Belly Project: Week 16

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Size of baby: size of an avocado 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 6 lbs (but I have only weighed myself at the scale at the Pittsburgh science center SO that might be off ;) up a pound at least in 2 weeks...
Maternity Clothes: been converting to move tank top and cardigans and maternity tees that are kind of transitional...I don't need the ones with the elastic on the side but the ones that hang a little lower on the torso, I have a long torso anyway ;)  
Gender: Boy - and people are guessing that too...
Movement: I thought maybe I felt him/her but can't be sure.  The placenta is on the anterior (front) so it may take a little longer (I know super big bummer)
Fetal Heartbeat:  varies between high 150's and 160's
Sleep: I wak up nearly every morning between 2-4 am sometime and struggle to fall back asleep.  I have absolutely no reason why.  I am still REALLY tired.  I don't know if it is just keeping up on daily tasks or what but normally after dinner, it doesn't sit great, and I am just done and want to lay down.  

Cravings: It changes as fast as the wind shifts.  I have been loving apples, cheese and crackers as snacks and meals.  Just like the other pregnancies I don't love snack-y things.  I would rather just have another sandwich...right now I am thinking of Fareway's chicken salad on a hawaiian sweet roll...  Coffee is hit or miss and of course pop tastes much better and sits better most of the time then water...I sure hope water feels/tastes good soon.  I force myself to drink it but it leaves the worst after taste in my mouth...metallic in nature!
Symptoms: I have been having some round ligament stretching, as well as dinner just doesn't normally sit real well.  I have not puked up a meal but I normally leave the dishes tip morning from dinner.  I still get horrible motion sickness, I am prone to it anyway, but its like heightened.  I got sick on our flight and on a car ride in PA.  Luckily all the weeks of puking had me prepared to handle it discretely ;).  
Exercise: Slow and steady.  I sang on praise team a couple weeks ago and I was out of breath after 4 songs. I have never been winded singing before...how humbling.  I have been trying to get to the gym 3 times a week doing yoga, the bike and some weight training and body work (push-ups, planks, etc.)
What do the kids think: they are just so enthralled wanting to rub my belly, feel the baby (what a fun day that will be), talk to the baby and give the baby kisses.  Solon is thinking boy and Vera is really wanting a girl...
On my heart:  I have really been feeling inadequate in many areas of my life and I know that this is hollowed training ground for the months of an infant being in our home but I am TIRED and I just can't seem to get as much done as I would like...I have super high expectations of myself.  Just today I asked my bible study for prayer to give myself grace.  I just want to be the best mom, wife and homemaker but things are just slipping and I feel like I can't keep up.  Scott and the kids are amazing and so supportive, I just wish I could be 100% for them.  I know this season will pass but it definitely has me feeling just a touch frustrated (just to be real).  
And this is our last most likely (like 99.9999%) so I really am trying to take it all in.  I am formulating a post on why we believe this is our last but there are many reasons...trying to take each moment and just go with it (those that know me, know I don't just go with things the best...guess God is teaching me something here ;).
Don't mind my eyes being shut (I was probably dreaming of sleeping)...photo courtesy of Solon 

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