18 Weeks

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
You might be a busy momma if it takes you 3 days to watch a movie.

I'm right at the end of 18 weeks now. Quickly approaching the halfway point...as well as the big gender reveal day!

18 Weeks

Baby Size: 5.6 in, Sweet Potato

Weight Gain: At my last appointment I was up a total of 4 pounds. This past week my belly has been sore in the round ligament area...so I'm willing to bet this baby has grown and I've put on some more weight. My next appointment is the first week of August...so we will see.

Cravings: Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce. I could eat them every day! I found a recipe in my Oh She Glows cookbook and it's amazing. Even my manly meat eating husband loves them. Here's the recipe for anyone who is interested in trying the most delicious enchiladas on earth: Oh She Glows Enchiladas

Aversions: Nothing new with aversions. I still can't get on board with any animal-y things. Which I'm completely okay with.

Symptoms: Belly soreness. My belly has been sore around the bottom, in the round ligament area. Much more sore than I remember with Aria. It has affected my runs. I've had to scale back the mileage a bit.

I also had a few days where I was feeling really badly this week. I had headaches, I was more tired than usual and I was getting spells of nausea. I just felt completely awful. By Friday I was barely dragging myself through our day. I was so nervous about how I was feeling that I called my midwife. Luckily my husband was able to be home that afternoon and I was able to get some extra rest. I literally laid in bed drinking water and sleeping until the next day. The extra rest plus the water, and I felt much better.

Movement: I've felt this little baby moving a lot. Aria was a mover and shaker, but not until later in pregnancy. I think this baby has her beat.

Dreams: I had a dream someone broke into my house and it was terrifying! So, like the logical person I am, over the weekend when PJ wasn't home, I slept with a baby carrier and a huge butcher knife under my bed. That way if anyone broke in, I could throw Aria on my back and stab my way to safety.

Exercise: As I mentioned earlier in the post, my belly has been sore. There's no way to know the reason why it's so much more sore this time around, but if I had to give it my best guess, it would be because my belly grew bigger so much faster. Those ligaments supporting it have been working hard to carry the weight of this growing beast since I first got that surprising positive test.
The pain was making my runs completely unenjoyable. I'm a big on listening to my body, even if it's telling me something I don't want to hear. I could push through the pain, yes, but I didn't feel like I should.
I've scaled back on my running days for now and added in some new stuff.

I've started doing Pure Barre classes at home. I found a really good 50 minute Prenatal Barre class on youtube. I've never done anything like it before, so it's tough. I have been alternating the Prenatal Barre class, with a yoga class and a running day. I cycle through every 3 days. I still fit in my squats every day, as well. This way I'm active, I'm sweating, I'm changing it up so I don't get bored, and I'm listening to my body.

Planning: I've started collecting some tiny cloth diapers for our little nugget. We plan to cloth diaper again, like we did with Aria. But with Aria we didn't start until 8 weeks, so her diapers won't fit a newborn size butt.

Changing body: Oh the beautiful, changing, female body. I love my body. It has carried me through some huge goals and amazing experiences. The most amazing being growing and giving birth to our current resident nudist.
I mean, we grow an entire organ to nourish our child while we are creating them!
I could marvel all day at all of the incredible things our bodies are designed to do.

But oh man are the changes still tough. There are so many of them and they happen so fast. There are the obvious ones, such as your belly growing and pants not fitting. But then there are the sneaky ones...like your breasts getting 3 sizes bigger than they normally are, BEFORE they are even close to filling with milk. And the veins! Holy cow. And the ever expanding rib cage and hips. And the unpredictable noises that find their way out when I least expect it. Ooops.

Some days I have to remind myself that I'm beautiful, but the important thing is that I do. And I believe it!

Then one of those noises comes out....


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