Size of baby: 6.5 in, 10.6 oz - the size of a small cantaloupe. But from head to foot, she is 10 in - the size of a banana ... I like that one better.
I'm using what I found online for a basis, but MW told me that last week Baby G is measuring at 11 oz already. She said between 19 and 22 weeks, they like the baby to be between 10 oz and 1.5lbs.
Her body is well covered in vernix (the white cheese-like coating which protects her skin from the amniotic fluid), giving her skin that baby-soft feel after she’s born and bathed.
She is practicing swallowing every day, and has a good amount of meconium stored up in her bowels. Meconium is a black gooey substance that will make up your baby’s first bowel movement when she’s born.
Weight Gain: I'm holding pretty steady at a 6 lb gain. When I went to the MW last week, I lost two lbs since 3 weeks before and she said "how did you do that around the holidays?" I actually think I gained around the holidays and then had it drop off. I'm back up one lb since then. We'll see how this all pans out.
Stretch Marks: None so far. But my belly is getting itchy. I heard - NO SCRATCHING! That's hard not to do.
Sleep: Sleep ... it's a battle with me these days. I wake up several times during the night. I'm trying to still sleep on stomach, but I think that will be short lived.
Best Moment of the Week: Besides finding out that we have a little lady growing in there (YAY!!!) Monday night was a great night. I hadn't felt the baby move since Friday afternoon. So I was laying in bed and I was rubbing my belly and felt a little hard part, so I poked it ... and she poked me back. I did it again right away and she poked back again!!! It was so awesome. It was like my first connection with her. I told her I wouldn't do it again because I'm sure it's annoying to have your house poked at.
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 wish it was more consistent. But I'll be patient. I know she will be squirming around soon enough.
Symptoms: Swollen lady bits causing minor itching. MW told me to get Dermoplast - a spray lidocaine. It was definitely helped. And she told me that this spray will become my best friend if I happen to tear and get stitches while giving birth.
Food cravings: No more consistent cravings.
Gender: A little, precious lady. I announced the gender on FB by just posting "VAGINA." I got a few funny responses before people caught on. LOL.
What I Miss: Nothing much. This week is a good week. Although aside from the pregnancy, I miss my C. He is traveling for work. :(
What I'm Looking Forward To: Feeling the baby move more and more. And having C feel the baby too.
Weekly Wisdom: Apparently it's normal to have little red dots appear on your skin. I have them on my belly and on my calves. I read that they do go away after pregnancy.
Milestones: 20 weeks! What is a bigger milestone than that - other than actually giving birth.
Emotions: My breaking point is very short these days. I am constantly aggravated by people and don't want to deal with anyone. My attention span is gone - I don't want to work anymore. I sit in front of my computer, ignoring the pile of work I have, the emails that come in and the phone that rings. I count the hours until I can leave and that is NOT like me. I like my job. I like what I do. I just don't want to do anything ... except shop for baby stuff. (I haven't actually bought anything - just "window" shopping)