How Big is Baby: About the size of a bell pepper.
October 23, 2013 by Liz
Big Developments: Ears have shifted to final position and my appetite is supposed to be increasing (I think this happened last week).
Food Cravings: Nothing consistent. Today I wanted Cheez-Its but that was probably because someone mentioned them and they sounded tasty.
Food Aversions: I think week 17 was the magic week. My indigestion became more bearable, although not entirely gone. I still have days where I need to pop some TUMS, but it’s not daily anymore, so I’ve been a bit more adventurous when eating spicy foods again, but still staying away from guaranteed belly busters like salad dressings and Chinese food. I don’t know what it is about those two things, but they never fail to make me completely miserable after I eat it.
Other Symptoms: Movement is picking up a little bit this week, but I only notice it when I’m being completely still and paying attention. Nowhere near strong enough to be felt on the outside yet. I also feel the need to move my legs around much more often, especially at night. I change positions constantly and rarely cross my legs anymore. And sometimes I feel like my feet are starting to swell but when I look at them, they’re just fine. I guess I’m just anticipating what’s to come.
Sleep: Pretty much the same. Get up once or twice to pee. Have a hard time falling back asleep around 4am but seemingly NO trouble being sound asleep when my alarm goes off. I’m trying to hold off until at least 20 weeks to reintroduce the body pillow to our bed because it just takes up so much darn room.
Maternity Clothes: Completely in maternity pants at this point. I tried on my regular work pants earlier this week and while I could still button them, they were tight and uncomfortable. I also don’t enjoy wearing the belly band so I think it’s time to just bite the bullet and break out my entire maternity wardrobe from last time.
What I’m Looking Forward To: The 20 week ultrasound in two more weeks. And even though we likely won’t make any progress on the nursery until after the holidays, I’m starting to let myself think about design ideas. Meanwhile, the hubs is looking forward to redoing our guest bedroom into his new office space/guest room. So that transformation will probably take place before we start on the nursery.
Thoughts: We toured the daycare/preschool we’ll be sending D to after the first of the year. It’s on the higher end, cost-wise, but affordable for us since we’re only going to send him there two days a week. We also inquired about infant care for baby #2 and since they don’t offer a part-time option for infants, let’s just say that my eyes nearly rolled into the back of my head when she told us the price. I’m beginning to see why so many moms (or dads) end up leaving the workforce after the second child. No one can afford the daycare for two (or more) kids full time! Unfortunately, we just don’t have many options when it comes to childcare and it’s stressing me out. We don’t have family that can help out. Hell, we don’t even have a relative that could handle a couple of hours of babysitting, let alone regular childcare. There aren’t any good daycares in our area with the exception of the one we’ve chosen that doesn’t open until January. (And is out of our price range if we want to send both kiddos.) We don’t have any nearby friends or neighbors that we could nanny-share with. And no one has been able to refer a good nanny in our area, mostly because none of our friends live close or have ever used a nanny. And while I’m not totally against in-home daycare options, we just don’t know anyone that can refer us to one near us and we’re not comfortable just taking a leap of faith when it comes to the safety of our babies. So…that doesn’t leave us with many options. I honestly have no idea what we’ll end up doing, but I know becoming a SAHM is NOT an option for me, and asking the hubs to give up his business to be SAHD isn’t an option for him either, so we’ll have to figure something out before next June, when I return to work after maternity leave.
Side note: Does anyone really care that I don’t post belly pics with these updates? I’ve just never been into taking belly pics but I know I love seeing them on other people’s blogs, so just thought I’d ask.