Monday, December 26, 2011

18-week Update

Here we are at 18 weeks. Also, the day after Christmas. Several times over Christmas it was commented how next Christmas will be quite different. Kate still isn't showing much, especially compared to some other women we see at about the same stage of pregnancy, but I attribute that to her already slim and tall frame. I am eager for the baby to get bigger and have her showing a cute baby bump, a little bigger than what she is now. All in time, I feel. We're two weeks away from January 10, our next doctor appointment when we are due to learn the sex of the baby. I am very anxious for that to happen. Really, that is a huge date in my mind. We'll be halfway through the pregnancy and find out if we'll have a boy or girl, but more importantly I am just anxious to go back and make sure everything is ok. It will be a month since our last appointment and it feels like a long time since our last visit, and affirmation that all is well. So, I am eager for January 10. However, being that we are in the week between Christmas and New Year's, we're taking time off from work and happy to enjoy some down time. 2011 has been great, but 2012 holds the greatest hopes and possibilities of our lives.

I’m exactly 18 weeks today, and I really feel like the first 5 weeks of my 2nd trimester have FLOWN by!  I’m starting to get my energy back slowly – I have more stamina to workout and do things around the house, but I’m still crashing by 8:30-9pm.  That’s okay though, I need to “stock up” on sleep now. :) The only really unfortunate thing is I’m not showing!  Well, if you know me, then you know something’s a little off, but outsiders don’t have a clue!  So I’m just the really hungry lady at all the Christmas parties that isn’t drinking and makes her husband leave at 8:30.  Awesome.
December 26 - 18 weeks pregs

Speaking of Christmas - we hosted Christmas this year and I'd say it was a total success. We really tried to stress the "less is more" theme this year, since we foresee lots of money spending in the future. It was so nice seeing everyone and spending quality family time. I'm ready to get my house back, though, and start preparing for BABY! 

Speaking of baby - we got the test results back from our quad-screening and everything looked “great”, according to the nurse.  This is such a relief for me!  I was already a little hesitant to get the test, because let’s get real – it’s not like I’m NOT going to have this baby just because something is "wrong" – so what’s the point in finding out early?!  Once I actually starting weighing the pros/cons, I realized I wanted to know ahead of time so we can mentally prepare and learn everything we needed to know.  Now that we’re past this hurdle, I feel like its smooth sailing until January 10, when our lives will change forever. For some reason, finding out the sex is almost more of a "game changer" in our minds, than finding out we were pregnant in the first place. Maybe because it's more real then? Not sure, but we're really excited! I can't wait to start decorating and painting!!

How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain: 7+ (haven't dared check since my 16-week check-up)
Maternity clothes? Not yet!
Stretch marks? none
Sleep: I've been really exhausted by 9pm, and fall asleep easily, but I get up 1-2 times each night to pee, which makes it really hard to fall back to sleep.
Best moment this week: We've started clearing out the nursery and making it a real room...makes me so excited for the future!
Miss anything? Wine - for sure! Especially this time of year. NYE is going to be lame :/
Movement: none yet! I'm getting a little antsy...
Food cravings: pizza, any form :)
Anything making you queasy or sick: not really...maybe the thought of raw meat, but that's not much different than per-pregnancy
Gender: Don't know yet, although I've had several dreams that it's a boy, and Josh had a dream that it's a boy last night.
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: gas (TMI, I know)
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: I've been pretty happy lately! Although I definitely have crazy bi-polar mood swings that come out of nowhere. I usually have to apologize afterwards :(
Looking forward to: Finding out the sex and decorating the nursery!

Love you all,
Josh & Kate

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