18 weeks

What’s new with the baby?
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long and he 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. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born.   If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.


Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?
Ready for fall is how I’m feeling!  I know other parts of the country are experiencing weather in the mid 60s, and are wearing jeans and long sleeve shirts, and I’m jealous.  This morning, I thought I’d surprise U and make an unexpected stop at the playground before we went to the grocery store.  About 40 minutes later his hair was completely soaked with sweat (he really looked like he got a cup of water dumped on his head) and mine was partially frizzed out and partially hanging limply in my face, and I had visible sweat stains on my shirt.  Just from being at the playground.  Ugh.  He had fun though.  I try to remind myself that’s what matters.  Physically though, I’m feeling good.  I felt the very first small movements last Monday, and it felt like tiny little flicks from inside.  Just like it did with Urijah.  Since then I can feel sort of gliding sensations in there.  Nothing too strong yet, and I really have to pay attention to it, but I can feel it!
Weight gain?
Back down to 9 lbs, last I checked.  At my last prenatal appointment the midwife told me that they want to see a minimum of 10 lbs gained by twenty weeks, so I’m doing just fine.  Right on track.
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to Urijah’s birthday – only 1 month away!  I can’t believe it.  2 years.  Where did my baby go?! Good thing I’m getting a replacement.  Ha!  Just kidding.  I’m looking forward to having family around and having a fun time eating cake.


Nothing too new this week, I don’t think.  I had a coupon for $1.50 off a pack of the newborn diapers that I liked from last time, so I went ahead and got a pack.  Does that count as preparedness?  I think so!  We’re waiting until after U’s birthday to sell off the guest room furniture, since we’ll have visitors needing to use it.  But after that, we can start the bedroom transition, so that he is firmly settled into his new room well before his brother makes an arrival.  We might also just wait to paint until after the furniture is gone, since it will definitely be easier to paint an empty room.

Highlights of the week?

Feeling the baby move was pretty good!

Belly Pic:

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