“Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now… and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.” (Source)
The baby’s growing and getting stronger by the day, and I can definitely feel it. Last week they said to expect a growth spurt, but I had no idea how quickly it would all happen! I’ve been starting to feel the tiniest of sensations coming from within me now… like little butterflies… and it makes me so happy to know that I’ve always got a sweet little sidekick.
Bump! Bump! Bump! Did you ever ride a wump? We have a wump with just one hump. But, we know a man called Mr. Gump. Mr Gump has a seven hump Wump…” –Dr. Seuss. [I had to.]
[Week 9 vs. Week 17]
It’s pretty amazing to see the growth when I look at these shots side by side! On a daily basis I don’t feel like I’m changing much, but it’s obvious that there’s some serious expansion going on. When I tell my clients or students how far along I am, everyone seems to think I’m measuring small, but personally I feel like my belly has become obvious now. I’ve actually become obsessed with touching it – I enjoy the curvature so much more than I ever expected.
Oh, and speaking of growth: I managed to gain about a pound and a half in just this past week! Holy moly, talk about a growth spurt! I’m not too worried about it since that only puts me up about 3 lbs. since conception and I’m sure the baby needs it, but it was pretty surprising nonetheless [that’s not true… I’ve been ravenous this past week].
I think back to how nauseous and fatigued I was feeling in that 9 week photo and think thank goodness that lifted, although this week the fatigue has definitely made a comeback. Maybe it’s due to the vog, but I’m feeling a serious lull in energy.
Aside from that:
Strange new symptoms: a rash on my ring finger has made wearing my wedding rings painful [a few of my friends have told me they experienced the same while pregnant]. I’ll have to figure out what to do about that now…
Maternity purchases: I discovered the one-wall maternity section of our Old Navy this week and bought a pair of black work pants and two layering shirts!
The name game: Ben and I have been thinking more about the qualities we want to highlight in our child… but I honestly don’t feel like I know enough about this little baby to give him/her a name [names are so permanent!]. I’ve started to realize that there are tons of girl names I’m interested in but boy names have been more difficult for me [maybe that’s a sign?].
Cravings: frozen yogurt, fortune cookies, blueberries [last week I ate three half-pints within a 24 hour period], and cooked veggies!
Aversions: I still can’t do butternut squash. Other than that, put it in front of me and it’ll get devoured.
Sleep/Dreams: For a while my dreams were CRAZY and involved all kinds of people and places, but lately sleep has become difficult for me and I wake up feeling less rested. I’m a back-sleeper and am not used to sleeping on my side, so I think I’m still getting used to the snoogle. I really like it for naps, but sleeping with it overnight is hard because every movement I make requires effort and wakes me up.
Now that school and work are back in full swing, Ben’s and I are trying to make the most of our precious time together. We still make time for walks, lounging, and weekend adventures, but some days we’ll go until about 10pm without seeing each other all day.
Ben has always been really good at offering balance. As always, he makes sure I’m eating well, sleeping well, and listening to my body. He’s so open and actually just learned a few lomi lomi pregnancy massage moves that he’ll be able to do for me throughout the pregnancy [!!!]. He’s also surrounded by women at the elementary school he works at, and now that they all know we’re expecting, they’ve been passing along their invaluable advice and methods.
Ben’s randoms for this week:
Cravings: beer, dried marlin, spicy food.
What I do while Haley gets prenatal massages: babysit other hapai women’s children, walk, read, and play on my cell phone.
Is it a boy/girl? I have no idea, but if I had to choose one right now, I’d probably say girl.
Resource acquired this week: Hypnobirthing CDs from a fellow teacher [!!!]
Next book to read: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth [Husband-Coached Childbirth].
Overall, this week I’m most excited to finally feel like I’m showing. I feel like I’ll just continue to grow exponentially from here on out, and I couldn’t be happier about it!
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