Sunday, August 22, 2010

18 weeks and Weekend Update

Thanks to all of you for your support on my last post. I was sooo stressed out about it but it turned out to be better than I thought. Mike looked after him completely and I just stayed in the office reading bogs and surfing the net! He was very respectful this time, and kept the noise to a minimum when he got back. We kept the cats in our bedroom for the night and I was more relaxed. I even decided I could use the time to iron the giant mountain of clothes that had accumulated. Delighted now to have the house back to myself!
On Friday and on Saturday we went out for dinner with two different sets of friends and when we told them our news (and a brief background on how we got to this point) they were all delighted for us, we had a great time which contributed to my weight gain though...

And this brings me to the fact that I'm 18 weeks today! Can you believe it? And yet...here I am!
Everything is good, the only issue I keep having is sleeping which is still a bit all over the place. I have to get up once for a pee and even though I'm trying my best, I do wake up almost completely and feel ready to start the day....at 2.45 am! The fluid retention is now localised to my hands and my ankles which unfortunately meant that on Friday I just had to remove my rings...ah well, for Elvis it's all worth it! The weight gain is on a steady rise and it's going 80% on my boobs which are now huge, itchy and with unavoidable stretch marks despite the generous oiling I go through twice a day. Again I'm so happy I'll take all the stretch marks that come my way with a smile on my face. Movements are a bit more convincing (still no more than a weird sensation though) but strangely I feel them more when I am in a seated position rather than lying down, I think it may be due to the fact that my placenta is on the anterior wall and quite high. We also listened to the heart beat which is now stronger (I can basically pick it up straight away) and the rate is a bit slower generally between 140 and 155 which it's the way it should be as the brain takes control of rhythm.
For your joy I'm going to post a belly picture galore of the last four weeks as I understand today I'm officially entering the 5th month of pregnancy!

22 comments:

  1. Glad that things went well with your house guest. And your belly is adorable!!

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  2. Glad your house guest wasnt a complete terror:) My hubby has one of these friends...last time he stayed he threw his towel in the sink after he used it...this is a 31 yr old man....Men!!!!Anyways your bump is def growing...very cute:) I am glad everything else is going so well...will you be finding out what little elvis is?

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  3. That little top isn't going to fit you much longer....mama is getting a nice, round belly! You look so cute! I hope you are sleeping better and it sounds like Elvis is doing everything perfectly on track. The weeks will really start going quickly pretty soon. Hard to believe it's 18 already!

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  4. Beautiful belly! Glad the weekend went well.

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  5. oh oh oh! Lovely belly pics!!! And I was just about to say the same thing that BWUB did (that top isn't going to fit you for much longer!!).
    So pleased the weekend was calmer than you anticipated.
    Happy 18 weeks. Oh my gosh, you are almost half way there!

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  6. waving to Elvis (and you of course!)>

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  7. You really popped that last week! lol...

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  8. Still think of you and Elvis often and happy to hear things are well! Your baby belly is beautiful! ~Cathy

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  9. Wow:) little Elvis is busy growing in there:) beauuuuuutiful bump you got there. Yay!

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  10. Fran, I am so so happy it all went well. I too get nervous when unwanted visitors show up (I am such a homebody!). Glad you have your house back to yourself now! By the way, you know you can iron whilst sitting down? I tried it and it works.. I ironed all of Izzy's clothes like that and my feet were not even swollen at the end of it!

    You look beautiful and the bump is really coming along now!! I cannot believe you are in your 5th month already!! It feels like yesterday you announced your pregnancy and here you are at 18 weeks!! So happy for you!!

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  11. I'm loving the belly pics! Happy 18 weeks! You're almost 1/2 baked!!!

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  12. I'm glad your house guest wasn't as bad this time around.

    I love your belly pictures! I wont be taking any for quite a while since my belly has always been big before pregnancy. I'll wait until I can't suck it in anymore. :)

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  13. glad things went better with your house guest this time.

    elvis is definitely growing!!

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  14. Fran - great news about the weekend and great pics!!

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  15. Just wonderful. Your belly pictures are awesome. I can't believe how quickly things are going!

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  16. So glad the weekend went okay and you didn't need to deal with him, dear Fran. And that is a very pronounced and lovely bump:)

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  17. Yay! And look how cute you are! Congrats!

    I think you need to win this baby carrier girl!
    http://whatwasisayingagain1018.blogspot.com/2010/08/belle-baby-carrier-giveaway-because-i.html

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  18. Yay 18 weeks. Congrats. I like the belly pics. I'm also glad things worked out with your house guest.

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  19. Look at you....you are almost half way. I am so proud of you. I can't wait. This is going by so fast for you. It seems like it was just yesterday....you were posting positive pregnancy tests!

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