I will turn 19 weeks later this week. Almost halfway through this pregnancy and this poor third child has not had much mention on this blog.
This has been a whirlwind of a pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Asher the days couldn't go by fast enough. I think I counted down to my due date by the hour. Every single thought was consumed with the little life I was carrying and how my life would soon be affected by that little life. With McKlayne, it seemed to go by much faster as I was chasing around my one year old. Other than feeling so sick (in relation to my other two pregnancies) in the beginning, and having crazy cravings, and praying for this baby, it seems like I haven't had much time to even think about #3 or how they will fit into this crazy family.
With Asher, pregnancy was really just a license to eat. I gained 50 lbs. I know, people, it was ridiculous. (AND...because my husband loves me so much, he gained a sympathatic 40 lbs with me...so I never weighed more than him...that was good news...even though I was way closer to 200 lbs than I ever want to be, Charlie still had a good 20-30 lbs on me.) Thankfully, we did lose it all. With McKlayne I gained right at 30 lbs and still probably had about 5 lbs I could have lost. How does that work? How did I easily lose 50 lbs and only 25 lbs the next? Maybe I didn't work as hard because I knew I didn't have as much to lose? Who knows.
Anyway...cravings...with my first two pregnancies I thought that they were kind of a myth and a good excuse to eat (guilt free) whatever sounded good at the moment. This pregnancy, has made me a believer of pregnancy cravings...I have experienced them something fierce--especially during my first trimester. There were days when I would call Charlie and tell him if he didn't bring me home a certain food, then the safety of our family would be at risk. I needed it or someone was going to get hurt. One day I emailed him right before my lunch break telling him that I needed some cereal. I probably hadn't bought a box of cereal in 7 months and all of a sudden, I was willing to take some drastic measures to get some. Shortly after the email, he called me from the cereal aisle at Albertson's and asked me what I wanted. Raisin Nut Bran. He came home with a couple boxes and a gallon of milk. See...this pregnancy has made him a believer of pregnancy cravings, too.
And if you aren't yet sick of hearing about Chelsea on this blog (from the last couple posts) I am going to totally copy what she did with the remainder of my pregnancy. (I think she is super cool...okay?) I thought it was such a cute way to document and truly treasure this sweet time in my life. So, here goes...I will try to be consistent with this every Sunday/Monday but if you've been reading this blog long enough than you know that life just happens around here and sometimes we have to let go...so without further ado:
How Far Along: 18 weeks
My baby is the size of a: Sweet Potato
Size: About 5.6 in., 6.7 oz.
Baby changes: Busy flexing its arms and legs. Blood vessels are visible through the thin skin, and ears are now in their final position, but they are still standing out from its head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around the nerves.
Best Moment this week: McKlayne and I had an all girl day together this week. We had plenty of time to cuddle, take each other in, giggle, read, play with baby dolls, and dress-up. She is quickly growing up and becoming so prissy and proper...and sassy...maybe we've been hanging out too much?
Gender: Not finding out! And so excited about it!
Movement: I have felt slight flutterings.
Food Craving: water with limes, chips and salsa, raw milk...yum!
What I miss: Easily finding something to wear. I am still in the awkward stage of...I am too large to wear MOST of my regular pants/shorts (unless they're really stretchy denim like the ones in the picture...I will definitely being wearing those jeans a LOT post-baby, so get used to them) but too small to wear exclusively maternity. I wear a TON of (stretchy waisted) or cotton skirts right now. And I've been living in the denim maternity shorts my sis gave me that have an adjustable waistband inside, just like my toddlers' clothes do! Ha! Most of my regular shirts are getting too short to wear and I just look more chubby in the middle than pregnant. But...I am starting to look MORE preggo. Hallelujah! I do have some tighter fitting Maternity shirts that are longer that are working for me right now. Just an awkward stage to find a good variety of outfits.
Sleep: No trouble yet. The only trouble is I can't seem to get enough of it! Char and I just completed Season 1 of House and have been staying up way too late watching it!
What I am looking forward to: Feeling this sweet babe move more and more.
Symptoms: Nothing really. All the nausea is gone and I have that second trimester energy, so I've been feeling great!
So...I want to know...what did you crave during pregnancy? Did you really experience cravings or were they just a good excuse to eat?