I AM behind on the gender reveal (although most of you already know via word of mouth and/or our Instagram posts) and for that I'm sorry!! This weekend is a double-poster, though, so expect a specific gender reveal post after this, even though I'll talk about it a little in Week 18 below. Ok here's the bump update (Bumpdate) on Weeks 17 & 18!
Week 17: (February 17-23)
Me this week-
A fun fact is that we hit the 17 week mark on the 17th of February. :)
Week 17 came and went pretty quickly and honestly wasn't too eventful for us. I can't even remember many things that were fun or worth mentioning except for the captions below. So lucky you, a pretty short post for this week! ;)
Headaches seem to be less frequent, thankfully. I was getting them often in the 1st trimester and they were pretty annoying and painful since Tylenol is all I can take and it honestly doesn't work well for me. Some were borderline migraines so I'm happy those are less and less!!
A new thing that popped up recently again is tailbone pain. Mostly at night, my tailbone started to hurt so much at the end of week 17/beginning of week 18. It was especially painful getting in/out of bed and/or changing sleeping positions. I finally broke out the full length body pillow I borrowed from Alli and it helped a bit. I found that the only thing that really made it semi better was stretching. Cat/Cow and child's pose yoga positions helped the best but sometimes sitting/standing was not fun. Some peopl suggested it might be sciatica but it never went down my leg, it was always the same spot, literally my tailbone. We read that it can be common in pregnancy as things stretch and move, and/or Bee could be lodged in that area and adding pressure at night. Also something about a hormone called relaxin that plays a big part in pregnancy and things shifting or aching. I think I got a nice leg cramp in the middle of the night this week too. I was able to stretch it immediately and stop it before it got bad. I honestly laugh at these things now because I know it's all from Bee and so it just makes me smile. Par for the course and I'm thankful to be on it. <3
We had GORGEOUS weather over the weekend!! For February it was near 60, but still pretty breezy. I was determined to sit out on the porch and soak up some sunshine. I was happy when Scott joined me for a bit. I don't think I've EVER sat outside like this in February... it's been a mild winter at times and we are super lucky for that!
I started prep for our family gender reveal party. Pinterest & Social media rock for party ideas and I was collecting tons of fun ideas for the party to have a pink/blue themed sweet treats table. I decorated little fun size Hershey bars with Sharpies so it would represent both pink and blue. :)
Bee this week-
Some baby stats & facts on week 17...
Bee is as big as an onion!
Rubbery cartilage is now turning to bone.
Baby's putting on some fat.
The umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker.
Week 18: (February 24- March 1)
Me this week-
18 weeks was SOOO much fun for us because we knew we would finally get to see Bee again at our anatomy scan!! We were also hoping to find out the sex because we had a family gender reveal party planned for the following day and kinda needed to know. Nothing like adding pressure on our sweet baby! Whoops! Excitement was overflowing in the house that week. We thought for sure the week would draaaaag on and it honestly didn't so much. My mom came to visit on the 25th and our appointment was on the 26th, and those days both showed up before we knew it!
My tailbone pain was still in full effect (again mostly at night) during the week this week, but finally started to get better by the weekend. I think another key to keeping it at bay is being active and not just sitting or laying doing nothing on the weekends or whatnot. Also no more laying on my back (at least not for long periods of time) because it just tends to tighten everything up too much. I felt like a 90-year old the first night it was bad while trying to climb the stairs and get ready for bed. Luckily it's been a lot better since. I think Scott had a talk with Bee to stop hurting Mama. hahah :) Either way, it is what it is and I've been lucky so far and am still loving every day of this pregnancy!! I've waited and dreamt of this for so long and am thankful for every bit of the experience to the max.
Finally gender reveal day arrived!! We had about 15 people come to the house that day between immediate families and our closest friends. We had company Friday night as well and anytime the topic of conversation went to babies I would try to steer it somewhere else in fear of spilling the beans. It was so hard! I was SOOOOO excited to share!
I don't know about Scott but I got quite a few Qs this week of whether I wanted a boy or a girl. Our answer was always that it didn't mater and we just wanted a healthy baby. That is 100% true and I still stick to it. I am not upset that we don't have a girl and I wouldn't have been upset if we didn't have a boy. We just wanted a baby! And both are equally exciting, it's just a matter of what path that excitement takes: Excitement of boy stuff or girl stuff? Sports, dirt, blues, and cars.... or tutus, princesses, pink, and glitter. No difference here, just so thrilled to have a baby on board!!
Bee this week-
Some stats & fun facts for Week 18...
Bee has grown to the size of a sweet potato! :)
By now, Bee is yawning, hiccuping, sucking, and swallowing... Awww <3
Bee is also moving around A LOT!! Movements like rolling, twisting, punching, and kicking have started, although not noticeable by me just yet.
We were able to find out Bee's sex this week at our anatomy scan....
Baby Bee is a sweet little BOY!!! :)