12 Weeks

What’s new with the baby?
By now, your baby weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum. Most of his systems are in place, though there’s still plenty of maturing to do. For one thing, his fetal digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating, and his bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons against germs once he’s out of your safe haven. The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) has started producing the hormones that’ll enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own in a couple of decades or so.   Now that she’s got pretty much all her parts, her main job is to keep on growing. While she’s doing that, she’s also developing her reflexes — if you poke your belly, she’ll likely move, and she’s opening and closing her fingers and curling her toes.
Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?
OK.  Still on and off with the nausea, but I’m hoping that any day now that will all start to taper off and the wonderfulness of the second trimester will kick in.  I’ve started sleeping with a pillow between my knees or slightly under my back and it seems to have made a big difference in my nighttime comfort.  I have decided to cut out caffeine this week, though.  I mean, I decided it this week, for the duration of the pregnancy – at least.  I get such a killer headache when I go longer than about 24 hours without any soda that it is just miserable, so I’ve decided it isn’t worth it, and I can be happy with non-caffeinated sodas or tea from here on out and save myself the hassle.  (The caffeine from tea doesn’t seem to affect me at all the way Coke does.)  This is a big deal for me, since I love, love, love a good fizzy Coke.  But, root beer or Sprite will also suffice, I guess.
Weight gain?
I haven’t checked.  I think I’d like to wait a bit longer.
What do I miss?  
Right now?  Cooler weather.  I know that has nothing to do with pregnancy, but that’s what I miss.
Nothing specific this week, but last night when Scott and I were figuring out what to have for dinner (it was a “let’s eat leftovers so choose whatever you want dinner” night) and after we had both decided I jumped up and said “I win!” because I liked my dinner choice better than his.  That felt like a very pregnant thing to say.  I forgot how much food controls your brain during pregnancy.  Mine, anyway.   Oh, and at some point this week I am going to find a way to get a Potbelly chicken salad sandwich.  So, yeah!  There’s a craving!
I’m not really going to do any shopping or anything until we find out of we’re having a boy or girl.  Boy?  We don’t have to do too much at all.  Girl?  I’ll, of course, go buy a few girl things, but I also know what Lisa has a whole bunch of leftover girl stuff she is ready to offload and another friend from my moms group is about to move to Korea and she said she’s like to get rid of some girl clothes, too.  So that would be fantastic!  Plus, my favorite twice-a-year consignment sale is coming up in October, so I’m holding out till then as well.  Good deals and tons of stuff!  But in the meantime, we are going to decide on a  color to paint Urijah’s new room, and when he and I are in Florida in a couple of weeks, Scott is going to tackle the painting.  So that will be fun to look forward to.  I don’t need to decorate a nursery this time, but a big boy room, instead!
Highlights of the week?
We went to a wedding in Houston on Saturday, and had a great time.  It was a lot of driving, but still fun to get dressed up and do something different.  I’ll write another post this week about that and post some pictures.  I’ve got another midwife appt scheduled on Thursday of this week, so I’ll post a bit about that later on, too.
Belly Pic:

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