"Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they've already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch."How far along? 21 weeks
Baby’s Size: A banana. This is the first week that baby is measured from head to foot, not head to rump. He/she is now 10.5" long and over half a pound!
Total Weight Gain: 15 pounds.
Maternity Clothes: Absolutely. Although my favorite shorts lately have been some cotton athletic shorts, which are surprisingly NON-maternity.
Gender: Still thinking this little one is a girl. And hoping!
Movement: My favorite part of the day is right before going to bed, because I lay on my back with my eyes closed and a hand on my stomach, just enjoying all the moving Peanut does now.
Sleep: I've been getting up about 2-3 times a night now to go to the bathroom. But hey, that's better than the 4-5 times I was getting up in the first trimester!
Symptoms: Okay, I'm just going to say it. I have diarrhea. BAD. We're talking, one minute I'm fine, the next I'm sprinting to the closest bathroom. Yuck! :(
Best Moments this week: After weeks of searching, I finally found a gastroschisis support group online- both a blog and a facebook page/group. It's great to have support from moms who have already been through it.
Food Aversions: Not much these days. Just the same old, same old.
Food Cravings: CAKE!! My mom made me a lemon cake with vanilla frosting yesterday. I was in HEAVEN!! Thank goodness for mothers! :)
What I miss: My husband. I'm starting to be able to feel Peanut kick from the outside, and I know how badly he wanted to be here for that. Being so far away from him during this pregnancy is really hard. I'm tough; I'll survive- but it's no cake walk.
What I am Looking forward to: Finally being able to let my brothers feel the baby kicking. They've been waiting and waiting- and I think they'll be able to feel it in just a week or two.
Milestones: Nothing too extraordinary. Just another week loving my little Peanut :)
Ladies & Gentleman, we are now #106! SO CLOSE to the top 100! Please vote again today! :)