Watch my 18 week pregnancy vlog here!
How far along? 18 weeks! Okay, I have DEFINITELY popped this week :) I even had my first stranger ask me when I was due, woo hoo! (Granted, we were in a baby boutique and she was the store-owner...but still, it was exciting nonetheless!)
Total weight gain: 9lbs! I weighed in at 126lbs this morning -- which is up 1lb from last week! I am still right on track according to this tracker, yay! :) My measurements are waist: 28" (1" up from last week!) and tummy: 34" (up 1/2" from last week).
Maternity clothes? My friend Sam sent me the most AMAZING gift ever -- a maternity sports bra from Motherhood. It truly was one of the most thoughtful presents I'd ever received, because my boobs were getting really uncomfortable and I couldn't find any supportive maternity bras at all -- they all seemed so flimsy and saggy, ew! But this one is fantastic! It's a sports bra, so it supports both your boobs & back, it has no underwire (which is what I'm used to, but it's not advisable for maternity-wear) however it still lifts and pushes up your bust so that it doesn't look all saggy and gross. I honestly cried when I tried it on, it was soooo comfortable! Thank you so much Sam! :)
Stretch marks? None yet! This week I've been using Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula whenever I shower in the morning & Fairhaven Health Dream Belly Butter at night.
Sleep: I've been sleeping pretty well and I can't stress enough how helpful the DreamGenii pillow has gotten! I absolutely love her, yes she's a girl and I've actually decided to call her Brenda. Ha ha ha!
Best moment this week: My doctor's appointment -- we got to hear Pancoga's heartbeat!! It was the sweetest sound ever, I could listen to it all day :) This was not expected at all, but my doctor is really nice (unlike the ultrasound technician at the hospital :/) and he brought out a Doppler so we could listen to it and told us the heart-rate -- it was 139/140. I am totally thinking BOY!! I know the heart-rate thing is just an old wives' tale but my best friend who's also pregnant with a baby girl had a much faster heart-rate! So...you never know!
Miss anything? No...I honestly don't miss anything and I am really loving the 2nd trimester so far!
Movement: Still nothing :( I'm really anxious to feel something soon! I felt Sina's pups and got really emotional, it was crazy! I can't wait to meet her babies too :)
Food cravings: I'm going to be really boring again and say...no. It's weird! But I don't crave anything. I'm eating normally, lots of snacks throughout the day and that's about it!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Shrimp!
Gender: We are finding out this week, and I am SO excited! I hope Pancoga co-operates and it will be easy to see. My doctor doesn't understand why we want to find out, I don't understand how anyone wouldn't want to! But I suppose it is very personal for everyone!
Labor signs: No.
Symptoms: Cramping/stomach pains -- these are still happening every so often, some days are worse than others but I still do try to eat every 3 hours even if I don't want to. Today I have no stomach ache, phew! The acne has definitely calmed down and I'm sticking to using minimal products on my face. Nails & hair are still growing lots! I think I need a haircut soon :)
Belly button in or out? In!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender! Woo hoo :) I'm trying to think of a creative way to reveal it after...any ideas are much appreciated!