Week 18

Total weight gain: 11.3 pounds. Doing good, Jess! I’m still over the recommended nine pounds, but not by much.

Percentage through pregnancy: 45%

Weeks until due date: 22

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

Pregnancy signs (TMI warning): The process of peeing is changing a bit. Before pregnancy, when I really had to pee, it would just come gushing out. Now, I’ll rush into the bathroom only to have the urine inch out slooooooowly. Also, hello second-trimester orgasms, where have you been all my life?

I also think I may have had my first Braxton Hicks contraction. On Thursday, my stomach began tightening up. Sometimes it would last only a minute or two, but othertimes it felt tight and bloated for several minutes. Hmm..

Worry of the week:
Uncooperative baby at next week’s ultrasound.

Movement: Not yet. Bummer.

Weekly sins: Eating waaaay too many cookies.

Pregnancy moments of the week:

— Charles has started a new activity called “Unborn Baby Music Hour.” He’ll think of a song he wants the baby to know, then when we’re in bed, Baby gets to listen to the song on the iPhone.

— Not sure if this counts as a “moment,” but I’m really laughing a lot lately, mostly at myself. Maybe it’s because I’m super happy, or that I finally realize how funny I am! (See previous post about the ketchup-mustard incident)

— Yesterday, Charles and I walked around the Zoo at night for Jungle Bells. It was so sweet to watch young families with strollers and thinking that we’ll be in that position in a few months.

What I am looking forward to: Big U/S in five days.

Baby Milestones: Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

Quotes of the Week:

— In ocean-science communities, a common phrase to discuss the degradation of the planet is “shifting baselines.” It’s our tendency to perceive the current state of the ocean as healthy, even though it’s been degraded from the past. When I was explaining to our exhibits curators about the changing feeling in my abdomen as the baby grows, she exclaimed, “Shifting baselines…I mean waistlines!” I thought that was super cute.

Pregnancy-related Tweets:
–Top Baby Names of the Future. Both of ours are here! http://bit.ly/7SUPiV
— Damnit, hormones! Totally sobbing at the surfing dog video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGODurRfVv4

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