How far along? 19 Weeks
Baby size and other details: Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.
Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
How I’m feeling: Feeling good physically! A little overwhelmed with lots to get done. But I shared my to do list with Josh this weekend and have a checklist started, so hopefully that will help.
Stretch Marks? None yet! Thanks to cocoa butter (thanks Melissa!) I hope to avoid them all together. We shall see!
Sleep? Still sleeping just fine! It helps to have a rainy weekend perfect for nap time.
Highlight this week: Deciding on a color scheme for the nursery: a combo of last year’s and this year’s Pantone Color of the Year.
Movement: Still not sure if what I’m feeling is baby girl or not. I saw her move on the ultrasound. (She was really bouncing around!) And yet, I felt nothing. Still need more time to be sure. 🙂
Food Cravings: Still loving my pancakes. Also, fruity candy and macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese.
Gender: It’s a girl!!!
Belly Button – In or Out? Totally flat.
What I miss: Still wouldn’t mind a cold Blue Moon.
What I am looking forward to: We are touring our hospital next Saturday! I’m excited to see where the baby delivering magic will happen.
Weekly Wisdom: When you are frustrated and start crying hysterically, try not to cry even harder because you know that it’s stupid to cry about what you’re crying about. Just cry it out. Don’t judge it. You’ll snap back to “normal” at some point.