Hey all! It’s time for another bumpdate… an update on the bump. Yeah, if you haven’t been reading lately, we are expecting. And we got some really exciting news a few weeks ago. We’re having a BOY!!! I knew all along that it was a boy. I guess my mother’s intuition is already kicking in. So, here’s a picture and the rundown…
I really wanted all of my pics to be like the last one, in front of the barn, but it’s been so darn cold. On days it hasn’t been cold, J.C. has been getting home after dark and then it’s too late to take the picture. I’ll take one soon and try to put in on the next post.
How far along: 18 weeks or 4.5 months
Due date: July 17th
Baby size: About 5 ounces in weight and 5 to 6 inches long
Total weight gain: The digital scale at work has me at a total of 7 pds. The old school scale at my OBGYN has me at 2 pds. I did read online that digital scales are more accurate. Who knows?! I’m thinking it’s more like 7 pounds, especially since I feel so large compared to my pre-pregnancy body.
Symptoms: Uhm… I’m still kind of tired some, but not as much as the first trimester. I was basically a zombie back then. A vomiting zombie. Didn’t I just put a lovely picture in your head? You’re welcome! I have had some sciatic pain, which I also had in the first trimester. It will hit me out of nowhere and hurt like a son of a gun. Did I mention that the nausea and vomiting are gone?! THANK YOU JESUS!!! HALLELUJAH AND AMEN!!! I was so sick the first trimester and seriously prayed to God that if it couldn’t get any better, please don’t let it get worse. It got better. I only get a little queasy if I go too long without something to eat… and by too long I mean 3 or 4 hours 🙂
Some other things I’ve noticed are super dry hair and skin. Are those symptoms? Maybe they are just changes? I dunno. Normally, like pre-pregnancy, I looked like a grease ball by noon. My makeup would be half way melted off my face. And I could skip one day between hair washings, if I was lucky. Now, it’s a totally different story. My face has been so dry that it is peeling like a snake. I guess I’m just a snake peeling, vomiting zombie! Yeah, another lovely mental picture. And my hair?! It’s wild and frizzy and dry and straw-like. I put like 20 squirts of Moroccan oil in it one night before I went to bed (after I hadn’t washed my hair in 3 days) and when I woke up it looked perfect… no sign of oil. Isn’t that CRAZY?! It’s something I’m definitely not used to… but I’m not necessarily complaining!
Another very strange symptom that I’ve never really experienced before pregnancy is acid reflux. It’s just this burning feeling near my sternum on the inside. It’s very uncomfortable and no bueno! I think I’ve narrowed the culprits down though… BBQ or beans or fried chicken. I don’t eat those things very often anyways and when I did, I felt bad. So from now on, I’ll try to steer clear of those.
And the worst symptom I’ve been experiencing is round ligament pain. It’s where your body basically is stretching out and getting ready for a REALLY big belly. It’s very painful and a bit alarming at times; however, it is just a thing that happens to pregnant women. It’s nothing to really worry about, it’s just so easy to be concerned when you are growing a little one inside of you. And because of the growing and stretching, I’ve been making a lot more visits to the ladies room… sometimes 2 to 3 trips per night. Not much fun but worth it!
Food cravings/aversions: Still not dying over a lot of meat. I’m eating it but not really craving it. And guess what? I can happily say that seafood (the kind that’s safe during pregnancy) and I are once again getting along. I’ve had shrimp a few times and lived through it… without any drama. Woo-hoo! Since I know it’s not good for me or the baby I don’t do it; however, I swear I could eat pizza 3 times a day for the rest of my pregnancy. I just want it all.the.time!!! I also still crave bubbly drinks, like soda (I know that is so bad) and sparkling grape juice in a bottle, salad, fruit, pickles, milk, cereal (never liked it pre-pregnancy) and the list just goes on and on 🙂
Gender prediction: I was right! It’s a boy!
Looking forward to: Getting the nursery ready, fitting into my maternity clothes because my old clothes are getting snug, and meeting our baby boy.
And something exciting that’s also happening is all those little punches and kicks. He’s a little wiggle worm and his daddy has even got to feel him move. It’s so awesome and strange and surreal… all at the same time.
I’ve been trying to imagine what life will be like with a baby. J.C. and I have been by ourselves (other than the dogs) for 7 years… it will almost be 8 years by the time little man gets here. I’m kind of terrified and excited all at the same time. I’ve never been responsible for a child before… and come July, I’ll be responsible for somebody for the next 18 years. And my mom says the worrying doesn’t stop there. I’m trying to stay out of my own head as much as I can and just soak up the pregnancy! Don’t worry, be happy 🙂