Dear my little avocado-sized baby love…I got to see your beautiful face this week. Not only is Dr. Pinkus an incredible doctor but she also LOVES taking measurements via ultrasound. I’ve checked around and unless it’s a high risk pregnancy, most docs use a doppler to listen to the baby’s heartbeat at regular checkups but not Dr. P. She’s all over the visuals and I couldn’t be more grateful!
You had jazz hands, my little babycakes. I don’t know if that means you’re going to be a dancer in your future or a member of the Happy Hands Club (note, reference to Napolean Dynamite) but it was pretty cute to see you waving your fingers around like mad. I did express some concern because your head looked a little large to me. She assured me that your measurements are perfect for 16 weeks and followed with, “If you think the head looks big now, just wait a few more months.” I don’t know how reassuring that was especially considering your father and I have exceptionally large heads – like he can rarely find a hat that fits his big noggin, it’s that big. I think mine is mostly hair but nevertheless, there’s a lot of circumference between the two of us.
In other news, I’ve officially popped (i.e. my belly looks like a prego bump now and not just a beer gut). I’m really enjoying this stage and wish I could stay in it for as long as possible. I know some women hate seeing their bodies change and others feel sexier, I think I’m in the latter group. So far, at least. It doesn’t hurt that your dad compliments me constantly and enjoys looking at my new bump almost as much as I do.
I have to say your Aunt Jen, in addition to being all sorts of wonderful for a million reasons, has really been a lifesaver. She delivered her entire stock of maternity clothing to me and just this week, I broke out my first pair of slacks from her collection. I don’t know how much money her generosity will save us at the end of the day, but from the looks of the numerous pairs of jeans, dresses, and cute outfits, I think it’s a lot!
Although I have more than enough to tide me over for the next five months or so, I can’t resist the urge to add to the inventory. Since we won’t find out if you’re a boy or a girl for a couple more weeks, I haven’t done any shopping for you yet which means I’ve had to get my fix by buying figure-friendly clothes for me! I don’t feel guilty because every mom I know swears that after you arrive, I’ll stop buying for myself completely and I can definitely see that happening.
I’m feeling really great this week! My appetite has picked up and I’m enjoying the opportunity to find all sorts of new and fabulous healthy and ethnic snacks to share with you. I’m also indulging in completely unhealthy treats from time to time – cheesy popcorn is a favorite right now and I can’t resist the urge to take a bite out of the occasional cookie or fun size candy bar from time to time. I’m sticking with my 4x/week gym regimen so I don’t feel so guilty about eating outside of the food guide pyramid from time to time.
Also, per every parent’s recommendation, we’ve been seeing a lot of movies. We saw Lion King in 3d last weekend and went to Moneyball this weekend. Going to the movies is definitely a favorite pastime of ours so it’s been nice to sneak out for a couple of hours while we can.
I think I can feel you moving around inside of me sometimes – mostly at night. For some reason, I feel like I’m constantly in a position that makes you uncomfortable because I get a strange sensation in my abdomen that makes me wake up and roll over. Needless to say, I haven’t been sleeping well but that’s been an ongoing trend since I found out I was pregnant so nothing new there.
On Friday night, we ran out for Mexican food and then curled up with hot chocolate and Stand by Me (one of the best movies ever!). As you can see, Lola has been extremely clingy lately which says a lot since she’s always been pretty attached to me. At times, I wonder what it will feel like to have you attached to one hip while she’s holding tight to the other. I’m beginning to think that the days of my body being my own are limited which is a very strange thought but one I welcome at the same time.
This was a long letter but there was just so many good things to update you on this week. I love you more and more each day. Grow strong and healthy, little one. God bless you.