A baby story [Part II]: Weeks 16 + 17
November 11th, 2014
Week 16: Baby’s the size of an avocado
We’re in ‘cado territory right now (that’s what Sirena calls an avocado, and she referred to the baby as “baby ‘cado” this week) and some pretty major developments happened this week, namely…I felt the baby move! Just like with Sirena’s pregnancy, the first time I felt the little pop-pop-pop action in my lower abdomen was at work after lunch (I guess this baby will be a foodie just like Big Sis!) I wasn’t sure I was really feeling the baby move or not but the same sensation has been felt throughout the week, mostly when I’m sitting (so my pants are pressing against my abdomen and the little nugget is pushing against it) or when I’m relaxing and laying down in bed. This is just about 2 weeks earlier than when I felt Sirena move which I hear is pretty typical for a 2nd pregnancy. Such an exciting time!
This week we celebrated Halloween which was so much fun. Big sister Sirena dressed as Mickey Mouse and had a blast trick-or-treating. Holidays are so much fun with her at this age, she seems to really understand a lot about what is going on! We kept imagining Halloween next year when we’ll have a 6 month old and a 3.5 year old…wow! Ideas for a fun family costume welcome (extra points if Lola’s included!)
Week 17: Baby’s the size of an onion
This week started out with both good and bad things. The good was our prenatal appointment on 11/6 when we met with midwife Allison and everything was looking “perfect” which we couldn’t be happier about! And the whooshwhooshwhoosh of the heartbeat might be the sweetest sound in the world, I can’t get enough of hearing it. We also got news that our first trimester genetics screening came back looking great which is a big relief. So far baby is doing great! So the bad thing is my lower back pain which has progressively gotten worse. Kevin, Sirena and I did some yard work one day and I had to stop in the middle because I could sense that I had been pushing myself too hard. Throughout the night and when I got up the next morning the pain was pretty intense. The midwife suggested I go see a chiropractor (I’m going to try going to yoga with my sister once a week first) and to of course take it easy on myself and not push myself so hard. At the moment this is so frustrating because anyone who knows me knows I always have to keep busy so it’s going to be a major adjustment in my way of thinking and going about my day to day activities.
This week I got the opportunity to go on a girls’ weekend with some of the Edmonds girls (Dorothy, Judith, and Sarah) to support my niece Katelyn in her band competition in Las Vegas. We had a nice low-key weekend filled with catching up, eating yummy food, and enjoying each other’s company. Sirena enjoyed
wearing out spending time with Nani, Bopa, TT, and Jessie all weekend which was a special treat for everyone involved. 🙂
Sirena took the baby belly love to the next level by putting her stuffed animal “Georgie Bear” inside her shirt and rubbing her belly and singing “Rock-a-bye Baby” to her belly. Adorable! She finished by having the baby “be born” and pulling it out from the bottom of her shirt. If only it were that easy, Sirena…
I think she’s mimicking me and my belly photos, holy cow!
Other pregnancy updates:
- Total weight gained so far: 0 pounds
- Fun baby developments: Baby’s measuring around 5 inches long and around 5.5 ounces. It can sense light (even though its eyelids are still fused shut) and it can now probably hear our voices!
- Days until our BIG ultrasound (where we’ll hopefully find out the sex!): 15 days (day before Thanksgiving!)
- Days until Thanksgiving: 16 days! That’s when we’re going to announce to the families what the sex is (as long as it lets us see between its legs, haha!)