  I keep thinking about the fact that we'll have a little eight-month old crawling around next Christmas and it blows. my. mind.  (Oh, and I finally broke down and got a hair cut and color.  I heard mixed things about coloring my hair, but the general consensus is that it's deemed safe after the first trimester, so I went for it.)   

Miss anything?  I miss not getting up several times a night to pee.  Even before I was pregnant, I had the bladder the size of a toddler's, so I occasionally woke up in the middle of the night to use the restroom.  But this is insane, you guys.  I shudder at the thought of how often I'll have to pee when I have a watermelon sitting directly on top of my bladder.

Movement?  I haven't felt quite as much movement this week as I did last week (which, I won't lie, is a bit concerning).  But I seem to feel the baby only when I'm sitting still, and I haven't done very much of that this week.  This momma is worn out from all the running around I've done in the last few days!

Sleep?  Apart from the frequent potty trips, I'm not sleeping too terribly.  Although I do keep waking up on my stomach, which freaks me out.  I'm so terrified I'm going to smush our little bell pepper!

Food cravings?  Still lots of water.  And LOTS of orange juice.  And I actually wanted Mexican food today, so we took advantage and enjoyed some chips and queso and a shrimp-stuffed avocado (so, so yum!). 

What makes you queasy/sick?  Not a whole lot this week.  Whoop whoop!

Morning sickness?  Almost no nausea.

Other symptoms?  Hair and nails still looking strong.  No headaches.  A teensy bit of lower back pain, and my feet hurt a bit when I walk around too long without comfy shoes on. 

Gender? Micah thinks it's a girl. I'm pretty positive it's a boy. :)  Can't wait to find out in a few days!!

Looking forward to...  finding out the gender and beginning to plan the nursery, registry, etc.  I am a firm believer in living in the here and now, and I try not to focus too much on the future because I don't want to miss all the beautiful little moments that are happening now.  So throughout this pregnancy, I have tried to avoid looking too far ahead so that I could relish each and every milestone:  getting past the nausea, watching my bump grow, feeling those first little flutters.  But now that the next phase is almost here, I'm so happy to be able to think of our little pumpkin as a he or she, rather than an it, and to start getting ready for our lives to change in the most wonderful way possible.

9 comments:

Amy said...

how exciting! congratulations on your pregnancy. you are beautiful! :)

Kaitlyn said...

You look great! Can't wait to find out either!!

Crystal said...

can't wait! i have ALWAYS had an itty bitty bladder, i am sure one day i will be in your shoes & have to wait up oh so frequently at night for a potty break.

Kristin said...

I do like your hair :)

Emily said...

Okay seriously, I just want to come shop in your closet. You have the cutest maternity friendly clothes...you look great!! :) Can't wait for you guys to find out the gender of your little peanut! Oh, and I also was waking up on my stomach and freaking out about it. I suggest the Snoogle pillow, it makes tossing and turning MUCH more difficult and I have been sleeping SO much better!

Established: 2008 said...

Great pic! You look so, so happy!

Joy said...

This is the week! YAY!!! I can't wait to find out.. =) And that's what my dr told me... wait until after the 13th week... which is the week before Christmas for me... so it will be after the New Year before these shiny grays get covered. LOL Love that shirt. Where did you get it?

Annabelle said...

You look fabulous and so does your hair!

Mandy said...

Can't wait to hear what your little bell pepper is!! :)

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