Monday, November 28, 2011

16 week pregnancy update ... Avocado baby

So I officially hit 16 weeks of pregnancy on Thanksgiving day! Which in my opinion, is totally a reason for a second (or maybe third) helping of stuffing, right? Right. In my last pregnancy post  I mentioned that I would be blogging a pregnancy update every 4 weeks. Now all of you might be questioning my math skills since my last post was week 14. I really do know how to add but here is the deal. I started taking belly pics at week 8, then week 12 hoping to blog this week & continue the every 4 week pattern but didn't get around to actually posting until week 14. See? So 12 weeks + 4 weeks = 16 weeks = why I am blogging now. If you still care to read after that long and probably unnecessary explanation well here you go. Enjoy! 

Week 16

Size and development of baby:
In just two weeks the baby has jumped from the size of a lemon to an avocado. So crazy. It really is amazing to think there is a living human the size of an avocado inside my belly. We did not do an ultrasound at my last dr. appointment although we did get to hear the heartbeat on the doppler. It was awesome... loud and strong! Our next ultrasound will be on December 20th where we will see the baby again and if it's not being modest, hopefully learn if baby is a he or a she! Can't wait. 

Stay on the lookout for some fluttering sensations in your abdomen. It might not be right at 16 weeks, but pretty soon you’ll start feeling baby moving around in there. At first those moves might feel like gas or a muscle twitch, but over time, as baby gets bigger and stronger, they’ll be unmistakable. Of course, feeling those movements comes with other issues, like having your lungs crowded by your growing babe. That could make it seem tough to catch your breath from time to time. Don’t worry: There are some positive symptoms you might be having at week 16. For example, some moms-to-be find their hair and nails grow faster. (Your hair might actually look thicker and more lustrous and your skin might look radiant, too. Woo hoo!) Another cool fact? Baby’s starting to be able to hear your voice -- and she’ll recognize it at birth -- so feel free to chat her up. She's listening to your voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in her ears.She's growing hair, lashes and eyebrows. And she's forming taste buds.

How I am feeling and How I am changing:
I have continued to feel awesome so far. Now that I am in the second trimester I am thinking that my chance of getting major sickness has passed although I do hear that it starts later for some people. We will see but so far so good. My digestive issues are acting up (if you know what I mean... if not well sorry) but I hear that is really common during pregnancy so I am not too concerned.  I am still loosing a lot of hair (especially after I wash it) but my nails are growing faster and stronger so not sure what that is about. My back and sides itch ALL the time too. In the last few weeks my stomach has definitely popped out which I am loving. I think I am at the point where a stranger can assume I am pregnant and not just chubby. If I am kidding myself and I just look chubby... well.... just humor me and don't say anything.
16 week belly shot
Please pardon the home project in the background

What I am eating and What I am feeling:
My appetite is in full force. When the dr. asked last week "How is your diet? Do you feel like you are eating appropriately?" I didn't even have time to respond before Brandon chimed in with "Um yeah she's definitely eating a lot more." Thanks babe. Regardless, the dr. is pleased with the rate of weight gain and the fact that I am gaining easily (he is aware of my ED past and therefore is closely monitoring my weight changes and diet). I think this is SO important for a woman with a history of an ED. But that is a whole different post for a different day so I won't go there now. You're welcome. 

Foods that sound delicious: 
cold cereal, pancakes, hummus, red meat, mexican food, spaghetti w/ a side of crusty bread dipped in olive oil (yes i realize that was really specific), chick-fil-a chicken nuggets, fruit, tortilla chips w/ salsa, cashews, trail mix and dark chocolate 

Foods that do not sound delicious:
coffee and seafood 

I am getting super excited to find out the sex of the baby!! Brandon and I have been tossing around names but nothing that is 100% set in stone. I think I will get motivated to really start planning and making decisions once the sex is determined. I have a gut feeling it's a girl, for no real reason whatsoever, just a gut feeling.  
I have been thinking a lot about the type of parent I will be and the type of parenting style that we, as a couple, will deem best for our family. I know this will come with hands on learning but lately my brain has been pondering "Will I be a super laid back parent?" Or "Will I be more rigid in my daily routine and schedule?" Neither option is bad or better than the other, and I have friends that are on either side of the parenting spectrum, just different choices that comes with different positives and negatives I suppose.

That's all for week 16. 
So what is your guess?
Pink or Blue?   

PSALM 139:14
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, 
I know that full well."


  1. You are looking great & I'm SO glad to know you are still feeling good!! Love hearing the updates. {And just for the record, I would be okay with it if you decided to post more often! :)} Love ya!

  2. So glad things are continuing to go well!!

  3. I'm glad things are going well! I'm going to guess girl too. You look adorable, and your symptoms all sound completely normal to me! :) -Katie {My Paisley Apron}

  4. You look ADORABLE!!! So glad you are feeling well.

  5. Love the belly! You are beautiful.

  6. I love your excitement. Pregnancy (although loathsome in my opinion) believe it or not does end and it's so wonderful to relish the miracle that is going on and be so connected to your baby.

    I guess (and I was wrong with all 3 of my kids) girl. So you're probably having a boy.

  7. Britt,
    You look so cute!!! I'm guessing girl too! Let's hang out some time in December. I'm off for the last two weeks of the month. :) - Emily F

  8. i can't wait to hear either! COngrats to a healthy baby so far. God is looking our for you all. love that!

  9. Hmmm...not sure about pink or blue....either would be awesome! Another fun friend for Michael, Jake, and all the others or....a welcome girl to break up all that testosterone! Ha :) So glad you are doing well and staying healthy. You are keeping such a good perspective.

  10. Such exciting stuff! Glad you're doing so well. I'm very interested to hear your thoughts related to your Ed past. I've always wondered how I'd react to gaining weight although, of course, it's so important.

  11. So exciting!! Ditto on you feeling well!
    I spend 4 mornings a week with my 7 month old grandson - it's the best! He has 11 & 6 year old sisters, who adore him (most of the time) & is our first GF from before conception baby! My daughter's pregnancy & birth were awesome - especially nice for a 40 year old!
    Susun Weed's book "Herbs for the Childbearing Year" is a great guide for herbs that can help keep you healthy! Mary's midwives suggested she drink herbal infusions to boost her minerals & his Vitamin K - nettle, raspberry & alfalfa (small handful of each) steeped overnight in a quart jar - yum! She'd add some honey to the jar before capping -


  12. Brittne - as this was my first visit to your blog, I read your story AFTER posting - you're doing so well!!
    I wanted to mention that part of my daughter's story has also include ED - so with being Gluten Free, she needs to watch not to go into ED behavior! (she had the DNA testing that shows we're Gluten Intolerant from entrolab in TX after her best friend went into full blown menopause - in her mid 30s!! & realized gluten was the culprit!!)

    There seems to be a HUGE link between ED, fertility & gluten issues - gluten messes with our bodies & our brain chemistry!! (Gluten Free RN, a local consultant, links EDs & fertility issues with gluten intolerance & Celiac Disease. )
    The first week we were GF, my daughter's anxiety of 12 years (including daily heart palpitations) was GONE!!! She's had a few flares, when she accidentally got some gluten, but our mental health in general is so much better!! Her 6 year old is a different, happier girl, off gluten!!
    We're lucky that the local 'GIG' (Gluten Intolerance Group) meets at our church, & one of the founders initiated GF communion! We also have a GF table for potlucks - so it's easier for us to eat safely with our friends!

  13. Good luck for your baby,. god bless you..


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