Well, time is continuing to fly and I’m just about halfway through with my pregnancy already! Next week we have an appointment with our Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor to get a good look at the baby and finally find out if we’re having a boy or girl!
Although we are super excited to hear what we’re having so we can start buying what we need, we mostly are ready to see our baby and just get even more confirmation that baby is healthy and has no chromosomal abnormalities. I did have an appointment last week and we got a really good look at the baby with just a quick ultrasound and saw no signs of a SCT like Addie had around this time of gestation, so I am very relieved. Still, it’ll be nice to get a thorough look at the baby next week to make sure everything is good. Hopefully, we will only need to see this doctor once and then I can keep continuing with my OB like normal!
I really love our MFM doctor and am happy we’ll be seeing him. He did ultrasounds on Addie every other week for my pregnancy with Addie and he delivered her as well. I remember my first appointment with him and how nervous I was. I cried the whole appointment because we just had no idea what we were dealing with and if Addie would be ok, and I had an amnio and was terrified. It seems so long ago yet is also so fresh in my mind. I can’t say I’m not nervous for this appointment, but I do know that this doctor is pretty fantastic and IF there is anything to worry about, then he will be the guy to help lead the way and help us feel more at ease.
How far along: 18 weeks
Name: We officially have our boy AND girl names! We won’t be disclosing the name of the baby until after our gender reveal though!
Size: Baby is the size of an artichoke at 18 weeks! That’s 5.59 inches and 6.70 ounces.
How I’m feeling: Really good! I was really emotional about a lot of things last week but things have mellowed out.
Sickness: None! Migraines are GONE and I’m feeling so good!
Cravings: More vegetables! Especially green beans from a can. Weird I know. I got a hankoring for green bean casserole so that’s on our menu for this week with some chicken. I will say, that’s not a pregnancy thing, that’s just a me-excited-for-Thanksgiving thing, because I totally did this last year and the year before a couple weeks before Thanksgiving. I just love Thanksgiving food!
Aversions: Nothing at the moment. I’m glad about that!
Weight gain: I maybe have gained 1-2 lbs. Doctor isn’t concerned one bit and baby is growing and just taking all my food!
Physical changes: Rounder tummy! My face has thinned out too. It’s all going to my stomach for sure!
Pregnancy purchases so far: I’ve made a few purchases so far that I wanted to share that have been helpful—
- Mineral Essence– I wanted to update you guys on it since I promised last bumpdate. I have been religiously taking my Mineral Essence for 2 weeks now and feel INCREDIBLE. It’s amazing how good you can feel when your body is in balance! If you’re not getting 5-6 cups of vegetables a day, you’re definitely not getting enough minerals in your diet, especially if you’re pregnant because baby is taking all those nutrients for him/herself. I have felt WORLDS different.
- Gender Reveal Decorations– I have all the decorations for our gender reveal courtesy of Oriental Trading! I am SO ready to get decorating next week for our big reveal party.
- New clothes- I recently got this Winter Wine long sleeved tee from Old Navy from today’s bumpdate and this Emerald sweater tee from my 16 week bumpdate. Neither are maternity and I love how they hug my bump! I love them and I’m so ready for it to be consistently cold so I can wear them all the time. I also got this awesome Llama maternity sweater and I find it hilarious and cute all at the same time.