Sunday, April 24, 2016

eleven weeks!


bump watch: there's a more definite fullness to my lower abdomen now. still squeezing into all my regular pants, but i'm most comfortable in dresses and stretchy jeans! 
little peanut: is two inches long, the size of a lime, which sounds crazy big to me! the fingernails and toenails are starting to form. at this point, baby's head is just as big as the entire remainder of the body. and that heart is pumping fast and furiously!
Fetal Development Week 11

best moment: i ordered another "big sister" book on Amazon for Greta, and it arrived this week. Baby on the Way, by Dr. William and Martha Sears, focuses on pregnancy and baby's arrival in age-appropriate language. Greta absolutely loves it. i've been trying to strike the balance between talking about the new baby and how we are so excited for her to be a big sister, and also focusing on her and all the normal things that fill our days so she doesn't get sick of hearing about the baby before he or she even arrives. she "read" this book three times in a row on her own immediately after it arrived, and i've found her peeking through it several more times since. i'll definitely order the second book in the series, What Baby Needs, closer to Little Peanut's arrival! 

symptoms: still no vomiting; a little bit of nausea and food aversions (Nick smothered his kielbasa in horseradish mustard a few days ago and i couldn't even look at his plate -- normally that would be right up my alley!). similar to last week, i seem to have more energy during the day, but am still falling asleep around 10 pm, or sometimes even right after we put Greta down for the night. 

cravings: i needed a jamocha shake and curly fries from Arby's this week. it was heaven.

what i miss: this morning i attended a baby shower for our friend and previous neighbor (who moved to Philadelphia last year! boo!). the shower was great fun and it was wonderful to see her, but i had to decline a mimosa and settle for straight OJ. #firstworldpregnancyproblems 
looking forward to: finding out baby's gender. there was so much uncertainty last year with the two miscarriages and then the span of time not being able to conceive. now i'd prefer not to have any more surprises! we have another two months or so until the anatomy scan, but for now, my mommy instinct is saying boy. we shall see! 

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