Baby's now the size of a mango! Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.
How far along? 19 weeks!! Total weight gain: down 10 lbs. Maternity clothes? Yep. Sleep: I am sleeping for longer periods of time!! I am starting to feel much more human. :o) Best moment this week: Seeing how excited everyone is about little Avery being a girl. Movement: I think I am definitely feeling movement, I can't wait until it is stronger and more consistent. Gender: Team Pink!! Labor Signs: None. Belly Button in or out? In. What I miss: Enjoying a nice glass of wine and sushi. What I am looking forward to: Starting on the nursery for real now that we know she is a girl. Weekly Wisdom: I am not feeling particularly wise this week :o) I am just trying to enjoy each week of my pregnancy. Milestones: She is moving and now pink is starting to fill up her closet. :o)
Baby's now the size of a sweet potato! Baby's become amazingly mobile (compared to you, at least), passing the hours yawning, hiccupping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking, and swallowing. And baby is finally big enough that you'll soon be able to feel her movements.
How far along? 18 weeks 1 day. Total weight gain: down 11 pounds Maternity clothes? Yep. Sleep: I am so freaking tired! I feel like I can't catch up. Best moment this week: Finding out that all the bleeding I have been having is from the most sensitive cervix ever. Movement: not yet. I have an anterior placenta which is acting like an airbag. Gender: It's a GIRL!!!! We were so wrong! Labor Signs: None. Belly Button in or out? In. What I miss: My patience. What I am looking forward to: starting our nursery :o) Weekly Wisdom: Try not to freak the fuck out over anything. Milestones: We found out the sex!!!
I will now leave you with a picture of our little girl!
Baby's now the size of an onion! Baby's skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. His umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes now feature one-of-a-kind prints.
How far along? 17 weeks 2 days!!! Total weight gain: I am still down but I am not sure how much. Maternity clothes? Almost exclusively Sleep: More, please. Best moment this week: DH kissing my belly to say good bye to the chicken before going to work on Sunday Movement: Nothing since last week Labor Signs: None. Belly Button in or out? In. What I miss: a week without spotting. What I am looking forward to: Belly check on Friday morning! Weekly Wisdom: Take it easy, I am still spotting. I am trying to listen to my body and relax when I need. Milestones: Nearly half way!!!
Baby's now the size of an avocado! Watch what you say...tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean she can now pick up your voice. A few more minuscule changes: Eyebrows, lashes, and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming.
How far along? 16 weeks. Total weight gain/loss: down 7 lbs as of this morning. Maternity clothes? yep. Sleep: I have now been getting up at least 3 times each night to pee. Best moment this week: Hearing Harrison's heartbeat. It never, ever gets old. Movement: I think I felt something this weekend. Gender: I think a boy....but I am not so sure these days. Labor Signs: None. Belly Button in or out? In. What I miss: I am missing my coordination and balance. What I am looking forward to: Hearing my baby's heartbeat just over a week. Weekly Wisdom: don't sell yourself short. This weekend I was able to hike and walk all over my inlaw's property. Milestones: Potentially feeling our little one kick!!!!
Baby's now the size of a naval orange! Continuing the march toward normal proportions, baby's legs now out-measure his arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably can't feel the movements just yet.
How far along? 15 weeks Total weight gain/loss: Down 9 or 10 lbs. Maternity clothes? finally in all maternity pants and mostly maternity tops. Sleep: This weekend I feel like I am finally catching up on some of my lost sleep :o) Best moment this week: watching the Mr. start to bond with our little chicken as he starts to touch my belly and give it kisses. Movement: not yet but I just can't wait. Food cravings: grapes and salad! Gender: less sure but still thinking a boy. Labor Signs: None. Belly Button in or out? In. What I miss: high heals! What I am looking forward to: 2 weeks until we go to our next appointment and 3 weeks until the big u/s Weekly Wisdom: spotting is not as scary as I thought, I am really trying to stay positive and keep calm when things don't go perfectly with this pregnancy. Milestones: our little chicken is 4 inches long! and I am 5 weeks from being half way done. Time is flying.
Now for the first belly pic. I must apologize for my lazy lounge clothes. :o)