*You're probably thinking, "wow! she must not feel good... she looks exhausted." The latter of the two is correct but I was feeling fine believe it or not. This was taken at the end of a long day and I was VERY tired. Someday maybe I'll get all dolled up, or as dolled up as I get, for one of these pictures. Yes, I'm also aware that this is what I was wearing in last week's picture. I've decided that I would wear the same thing so that if I ever really start to look pregnant it won't be just because of what I'm wearing. I also know that I probably could have picked a "nicer" outfit since I'm going to wear it every week. This is me. I don't really ever dress up except on Sunday and I'm pretty sure then my outfit might consist of the same pair of pants every week. My wardrobe is pretty limited, especially when I'm pregnant! So you get me in my "hope to be broken in soon" maternity jeans and long sleeve tee that I got on my honeymoon (It's my favorite long-sleeve tee!)*
How Far Along: 18 Weeks
Size of baby: Baby J (I still need to think of a nickname for this baby!) is the size of an sweet potato (yummm...that sounds good right now)!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: They weighed me at the doctor's office on Monday (always my favorite part of any doctor visit). I've gained 3 pounds since my last appointment but I had lost 3 before that so I'm currently at 0 pound weight gain since the beginning of the pregnancy. Probably means I'll start packing it on now!
Maternity Clothes: Still wearing those jeans I told you about last week and hoping they'll feel more "broken in" any moment now. My mom also got me a jogging suit (I should probably rename this a "lounging around the house suit" or "my pants are too tight and I love the elastic waist suit" or maybe "I'm pregnant and not big enough for maternity pants but too big for regular pants so I will be wearing this everyday suit"). At any rate I'm loving the "suit" and it's really comfortable so each time you see me in it let's just pretend it's the first time.
Gender: If you saw Monday's post you know that my husband totally reneged on the envelope idea. He suggested during the ultrasound that she go ahead and tell him and give me an envelope. I know my husband and he wouldn't have last two seconds without telling me. He won... this time! So I'm happy to share that we are having another little boy:-) I think I'm destined for all boys! I hope they're all as much fun as Case has been!!!
Movement: Still think I'm feeling Baby J every now and then but certainly not that often yet. Those mom's on the "fat team" I think it is normal to feel them later since we have more padding between us and them. I think it also doesn't help that my placenta is in the front too.
Sleep: I'm pretty tired but sleep doesn't always come so easy or maybe doesn't always last is a better description. The sinus stuff is getting better so that helps! Seems like on the nights that I do sleep well I have really weird dreams. My dreams never make much sense when I start trying to relay them to Wayne... I usually even lose myself and the dream no longer makes any sense.
Cravings: Still loving the shredded lettuce salad with cottage cheese, green olives, a little ranch and a little French and regular Coke from a fountain (preferably McDonald's) but I'm also wanting french fries this week and I'm not talking about the kind baked in the oven! I've only given in a couple of times.
Symptoms: Still struggling with nausea off and on. I think I've managed an entire week with no Zofran though!
Best Moment this week: The ultrasound! There is nothing like seeing your baby moving around on the screen, especially when you can't feel it yet, oh and hearing the heartbeat and seeing it pump and hearing Brandi say "I see all the chambers of the heart," and "The cord looks great...all three vessels are there." It just brings me SO much comfort, I guess because I've been to one that didn't have this outcome. I'm so grateful for the technology that has given us the ability to have a glimpse of what's going on inside!