How far along: 16 weeks & 5 days

Days until due date: 163 days 

Baby's development: "At 16 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of an avocado, measuring 4.6 inches long and weighing in at 3.5 ounces. At  17 weeks, baby is the size of a pomegranate and will measure about 5.1 inches long and weigh about 5.9 ounces." 

As I'm 16 weeks and 5 days i'm thinking that Baby Parsons is somewhere in between those two. He's able to listen to my voice thanks to tiny bones forming in his ears and is growing hair, lashes and eyebrows now too. His skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker. Go Baby Boy! 

My bump: My tummy is still continuing to pop out gradually and is starting to feel a lot harder and firmer now. I was so bloated for so long that I've kind of gotten used to having a tummy now but it certainly feels bigger than it looks. 

Stretch marks? Apart from a few that I got on my boobs early on none so far! Still slathering on my Clarins Tonic Oil which I love.

Cravings: Tomato Juice and Olives

Sleep: Am sleeping okay at the moment minus the three or so toilet breaks during the night. I'm kind of used to it now so it's not bothering me hugely. I've always slept quite on my right side or tummy so changing the habit of a lifetime is proving tough... when we get back to the UK the first thing I'm going to do is buy myself a pregnancy pillow... I've got my eye on this one. 

Symptoms: Heartburn...which is a total bitch. 

Best moment this week: Hearing Baby Parson's nice and strong heartbeat at our hospital appointment this morning...see silly picture at the top of this post!

Worst moment this week: The seemingly constant heartburn and having to go to the toilet all the damn time. The compressed bladder and need to drink more water sucks. 

Miss anything? Being able to comfortably sleep on my tummy...such a bummer. 

Maternity clothes: Every single day. Being comfortable is the only thing I care about. I've been so lucky that the maternity section in our nearest H&M is pretty good so have stocked up on some relatively cheap staples that are seeing me through. 

Clearly i'm loving the stripes....
Movement: The other day when I was laying down on the sofa nice and relaxed I started to feel an odd fluttering in my tummy... it was so unlike anything I've felt before which makes us (and our Dr.) think that it was Baby Parsons! Ben popped a hand on my stomach and could feel it too!! Our Dr. said that at this point feeling the babies movement will be still quite sporadic but it was good to know what to look out for more as time goes on. 

Mood: Anxious to get home back to the UK and create a new home for our growing family! The desire to nest is SO strong at the moment but I'm trying my hardest to enjoy our remaining time here instead. What was fun though was having a mooch around one of the baby stores here in Chicago to get a feel for what kind of pram we might get when we're home! I loved it! One of the things i'm most excited about purchasing.
Looking forward to: Our 20 week half way point ultra sound Scan so we can see our little man again! We're scheduled for the 14th August so will be a nice early birthday treat for me!

1 comment :

  1. Hahaha I'm a big stripe lover myself!!

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