Total weight gain: Hahaha. Let’s just say that I never thought I’d get anywhere near 200 lbs during pregnancy, and it’s now in spitting distance.
Percentage through pregnancy: 60.7%
Weeks until due date: 16
Food of the week (a.k.a. size of baby): Length of an ear of corn.
—I don’t get any acne about three weeks out of the month, but there’s that one week that kicks my face’s ass.
— Charles caught me balancing a cup on my belly while on the laptop. I can’t help it; it makes such a convenient tray!
— I’m beginning not to see stains on my shirt.
— On Tuesday nights, I’m in class for three hours and the teacher doesn’t like to give us breaks. It’s been hell on my body. Those wooden school seats are horrendous for non-pregnant women. Imagine being trapped in one while with child.
Movement: We’ve hit the point where we can watch my stomach twitch when Charlie is moving. Maggie even got a chance to see it when we were at the airport picking up Kate last weekend. In addition to little kicks, I’ve also started to feel the baby actually roll around in there.
Weekly sins: I went to a coworker’s house and nursed about four oz of wine for an entire night. It was wonderful. I also dyed my hair. It was getting pretty nasty grey.
Pregnancy moments of the week:
— At last week’s wedding, I danced for the first time since being pregnant. It felt like running without a sports bra. Seriously, I’d move to the right and my stomach would follow about half a second later. Slow dancing with Charles was also a different experience. We can’t get close anymore!! Proof:
— At some point several years ago (and for no good reason), I started calling my mother Mama Llama. I think it sounds cute. What’s even more cute is that she’s started referring to herself as Grandmamallama.
— She was complaining last week about going to work and I suggested that she take the day off. She said she didn’t want to because she was saving them in case I need her help with the baby. That’s so incredibly sweet.
— I feel like Charlie and I are a team, that we’re buddies that get to experience the day together. I talk to him about the things “we” go through: “Wow, that meeting was long!” “Can you believe that guy cut us off?” I hope this is normal.
Best pregnancy gifts:
— Charlie got his first piece of mail (actually addressed to him)! It was two onesies from Jason & Sarah. One had a whale and said “Little Squirt.” The other was all about prime numbers.
— Speaking of math, Kate bought Charlie his first math alphabet book, G is for Googol.
— One of my coworkers is in a piano competition and was playing me the video of her submission. I mentioned that Charlie started kicking, and the next day she brought in a Baby Einstein collection of classical music!
— I bought the baby a gift this week for the nursery: Individual magnetized trains that spell out Charlie in primary colors.
Baby Milestones: Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of a corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.
Quotes of the Week:
— Me (talking about my chagrin at giving birth at the local hospital): Nothing good has ever come out of that hospital.
Charles: Hey! You’re looking at him!
— Me: Thursday has been all up ons me at night, especially my boobs.
Mom: She knows that milk is coming soon!
— We just watched my entire stomach move when Charlie kicked. So awesome and strange!!
— Charlie is obviously at a dance party in my uterus today.
— Me: Our baby is now a foot long. Charles: Aww, he’s like a Subway sandwich!