Monday, February 10, 2014

Baby Boy Shep - 18 Weeks

While I posted bump pictures along with some details during my pregnancy with Ava, I really wish I had included a little more information. So, I am going to post more detailed updates every few weeks of this pregnancy along with a lovely photo of the growing belly.


How far along are you? 18 weeks...almost half way!

How big is the baby? About the size of a bell pepper.

How much weight have you gained? Five pounds. Which is waaaay less than I had gained at this point with Ava (I can't remember the exact number, but I know it was a lot more).

How are you feeling/sleeping? Feeling pretty great most of the time…gotta love the second trimester. Sleep at night is normally good, albeit interrupted on a regular basis by bathroom trips. And my energy levels are good in general, despite the measly-to-zero daily caffeine intake, but I definitely take a nap when Ava does on the weekends. And those naps are amazing!

What was the best moment of this week? Feeling the baby move for the first time last week. It feels like popcorn popping at this stage for me, and it is wonderful...while slightly odd at the same time :).

What do you miss the most? Wine. Definitely wine. Also, Diet Coke and sleeping on my stomach.

Any movement? I felt the baby move for the first time at the end of my 17th week, but it is still pretty infrequent at this point.

Any food cravings? Unlike the sweets I craved while pregnant with Ava, I crave mainly salty/carby foods this time around. Or sweet/salty combos. In particular, pancakes/bagels with bacon.

Is your belly button in or out? Still in, but barely! Which is odd because it never popped out last time.

What are you looking forward to in the next few weeks? The 20-week sonogram, which is scheduled for February 13. I can't wait to see this little guy on the big screen and make sure he is completely healthy!

How is Ava handling the pregnancy/impending big sister status? We talk about "baby brother" a lot, but I'm not sure that Ava completely gets it yet. She also talks about the "baby sissa" in her belly, which is so cute. One of the hardest things for Ava is the fact that it is harder for me to lift/carry her around these days. But it is nearly impossible for me to resist her sweet "hold you" requests. A couple weeks ago, I couldn't bend over to pick up something while I was holding her and explained that it was because of the baby in my belly. So, Ava now uses the baby in her belly as an excuse for not being able to pick up things :). I can't fault her for the genius that is that excuse.


Finally, for a comparison, click here to view my 18-week post with Ava. 



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My name is Catherine, but most of my friends call me Cat. I was born and raised in Austin, went to TCU, and ended up in Dallas for law school (where Josh and I met). I decided that being an attorney was not my cup of tea and pursued a career in legal marketing instead. I am now a mother of two attempting to balance family with a full-time job, which is always an adventure. I love: my sweet babies, handsome husband, very large family, and fabulous friends; trying new restaurants; wine; TCU football; holidays; cooking; pajamas; La Croix; reading; coffee; podcasts; Central Market; carbs; the beach; mani/pedis; Anthropologie; binge-worthy TV shows; trivia; French 75s; Pinterest; cheese boards; The Ticket; dancing; Sprinkles cupcakes; The Texas Rangers; fresh flowers; thunderstorms; naps; Tex-Mex; the Texas Hill Country; porch-sitting; ranch dressing; throwing parties; and my job. I hate: working-mom guilt; snakes; heights; waking up early; ignorant people; stomach bugs; paper cuts; green fruit; bad hair days; snoring; the sound of people eating (Misophonia); Miracle Whip; scary movies; bad drivers; pulpy OJ; trimming baby fingernails; and working out. I think that sums it up.

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