Friday, May 13, 2016

First Baby Bumpdate: 18 Weeks

How Far Along? 18 weeks

Maternity Clothes? Yes! Maternity leggings are my new favorite thing and I'm finally showing enough to make the gathered sidings of maternity shirts actually useful.

Sleep? Besides having to get up at least 3 times during the night to use the bathroom, sleep is good! I've always been a back or tummy sleeper so switching to sleeping on my side was an adjustment, but once I figured out how to tuck pillows where, I'm comfy!

Best moment this week? I set a goal to read the whole Book of Mormon again before the baby comes, and I just started up this morning! My scripture study has been so sporadic lately..mostly topical and different every day, so it was refreshing to open up and begin the near and dear familiar story in 1st Nephi! Steve and I are so adamant about centering our lives on Christ, and I want this baby to see from the very beginning that his mama loves her Savior and the scriptures.

Movement: Just barely! The only times I've felt it is when I'm laying really still at night, but it hasn't been very often yet. Excited to be feeling more!

Food Cravings: Apples and crunch peanut butter. It's always been a favorite snack of mine, but I have to have it every day lately! And water. Give me all the water, I feel constantly dehydrated.

Food Aversions: I went to make chicken noodle soup this week and could NOT bring myself to deal with raw chicken, even just to throw it in the crockpot. I ended up buying pre-cooked, pre-shredded chicken that you can just heat up & it was a life saver.

Anything making you queasy? Besides my prenatal vitamin that's made me want to hurl every day for the last 4 months, and a few geriatric patients with rank breath, I haven't had any problems!

Gender: BOY! We had our gender ultrasound last week (at McSketchVille USA in the mall..ahh) and it was no question that this one is a little man! We were going to wait a while longer before our doctor would do it, but we had just finished a weekend of babysitting our favorite kids and the 2 year old, Cannon, was Steve's little shadow all weekend, he would not leave his side! We got home Sunday night and as we were laying in bed, Steve said, "Abbs, I need a little boy. Even if it's not this baby, at some point, I need a little boy." It melted me..& we went and found out the next day. When the words "It's A Boy!" popped up on the ultrasound screen, I immediately started crying and the grin that slapped on Steven's face still hasn't left. 

What I'm looking forward to: The sun finally getting out and being outside! I always feel so much better when I can be outside and get a little sunshine and vitamin D.