eighteen weeks

February 19, 2011

I hope y’all don’t mind me doing these pregnancy updates. It took me a long time to get here so I want to at least write about it from time to time. I’m a little over eighteen weeks at this point, and here’s what’s going on:

Symptoms: I now have a ravenous appetite unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It’s kind of awesome considering two months ago I didn’t ever know if I would enjoy food again, but it’s hard to keep under control. I also get almost-daily headaches, and Tylenol doesn’t usually cut it. I got a massage the other day, but it didn’t seem to help much either. Possibly it’s just hormone-related, or possibly I need several more massages. I like the second option better. I dry heave every night when I brush my teeth, without fail. Apparently my gag reflex is super sensitive now, and the taste of my toothpaste reminds me of all my first trimester nausea.

Medical stuff: I’m still taking iron supplements which are no fun. My blood pressure remains excellent. I am now up about 8 pounds according to my doctor, which is fine for how far along I am, only I’m alarmed since I gained it all in four weeks. Pretty sure it’s mostly due to the aforementioned appetite. From here on out I’m focusing more on healthy foods and I’m going to attempt to get back into light exercise.

Movement: I’m pretty sure that I feel the baby fluttering around in there from time to time, but I can’t be sure. I know the real kicks won’t come for probably a few more weeks, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to feel it now. I can’t wait for that.

Clothes: I’ve never been so thankful to wear scrubs every day to work as I am now. I’m hoping to stay in the same scrub pants throughout my pregnancy since they have a drawstring. As you can see, my belly still isn’t very big but it’s big enough to make my normal jeans a bit uncomfortable, especially after I eat. Usually I either wear them normally or do the rubber band loop. The only major change I’ve had to make is to purchase new bras. Didn’t really expect that so early.

Preparation: Sometimes I worry because I really haven’t done much at all to prepare for having a baby in my life. There is a to-do list a mile long that I have yet to tackle. But you know what I have been doing? Reading for pleasure. Watching lots of movies. Going to bed early and sleeping late on the weekends. Planning short vacations for this spring. I know these are things that I will soon consider a luxury, so I’m enjoying them and counting it as its own form of preparation.

Also: We have our big anatomy scan in a week and a half, so say a prayer that everything is as it should be. Yes, we will be finding out the sex and probably I will share with you. I’m hoping that being able to think of the baby as my son or daughter will help me feel more of a connection to it, because right now I still have a hard time believing that this is actually happening.

Posted in: motherhood, motherhood, pregnancy

Comments on eighteen weeks

  1. 1

    From Johanna @ These Prices:

    I am so so happy for you. And your belly is absolutely adorable!

  2. 2

    From Laura:

    Thanks for the update, I am so so excited for you and David! (Also, you look so great in that photo!)

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    From Emily Andrews:

    That sounds like a perfect way of preparing to me. I think a happy, rested mom is the best way to take care of them right now and after (however you can manage that).
    I used to gag every time I had to shampoo someone’s hair at the salon. In fact, all of the salon smells suddenly made me want to gag.

  4. 4

    From Megan:


    (Did you know nursing bras have a clasp that makes the cup like a flap so you can whip our your boob at a moment’s notice? The things nobody tells us…)

  5. 5

    From Mandi:

    I really enjoy the pregnancy updates!

    Congratulations on your progression, and we’ll be praying for the scan to show a healthy child.

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    From Erin Lacy:

    You look AMAZING! Also, your preperation for the baby is excellent, everything else will fall into place. You’re right though, all those things you listed will soon be a luxury so GOOD FOR YOU for recognizing that and soaking them up. I’m so excited for you guys! Don’t spend too much on bras now…they just seem to get bigger and bigger as the days go by (not kidding)- it’s ridiculous! ;)

  7. 7

    From Elizabeth:

    Glad things are going so well! I had the ravenous appetite thing- it drove me crazy!

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    From Angie:

    Look at you!! So happy for you guys, and do NOT apologize for sharing . . . gushing is now a way of life. ;) I read this neat devotional when I was pregnant each time. I think it is called The Child Within . .. . loved it. Helped me think about things that I would not have ordinarily thought about re: motherhood. Also, if you like Beth Moore, her book Feathers From My Nest is a good read too. Love you guys . . .keep us posted!

  9. 9

    From Becky:

    You look great!!!

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    From Jen:

    So happy for you!! And your bump is too cute! (And I’m too jealous!)

    Stay healthy and happy!

  11. 11

    From Marlena:

    I LOVE your little bump! Don’t worry, I’m always excited for your pregnancy updates. Still geek out happy for you guys. :-)

  12. 12

    From Tabaitha:

    Love the tiny baby bump! Can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or girl:)

  13. 13

    From jessica STRUBLE v.:

    how exciting. u are already cute with ur bump. the good this is now, they have cute clothes and nout just baggy things. old navy usually have some cute preggo shirts and target!
    hopefully ur dry heaving will pass. but u just gotta remind urself what the prize is!!

  14. 14

    From Ashley:

    I’m not sure if you’re supposed to say this to pregnant women, but the first thing I thought when I scrolled across this post in my Reader is that your baby bump is adorable!

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    From Stephany:

    Keep the pregnancy updates rolling! I love them!!

    You are so, so, SO incredibly cute. YAY for baby bumps! :)

  16. 16

    From MelissaOklahoma:

    Kathleen, I’m so happy for you! You look so precious with your little bitty belly! :) Looking forward to reading more of your progress!!!

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    From Mindy:

    You are so cute! And I miss my pregnancy pants terribly… best.things.ever. Especially the courderoy ones. :) As for mentally/emotionally preparing for a little one, I thought a lot about {and talked to the hubs about} things that were important to us that we wanted to impart… like our faith, first and foremost, and making sure to laugh a lot… it made me feel more excited about it, all the things to look forward to, especially before I felt her move. The Mayo Clinic’s guide to pregnancy was also a huge help for me, as well as the What to Expect books. Ok, I’m rambling, but I’m happy for you and I’m glad your appetite is back!

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    From Rae:

    I love your pregnancy updates, especially since you included a photo! You are so cute. And, FWIW, I think that you’re doing the perfect thing in terms of “preparation” at this point. You need to be healthy and rested so this is a great way of taking care of yourself and your baby.

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    From Nora:

    Keep the updates and these posts coming. Love reading about it, honest! You look so adorable with your belly. I can’t wait for you to find out the sex of the baby and I’d love it if you shared with us. (Can you tell that I get super excited for friends who are having babies!?) =) <3.

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    From Emily:

    I love pregnancy updates! Keep em comin!

    Dental hygiene is unpleasant for me as well LOL And your little bump looks precious :)

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