Saturday, December 11, 2010

Eighteen Weeks

Fetus at eighteen weeks

Baby Labrador is now about 5 1/2 inches long from crown to rump - about the size of a bell pepper - and weighs in at about 7 ounces. I've seen how active he or she is whenever I have had an ultrasound, but I haven't felt any movement yet. I should sometime soon.

I'm still experiencing migraine headaches, but they seem to be slightly less intense than before. I had a pregnancy massage on Thursday afternoon, and I think it was beneficial - especially the massaging of my head, neck, and shoulders. The last couple of days I have had some pretty strong discomfort on my right side that I think must be associated with ligaments stretching. I am missing my own bed, as my parents' guest bed is not easy on my back as mine is. I did purchase one of those pregnancy pillows, but I haven't had much luck getting comfortable with it yet. The nausea has really lessened. I still feel a bit queasy each afternoon, but I head it off with the Phenergan and Benedryl. I made the mistake of eating salad with a vinaigrette dressing a couple nights ago, and that really did not sit well with me. I will not make that mistake again.

This coming Wednesday, I will go to the perinatalogist's for an anatomy scan. My nurse practitioner assured me that we'd know then whether Baby Labrador is a boy or girl. It's going to be like Christmas morning for me. I probably won't be able to sleep much on Tuesday night in anticipation. I've already got names chosen in either case, and I can't wait to start planning the nursery and complete the baby registry.

Yesterday was Michael's birthday. I felt better yesterday than I had in months, so I was able to go to my in-laws' for dinner. It was so nice to be together. Two of his brothers were there, and I enjoyed watching things about them that remind me of Michael. After we said Grace, Michael's dad commented that despite our terrible loss this year, God has blessed us greatly with this pregnancy. Amen to that. It's good to know that this baby is already bringing joy to so many people.


  1. Oh, that is so wonderful (what Michael's dad said)! This baby will bring joy to so many people. :) I am REALLY glad you are feeling better so far and you know I will be stalking FB and this website Wed morning! :)

  2. While I am not a religious person, I would like to believe that the universe (or Micheal's life force) had a hand in you feeling so good on his birthday.

    It is lovely how a baby can have that affect.

  3. Michael was showing you ease on his Birthday.. I am sooo happy that your headaches are easing some.. I hope they go away all together..
    Can't wait to see if I am right...""""PINK"""""...
    I love you girly.. I am sure I am not the only one..but you need to take photos of yourself with baby growing..this is a special time..
    LOVE YA..

  4. Can't wait for you to feel that little one. You're gonna LOVE IT! And someday, out of the clear blue when you are old and gray you will have a twinge and it will totally take you back to that first time you felt that little flutter in your belly...
    Sorry, I'm a sap about this stuff.
    Love, Ang


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