Slowing Down (18 Weeks Baby #4)

Before I started writing this pregnancy update, I looked up information about the baby at 18 weeks pregnant.  I haven't remembered to do this every week this pregnancy, and it was so cool to realize that baby is 5 1/2 inches long.  That is just head to rump, not counting legs.  That's huge!  It's cool to think about, because I haven't checked the baby's size for a while.  I think last time I checked, the baby was only a couple inches long!  This is also the week that Baby Four can start to hear me, and he/she can start to sense light from outside the womb.  It's so cool to think about how the baby is big enough to start to get to know me in utero.  It's amazing to think about how God is knitting all the details of this little baby together as I type!

I am feeling good the last couple weeks!  I have been a bit more tired, but nothing like the fatigue I had in the first trimester.  I still have had no real second trimester food cravings or aversions this pregnancy, which seems a little unusual, but it's nice to be able to eat everything.  A couple pairs of pants got a bit uncomfortable to wear in the last couple weeks, and I used the rubber band trick for the first time, so I know baby is growing in there.


This week a couple of my symptoms seem to be different than the gender I was originally guessing, so I will no longer be shocked if my boy/girl guess is wrong.  It's confusing, having gone through pregnancies with both boys and a girl, because I feel like I can make a pretty educated guess now, but I might not be right!

Speaking of the gender, Derek and I have spent the last week brainstorming ideas for our gender reveal party, and I think we're going to have it on the weekend of May 30th (tentatively).  Which means I'll have to keep the secret for a couple weeks after we find out.  I hope I can do it!  I am always afraid I will accidentally let a "he" or "she" slip.  I did pretty good with Wyatt and Gwen, but I did let the secret out to one person on accident with Clyde.  I'll just have to keep thinking in terms of "the baby", and not get not any long conversations with anyone for a couple weeks!

The first part of this pregnancy has been such a whirlwind, and we have had so many things going on in our family, that I haven't been able to take the time to enjoy it.  But now all the major stresses are over, and I've been able to slow down and notice more things about this pregnancy.  I finally have time to enjoy it, dream about our baby a little, and look forward to the rest of my pregnancy!  I love being pregnant, and I want to cherish every minute of this time with my littlest little.  I am so grateful for a healthy little one thumping around in my belly!

I'm wearing a lot more dresses/skirts this pregnancy.  Here are my outfit details:

Dress: Goodwill (similar pattern/style).
Sandals (which you can't see very well): Target (similar style)
Earrings: I've had these so long, I don't remember! (similar style)
Bracelet: Got these through a MOPS jewelry exchange. (but I like these too)
Slouchy Bag: Target (similar style)
Nail polish: Essie (Penny Talk)

(Derek snapped this of me running from the car, trying to avoid the rain!  It's a good thing we take belly/outfit pictures on Sundays. It was snowing at our house yesterday, but it was only raining at our church building, so we took some pictures there after the service!)

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Vanessa Miller said...

Your bump is looking so cute! Can't believe you're almost half way already. Enjoy every single little moment. I would have been 19 weeks this week :(

Shauna C said...

That last pic - OMG! Crazy rain! You look so cute, and I love the entire look!


Callie Nicole said...

Vanessa, I just got caught up on reading your blog. I am so, so sorry, my friend. You are in my prayers and thoughts today.

Callie Nicole said...

Thank you Shauna! Yep, yesterday it was raining, and today it's snowing. Springtime weather is crazy!

Where Did You Get It said...

You look beautiful! And that outfit is so cute, but still seems very comfortable, love the print!

Amy @ Life to the Full said...

You look so amazing! And I can't believe you got that dress at the Goodwill - what a find! I bought most of my maternity clothes from the Goodwill or secondhand somewhere, but I'm still on the hunt for a cute spring/summer dress like that. Love your style and congratulations to you and your family on baby #4!!!
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Kari Holtkamp said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy!! You look terrific! I'm 20 weeks along and am sticking to stretchy skirts and dresses, too:) We told our families right after we found out the gender. I couldn't hold it in, mostly because it was the opposite of what everyone was thinking so I couldn't wait to spill the news:) Hope you're having a great day!

Callie Nicole said...

Thank you! It is pretty comfy, so that is a bonus! :-)

Callie Nicole said...

I know, I was so excited to find it! The Goodwill I was at also had a couple brand-new dresses from Target - but I already had the same dresses in my closet from last year, so I didn't get them. I was wishing I had waited, because I could have gotten them for way cheaper, haha!

Callie Nicole said...

I have such a hard time not saying anything after finding out the gender! So far I have only had to wait a few days, so it's going to be more of a stretch this time - hopefully I can keep the secret until our party! :-)

Danise Jurado said...

You look amazing! Congrats! :)
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Blessings to you!

Jaelan @ Making Mrs. M said...

Oh my gosh! You look amazing.
I love that dress and how you paired it with your chambray top.
Congrats on the pregnancy! You seriously look great!
I laughed at the last photo--adorable!

Jana Tolman said...

That dress is incredible on you! I love the pattern. And congrats on your pregnancy! Your sweet little bump is so darling! :)

Laura said...

Congratulations!! I have been absent from the blog for seriously a year so this was fun news!!!

Emily @ Ember Grey. said...

Gosh, what a sweet and precious thing to know your little one can hear you :) That dress is beautiful on you!

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