I’m not sure how three weeks escaped me, but here I sit in my 17th week! How is that even possible? And how is it possible I haven’t done a weekly update yet?
Anyways, here is a quick version of the last three weeks of my pregnancy.
Week 14- Lemon
Week 14 Baby Developments:
This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body’s growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He’s starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it’s doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can’t feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist’s hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active. (BabyCenter.com)
Week 14 can be summed up in a few words. Headaches, headaches and more headaches. Not to mention just a few random bouts of morning sickness. Other then that I was actually starting to feel a bit like my old self again, if I dare say.
Week 15- Navel Orange
Week 15 Baby Developments:
Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She’s busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she’s likely to move away from the beam. There’s not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby’s a boy or a girl! (Don’t be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby’s sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby’s position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.") (babycenter.com)
Week 15 is a blur to me. We found out Keith’s mother had passed away when I was 15+1 and we flew to Montana the next day. I actually felt okay this week. I did have headaches, but I had a lot of energy to get things done in Montana. I think it was more of the situation I was in though. I was also not getting much sleep but I did nap a bit during the day when Cameryn would nap. This was by far the most emotional week of pregnancy. I only had one episode of morning sickness randomly on night when I was 15+6.
Week 16- Avocado
Week 16 Baby Developments:
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he’s about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren’t recognizable yet. He’s even started growing toenails. And there’s a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.
The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You’re probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and "glowing" skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Soon you’ll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don’t feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is your first baby, don’t be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby’s movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they’ll grow stronger and you’ll be able to feel them much more frequently. (babycenter.com)
Week 16 I found my headaches mostly gone, but I had come down with a wicked cold. My first in three years! Can you believe it! I was really run down and emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted. We arrived back home on 16+4 and it felt great to be in the comforts of our own home while being sick.
How I’m feeling Emotionally
Emotionally this pregnancy is going by so quickly that I don’t have the urgent sense of finding out the gender or having the baby. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited to find out the gender and also hold this little baby in my arms, but I haven’t resorted to a daily countdown just yet! With Cameryn all I could think about was finding out if we were having a boy or girl and then I couldn’t wait to meet her. It consumed my mind every second of every day. With chasing around a toddler all day, running an online store, keeping up with housework and errands, working out and training my couple clients in the gym, I feel like this baby is going to be here before we know it. I can’t say it enough how quickly second pregnancies go. I had a doctors appointment on Friday at 16+4 and scheduled our gender scan for before Thanksgiving! In about two weeks we will know if there is a baby boy or girl growing in my belly!
I go back and forth almost daily with my guess, but as of right now I am thinking it is another girl. I’ve been craving tropical fruits and smoothies (just like with Cameryn), my skin is horrible on my face right now (just like with Cameryn) and I have had even more morning sickness this time around (just like with Cameryn). But then I think about how different this pregnancy is. I am carrying low (from what I can tell so far) and this baby’s heart rate is a lot lower then Cameryn’s. She was always so high and this one was 142-152 at our last appointment but the baby was very active at the time. So who knows!
- Weight Gain: 0-1lbs (I had to gain back the weight I lost during the first trimester from morning sickness, now I’m battling to eat enough since I’ve been sick but I’m making it happen. The doctor told me on Friday I need to start gaining weight. That shouldn’t be a problem once I’m over this awful cold).
- Cravings: Fruit- tropical fruit smoothies, dried mango, all fruits really.
- Things I Still Can’t Stand: Nothing off the top of my head but certain foods don’t appeal to me on certain days.
- What I’m Most Excited For: Getting my new maternity clothes in the mail! I ordered a few things from Gap and Old Navy. I love nice clothing, but just can’t wrap my head around spending a small fortune on clothing I’m only going to be wearing for a few months. I’m also excited to find out if we’re having a boy or girl!
- Sleep: I haven’t been sleeping good now for a while. Once my cold is over I plan on attempting for the third time to night wean Cam and get her in her own room. We were making good progress so I hope it comes back to her quickly. A 17 week pregnant woman doesn’t need to be sleeping on her daughter’s bedroom floor.
***Note, I think I took maybe 1 or 2 pics during these weeks but need to upload them from my phone! I’ll post them soon!***