Bumpwatch: Week 19

by - Sunday, June 29, 2014

How Far Along: 19 weeks completed! Bumbo Baby is the size of a mango, and apparently is now covered in some nasty goop that will keep it looking fresh for when it is born. Apparently, this is the week where my body realizes the baby is staying for quite a while and will get prune fingers.

Best Moment of the Week:I felt Bumbo Baby move a bunch! Well, at least I think I did. Or some other new weird feeling.I only feel it when I am laying down, but it is a neat way to start the day. It's always discussed as "kicking and punching" which makes Bumbo Baby sound like a real asshole, so Pag decided the baby is interpretive dancing instead.

Most Interesting Prego Quirk: The dizziness is getting less interesting (it happens in the morning, but otherwise it's pretty low key) though it did create this beautiful moment in which the doctor said I should keep candies in my purse and such. God bless that woman, because I love to be enabled. My blood pressure is crazy low, but it seems to be getting better, so that's good.

I Would Really Like Some: Have you heard of Shari's Berries? I keep checking their website and debating just how annoyed The Boy would be if I bought myself a box of elaborately decorated fruits. I am going to guess not impressed. Other than that, I eat like a pound of cherries a day.
Bizarro Thing No One Warned me About: Reading does not help. I found a blog "Scary Mommy" which is funny and honest. Also, horrifying. If things are really going to take such a bummer turn, no one needs to tell me about it. I have 4 to 5 more months of blissfully thinking our baby will somehow be miraculously cooperative. I know this is a lie, but it is a productive lie for my sanity for now. People will tell you about the mixed opinions on pregnancy and rearing and so forth, but no one warns you that a few wrong turns on the internet, and you will feel like the parasite living inside you is coming to ruin everything forever, and that is just no fun.

And The Boy?:As I write this he is singing a song about how Bumbo Baby loves waffles (as does Sandra Bullock)to "Total Eclipse of the Heart." He has also started singing it scales which end in the note "W" which he has invented. I think things are setting in for him as I now look solidly pregnant/ chubs. This has heightened his urgency in letting the baby know about music.

Looking Forward to: We find the sex of the baby out on Tuesday. According to old wives' tales, we are having a hermaphrodite (which, if anyone in the world would be cool with having a sex identity ambiguous child...). Bumbo Baby has not given me too hard a time thus far, which people tell me means boy. The baby has a fast heart beat, which says girl. My hips remain regular sized, which my mom tells me means I am having a boy. My linea negra (belly line) only goes to my belly button, which supposedly means girl. I want to eat all the time, which supposedly means boy, though if that were the case, I would have been pregnant with a boy every day of my adult life. I would have an elementary school student residing in my uterus. So, results are inconclusive. It should be interesting to know. 

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