This morning I was actually woken up by my darling little shrimp kicking and rolling around in my midsection. I lay there for about 15 minutes having some quiet time in bed feeling my new little having a party in there. I'm not going to lie to you, I cried a little. Any woman who has had a baby will attest to the constant worry about "what could go wrong" and each time the little sea monkey starts kicking up a storm it gives you a measure of peace in your heart. Also after months of "being pregnant" which doesn't mean much aside from feeling like garbage and tossing back Tums like potato chips: baby kicks bring it all home, it finally feels real.
It's Week 19 today, and we are heading toward measuring her length from head to toe rather than just head to rump. This week she is 6 inches from head to rump and about 10 from head to toe, which if my previous two pregnancies are good measures, is about half as long as she'll be when she is born. (anyone else think it's crazy to measure them one way for the first half and another during the second?)
Her sensory organs (eyes, ears, nose) are all developing and most believe that baby can hear you talking now, or singing which is something I do a lot. It's no wonder my girls love to sing, it's the first thing they hear when they start hearing sounds. Her hair is starting to sprout on her scalp and the waxy coating on her skin is thickening to keep her from having super pruney skin for the next 20 weeks.
In gross and disgusting baby fact news today, Squirt is now able to swallow and is gulping down amniotic fluid and (ew) early baby pee often these days...*shudder*
I'm going to have labs done today in anticipation for my appointment on Thursday and I'm not totally sure when but soon I'm going to have to go and drink the "syrup of gnarly-ness" (seriously it's like downing a bottle of snow cone flavoring) and have my glucose level checked to be sure I'm not developing gestational diabetes. But I'm not worried about the outcome of the test, I'm still a full 20 pounds lighter than I was when I got pregnant with Sunshine, and my worse symptom these days is an occasional headache. (granted they feel like a wolverine is eating my brain, but it could be worse)