How big is baby: A freakishly large pomegranate at 10.5” [from head to toe]. Baby sweets gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they've already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.
Weight gain/loss: Thankfully still holding at a 9lb gain.
Stretch marks: After two pregnancies, I somehow still don't have any.
Sleep: Unfortunately both boys got a stomach bug over the weekend, resulting in vomit and diarrhea. Coupled with a few late nights of photography business and this mama is quite tired. I’m calling an earlier bed time tonight!
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Oh my gosh friends, I feel so funny loving on pickles so much, but Claussen pickles are honestly the bomb. The bomb. I said it. Last night, even better, I had dill pickle dip. I think I found the one I had last night at my friends fabulous favorite things party. I seriously could have just taken the bowl and eaten it myself! Sadly, I still have not been reunited with my previous love affair, hummus. It honestly breaks my heart. There is a little place in the skyway called the Real Meal Deli and I’m currently obsessed with their Strawberry Sedona Salad with strawberries, green onions, goat cheese and pecans.
Movement: Baby Sweets and I are getting to know each other with more movement every day!
What I'm worrying about: Oh just those dollar bills still. Thankful to be able to pay our bills though and that paying down debt is our foremost concern.
What I'm loving: Daily letting it sink in further that I’m going to have a daughter!
Symptoms: Thankfully not as much heartburn in this past week, but it’s still there. I’m just ridiculously exhausted and I think you can see it all over my face in the above picture. Also, consistent with old wives tales, I seem to be carrying all over with this baby girl and it’s really starting to get me down. I feel as wide as a house right now, which is insane, knowing what’s coming. I just feel like my hips are gelatinous and that I’m weekly seeing more and more spread to the East and West.
What I'm looking forward to: Spending time with friends this weekend.
Best moment of the week: Convincing Isaac that we really shouldn’t be telling everyone our names for his baby sister. See, I thought that it was possible Isaac could be my ally in the name game, even though it could have just as easily backfired on me, so I shared the three names that Tony and I have cleared for consideration. As luck would have it, I mean as God would fashion it [Tony, wink wink], Isaac did prefer my name choice, even over Tony’s favorite. Too bad he’s so excited about the name that he started telling people, like my Mom. We’ve yet to officially decide on the name, but I’m so glad I got Isaac to agree that we should keep the name a secret! Let’s see if he remembers.