Pregnancy update – 18 weeks

January 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm (Baby)

David says I’m in the “honeymoon” phase of pregnancy, which sounds about right. I’ve been feeling great! The chiropractor has fixed my back issues, I’ve been playing tennis 1-2 times a week, I’m not quite as exhausted as I was in the first trimester, and the fact that there is a little baby in there has become much more real and exciting. All of the scary genetic testing has come back to show that FB is at no risk for Down’s Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Spina Bifida and some other tragic genetic defects (big sigh of relief!). My belly is definitely getting bigger, and I’m starting to outgrow my regular clothes, although this belt buckle thingy has been a life saver —  http://www.mybbuckles.com/shop.html, it is pretty much the only way I can wear my regular jeans anymore.

My mom and I have even started to do a little baby shopping, which is super fun and great timing with all the post-xmas sales! I’ve booked our Doula, birthing classes at the hospital, found a good prenatal yoga studio, and signed up for some prenatal personal trainer sessions at our health club. We’ve even picked out some paint color for the nursery, but will wait until the gender confirmation on 1/23 (although, I’m SURE of what gender FB is!).

Ahhh, cravings — they have gotten much stronger for sure! And basically all of my cravings now revolve around BEEF. I can’t get enough. Beef enchiladas, beef lasagna, beef chili, meatball subs, cheeseburgers, basically anything with beef, preferably ground beef. I’ve never eaten so much beef in my life. What I really want right now, is a good beef stew, but my mom needs to teach me how to make it! I hope I’m not clogging all my arteries with this beef habit (or you might even say obsession), hopefully since it is just temporary it is OK. The next strongest cravings have been for baked potatoes and BLTs with turkey bacon and then after that probably fruit. I am still making sure to eat salads and veggies, but I sure am not craving them! Poor David has got to be on beef overload because that is all I’ve been cooking or want to go out for. One afternoon I needed beef so badly that I actually got a headache that only a meatball sub could cure, for real!

I’ll get some new bump pictures up soon! Ciao for now!

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