My favorite sweater is getting a bit snug…
Today, I am 22 weeks!
Want to know something crazy? At 22 weeks, a baby is almost a pound and as long as a sheet of paper. I showed a sheet of paper to the Husband and told him this fun little fact, and he didn’t believe me!
I had to show him a chart of average fetal weight and height by week to convince him that I wasn’t lying. It just seems so big. Where is that kid hiding? Where are my other organs?!
Kristien practiced rocking our paper baby to sleep…
… And then I made a To Do list on the back of him. Sorry, baby.
Here’s what BabyHTP is up to this week: At 22 weeks, his/her eyes have formed, although the irises lack pigment and therefore color. Any hair on the head is also white. The pancreas is forming. The little hands have developed bigger and stronger nerve endings, so she has a sense of touch in her fingers. He can also taste all the times that I eat in the amniotic fluid. (Source, source)
I’m sending redhead vibes to the baby this week – I’m hoping she’ll inherit her daddy’s ginger locks!
Lots of people keep asking me if we found out the sex of the baby because I’ll go through ‘she’ or ‘he’ spurts. Nope! Still in the dark, and we plan to stay that way. I was trying to decide how I’ll announce the baby’s name on the blog, and last night, I realized that I want you guys to find out whether it’s a boy or a girl just how we will – at the end of the birth story! I’m sure it will take me a few days to write it, so I hope I can keep it a secret from the Interwebs until then. So many people have said that they don’t know how we can keep from finding out, but I have to say that we really love not knowing the sex. If you’re on the fence about it, I highly recommend it. It’s so fun to think about both possibilities and to know that we won’t find out until his or her birthday.
I know some mommas have strong sex suspicions, but I really don’t know if BabyHTP is a girl or a boy. I can picture it going either way! I do feel strongly that there is a little girl in our future – when I think about our chosen girl name, I have a sure sense that one day that person will exist, but I’m not sure if it’s this baby or the next (God willing).
So – instead of a post topic, I have a plea. I realized last week that I really need to start registering for baby stuff for my baby shower. Except… I have no idea what to ask for.
I want to register for useful things, not super specialized things that I’ll never or rarely use. My friend Brittany said, “We decided to just have the basics, and I’m so glad we did. We really didn’t need much at all at the beginning, and I still think that we don’t need much. I think (like weddings) the baby industry tries to make you feel like you NEED so much. But clean diapers, food, and a lot of snuggles will be all your baby needs in the beginning.”
Brittany sent me her 5 Baby Must-Haves, my other friend Jen e-mailed me her own blog plea for Baby Registry Help, and Cindi wrote Newborn Must Haves. I would love it if the mommas or mommas-to-be reading this post could give me some suggestions for practical baby registry items. Considering that I don’t even know how to swaddle a kid, I’m going to need some real-life advice or I’m doomed and will end up registering for the PeePee TeePee in ten different colors.
Here are my Babble posts from this week:
And here’s Week 22 in a nutshell:
Total Weight Gained: Scale jumps between a total gain of 14 – 17 pounds.
Workouts: Can you believe this? FIVE WORKOUTS! I hiked 3ish miles, swam 1000 yards, walk/ran 2.0 miles, went to prenatal yoga, and swam a mile. This is by far the best workout week I’ve had during pregnancy. Wahoo!
Nesting Urges: Strong. We need to move into a bigger place, STAT.
Cravings: Citrus. Popcorn. Potatoes.
Nicest Moment: The Husband and I have been reading childbirth books out loud to each other at night in bed instead of watching TV. I’ve really enjoyed the experience, and we’re talking about continuing the tradition after the baby is born.
Best Gift: One I gave, not one I received. Today is DadHTP’s birthday (Happy Birthday!), and we got him this customized grandpa shirt to wear to the hospital.
And please – I’d love to hear your baby gear recommendations!
Caitlin, have you seen this: http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/you/the-exhibit/your-beginning/make-room-for-baby/interactive/ It’s awesome and shows how your body moves aside for the baby!