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25 February, 2016

Bump Update: 18 Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks!

How big is baby?  According to The Bump Baby's about 5.6 inches long and about 6.7 ounces now and keeps on growing rapidly. (That's why you're probably feeling so hungry.)

Total weight gain? about 8-10 lbs. It's been a nice slow and steady gain.

Maternity clothes? Yes. Started looking for a maternity swim suit to wear on the boat & to the beach. HOLY HECK. Apparently pregnant women with 36H chest don't get to go swimming. I am going to order this one to try. 

Stretch marks? Nothing new. Belly is starting to get itchy though. Time for the Belly Balm.

Belly button? Eh. It's stretched out.

Exercise:  I've been sick for about 10 days, but I get to Pure Barre when I can. I took Eric for the Couple's Date night the Friday of Valentine's weekend.  It was awesome!!!

Sleep: It's been pretty erratic with being sick (see below), but for the most part pretty good. 

Movement:  Not much at all. I keep wondering if he's in there. Looking forward to the ultrasound next week! 

Food cravings:  Not a whole lot, honestly. I've been pretty nauseous with the cold & flu that I've had.  I've discovered steal cut oats with sea salt and maple syrup. It seems to satisfy the sweet and salty. 

Food aversions: Nothing really.  Though I am just tired of eating.  

What I miss: Not having restless legs at night.

What I am looking forward to: Seeing baby boy on the ultrasound next week! And the sprinkle my sisters are hosting for me in a few weeks. 

Milestones: My belly has firmed up and I am decidedly pregnant looking.  

Say What?
So far nothing more than the "You're officially a Catholic family with three kids" comments.  We have shockingly not received too many questions if we'll have more kids. Maybe folks assume because we have 2 + 1 that we're done?

Sweet moments:  Evie loves to kiss my belly and talk to baby brother. The other day we were talking about all the fun things we're going to do at the beach this summer.  She asked me if I thought Brother was going to like jumping in the waves (in my belly) with me because he can't build a sand castle. I love how much she gets it! 

Make room for baby:
 My sister, sister-in-law and friend are hosting a little Sprinkle for me in April.  We have plenty of hand-me-down clothes, but we'd like some boyish swaddles, burp cloths, and cloth diapers.

Oh, and THIS: So this last week the family had a cold for about 4 or 5 days. Everyone seemed to be feeling better by Tuesday.  Wednesday morning I woke up and had the hit-by-a-truck feeling.  No something that happens on day 4 of a cold. I took a turn for the worse. I was so dizzy I couldn't move my eyes left or right without feeling faint.  Eric called my midwife who sent me to my primary care with the instruction that if they couldn't see me that I needed to go to the ER.  Primary care had an opening within the hour so Eric took me in. They ran a few tests.  Turns out I had the flu on top of the cold. Thankfully we caught it within the first 24 hours so they were able to give me Tamiflu.  However, that first night it gave me wicked insomnia. I felt a surge of energy until 3:30 am and I woke up at 6:30.  That next night my grand mother needed emergency surgery at 11pm and I stayed at the hospital until 3am and didn't get home until 4am.  Needless to say it's taken me the rest of the week to recover from that sleep deprivation on top of the flu.

Maggie at 17 weeks19 weeks  | Evie at 18 weeks

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