baby update - 21-22 weeks...

I decided to do this post for 2 weeks, rather than one, since I'm behind on the 21-week update. Tomorrow I am 22 weeks! I am over halfway finished with the pregnancy! And in about a week and 1/2, I'll be 6 (SIX) months pregnant!!! :)

Everyday, I grow more attached (physically of course, but more emotionally) and bond more with my little guy. I love to talk to him and sing to him. I know he hears me because he starts kicking SO much whenever I sing or say his name. He also LOVES to listen to music through headphones. I read somewhere that this is supposed to make babies smarter. I don't know if that is true, but what I do know is that whenever he hears David Crowder Band through the belly, it's like a party in there! I think that is fantastic. He also seems to like upbeat jazzy music too, haha.

Right now, baby boy is somewhere between the size of one of these:
and one of these (a papaya):

This is probably accurate considering how much my belly has grown this past week. I was kind of amazed to wake up Tuesday and see more roundness, haha. And my belly has hair on it! They say this is from a boy producing testosterone, haha.

So, what is my little lovie man up to these days???

Well, according to research, baby is almost 1 whole pound! He is starting to look like a miniature newborn, as his face is fully formed, though there is still much development that has to take place. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. He also has taste buds now! Studies show that babies are most interested in the good tastes they have already experienced through the amniotic fluid after they come out. This is good motivation for me, so that I pick healthy foods and a large variety as well!

Also, my little lovie's eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If I could see him, I'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

How is Mommy doing??

Well, it's been awhile, but a few new symptoms have started to appear.
First, I am having killer heartburn. This is happening with almost anything I eat these days. As long as I have tums or some lemon candy, I am okay. No tums = bad news. It seriously feels like my chest and throat are on fire. I think it's the worst after I eat a big meal. I read an article though saying that it’s now a proven fact that babies have more hair if their mothers have heartburn. I wonder what color his hair will be? :)

Secondly, there are the awful leg cramps and behind cramps. These happen mainly at night when I'm trying to get comfortable in the bed. They also happen a lot during the day if I walk around too much or lift anything. All in all, they're not that bad, but they can get annoying when I'm trying to sleep!

Another thing I've noticed is how dark my hair is getting! The roots look awful, and I've never dyed my hair. I'm thinking I'm going to try some lemon juice and sit out in the sun one day. Hopefully that will help without using harsh chemicals.

No new food cravings that have lasted. One day I got a serious hankering for those little pinwheel hor'deurves (sp?) - thankfully I found a big box in the frozen section at Walmart, haha. But that pretty much went away.

Baby shower plans are under way. One of my friends from my online group Christian Military Wives started an Online Baby Shower for me! :) Another one is being planned for July by the youth girls from my old church back home (which I think is the sweetest thing), and I think another one for June by one of my bestest friends. I hope there are not too many. That would be embarassing and make me feel greedy. Plus, it's not like people are rich these days! We've already been SO blessed with a lot of free things and things that are used but look brand new.

OH, I wanted to thank those of you who prayed for my nightmares to stop. They seemed to have gone away! I've haven't had one in several days, praise God!! So again, thank you for praying. :)

Lastly, my sweet husby is gone for 2 weeks. He had actually left last weekend, then came home for one day, but then they called him back again. :( I honestly think it's a little ridiculous, because the majority of the guys had to go to Florida to help with the huge oil spill. But he has to stay in Louisiana and deliver supplies all over the state, mainly to the coast. Not the typical job for a Chaplain's Assistant. The good news is that I can see him on the weekends!! He wanted to spend Mother's Day with me, so he got us a hotel room down south. I am so happy about that! I miss him terribly when he's gone, and this time I'm an emotional pregnant lady. I am just thanking God he's not gone for a year again!

Well, that should be it for now. Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed weekend and take care. +

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

Happy Mother's Day! Hope it was great!