Jul 16, 2018

Bump to Baby: 16 Weeks

You are already getting so big! You are the size of an avocado weighing 3-4 pounds and about 4-5 inches long. Avocados aren't big but compared to where you started, you are growing fast. You are also getting so very strong. Your back is getting stronger each day so you can straighten your head and neck even more. You can now making facial expressions thanks to those growing muscles. Your eyes are now working making side-to-side movements and even being able to perceiving light. You are still very much translucent and very skinny since you have no baby fat yet. But your face is developing so much more which includes eyebrows and eyelashes. This is a big week too since you can now hear us!

It's taking some time but I am slowly starting to feel better. I'm certainly not a ball of energy but the throwing up is way less and at this point I will take whatever I can get. I am definitely still struggling
with food quite a bit which is causing problems for me in the long run with energy and feeling better but I'm getting there. My record at this point is going three days in a row without throwing up, so I'm definitely getting there. This week was another appointment for me which meant a bit of anxiety. Of course I had nothing to worry about since you are just fine in there. Your heartrate is in the 140s and nice and strong. I had been feeling pretty positive about you being a girl but our doctor said she thinks boys so now I'm starting to wonder. It won't be a mystery for much longer because I made my appointment to find out in the next couple of weeks and I can't wait! You are definitely growing in there. Every day I look a little less chubby and a little more pregnant with my clothes fitting just a little bit tighter.

Thanks to some changes the hospital that I deliver at made and a miscommunication with a new nurse at my doctor's office I went to the hospital for a tour and paperwork. Of course once I got there and talked to the maternity nurse I was meeting, we got it cleared up that I didn't actually need a tour because I had delivered there twice. And after expressing my confusion over such an early meeting she told me that usually they like new moms to come in early to go through all these steps but since I was there I would get ahead and fill out my paperwork and therefore wouldn't have to come back later in my pregnancy. And it turned out to be exactly how I remembered it with all the paperwork and questions and details. There was some I couldn't answer because I was still a little early but otherwise I got all my paperwork filled out and ready to go for my due date in December. And honestly it's kind of nice knowing I got all of it out of the way now so I don't have to go back around the holidays when life gets a little busier.

(Sunday, July 8 - Saturday, July 14)

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