Week 16

Total weight gain: 11 pounds. Midwife is not thrilled.

Percentage through pregnancy: 40%

Weeks until due date:
24

Food of the week (a.k.a. size of baby): Avocado

Pregnancy signs: Same stuff: round ligament pain, itchiness, acne

Worry of the week: Cellphones. Is my cell phone, which is so often next to my stomach, harming the baby?

Maternity clothes: Acquired my first two pairs of maternity pants this week, one from Old Navy and one from Motherhood Maternity. In the latter store, it took me a few seconds to figure out the round pillow with straps. It’s a fake baby belly to see how the clothes will look when you’re bigger. Brilliant!

Bra Talk:
Decided it was also time to upgrade bras. I was shocked at the outcome: a 34A to a 38C. When I was brought the C, I assumed the salespeople figured it was a size I could grow into. Nope! Fit perfectly.

Weekly sins: I’m done with trying to stay away from diet sodie. Midwife said I could have one a day, and I’m going for it. It’s like sweet manna from heaven. I also ate a hot dog. Also NOM.

Pregnancy moments of the week:

— Maternity shopping with my mother was filled with incredibly sweet moments. The first was inside the Macy’s children’s section. You know, the one filled with adorable kids’ Christmas outfits. As we all know, my mother really, really wants a granddaughter. She kept holding up these precious dresses, and rubbing them against my belly while saying, “If you’re a girl, think of all the great outfits grandma will buy you!” When I held up (in my opinion) just as precious baby boy outfits, she made faces.

The second sweet moment occurred after she volunteered to purchase the new bras. “Thanks, mom,” I said, while we walked out of the store. “You didn’t have to do that.”

She paused, then said, “You don’t understand. I’ve been waiting my whole life for this.”

Cue tears.

— Last weekend, I was watching “Say Yes to the Dress” on Bravo. In one scene, after a daughter showed her father her wedding dress, he said something about time moving too fast, that it felt like only yesterday that he taught her how to walk. I got incredibly emotional, looked down at my belly and wailed, “You’re going to leeeeeave meeeeeee.”

— At our 16-week doctor’s appointment on Friday, we got to hear the baby’s heart beat for the first time. So fast. So perfect. One of the sweetest damn moments of my life.

— I took portraits of BFF Ashleigh’s baby girl last weekend. It struck me how much our lives have changed as we both kneeled on the ground in front of her, making silly faces and talking funny, just to get a smile. Weren’t we hot messes dancing in Vegas only a few years ago? I love how life moves on.

Best pregnancy gift of the week: A coworker gave me a package of child-safe cabinet locks this week. She had originally purchased them for her cat, but they didn’t work with her kitchen. I find this hilarious.

What I am looking forward to: Our big ultrasound!!! The midwife let us change our appointment to CHRISTMAS EVE, so we get to surprise our families on Christmas Day!!!!! Gaaaaa! Now, I need some ideas for spilling the beans. It can’t be present-related because my family is coming over earlier to exchange gifts; Charles’ parents aren’t doing gifts this year. Any ideas??

Baby Milestones: Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he’s about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren’t recognizable yet. He’s even started growing toenails. And there’s a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

Quote of the Week:

Midwife: How was your Thanksgiving?
Me: It was great. I took a no-holds-barred approach to this holiday.
Midwife (glancing at the weight on my chart): Yeah, you did!

Pregnancy-related Tweets:

— We have a crying baby in the house tonight. Better get used to that.
— I love being pregnant. Between last night and the night before, I slept 20 hours.

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