We got to see the peanut again this past weekend. I have to admit, I’m getting super spoiled being able to see him/her every 4 weeks, thanks to my amazing CNM who “sneaks” me in for free ultrasounds at every appointment. It was sleeping again of course, so she gave it a few little nudges to wake it up, it stretched a little and even started wiping it’s face. Such a neat thing to be able to see all of that. I love seeing the little heart just pumping away and hearing it on the doppler. Seeing it’s whole skeleton was pretty neat too, all of the ribs and spine. Its legs and arms are so much longer now and it even turned upside down from how it was in the last ultrasound.
J and I both saw something between its legs and shot each other a look. She said it’s just too hard to tell right now because even if it’s a girl the labia can be enlarged at this stage and trick you. J of course is adamant it’s a boy and is so sure that what we saw were his “boy parts” (my wording, J was a bit more blunt with his word choice).
How Far Along: 16 weeks
Size of baby: 4 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 ounces, the size of an avocado.
Total Weight Gain: 0 pounds (if only it would stay that way forever) I actually lost weight in the first trimester, I’m assuming because I was overweight to begin with and tossing my cookies on a regular basis probably didn’t help much. I’m just now back up to my pre-pregnancy weight.
Maternity Clothes: Hello maternity pants!! I’m so thankful for you and glad I finally gave in to the whole thing. I had mixed reactions from friends when it came to them. Some refused to ever buy them, others swore by them and said enjoy it, they’re super comfy. Let me tell you what, they’re right. I imagine the peanut thanking me for giving up the rubber band holding my pants together and letting him/her breathe. Side note – is it just me or are maternity pants just pajama jeans in disguise? I mean, let’s be real here.
Gender: 4 more weeks until we find out. Part of me wants to just skip July and jump right to August 1st, so we can know what we’re having already.
Movement: No movement yet, the midwife said I’ll be feeling it move by my next appointment. Most of my friends told me they started to feel it around 16 or 17 weeks, I can’t wait! The most I’m getting right now is some ligaments stretching. When I’ve been sitting at my desk for too long and stand up, it feels like my uterus is doing somersaults, it always makes me smile.
Sleep: Still sleeping great so far, except for our busy schedule with visitors staying with us, taking them fishing, prepping for our trip to McNeil, and all of the craziness. I can’t sleep on my belly anymore, I try every now and again, but it doesn’t last long. I’m still debating buying a pregnancy pillow, I’ve heard nothing but great things about them.
What I miss: The occasional fruity cocktail. Sleeping on my belly.
Cravings: Bagels. I bought some everything and cinnamon raisin (J’s favorite) bagels for our guests to have for breakfast over the weekend. Not only did I eat an everything bagel and cream cheese for breakfast Sunday morning and dinner Sunday night, I ate one for breakfast yesterday, dinner last night, and a cinnamon raisin one for breakfast this morning. Apparently peanut likes bagels right now. See also: I’m a big fatty.
Symptoms: Luckily the morning sickness went away at about 10 1/2 weeks, but it still rears its ugly head from time to time. If I eat too quickly, it comes right back up. I have to remind myself to take it slow, even when I’m starving. When food is too rich, fatty, or greasy I have problems too. After our appointment and ultrasound on Saturday, J stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast and as soon as I ate my McGriddle, it came right back up. Not cool.
What I’m looking forward to: We leave tomorrow for our McNeil River trip. I’m excited, but nervous at the same time. Being in such close proximity to bears in their natural habitat is going to be an amazing, thrilling experience, but most likely nerve racking at the same time. I’m also looking forward to J starting his new job, it’s going to be a huge move for him career wise and I have a feeling it’s going to bring nothing but great opportunities for our family. (It still feels weird to say “our family” but it makes me smile every time.)