Baby Anderson: 18 Weeks

How Far Along? 18 weeks. 

Size of Baby? A bell pepper (about 5 1/2 inches long, and now weighs 7 ounces).
Gender? We've finally booked our gender ultrasound on the 4th of September! Yay! Carl and I won't find out until the 7th at our gender reveal party with friends and family. It's all so exciting I could pee my pants! I still think our love bug is a girl, while Carl's convinced it's a boy. But more important than the gender I'm really excited to see Poppy on the ultrasound again. We haven't seen them since they were a tiny blob 10 weeks ago. I just want to see all of their fingers and toes and know they're healthy and growing big and strong. 

Name? Little Poppy Seed has had their name picked out (boy or girl) for a couple years now. We still love those names as much as we did back then.

Weight Gain? Since finding out I was pregnant, I've gained a total of 8.5 lbs. 

Stretch Marks? Still no stretch marks! Yay! Vigilant with my coconut oil routine.

Belly button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? Happily on, although my fingers now swell SO much when I go for long walks that I can't get my rings off until a half an hour later. I think I'm going to start walking ring-less while shaking my ass down the road and singing Single Ladies. 

Maternity Clothes? I ordered a couple pairs of Gap maternity leggings and I don't think I'll ever get out of them. They're SO comfortable! Wearing all maternity pants now, but I can still get away with some pre-pregnancy flowy shirts. Really loving tunics and dresses with belts. 

Sleep? Can I just say...my Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow is officially the shit, my friends. I genuinely don't know how I ever survived without it. It's like cuddling a giant friendly puffy cloud. Pure bliss. My sleep has considerably improved and my hips don't hurt as much in the morning. I couldn't be happier.

Movement? YES!!! On Saturday morning I finally felt the baby move/kick! I was on the way to work for parent playground clean-up day when I felt the most precious little flutter. I immediately started crying and startled Carl when I yelled out that I'd felt the baby. It was the most amazing thing I've experienced yet and I immediately felt my love explode for our baby. My heart is already overflowing.

Symptoms? Over the last week I've really started to feel considerably better. It's glorious as I  really think the famous "second trimester honeymoon period" has officially set in. Yeah, baby! I'm enjoying my 4.5 mile walks and haven't felt sick in days.

Best Pregnancy Brain Moments? I asked one of my students today to hang their panting up on a "toothpick" when I totally meant clothes pin. 

Mood Swings? I'm definitely feeling much happier and bubbly. Still crying at the drop of the hat these days.   

Cravings? Not really craving anything specific, although I'm loving eating apples and drinking tangy juice daily.

Food Aversions? Still the same. Hating tuna and seafood. The smell of meat isn't making me feel gross anymore, which is nice considering meat is practically all hubby eats.  

Labor Signs? Still a long way out. Phew. 

Best Moment This Week? Feeling the baby move definitely tops the list of most amazing moments in my life, but I've really loved spending the past week putting together the classroom for this years kiddos. I got to meet the youngest of our two classes today and it was amazing. I couldn't be more excited for this year. I'm finally working in a school where I really feel like I belong, with co-workers I enjoy and parents who are willing to go above and beyond. In addition to that I have amazing hours, summers off and school vacations to recharge my batteries. I've taken this week to really reflect upon how blessed I am.   

What I Miss? Nothing. I'm starting to really love being pregnant!  

Looking Forward To? Finding out if Poppy is a he or a she in two weeks!! 


  1. You are getting more adorable every week.

  2. you look so adorable! and maternity leggings truly are a gift from God...I need to break mine out, but it's soooo hot! dresses still for me!

    1. I've lucked out in that it was in the 60s and 70s last week! Perfect leggings weather. But now it's back in the mid 80s and I'm sweating my ass off in dresses. Haha! Bring on Fall, eh Lauren! ;)

      P.S. you too are adorable!


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