This week our little "sprout" weighs about 10.2 ounces and measures about 6.5 inches - about the size of a banana! This week our little one has taste buds that are working and is gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day, which is good practice for the digestive tract. Our little baby is also producing meconium, the black, sticky substance that makes up the first bowel movements.
About me & "sprout" this week….
Symptoms: Not much this week. I have been feeling the baby kick a lot! The baby seems to mostly stay in the lower portions of my uterus...specifically on my right side. I will feel little, gentle rhythmic kicking throughout the day and it seems to increase at night. Hubby has even been able to feel a few kicks already! One night I woke up feeling like our little one was pushing with all their might again the uterus and it was so hard that I could actually feel a bump of the babies general shape! I have one strong, active baby inside of me!
Weight Gain: I am up to 143.6lbs. I haven't gained much in the last few weeks (and that is ok by me!). Overall, I have gained 18lbs and I am only half-way there! I read on one of my weekly update emails that I will probably start to gain about a pound a week from here on out ...oh my!
Cravings! I am loving fruit right now! Strawberries, cherries, peaches, watermelon....yum! Going to the farmer's market every week is a real treat and I love picking up some fresh, local and organic goodies. I was also super excited to discover some super-duper yummy peaches in my CSA box this week! I was feeling like I was over my bread and cheese cravings...that is until hubby mentioned fondue! Ooooh! Then all I could think of was making some! It took a lot of self control to pass by all the cheeses at Trader Joe's! I may cave in though...we'll see how I do on our next grocery trip.
Food Aversions: Still no major food aversions. The only food that I sometimes have an issue with is eggs. Sometimes I just have to put aside the rest of m scrambled eggs or omelete in the morning. There's something about the smell or taste that can occasionally turn my stomach. So, I simply pass on the rest of my eggs and then I am good to go.
What made me cry this week: No tears this week!
Medical Stuff: I have my 20 week midwife appointment tomorrow!!! I am excited that I am already at the half-way point. I feel like it has gone by so fast. I need to talk with my midwife about some of the birthing class options. I was interested in taking the Bradley Method classes, but they are spread out over 12 weeks. With hubby's erratic work and travel schedule, that is really difficult to plan for. Also, that's a lot of babysitter time to pay for since the classes are 2 hours each. I am hoping that she can perhaps recommend another method/class that is a bit shorter. Have any of my readers taken a Bradley Method class or another class that you would recommend? What did you do with your little ones while you took the class?
We are also having our 20 week ultrasound tomorrow! This will be our first peek at our little sprout and we will hopefully be able to find out if we are having a boy or girl! I am sooo excited!
Thoughts from little man: Not much new from little man. He seems to think mommy will be having a little sister or a monkey or a banana. Haha! I can't wait to see what he thinks about the ultrasound tomorrow!
Something I am excited about: The ultrasound tomorrow and getting to see our little one! I'm hoping I don't burst into tears from an emotional overload. :)