18 weeks

cravings & such:  still...salads, sour things, and chocolate.  and i am loving carbs.  carbs, carbs, carbs.  it seems like that is all i want these days.  i felt a bit better about it after reading my pregnancy journal and learning that preggos need more carbs.  okay, then.  right on track.  although, i am trying to stick to the healthier side of the carb world.  things like fruit and oatmeal and whole grains...instead of downing bowl after bowl of mac and cheese [which i would love to do].

the bump:  growing.  i am slathering on the l'occitane shea butter.  stretch marks, be darned!

cool & cute things:  baby's blood vessels are visible through thin skin and his/her ears are now in the final position.  a protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his/her nerves and s/he is busy flexing arms and legs.  the baby is about 5.5 inches long and weighs in at 7 ounces.  okay, i just want to point out that peanut has gained 2 whole ounces since last week.  hence, the shea butter. 

new things:  baby's reproductive organs are now in place and visible.  perfect timing for our ultrasound next week.  peanut pep talk...little one, this is your mama speaking.  on behalf of the entire family, i am officially giving you the green light to be brazen.  now is not the time to be shy and keep certain things private.  no leg crossing.  no dodging.  no awkward poses.  no sleeping in a curled up pose.  no strategically placed umbilical cord.  we are going to need you to give us a good clear shot at the goods.  thank you.

meaningful moments:  feeling a tiny tug on my tummy skin...that means you are in there and you are growing!  AND...perusing adorable baby merchandise.  so cute.  we are going to have so much fun with you!

the countdown:  154 days to go!

current size: a bell pepper