Size of baby: 6 in, 8.5 oz - the size of a mango.
Baby's sensory development is exploding! The brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that it may be able to hear my voice now, so I shouldn't be shy about reading aloud, talking to it, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes.
Maternity Clothes: After the freakish event of the vanishing belly, in which I was able to wear my regular pants and jeans for a few days, I'm back to wearing maternity pants. I'm most comfortable in maternity pants and jeans, but since I only have two pair for work and two for "casual wear", I am still wearing my regular pants/jeans with the bella band. I may order more pants - at least work pants - tonight. I'm still wearing my regular shirts and have a feeling I'll be able to wear them for a while.
Weight Gain: I'm fluctuating. One week ago I was 6-7 lbs up, then a few days later, I was 2 lbs down and up a total of 4 lbs. This morning, I'm back up to 7 lbs total. But as per thebabycorner dot com, I'm still right on track. (Since I was considered "overweight" to begin with it's tracking me to gain only 20-25 lbs. That would be nice!)
Stretch Marks: None so far.
Sleep: I finally gave in and now sleep how ever I'm comfortable. Believe it or not I'm still sleeping on my stomach sometimes. We have a tempurpedic topper on our bed, so I think it cushions me and my belly. I still sleep on the left side though.
Best Moment of the Week: It will be tomorrow! But I guess the question is what is the best moment of the previous week (week 18) ... that would be feeling the baby move more.
Movement: I am definitely feeling the baby. It is a cross between tiny gas bubbles and someone lightly tapping me with their fingertips - from the inside. I'm excited to feel it more and more.
Symptoms: Indigestion has started. I have on more than one occasion thrown up in my mouth. (TMI) Not pleasant.
Food cravings: No more consistent cravings.
Gender: Less than 24 hours! Words cannot express how excited I am!
What I Miss: Fitting into my regular clothes. It's a struggle these days on what to wear. I want to live in dresses so nothing is touching my belly.
What I'm Looking Forward To: Finding out the gender and being able to say hello to my son/daughter rather than my "it". YAY!
Weekly Wisdom: Leg cramps! Yup - they happen in the middle of the night. This piggy backs my "wisdom" from last week. Drink tons of water!
Milestones: Feeling the baby move.
Emotions: I had a major freak out over the weekend. I yelled at C, cried and fought and actually throw a ton of items out of a cabinet because something wouldn't fit. (Don't worry, I didn't throw them at C.) It's comical now when I think of it, but man, was I pissed.