18 weeks

another week down. according to my readings:

the baby is approx 5.5 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper), and almost 7 oz. (although some sources say 5 oz) and is busy flexing its little arms and legs (and yes i can feel this). if its a girl then her uterus and fallopian tubes have formed and are in place, and if its a boy his genitals are now noticeable. [ we will know tomorrow !!!!!!!!!!!]   the ears are in their final position, and the baby has their own unique fingerprints.

also found out why my back has been hurting so much. its because my uterus is now about the size of a cantaloupe and is causing my center of gravity to shift (if i wasn’t clumsy enough already) and is pushing my lower back forward and my abdomen out (so people can now tell im pregnant and not just eating very well lol) also there is joint-loosening pregnancy hormones floating around in my body adding to the muscle and ligament pain.

and on to the weekly survey

How Far Along? 18 weeks

how big is baby: about 5.5 inches long and 7 oz

Symptoms: um backaches, interrupted sleep, vivid dreams, a little bit of fatigue – a nap a day is almost necessary though not convenient for getting things done, forgetfulness?

Total Weight Gain/Loss: umm ill update this tomorrow when i get to use a scale

maternity clothes? not yet, still working with what i got

Sleep: interrupted. the baby moves a lot and it keeps/wakes me up. not as frequent urination thru the night though, but i cant get a good deep sleep it seems like

stretch marks? small ones

Food Cravings: umm sometimes cheeseburgers and chocolate shakes

Best Moment This Week: realizing that while my boobs are now huge, my belly seems to stick out even more.

Movement: yes. lots

Labor Signs: no


Belly Button In Or Out? in

What I Miss: him, sleeping in and being able to sleep however i want, eating whatever i want, jacuzzi tubs, wearing whatever i want

What I Am Looking Forward To: the ultrasound tomorrow to tell us if its a boy or girl

Milestones: ummm idk

Weekly Wisdom: always sleep with a pillow in between my legs, it seems to help.