I’m continuing to grow and grow, and my appetite goes from nonexistent to ravenous day by day. It’s so unpredictable!
One thing I’ve noticed is that I’m starting to get a shelf on my bump. There’s a little hollow part between my ribs that is still the same parallel that it used to be pre-pregnancy, but my bump is starting to curve out from the top and I can imagine how it will be a few months from now when I have THE shelf to sit bowls of oatmeal upon : )
Every morning when I wake up, I spent a few minutes poking around and seeing how things have changed during the night. And they always do seem to change! Sometimes it’s probably just my dinner water weight settling, but I swear that my uterus is also growing at record speed these days.
At my latest doctor’s appointment, I asked my doctor to show me exactly where my uterus was. I felt like it was getting really close [a few inches] from my belly button, but that seemed to be a bit higher than one would expect at 16.5 weeks during the appointment. But she confirmed that my guess was correct, and today, the top is just under my belly button. I have a very short torso, so I think that’s why it’s crept up faster on me than a really tall woman’s might.
Larbs is quite a few inches taller than I am, but her height is all torso! Our hipbones are nearly the same height.
Matt says my stomach feels like a big balloon! It’s weird that you just can’t imagine what it will feel like to have this big organ growing out and up like this until it happens. It’s hard like a muscle (with a little mush on top 🙂 ).
Compare the weeks:
I still can’t feel the baby on demand, but I can feel him when I lie completely still when he’s the only thing moving in a room of stillness. When I’m moving or not concentrating, it’s kind of like trying to feel an earthquake while you’re on a rollercoaster, but in stillness, the slightest movements are detectable. It still feels like a wiggling mouse! I have felt what I think are a few light taps this week, but nothing I’d describe as a kick. I think I have a few more weeks to go before those start.
Now that I’m feeling much better and springtime is here, I can’t help but think of January + February as “The Dark Ages.” Days of darkness, coldness, nausea, gross foods, and just the blahs. I think it was actually a great time for the first trimester! Get it all over at once. I am SO glad to be moving onwards in the second tri and into this beautiful spring!
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