18 weeks: My Cravings
I am either hungry or full all day long- there is no in between. At 18 weeks I am eating every two hours but I fill up really fast. Although my body is willing to accept a variety of foods, I am stuck on a few favorites.
Caprese salads with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
I can practically already taste my next lunch.. soft mozzarella, grape tomatoes, just a touch of basil and lots of balsamic vinegar and olive oil in every bite. I keep saying I will start eating something different and then revert back to this.
Or actually the strawberry and cream cake from Whole Foods. I have had a small slice almost every day for a week instead of a snack.
I really need this to come in season because the beginning of the season watermelon is not quite cutting it. I still buy it during every market trip though.
Avocado Cucumber Brown Rice Rolls
From Whole Foods. Heavenly. Satisfies my need for sushi.
Eggs and Toast
The simple combination makes a perfect solo dinner, especially with a bit of cheese.
All of the above foods have been on serious rotation over the last week. New to the list is CUCUMBER SLICES. I am going through cucumbers like crazy. I swear they taste like the most delicious food one can imagine, and once I start eating one I can’t stop. The other day I meant to put a cucumber in my caprese salad but ended up eating the whole thing while slicing it. What a yummy oops.
The kicking has been on and off. As I discussed before, I wasn’t sure if I am feeling kicks or something else. Now I know they are kicks but they are unpredictable. When will they become more predictable? I lay still and quiet every night hoping for kicks, but I can’t figure out when my baby is awake. Well, besides 3 am every night when I wake up to a few kicks. I love those minutes of quiet kicking. It feels like such a special moment between bambino and I.
At 18 weeks Babycenter has a lot to say on bambino’s development:
How your baby’s growing:
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.
And apparently this baby is growing a lot because I am most definitely pregnant. Check it out- in comfy clothes:
And in my Easter outfit:
Boy or girl, boy or girl? Aside from strollers, car seats, and where we plan on putting our baby and baby stuff, this is all I can think about. Do we have a little bambino or bambina? I have all of the results of the gender prediction tests in my latest Babycenter post, and I hope you go and check them out and then come back and vote. It will be fun to see if the vote is split 50/50 or if it leans one way or another.
Random facts of the week:
Currently craving: all of the above foods
Cry fests: 2, but just little ones
Sleeping positions: about 6- I just can’t get comfy.
Is she pregnant or is she fat looks: several since the weather is warming up and I’m wearing tight clothes.
Desire to nest: High
Desire to nest in a nice big house in the suburbs: Very intense- I want a deck and big windows and lots of space! We just don’t want to give up the city yet.
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