Healthy + Hapai–18 Weeks


“Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches and weighs almost 7 ounces. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead.  If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.” (Source)


“Hungry? An increase in appetite is pretty common about now… Bigger, more comfortable clothes are a must now as your appetite and waistline grow.” (Source)  Ain’t that the truth!  My appetite has been cuh-razy as of late!  The cravings were getting out of control, so I’ve actually decided to change up my eating habits for a bit to see how it goes [that topic deserves a post all it’s own, which I’ll be doing shortly]. 

Nonetheless, it’s good to see that the extra appetite isn’t going to waste.  The belly has now definitely popped!

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[Week 8 vs. Week 18.  Why do all my self-timer photos come out looking like I’m underwater?  I know there’s a shadow, but seriously?  I need some serious point+shoot lessons!]

When we first got pregnant, I really worried about how I would feel about my body once my belly started to round out.  After so many years of trying to flatten my belly, I feared I might become filled with self-disgust or somehow wind up loathing myself or the baby for taking me in the opposite direction.  Granted, I’ve barely got a bump, but you know what?  Surprising to even myself, I am actually excited and elated to be showing!  Truly.  It means that I’m progressing wonderfully, and that the little one in there is healthy and growing happily.  I’m really glad to say that there honestly isn’t an ounce of negative emotion attached to the belly for me at this point. 

Every morning I stare at my naked body in our full-length mirror and am in awe of what it’s doing.  The fun stuff and even the not so fun stuff: rounding out and darkening pigmentations, the sense of stretching ligaments, acne… it’s all so purposeful and such a miracle. 

In a nutshell:

Our next midwife appointment: Since everything has been progressing so well [and since we often see our midwife around town], we decided to go a little longer this time without an official appointment.  The last time we saw our midwife was around 13 weeks, and we’ve got a call in for either next week or the week following [week 19 or 20].  Of course, if we ever need her, she’s available to us by phone 24 hours a day.   

Most exciting feeling this week: the baby.  Literally.  I can feel the little one moving around now, and even got an elbow/headbutt/kick yesterday! 

Favorite belly reaction this week: whenever I see one of my clients with schizophrenia, he asks me where’s bebe?  This week he asked how far along I was, and when I told him four and a half months, he said, “Oh WoowWWW.  You look like you’re only maybe… one week.”  I think the concept of pregnancy confuses him…

Average number of classes taught per week: Three TurboKicks, and feeling great!  There was a moment last week where one round ligament tensed up on me and I got really worried, but I was able to tone down the moves and over time it eased up some.  Since then I haven’t felt the same intensity of pain, but my students keep asking when I’m going to “start slowing down”.  I’ve told them multiple times, this is slower! 

Cravings: papaya [I eat at least half of one every single day – it helps with digestion], steel cut oats [they’re back!], peanut butter + jelly sandwiches, hint of lime tortilla chips. 

Weight gained so far: ~4 lbs up since conception, but about 14 lbs heavier than my personal happy weight. 


This past week Ben dreamt vividly of the little one.  In his dream, we weren’t due yet, but he looked down and saw that the baby’s hand was sticking out, so he pulled her [!?] out easily and effortlessly.  He said that our baby was beautiful and healthy.  She had lots of dark hair and was the perfect mix of both of us.  Since it wasn’t time to come out yet, I told him we needed to put her back in and I proceeded to push her back up into my body.  Ben asked if we should tell the midwife what had just happened and I told him it wouldn’t be necessary.  Hah. 

Aside from that, Daddy’s job this week has been to make sure Momma doesn’t storm out of her MSW courses or quit the program entirelyThank goodness one of us isn’t overridden by crazy hormones right now…

Aloha Pumehana.
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4 thoughts on “Healthy + Hapai–18 Weeks

  1. Katie says:

    Considering I bawled about my graduate program into Louie’s shoulder for about 20 minutes last night (and I am most definitely not pregnant), I can barely imagine what it’s like to be going through graduate school for you right now. 😉

  2. Darlene Rodrigues says:

    Dear Haley, just sending some love your way and let you know how much I am enjoying reading your pregnancy blog. This one made me laugh out loud and really feel your joy. Blessings for a great end of the week!
    Hugs, Darlene

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