Jan 9, 2014

week 12 (a little late)

so technically, i'm 13 weeks pregnant today

and i never did a 12 week update.

i thought about just skipping the week and moving right on to 13

but then i felt guilty

like this little baby did a whole bunch of growing for me to not talk about it

but really - week 12 was crazy growth spurt time!

at week 11 we were dealing with a baby the size of a fig

i don't regularly eat figs, but that still sounded small to me

but week 12?

we're dealing with...


a lime just sounds so big to me.

like if i threw a lime at your head it would hurt a little.

a little bit about baby ottman this (last) week

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.
Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce. (from babycenter)

it's crazy to think he's in there moving around and hanging out and i won't be able to tell for several more weeks

which brings me to me

i've said this before, but i had all these preconceived notions that pregnancy was going to be like this constant feeling of nausea and sickness.

and i'm over here feeling more normal than ever

except for....

this belly.

not that i had a flat stomach to begin with - but yikes!  my belly is already so round, which isn't necessarily the baby - just the hormones and what i think is my uterus moving up a bit and pushing my already pudgy belly up and out more

i'm wearing maternity jeans in this picture which doesn't help either - zero waist!  most of my clothes still fit (even the ones i bought after losing weight!)  they just feel miserably tight in the waist - especially after eating these days!

so i swallowed my pride and bought jeans and one shirt (waiting to go to consignment shops to buy more).  i felt a lot more "put together" in clothes that flattered my expanding waist than i did in pants that felt too tight and also trying to hide in sweaters and jackets that hid my mid section.

even though this baby still seems so distant and unreal, i'm starting to feel a bit more pregnant and accept it.  for many weeks i've felt so normal that i couldn't wrap my head around it all.  for the past few weeks i also just felt super pudgy and miserable.  so now that i've ventured into a few maternity shops and feel like i can sorta dress around my belly i'm gaining a bit more self confidence back.  i should really do a whole post on how i've felt about losing weight only to start gaining it back (for a good cause).

week 12 in a nutshell

baby items purchased: one!  a berea college onesie purchased on our short trip!
baby items knitted: zero, but working on finding a pattern shortly!
cravings: pulled pork sandwiches and cereal.  i have a new cereal every week


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