18 weeks

Baby is the size of a sweet potato, and is yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing.

Photo thoughts: I don’t feel like the bump has changed too much over the past few weeks. Don’t worry, I am still gaining plenty of weight, it is just all packing itself in nicely onto my lower half. I’m going to need all of those extra stores when it comes time to breastfeed, right? If that’s the case my child will not have to worry about going hungry. Womp womp.

How I’m feeling: sick. I came down with a cold last night, and despite my wishful thinking that I could sleep it off last night, it stuck around. I went to work today but had to leave early as I didn’t think my clients would appreciate my faucet of a nose dripping on them whilst they are trying to enjoy a relaxing massage. Ewww. I decided to spare them that little pleasure. I went home and slept for two hours instead. Anyways, the cold isn’t terrible, I’m mainly just stuffed up and tired, but I never ever get sick and therefore completely suck at being a sick person. Other than the cold I have been feeling good this week.

Sleep: Dare I say it was better this week!? I don’t want to jinx anything, but most mornings I was able to sleep until around 6:30am which is a huge improvement for me. I didn’t have to take any unisom, and though I still wake up multiple times throughout the night (I’m going to go ahead and resign myself to the fact that waking up randomly is just a part of my life now), I seem to be able to fall back asleep easier. I went to bed later than usual both nights this past weekend, and I still wake up at 6:30 no matter what, so I wonder if getting less sleep those two nights contributed to getting sick.

Food: Again, no real cravings/aversions, just eating pretty normally. I am starting to feel like my consumption of sweets is getting a little out of control to the point that it is going to be very difficult to cut back down once the baby is here. I have decided to try to replace SOME of my ice cream/desserts with healthier options, therefore I am trying my best to get back on the smoothie train. I LOVE smoothies and make them all the time in the summer, but typically in the winter I am too cold and just not really craving them. Since this winter might not ever end, I decided I might as well suck it up and dust off my blender.

This was a chocolate cherry smoothie with almond milk, cherry juice, frozen banana, frozen cherries, spinach and cocoa powder. So good! And slightly healthier than Ben & Jerry’s.

Exercise: I think I got in four workouts last week, including a spin class. I hadn’t been to a spin class in about a year, so it was due time to check one out at our current gym. I didn’t love the instructor, but it felt good to get back in the saddle. I wore my heart rate monitor to gauge my effort, and was surprised at how hard I had to be working to get my HR into the 140’s. Makes me think I could have been working out a little harder this whole time, but I know now is not the time to be pushing things. Hopefully my cold will be better by tomorrow so I can get a workout in, because I currently feel like a slug with only one workout in the past four days.

What I’m looking forward to: Again, not to jinx things, but it is supposed to hit 30 degrees later this week and I believe the 10 day forecast even features a day or two in the 40’s. What?!? I don’t even know what those temperatures feel like any more. I can’t wait to consistently run outside. Also, going outside without my nose hairs, eyebrows and lungs immediately freezing would be nice.

Lastly, every single night I look forward to watching the Olympics. They have been on 24/7 over here since opening night last Thursday. I don’t care what event is showing, I will be watching it. My favorites are snowboarding, speed skating, and skiing, but I love them all. Luge? Bring it. Bobsled? Yes. Curling? I wish they would show it in prime time. The only event I am kind of meh about is figure skating, but I will still watch it. I just really really love the Olympics in case you couldn’t tell. Go USA!!!




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2 responses to “18 weeks

  1. I’m the same way about smoothies in winter. Maybe I should try it too.

  2. zettym

    It won’t much at first- your stomach wall is strong and it’s your first… I think I was about 24 weeks before I really started looking pregnant the first time round- I even bought a t shirt that said something like ” I’m no fat, I’m pregnant!!”