18 Weeks

Well, 2 weeks shy of being half way through this pregnancy.  That is both the best thing ever and also very sad.  I still haven’t decided if I love being pregnant, but then again there isn’t really much to love yet.  I’ve just started showing, and I am JUST starting to feel some movement (although I’m not convinced), and not knowing the gender (despite me wanting this baby to be a surprise) is making me feel a little, I dunno, disconnected?!  I think that will all change soon though, as this pregnancy starts getting more real.

How I’m Feeling this Week: I feel pretty awesome this week.  I’m not as tired all the time, and I’ve been enjoying the crisper weather that autumn is bringing in.  I absolutely hate the summer, and look forward to fall and winter.  So mix that with the burst of energy you get in the second trimester and well, things are pretty great!

How Big is Biscuit: Biscuit is about the size of a green pepper, or about the size of a small electric shaver.  Weighing roughly 7 ounces and measuring about 5 1/2″ from head to bottom.  Baby is forming some vernix and the ears are just where they should be now.  The alveoli are beginning to form in baby’s lungs and the vocal chords are forming as well!

Baby Bump News?:  This bump is definitely growing, and daily I am starting to feel more and more pregnant for sure!

SHAMELESS BATHROOM BUMPIE

SHAMELESS BATHROOM BUMPIE

Sleep:  Sleep has actually been pretty awesome!  In fact, Callie has been really great about letting me sleep in.  We have a system.  On Saturday’s, she sleeps in and on Sunday’s I sleep in. The past few weekends have resulted in us having to leave the house early, so she has let me have Saturdays instead…still have very vivid strange dreams from time to time, but for the most part, I don’t really remember much of it…

Food Loves/Hates:  Nothing really, but we went apple picking last Sunday and I have had apples pretty much every day.  Last night I made a braided apple pie which is delicious!!!

Symptoms:  Started to feel some MOVEMENT!!!  I’m still not all the way convinced, but I feel it most at night, when I lay on my side and spoon Callie.  It’s hard to really explain what it feels like.  People say like bubbles, or like gas, sometimes even like flutters, but I’m not sure if that’s what it really feels like to me.  I can’t really describe it, but I’m pretty sure it’s Biscuit!  And that is super exciting!

Next Scan:  My next appointment is scheduled for October 8th, for the anatomy scan.  I had an appointment yesterday just to check my BP and to give urine and do the AFP blood work.  Should get the results in a few days.  I was a little sad at my appointment though.  Our OB, who we ABSOLUTELY ADORE is pregnant.  I got a call last week that she was going to be out early on leave (at 24 weeks) because she was put on bed rest.  We were worried about her, and were given an appointment with the midwife at the same medical group, who just so happened to be my doctor before I switch to my OB since the midwife doesn’t do deliveries anymore.  The appointment went well (BP totally ok, and no protein in urine) but since the midwife has HER patients and also MY doctors patients, they are giving me a new doctor which I am not happy about.  He worked with my OB Dr. M, and Dr. M’s nurse Chrys is AWESOME and she’ll be working with him, so that will help, but I’m still not happy about it.  Chrys assured us that Dr. M said she would definitely be back for when I deliver, since her TRIPLETS are due in early December!  When i found out it was triplets, I couldn’t even be mad any more!  Freaking triplets!  Wow!!!

Sex:  ???

Overall Feelings:  I’ve been getting more and more excited about this pregnancy as it has progressed.  I’m excited to experience more movement, and baby hiccups, and seeing this little thing on the screen in just under 2 weeks.  I’m curious to know if my intuition is right, since I can’t help but feel with my whole heart and gut that Biscuit is a girl, but at the same time, I crave that surprise.  I still have 2 weeks to think about it, although the prospect of another Gender Reveal Party is really appealing!  HAHA!  Anything for a party!

Something I Didn’t Expect:  I didn’t expect to want to BE super pregnant.  People at work are starting to notice, and my family can totally see my little pump now.  I didn’t expect to want a natural delivery sooooo badly.  I had a dream the other night, that I blacked out while I was laboring, and woke up to a baby boy who wouldn’t latch after having a C-section and NO RECOLLECTION whatsoever of having had him.  It was freaking scary and my worst nightmare!  So I didn’t expect to be really sad and scared about maybe, just maybe having a c-section.  It’s really 50/50 odds though, isn’t it.

Also, Callie and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary on Sept 22, but I haven’t really had a chance to write about that, but I’ll get to it i swear!

usSo friends, there ya have it…week 18!

Oh and as always, these guys…nene nen1 macho1 macho

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12 thoughts on “18 Weeks

  1. Those boys are growing up so quick, it’s a good thing that you’re pregnant LOL! They look amazing. So do you! It’s great that you are sleeping. You don’t have to love being pregnant, only love being a parent!

  2. Awww you can totally see your wittle bumpppy:) I can’t wait to see what your having. Do a blog gender reveal just for us? Lol your definitely feeling little bean move around. It starts as flutters. I always felt them when I was laying in bed early on. You and Callie wasted no time lol. Five years and four kids. Yeassss. Me and Cherish were the same way, we’re going on 9 years. We were pregnant with our first when I was 19, had him when I was 20. That’s so crazy when I look back. Insurance covered iui’s for me so we took advantage of it back then. I don’t regret one minute of it. I’ve loved being a mom, it’s totally completed me. You and Callie are amazing parents, totally meant to have a gang of wonderful children to welcome the world with!! Keep up on those kegals so you can deliver natural. I think you go it in the bag 🙂

  3. I cannot believe how big your boys are! And your bump is looking so cute! I love that you are keeping the gender a surprise, I’m not sure why but I’ve always felt that it’s one of the only traditional things left about conception and pregnancy, so I always swore I’d wait for the surprise when baby is born. 🙂

  4. I love how great of a team you and Callie are. I’m so excited that you’re starting to get into the fun part of pregnancy- feeling movement, showing off your bump, feeling overall great…. I swear that pregnancy has been the best antidepressant for me- I have been so happy despite the roller coaster that we went through in the beginning. The vivid dreams are crazy eh? I used to wake up to DW shaking me awake because I was weeping in my dreams. DW has also started having vivid dreams, and she never remembers her dreams! Happy anniversary to you two! You are such a wonderful pair. And those boys- my goodness, they are just the cutest! I love their smiles!

    • That I had a newborn and when she was born, the epidural I had, had knocked me out until after she was born. Oddly she had an older brother, who apparently I had called too. Dreams about having kids are weird.

  5. I can’t remember if I wished you a Happy Anniversary on FB. If I didn’t, happy belated anniversary to an amazing couple! You two amaze me – soul mates for SURE!

    You are looking great! I love your bump and the little baby hanging out in there. Feeling the movement was my most favorite part of pregnancy (actually, the only part I liked, besides the connection with baby!).

  6. great update. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been wondering how you were 🙂 i lived your “no recollection c- section” and at the time i was in so much pain i didn’t care i just needed to pain to stop. the aftermath is kind of a nightmare though. i don’t wish that for you at all. the subconscious works in freaky ways haha almost halfway, time is flying!

  7. Loving that little bump of yours and how you’ve totally gotten into this pregnancy! I understand completely with how you feel about being detached in a way without knowing the gender. I felt with both my girls that I was much better able to bond once I had a better picture of what the little being inside was, and how they might look, how she might fit into our family etc. I feel you on the labour stuff too. With my first I was into all natural L&D, eating super healthy for her (that part is a struggle this time!), and experiencing the full shebang. I felt amazing after my natural delivery – bouncing back right away, not having to deal with any grogginess or swelling I hear is common with using pain relief, etc.

  8. Happy anniversary! That pic of the two of you is so great. And I can’t believe how big those babies are getting – I started following you just before they were born, and it doesn’t even seem like it has been that long!

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