Starr Baby Cinco: 18.5 Week Pregnancy Update

I’m a little blown away by how fast this pregnancy is going. Once the nausea and exhaustion were behind me (13 or so weeks), I felt like I was able to get back to “normal.” It’s funny how morning (all day!) sickness can just take everything out of you — the ability to function on a day-to-day basis. We were in survival mode for several weeks, and I’m happy to report that WE SURVIVED! And now? We’re just enjoying the ride!
Here’s a quick Starr Baby Cinco Update!
Due Date: May 12, 2015, as determined by early ultrasound. We are scheduled for our big anatomy scan on December 23, so we’ll confirm that date then.
Weeks: 18.5 weeks.
Gender: Your guess is as good as ours! We ARE planning on finding out the sex at our u/s…for logistical purposes. We got rid of a LOT of baby things after Kaiah was born, but still have plenty of clothes…that will, unfortunately, be for the wrong season.
We all have our guesses as to the gender — J and the kids all think girl, but I’m leaning towards boy. No, I don’t have any type of mother’s intuition…never have…it’s just my guess. 🙂
Total Weight Gain: Juuuust kidding! I don’t really plan on sharing that — mainly because I do my best to not even keep track. I can tell you this: I’m HUNGRY…and still running several times a week.
Maternity Clothes: Yes, please! I’m officially in maternity bottoms, with the exception of leggings and a couple pairs of super stretchy skinny jeans. They’re just more comfortable. As far as shirts go — I’ve never really been a maternity shirts person. I like to try to make do with what I have or just buy bigger sizes. That being said, I have invested in several maternity tshirts and tank tops that were on clearance at Old Navy. I certainly don’t have a problem with maternity wear (especially these days — that stuff is cuuuute!); however, it just pains me buy clothes that I’ll only wear for a few months.

Sleep: I’m tired and sleep fairly well — minus all the CRAZY dreams.
Food: I don’t have any particular cravings, per se. However, when I get something in my head, then I tend to think about it all.the.time until I get it. And I’ve been going through spurts. I’ll eat a lot of something, then get sick (literally!) of it and won’t want to touch it again. Examples: Broccoli with dip, garlic noodles, Pancheros.
Pregnancy “Symptoms”: Heartburn (helllooo Tums!), primarily. My hips and lower back have been bothering me, as well, but that’s par for the course.
Movement: YES! Lots and lots of little baby kicks…and I LOVE it! The kids are anxious to be able to feel the movements. We’re hoping that’ll be within the next few weeks.
What I Miss: Running more than 3 miles at a time. Well, that and my waistline.
What I Love: Again, baby kicks are the best! Oh, and getting back in “baby mode.” I’ve been having fun researching strollers, perusing the baby aisles at Target, and “pinning” newborn “must-haves.”
What I’m Looking Forward To: Besides enjoying Christmas with our families, I’m excited to find out the gender AND for J & the kids to feel the baby move.
Well, I think that about covers it for now! More than anything? I’m just oh-so-grateful for this opportunity — it’s something I never imagined that we would experience again!

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