Nov 17, 2014

18 weeks

How far along: 18 weeks!

How big is baby: Lemon went from an avocado, to a turnip, and is now the size of a bell pepper!

Sleep: Still pretty good - weird and mundane dreams all around.

Excited about: Being pregnant! Also, in a few weeks we'll be finding out the gender. I used to say "oh I could totally go the whole pregnancy without knowing," and I've now realized what a big fat lie that is. I cannot wait to find out!

Anxious about: Being pregnant. Ha! The anxiety is getting better, but there are still days that I get worried. Hoping this will ease at some point, but we'll just have to see.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: This isn't really a craving but I've really been trying to hydrate like crazy these days. We're starting to get colder weather and dry skin and I read that while pregnant you can put as much lotion on as you want, but if you aren't hydrated the dry skin will not go away. I have a few fun bottles that I seem to drink faster from so I'm trying to start my day with water so I reach for it first later on.

Gender: Don't know yet!

Movement: Nothing yet - I figure it'll be a few more weeks before I feel anything so we'll see.

The belly: I think a teeny bit bigger than I was at 16 weeks, but it really depends on my outfit. Some days I'm like "hey I'm pregnant," other days I look like I ate too much at lunch. It makes me laugh when I walk by strangers because I can see their eyes go to my stomach and I'm sure they're wondering, "is she?"

Miscellaneous: I'm still randomly getting sick, but it's gone from every day to once or twice a week so here's hoping that starts to go down even more! The only frustrating part about it (um, besides the whole throwing up aspect), is there's really no rhyme or reason. The other morning I ate half a banana and then had to rush to the bathroom, yet later that day ate Chick-fil-a like a boss. Who knows!

Best moment of the week: When I talk to my niece on the phone she asks, "how's the baby in your belly?" It melts my heart every time!

I was at my favorite yarn store this weekend, and I saw this fabulous bright yellow yarn - it was in my hands and I was thinking "baby blanket," before I could stop myself. It's just so fun! It's bright yellow (the color is called "Squash Blossom"), and all I could think was Lemon! So last night I started making a lemon blanket for Lemon.

After I finished the first row, I started crying. If you've read this blog at all, you know how knitting is love for me. When I make something for someone I think about them while I'm knitting it, and how happy I am that they're in my life, and I send good thoughts their way, so when they put on or use whatever it is I made, they are literally surrounded with love.

For so long I've dreamed of things I could make for a baby, and now I get to think about how much this child is already loved, and let my anxiety melt away with each stitch. Starting a baby blanket for our child is literally a dream come true.


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Aw, the part about the baby blanket brought tears to my eyes as I can totally see how it's emotional to be FINALLY making something for your own child. And in a way, it's brave of you to do this because it's another way that you are preparing for Lemon's arrival and in a way, fighting back against the anxiety. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

I can't wait to find out what you are having!!!

jabawokies said...

Yay!!!!! It was so nice to see you over the weekend. Sorry Emily and I zonked out on the couch. I was told we were snoring! hahaha

Nora said...

No wonder I never want to take off the scarf you made me; I feel so much better when it's on and now I know why: it's got special love in it.

Love the color you picked for Lemon's blanket. And, also, I'm glad you aren't calling the baby Bell Pepper now because Lemon is just the cutest thing ever. =)

Amber said...

So sweet! You are on EXACTLY the same timeline as my coworker as she is also 18 weeks this week. She has her 20 week ultrasound and finds out the gender on December 1. When is yours??

Love your pregnancy updates!

Emilie said...

Lemon is a really cute nickname for the baby! I am glad the sickness has settled down. I can't imagine being sick every day. How awful that must have been! I am excited to see how your blanket turns out - I want to learn to knit or crochet so badly! I wish my I had my grandma teach me but she has dementia now and doesn't remember how to do either. I'm excited to find out what you're having! I think I'd like to wait but I guess it's something you can't predict until you're in that situation. Exciting stuff!!

Katelin said...

Even know I can tell some people are still trying to figure out if I'm pregnant, it seriously is hilarious. I love it. Also hurray for knitting for the lemon. So sweet and so wonderful! And oh yes, stay hydrated like crazy, especially as it gets colder, oh man.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Love the color for the blanket!

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