bump watch: nada. a little more bloat, perhaps? i've always had a little pooch under my belly button, and now i'm resigned that it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
sweet pea: is now the size of a blueberry, at a quarter-inch long! and that DHA in my prenatals better be doing its thing, because baby's brain cells are growing at 100 cells per minute. limb buds are growing and those tiny little kidneys are working!
image credit from What to Expect When You're Expecting
best moment: watching The Business of Being Born, a documentary produced by Ricki Lake about how the birthing culture in the US is totally out of whack with the rest of the world. okay, the phrase "birthing culture" makes me gag a little, but it was fascinating to see how the hospital birth i've always envisioned is in many ways counterproductive to how our bodies naturally function during birth. the most intriguing aspect was watching many first-time mothers (who weren't total crunchy granola hippies) deliver naturally without screaming their heads off. i'm definitely leaning more this way!
symptoms: tired, tired, tired. i wake up wanting to go back to sleep, and am usually in bed by 10 pm. yesterday i snuck in a glorious nap from 5:30 to 6:30. between working, making dinner and the occasional load of laundry, i just can't keep my eyes open (i can't imagine what it's like for moms who already have a little one!). little waves of nausea too - nowhere close to having to puke, thank goodness.
cravings: cottage cheese, beef jerky, and bacon. i worked on Saturday morning, and on my way home i had a sudden irresistible hankering for a Wendy's Baconator. i've never had one in my life so i don't know why i suddenly had to have one then, but i did. i had only ever seen the commercials for the triple or quadruple-patty abominations, so imagine my delight in finding out they do actually come in single patty versions. ANGELS WERE SINGING. IT WAS GLORIOUS.
what i miss: sushi.
looking forward to: our first prenatal appointment (and hopefully ultrasound)! it's not for another month and it seems like a lifetime away. tomorrow night, we have orientation at the midwife center so at least we'll get a little taste of what's to come!