How far along? 16 Weeks – That’s 4 months, people!
Baby is the size of: an avocado
Total weight gain/loss: +1.5lbs from last week. Yikes! I blame the holidays.
Belly Bump: I’m very aware of my stomach now. It feels tight and bloated, if that makes any sense. My abs (upper and lower) are completely pushed out now. I can no longer be in denial that I have a bump. Enter my theme song:
Sleep: Just allergies and tiny bladder waking me up. Last night I sneezed and pulled a stomach muscle. Ouch!
Best moment this week: Ringing in the New Year and having one last week of R&R before it’s back to work!
Movement: None. =(
Symptoms: Allergies (not sure if pregnancy related). Shortness of breath (could be due to allergies). Overall feeling great thanks to two weeks of R&R.
Strange Behavior: I’m regressing to my old high school days. I’ve been listening to my old girly country cds from the 90s: Sherrie Austin, Alecia Elliott, Lila McCann, Shania Twain, Jessica Andrews, etc., and singing a lot. (I guess I’m warming up my vocal chords so they’re ready to sing lullabies when the baby gets here.) I also bought old, classic Bath and Body Works scents: Pearberry, Plumeria, and Sun Ripened Raspberry. I even bought a face wash I used to use back then: Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Cream Cleanser – just because I like its smell.
Baby Brain: I went to the mall to buy new bras in a size up from what I normally wear. A week later I realized I bought my normal size, so last weekend I had to go back and buy even more new bras. Ah, coverage at last!
Cravings: Nothing in particular. I keep going back and forth between craving junk/fast food and craving healthy food.
Aversions: The nausea is pretty much gone. I can eat whatever, but I’m still not a fan of candles and strong scents. I even changed the perfumes that I wear. Now my favorites are D&G’s Light Blue and Escada’s Rockin Rio.
What I miss: Being able to sleep through the night or go through an entire exercise class without having to use the restroom. I’ve always had a small bladder, but this is ridiculous.
What I am looking forward to: finding out if we’re having a boy or girl. My intuition (and two online “ancient Chinese gender predictors”) say it’s a boy, but I will be ecstatic either way.
Milestones: Facebook announcement – it’s no secret anymore!
Next appointment: January 14th – We find out the sex!
Names: We have some in mind. For girls I like Maeve, Ellis, and Roan (Rowan) and for boys I like Jonah, Joshua, and Liam. We’re still shopping around though. Trav likes the name Cooper. We’ve also been having fun with online name generators like www.babynamegenie.com/baby-name-generator and http://www.nymbler.com
Best text this week from a friend after I told her she was going to be an aunt: “To be honest I pretty much knew after you turned down a margarita at Campeche Bay!”