One more month has passed! It’s going by faster now that the first trimester is over, but we’re still anxiously waiting to find out what exactly is in this body of mine – besides a look-a-like fruit!
As we wait, we continue to grow . . .
How Big Baby Is Now:
He or she is about the size of an avocado, weighs about four ounces, and is about four inches long!
How Baby Has Changed:
Our baby’s ears are in their final position, and he or she is beginning to hear our voices. Uh-oh! Toenails are growing, too. What about that sweet heart? It’s pumping 25 quarts of blood each day. This information comes from The Baby Center and The Mayo Clinic.
How Big Mommy is Now:
Well, it depends on who you ask. Friends that I see here and there each week mostly say that I don’t look like I’ve gained any weight except for in my stomach. I really don’t know how to take that since if you ask John or me we will tell you there’s been weight gain everywhere!
How Mommy Feels:
It’s quite amazing how as soon as I hit the 2nd trimester I felt a burst of energy! Is it just in my head? Who knows, but I’ll take it! I almost feel like I have more energy than before I got pregnant. I feel great, but do notice a few annoyances like pimples all over my face.
What Mommy Eats:
I still don’t like a lot of meat, but I love a lot of sweets! Not good, huh? Yes, I know. I need to watch that. I eat a lot of yogurt and fruit and the bad-for-you sweets, too. I tend to like snack foods more than big meals!
Our Doctor Visits:
We went back to the doctor and heard the baby’s heartbeat again. It was a little harder to find this time which I didn’t like, but the midwife assured me that it’s because the baby is behind a lot of tissue. His or her heartbeat was 170 beats per minute the first time we heard it, and at this visit it was 155 beats per minute. The most fascinated part was that we also heard the baby moving, and there was a lot of it!
The Birthing Plan:
We are still on track with using a midwife and pray that everything goes smoothly in order to make that possible. At the next visit (at 19 weeks) we will have our first ultrasound, and this will give us a lot of detailed information about how the baby is developing. And of course we will lay our eyes on our child for the first time and find out if he’s a he or she’s a she! Needless-to-say we’re extremely excited about this special day!
Decorating the Nursery:
A few weeks ago we bought our crib, and John put it together. Yes, it’s early, but we found a great deal, and I want to start decorating! Once we know baby’s gender it will be full force ahead!
Funniest thing – daddy is losing weight and giving it all to mommy! He is working very hard to accomplish the growing “honey-do list” I gave him about two months ago. But when there’s a baby on the way the list seems a lot more pleasurable. Daddy made my first Mother’s Day very special with candy (yay!), flowers, and my very favorite, the sweetest card ever!
Thoughts on Being a Mommy:
Where do I begin? My emotions are at an all-time high, and everyday there is a new thought, worry, emotion, idea, and joy. As a person with a performance-based mentality most of the time, it is hard to begin something – motherhood or parenthood for that matter – that is so big it is impossible to accomplish peacefully without full reliance on Jesus. I am overwhelmed with what is ahead, but I know God is pruning me to stop working in my own effort and just “come to Him” (Matthew 11:28-30).
On a different note, I never thought that at 35 years old I would have five other friends having babies at the same time as me – four of which are first children for them too and three who are due in October with me. For most people my age the baby-making season has already begun, and there was always the thought that I’d be the “only one” left. What a blessing it is to have other women close to me going through the very same thing! Of course, all but one lives in Georgia – insert sad face – but just knowing they are there makes so much of a difference.
Blogs About Pregnancy and Motherhood That Are Helping Me: