Sunday, July 22, 2012


Saturday night, pre-wedding
I am feeling very good in this pregnancy.  So far, it has been the opposite of my pregnancy with the boys in every way, and I'm just hoping that it stays that way as far as my cervix is concerned.  Last night Eric and I went to a wedding and I danced a fair amount (we love dancing at weddings!) and didn't even feel anxious about it.  With the boys I felt anxious almost any time I did something overly physical.  This time I do have some anxious thoughts but they are not overwhelming in any way, and I pretty much do what I want (within reason).

One strange coincidence- when I was 18 weeks pregnant with the boys, my grandparents moved from their house into an apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Now, at 18 weeks pregnant this time, they moved from their apartment in Cambridge to an assisted living here, near us.  While I am sad that they have reached the point that they can't live independently, I am happy that they'll be spending the rest of their lives near us, so that my boys can spend as much time with them as possible.  And of course I am hopeful that they will be well enough to meet this new little one in December!  We've been seeing a lot of them as they try to settle into their new home, which is difficult at their age.

How far along?  18w1d
Total weight gain/loss?  Still not weighing myself, but yesterday I was unable to fit into a dress I had worn 8 weeks ago.  I feel kind of big.
Maternity clothes?  Pretty much, yeah.
Pregnancy symptoms?  Still shortness of breath.  I also have sore breasts, which is crazy because my sore boobs went away at 12w with the boys, and only started at 12w in this pregnancy.
Stretch marks? No new ones.
Sleep?  I am still waking up around 4 or 5 in the morning and trying to get back to sleep.  It is so frustrating!
Best moment last week? Nothing stands out as a big and exciting moment, but it was a pretty good week in general.
Movement?  I feel something every day.  Some days bigger and more than others, but there is enough to let me know the baby is still kicking around in there.
Food cravings? Still no real cravings. I am enjoying food, and I like a little extra salt on my food. I am wondering if that is due to all the water I am drinking to stay hydrated in the heat?  But I am eating a normal diet.
Gender? We are hoping to get an answer to that on Friday at my next cervical check.
Labor signs? No, I don't think so. I had some feelings of breathlessness that I had with Braxton Hicks in my last pregnancy, but no tightening of my uterus.  I plan to ask when I go on Friday.
Belly button in/out? In.
What I miss: having a cocktail at the wedding last night.
What I am looking forward to: getting more reassurance that all is well, and hopefully finding out the sex.
Milestones: I don't know, 18 weeks feels pretty good to me!

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