At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily. (via Baby Center)
Total weight gain:
I had my last checkup on Friday and so far I’ve gained about 11-12 pounds. I’m gaining according to the recommendation at about one pound per week; which means that if I keep it up at this rate I will have gained about 27 pounds this go around. Personally, I’d be okay with only gaining 20, but since I gained 30 with Noah, I don’t expect to get by with that. Fortunately for me, this go around I’m craving mostly fruit so the pounds I’m gaining are coming from good calories instead of junk.
Meh. I’m sleeping with two pillows between my knees, one under my stomach, one behind my back and two under my head. For a total of six right now. I have to roll from side to side, but I do find myself sleeping mostly on my left side. Waking up several times a night to run to the bathroom, so I feel like I rarely get any consecutive sleep time these days.
Best moment of the last two weeks:
Josh felt the baby kick for the first time on Tuesday! I was laying on the couch trying to get some rest in while Noah took a rare nap when Jonah decided it was “bounce all over mama’s insides” time. Josh managed to make it home before he settled down so he got to feel the little booger rolling around. Kicks are getting harder and more frequent these days. Enough so that I could really start doing kick counts most days. We got the results of our ultrasound on Friday. Baby boy is healthy and everything looks normal. He is breech right now, but it’s still too early to really concern ourselves with that.
Jonah’s crib and baby bedding were delivered as well as a few odds and ends for Noah and outfits for Jonah. We got the crib put together and the bedding setup and I dug out the one minuscule box of baby things we had leftover from when Noah was tiny. It was mostly baby blankets and burp cloths, but I got them washed and folded to put away for Jonah. So excited to keep counting down the weeks and meet this little boy!
Watermelon: I’ve been slightly bummed out lately because it seems that the quality watermelon supply is dwindling on this island. Actually, I think ALL of the quality fruit supply is dwindling, so I’m sure what to do with myself.
Cool Ranch Dorito’s: I’ve kept this one under control thankyouverymuch. But I did post a status update about eating them the other day. I’ve only bought one bag and I’ve refrained from buying a second. For now…
Cookie Dough: Again, another one that I’ve controlled. I found a few eggless recipes on Pinterest, but I’ve been afraid to try them. Some people say they taste like flour and others say that they are delish. Have you found one that’s any good? I’d love a link!
Water: I’ve gotten on a water kick again. I went through a spell several weeks ago where I couldn’t get enough. One craving I’m happy to have back; even if it means getting up 100 times a night to pee.
Nothing as of late! Woo-hoo!
Motion Sickness: I have never been a car sick person, unless I’m sitting in the backseat or trying to read while riding. But the last few weeks, just going from our house to town (which is about 10 minutes away) makes me crazy nauseous. I have to either drive or sit really still to keep from getting queasy.
Back Pain/Round Ligament Pain: I can’t really differentiate the two anymore. I have awful achiness in my lower-left back and abdominal area. Not all the time, but pretty frequent jabs of pain. I had this with Naoh, too and I really hoped I’d avoid it this time, but it doesn’t seem to be happening.
Constant Hunger: I literally feel like I can’t get enough to eat these days. I am starving ALL the time.
Finishing up Noah and Jonah’s room! I promise I’m going to be sharing before and after photos once everything is ready and in place. I was a little hesitant at first for the boys’ to share a room, but Noah’s over the moon with excitement about sharing his room with his little brother. And I think I’m doing an okay job merging the two into one fun space for the two of them.
Continuing to receive little surprises in the mail over the coming weeks. I’m taking advantage of sites like Zulily and Totsy so I’m getting little things in the mail every few days. Which makes me happy. And I’m hoping that maybe we’ll start receiving things from our registry in the coming weeks.
My mom is coming to visit! She bought her ticket a few weeks ago and she’ll be coming to stay for a while (think until after Christmas!) the middle of September!
What I miss:
Nothing of significance this week…unless you count being able to get comfortable at night.
August 16…the last of my four week checkups! Getting ready to move to three’s and two’s in the next month or so!
(Just a little comparison of how much this shirt has “stretched” in the last 11 weeks. The first shot was taken the day I bought it while we were in Anchorage. And obviously, the second, 11 weeks later!)
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