Size of baby: heirloom tomato (approx. 6" and 8.5 oz.)
Total Weight Gain: +9 lb - I'm not worrying about weight, but it was still nice to stop the 2 lb. per week gain from the last 3 weeks and only gain one this week!
Continuing symptoms: Round ligament pain ( a lot more!), br.east enlargement, mild nose congestion
New symptoms this week: one braxton hick contraction - it scared me! But I read they can start around 20 weeks, and I'm not too far from that. I did get nervous about pre-term labor, but since I've gone so many days without any more I think everything is fine.
Maternity Clothes: Loving a few of my maternity pieces. I also discovered one non-maternity sweater I own that actually looks really cute with my belly, so that is nice since I don't have any warm maternity sweaters.
Sleep: Sleeping well.
What I'm Eating: Normal eating habits. I think I actually ate a lot more during the first trimester and I feel like I am eating like I did pre-pregnancy now (except I do still have a glass of milk before bed), yet I am gaining a lot of weight now.
Cravings: Wheat bagel with strawberry cream cheese for breakfast.
Movement: Love love love feeling our boy move! Each week the movements are getting stronger, and I almost always feel him when I am lying down. I have also felt him a few times while sitting, but I never feel him while standing or walking.
Special pregnancy moments: This section will be bittersweet this week. On Wednesday, my father-in-law went in for a relatively common procedure to open up the arteries of his heart since he was experiencing chest pain (an angioplasty). However, during the procedure a rare complication occurred that caused a piece of the plaque in his arteries to get loose and travel to his brain...resulting in a stroke. It has been a very emotional, difficult, and scary week as we initially just knew something "went wrong" and we were seriously thinking he may die, to wondering why he couldn't talk well (is it the medication?), and then to finding out he had a stroke. Thankfully it is probably a more minor stroke, but seeing somebody you love suffer and lose some of their abilities (his speech is slurred, he has double vision, and is struggling with some balance/ coordination) has been painful...but we are all trusting the Lord together.
My husband and I are very close to his parents. I have almost been surprised at how difficult this has been for me since it is not my dad but my husband's, but I have really grown to love and cherish my in-laws over the last nine years of knowing them. My husband made me so proud in how much he stepped in to help, and the way he lovingly cared for his dad alongside his mom. He slept at the hospital every night with him while we were down there to let his mom get some sleep, and was quite an advocate for his care.
So what does this have to do with pregnancy moments? My in-laws, husband, and myself had many moments where we talked about this baby, and the miracle of new life brought rays of joy to a difficult situation. One afternoon I was sitting in a waiting room with my mother-in-law and the baby was kicking the hardest I have felt yet, and she got to feel him! I know this was a special joy for her. At night when my husband was at the hospital and I was alone, I often went to bed feeling like my heart was breaking for my family, and the little guy would move and it almost felt like somebody was with me giving me a hug. I cherished his movements even more in those sad moments.
Baby boy, you have already brought so much joy to all of your family.