Tuesday, February 23, 2016

18 Week Updates: Baby 2.0

Another Tuesday, another baby update! I keep aspiring to write posts other than these weekly updates, but alas, for now all general news will be confined to the contents of these weekly posts.

How far along? 18 weeks today!

How big is baby? Apparently baby is the size of a sweet potato this week, and is hiccuping, yawning, sucking, and swallowing. She's also working on her muscle development with lots of twisting, turning, kicks, & punches. I feel her almost daily in little blips all around my belly- most evident when I am laying down.

Weight gain? Up another 1.5 pounds from last week, for a total gain of 14 pounds so far.

Sleep? Same old, same old… some nights I wake a gazillion times, and most mornings I wake way too early and am then up for the day. Trying to get in a daily nap as best I can.

Food cravings/aversions? Still not wanting seafood (one exception: calamari!) and loving big leafy salads.

Symptoms? This week has been a doozy with my hip pain. Pretty much every single time I get up from sitting I am stiff and in pain, and have to walk like a waddling, swaying belly dancer for awhile to work out the kinks. I had one migraine this week, and thankfully no bloody noses. Also no nausea or vomiting episodes!

Big sister? Iyla went through another "growing" week last week. We use this term during times when her every mood and emotion are on HIGH OCTANE. There was a lot of testing, protesting, crying, and even a couple full on monumental tantrums (usually upon waking from the ever so elusive nap). But as usual, with these "growing" weeks a more refined Iyla emerges, complete with new language, new perception, new humor, and deep affection.

We did get a slew of adorable photos of our little lady last week- some while modeling new dresses that arrived, and some from our morning school portraits. Behold the cute:

Most looking forward to? Our yearly pilgrimage to Wimberley, which is just two weeks away! We are returning to the same lovely cabin we stayed in last year, and I can't wait to kick back and be ensconced in nature for a week with my loves.


  1. It's a girl? How did I miss that announcement? Congratulations! You are a beautiful family.

    1. You didn't miss an announcement! This is me not having gotten around to composing a post around the sex reveal. Working on that now… ; )