13 weeks: sugar plum fairies

Thirteen weeks: 11.23.11

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13weeksB


Size of baby: a beautiful fuzzy peach according to The Bump, and an ugly shrimp if you listen to Baby Center. But what is that you see up there? A plum. Because peaches are not in the stores up here in Wisconsin in November and I think holding a shrimp for an 'artsy' picture is sort of gross. So I had to get creative and just chose a plum because it's somewhat similar in size to a peach. And really, the plum was the '12 week' fruit according to Baby Center so I guess I should have used it last week and used the dumb lime this week. Oh well. This fruit picture stuff is harder than it looks!

Cravings: SUGAR! And not 'just' chocolate, like always, but the fruity candy stuff, too. Digging into Truman's Halloween stash I discovered Jolly Ranchers fruit chews. Amazing. Also, if you are a fan of Trader Joe's like we are here, you must go buy hundreds of boxes of their Peppermint Jo-Jos. Only around for the holiday season and freaking mind blowing.

What I love: Hitting the magical teens! In 3 more days I will feel confident in chanting, 'I made it to the second trimester, baby!' Also, still loving my doppler.

What I'm looking forward to the most: Coming out on the blog and Facebook next week at 14 weeks. Talk about making it official. Eek!

Worries: Oh, you know, the usual suspects like having a miscarriage, starting to bleed randomly for no reason, etc etc. But overall my worries have been less of a mental burden this week.

What is different this time around: Um, the bump. I am not sure how much longer I'm going to last in regular pants which is amazing, considering I didn't switch to wearing a bella band until about 18 weeks with Truman, and no maternity pants were worn until after 20 weeks. Love it.

Symptoms: Holla at your girl for wearing my B cup bras again! This is HUGE (no pun intended). Still tired on occasion with naps thrown in a few times each week. Emotional and over-sensitive. And starving.

Sleep: My best friend. T has managed sleeping in until hours like 6 and even 7 am so life is very good right now. The urgency to pee in the mornings is a lot less intense, too.

Movement: Still with occasional taps, getting stronger over time, but only a few days a week. I am still not 100% convinced it's the baby but basically 90% convinced. I did feel Truman at 14-15 weeks so I know it's not impossible but still SO early!

The belly: fluctuates GREATLY. In the mornings it's basically non-existent, but by the afternoon it's out of control. Definitely worse at certain angles and when I have to pee (hence why these varying belly pics each week might not follow a perfect progression overall). I really believe my 13 week belly this time compares to my 23 week belly with Truman. Might have to show comparisons side-by-side soon to convince you of the madness.

Boy or Girl: no intuition just yet.

Milestones: the babe has fingerprints, is almost 3 inches long, and weighs about an ounce. Seems like a real baby in there now!

Best moment of the week: telling my boss and co-workers the good news this week, Nate telling his work friends/other friends, and overall allowing myself to feel confident in this pregnancy.

(more pictures from our Thanksgiving trip, taken right at 13 weeks by my beloved hubby. Did I mention he is getting REALLY good at using my camera lately?)
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(tee shirt from Etsy seller 'Heather Rodger Designs'--highly recommended. I let Truman choose the design after I narrowed it down between three. Of course he picked the excavator. )
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And the video of how we told Memaw the big news on Thanksgiving day:

11 comments:

  1. Love your pictures! Can you husband teach me how to use my camera? Please.

    Looking great!

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  2. I am loving the fruit photos! What a great idea. It will be so nice when you can put them all side by side at the end of a wonderful pregnancy :)

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  3. Oh I love your photos! SO exciting that you're almost caught up to real time... YAY!

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  4. Congratulations!! I just caught up on your blog - thrilled for you and your family after this tough year. Prayers are with you for a healthy pregnancy and baby!

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  5. Loving the pictures! Maybe someday my husband will be as good with the camera :) FYI...I have been craving sweets all pregnancy long too! Not much of a sugar person...but OH WOW have I been loving sugar these last 5 months.

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  6. I'm loving your bump pictures!! Is Nate taking them? He's doing an awesome job.

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  7. oh yes, Nate is taking all the pictures. I just do the fun cropping and editing after to spice them up a bit. And he's even using the manual mode after I've harped on him for so long about using auto!! He's getting good with practice, that is for sure.

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  8. The bump pics are so cute! I love the last one -- that should definitely go in the next baby book! :)

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  9. Congrats Julia! So happy for you & your adorable family. Loving the bump pictures...and that video totally made me cry! :)

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