Weight gain: Fluctuating around 1-2 lbs. (My tummy seems to look a lot bigger in that picture than it actually is...but maybe it really is that big, haha. Some shirts make it look super pokey-outy. But I'm also 17.5 weeks in the pic...we couldn't take it earlier because it's been so rainy!)
Maternity clothes: I tried to wear normal jeans at the church retreat with the hair band trick and after doing that all day it started to hurt. So no more of that for me! Maternity all the way. I will definitely be doing a post on the two pairs of maternity jeans I've gotten because I LOVE them. And Stitch Fix has sent me some great maternity clothes, so I can't wait to share about that!
Sleep: Still tired a lot. Now that the baby has grown even more and the doctor ordered me to drink at least 80 oz. of water a day, I'm getting up multiple times in the night for the bathroom.
Medication: Still on the Zofran and Phenergan around the clock. Tried to test myself a bit by going longer than 6 hours, but learned I definitely can't do that yet.
Gender prediction: Still think it's a girl, but having more doubt. We find out 2 weeks from today!
Food cravings: Still the same things and also grilled cheese sandwiches, Nutty Butty bars, Skittles, pretzels, and fried okra.
Food aversions: I ate an apple during the retreat so that was successful! Still no Goldfish, no ground beef. I never really know what I'm going to feel about something until it's time to eat it/prepare it. Still difficult to prepare food or even think about what to cook.
Mood: The past few days, and especially today, I've been SO EMOTIONAL. Usually in a weepy way, but sometimes in a bad way. Today I got super moody and down about some things. The thing is, I KNOW I'm being dramatic but it just won't stop! Sounds so dumb. But I need to work on surrendering those bad moods to the Spirit and having Scripture ready in my mind to whip me back into shape.
Movement: YES! As I'm typing the baby is kicking me/poking me/doing jumping jacks. It's AMAZING. When I was sitting at a meeting at the church retreat I felt the baby move for the first time for SURE, as in there was no doubt in my mind that's what it was. Ever since then it's only gotten stronger. I really think it's had a big growth spurt and that's why I can feel it move so much more all the sudden and have felt sicker/moodier the past couple days. My belly has also been really itchy from growing and stretching. That may be totally off but there's definitely stuff going on in there! It is so cool. Makes me feel so much more attached to the baby and emotionally tied to it. I'll address that in a later post also. :) I keep finding myself wanting to just sit and feel it move, and then I want to tell anyone and everyone, "It's kicking! It just kicked me! Isn't that crazy?!" over and over, haha. I LOVE IT.
Milestones: Feeling it move so much for the first week! It can hear now so I'm trying to pick a song to consistently sing to it.
Best moments of the week: Having a great time at the church retreat, my sis-in-law & her best friend (who's basically family) choosing a song to always sing to the baby ('Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus), spending time with my fam yesterday -- exploring with my mom downtown, eating at Moe's with her, my bro, and my dad, having some fun quality time with Jordan when I returned from the retreat and he took a study break. :)
"Womb fit"...hahaha. Jordan has been so sweet about talking to the little one and saying hello to it. It'll be so cool when he can start to feel it moving, too!
Verses I've been dwelling on: "But Moses said to the Lord, 'Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.' Then the Lord said to him, 'Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.'" -- Exodus 4:10-12 (studying the life of Moses in BSF)