18 weeks a little late (and the big reveal!)

What’s going on this week:

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) 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 girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound. (Not our boy…he was ALL about the sharing!)

My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – 151 days to go!

Weight Gain: +7 lbs (from pre-preg weight).  Starting to feel it, too.

Symptoms:  I’m hungry.

Cravings/Aversions: No aversions, but I’m hungry, hungry hungry.  I guess that could be why at our ultrasound this morning the tech estimated the baby’s weight at 9 oz, as opposed to the measly 7 oz indicated in the weekly update above.

Sleep:  Good.  Last night I didn’t get enough, but I plan on making up for that tonight.

I am loving: Food. And sleep.

I miss:  Sleeping on my stomach.

Movement: Still nothing that I can pinpoint for sure.  But the baby was moving all around on the ultrasound.  Legs kicking and arms flailing, so I guess it will happen soon enough.

It’s a: I was right!  We’re having a BOY!  (The comment breakdown from last week was Girl – 4, Boy – 2 and Twins – 1. Dad, I’m glad you think you’re so funny! If twins had popped up on that screen, I’m not sure my tears would have been from happiness.)  🙂  So, Ali and I win this round.  Ali is feeling very all-knowing since she picked my wedding dress, and also the sex of the baby, so if anyone has any lottery numbers they want to run by her….

Exercise: Yoga last week was good – looking forward to it this week.  And Pilates is still good, although we are going to have to get creative since I can’t lay on my stomach anymore, and there are quite a few things we do from that position.

Diet: OK…a little out of whack after traveling, but it will settle back down to normal soon.

Looking forward to: Portland next week! CHECK. Finding out what this baby is!  CHECK. Getting a sprinkler system installed! Still pending, but should be happening very soon!

Belly Shot:

This week’s belly shot is courtesy of my super cute and squeezable niece Ada, who deigned to share me for a moment for her mom to snap my picture.

(I just noticed that I totally look like I’m about to pitch over forward in this picture.  Talk about a center of gravity shift!)


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