Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.
Total weight gain:
+8.5 pounds: Yep you read that right, I've only gained 1 pound in a month :)
Belly button in or out?
Starting to get shallow
Sleep: Everyday changes. I rarely can sleep in though, even with Gabe does....it's like an automatic timers goes off and I'm awake for the rest of the day.
Best moment this week:
Finding out I have a daughter :) Things couldn't be more perfect...
Biggest craving right now is milk. I drank a half gallon in about 2 hours the other day. YUMMY (I hate milk when I'm not pregnant, and rarely--if ever drink it)
Carbonated drinks. The previous ones are slowly dissipating. Sometimes fried foods are yummy, sometimes they aren't, same goes with meat. I'm not huge on chocolate, BUT I've eaten a lot of ice drizzled in it :)
I'm starting to feel pretty normal again. I guess any symptoms would be: growing belling, food aversions/cravings, movement, fatigue, and swelling. Oh and some days are better then others with hip pain, but that sciatica is pretty much gone.
Slight movements every once in awhile...I mostly feel a pushing sensation like she is pushing again the wall of my abdomen trying to make room for herself... I also found out that my placenta is anterior, which is why I'm not really feeling any huge kicks, rolls, or punches just yet.
ALL GIRL!!!!! :-)
What I'm looking forward to: Making it to 20 weeks (half way point), then making it to v-day! It's so crazy it's only 5 weeks away!!!
What I miss:
Not feeling so fat, being able to sleep better, and not feeling so worn out and lazy.
Hearing her heartbeat, starting to feel movement, finding out it's a healthy, but shy little girl.
January 16th @ 12:20pm---last appt. before the dreaded glucose test appt... blah.