18 weeks

i can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going! and yet… it feels like forever ago that we saw those two pink lines… i’m starting to feel impatient waiting for our 20 wk scan – which is actually falling right on 21 weeks. we’re still slightly undecided about whether to find out the baby’s sex or not… i’ve been saying we should stay team yellow, but lately i feel like i really want to know and i want to start calling baby by their name (we’ve been settled on a girl’s name since before i got pregnant but only just managed to agree on a boy’s name this morning).

this week’s update:

How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? as of my 15 wk appt i had lost 8lbs, i think i may have lost more… my wedding ring is now trying to fall off my finger =/
Maternity clothes? almost entirely. i can still get by with my regular pants w/ a belly band but am starting to stick with stretchy skirts/dresses and leggings.
Stretch marks? i have SO many from the first time around, i can’t tell. i don’t think there are any new ones yet.
Sleep? still not great. i’m most comfortable on my back which i know is a no no, but now the added intense pain i keep getting in my hips – it’s really the only way i can sleep.
Best moment this week? we ordered baby’s crib!!!
Miss Anything? sandwiches’. i hate this no deli meat rule!
Movement? here and there, it’s still pretty light – but certainly obvious when it happens
Food cravings? mostly chips… yikes.
Anything making you queasy or sick? not really, the tiny bit i had seems to have faded away.
Have you started to show yet? big time. i got asked if it was twins this week… gaaah.
Gender? don’t know – may find out on St. Patrick’s Day when we have our scan
Labor Signs? Nope
Belly Button in or out? sort of both… the top or bottom will stick out while the opposite is in. it keeps changing… which is odd!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time? mostly happy, but when i get stressed out (which is easy with my crappy job situation) i get pretty emotional.
Looking forward to? feeling stronger movements, the crib arriving, and hopefully starting to work on the nursery soon!

the round ligament issue has plagued me since really early on & now my hips literally feel like they’re going to split and fall off my body… any suggestions on how to deal with the pain?? sitting in my desk chair KILLS my hips, sleeping on my side is impossible, and walking for too long is awful. i didn’t have any of this kind of pain issues when i was pregnant with Beans… i feel so limited in what i can do physically already, it’s so frustrating.

also, has anyone experienced fairly intense pressure on their cervix this early on? it’s not all the time, but when it does flair up it lasts for hours. i can’t sit down when it happens as it then feels like pressure from both sides is just squashing it… i’m wondering if it’s nerve damage from my last delivery that flairs up now and again, but i really don’t know.

j

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