Hello everyone, it's been a couple of weeks since my last post so I thought I'd give a little status update. I think I'm officially entering the "honeymoon" period of this pregnancy. Feeling much better overall - almost normal energy level, nausea has completely disappeared. Still hungry all the time and eating a lot, but I don't get that sick feeling when my stomach is empty anymore.
I've done a fair amount of shopping for maternity clothes in the last couple of weeks. I find it so relaxing compared to normal shopping. The customer service is great - free bottles of water, restrooms, attentive staff. And I like only having a limited selection - you just pick what fits and buy it, with none of the usual anxieties about whether there might be something better at another store, or if you should wait for things to go on sale. So simple!
I got a couple of requests on my last post for a bump picture, so I finally got around to taking some (see below). And for the rest of this update I think I'll shamelessly steal from a bunch of other ladies in terms of format. I'm off for my last vacation starting this Friday - will be spending a week in California (SF, Napa, and Yosemite), cannot wait. Will post again when I'm back!
How far along: 16 Weeks 3 days
Weight Gain: 11 - 12 pounds – yikes! I've kinda stopped weighing myself because it's too alarming to see the weight piling on, and I don't think I'm going to change anything in terms of my behavior. This isn't the time to start dieting, so it will be what it will be. And what it will be is huge!!
Baby: According to BabyCenter, the little ones are now 4.5 inches, or around the size of an avocado. So I have 9 inches of baby inside me right now!
Symptoms: Can feel my stomach and the extra weight when I walk now. My legs are definitely more tired than normal when I've been on my feet for a while. I can only imagine how it's going to feel later on! Nipples have gotten swollen and very tender in the last couple of weeks. Hair is thicker, and I've noticed that it doesn't get greasy anymore, even after a couple days of not washing it. I have also developed Linea Niagara (a dark line down the center of my belly) - my husband finds it fascinating.
Sleep: Sleeping pretty well except I have to get up to pee all of the time. No matter what I do I always seem to be dehydrated in the middle of the night. So then I drink water all night, which leads me to pee all night. But I'm able to go back to sleep each time no problem. I know this because I've been having the craziest, most vivid dreams every night.
Movement: I think I might have felt my first kicks this morning! I woke up to 3 or 4 sharp little popping sensations on my right side, accompanied by slight pain with each one. I can't be sure that's what it was, but I really think it might have been the baby kicking!
Best Moment of the Week: My husband's face when I told him I felt the baby kick this morning - pure bliss.
What I’m Looking Forward To: My vacation in California starting this Friday. And when we get back I'm really looking forward to our 19/20 week anatomy scan.
Gender: No clue, can't wait to find out!
Bumpdate: Okay, first pics are below. I am wearing a non-maternity dress because it's more fitted and makes me look a lot smaller (except for my boobs, which look huge no matter what!) When I wear looser maternity clothes I look way more pregnant. I am going to start taking more pictures now that the belly is definitely here. This is going to be a (hopefully) once in a lifetime experience, so I should document it!