The Vanderhorst Family

The Vanderhorst Family

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Life and Pregnancy Update!

Life around here has been busy, but we're very happy! For Halloween I dressed up as a construction worker and wore a sign around my neck that said "Baby Under Construction." It was pretty cute and the students and faculty got a kick out of it. In other exciting news, Grant has gotten a couple of job offers. We're still trying to decide which one to take, but it is definitely a relief to have some options on the table. I'm 16 weeks along and finally have a little bump to show for it. I know I'll get ridiculously huge by the end of my pregnancy, but I actually love my growing belly--growing belly means growing baby! Here are the 16 week stats:

How Far Along: 16 weeks exactly. 
Size of Baby: According to my baby is 4.5 inches long and weights 3.5 ounces. It is the size of a large avocado and is going to double in size within the next few weeks!
Total Weight Gain/Loss: So far I've gained 3 pounds, but it has happened fairly quickly. I'm sure it'll only become more rapid from here.
Maternity Clothes: Not quite yet. I can still fit into most everything, but I did just order a belly-band from Target. I know that with my baby doubling in size within the next few weeks that there's no doubt I'll need maternity clothes very soon.
Gender: Most days I think it's going to be a girl, but to be honest I go back and forth about it every day. I don't have a preference--I just want a healthy baby, but we find out on December 13th!
Movement: Nothing consistent yet, but there have been a few times where I thought I felt the baby moving around a little bit. A few days ago it felt like I had butterflies in my stomach, but it wasn't in my stomach it was below. I haven't felt any butterflies since then, but hopefully within the next few weeks the movements will become more frequent and stronger.
Sleep: I won't lie, I'm still pretty tired. I think this is a combination of being a first-year high school math teacher, and also the fact that my baby is going through a growth spurt right now, but I've been pretty tired. I take a 2-3 hour nap every day. I'm going to start eating more foods with and also start taking a vitamin-B supplement. Hopefully this will boost my energy! Grant has been a wonderful sport about it though--he is always so willing to cook and clean. I really got lucky with him as a husband!
What I miss: I miss not having acne, however it has gotten better since my first trimester, so things are looking up!Thank goodness for makeup, right? :)
Cravings: Salty stuff. Any salty food, but especially fries. Now, please don't get the wrong impression. I do not eat fries on a daily or even weekly basis, but sometimes you just have to have some salty fries. I promise I really do eat healthy!
Aversions: There haven't really been any aversions, but I have noticed that I have a ridiculously awesome sense of smell. I can smell something from a mile away. It hasn't really made me gag or anything, but smells have definitely become more noticeable. 
Symptoms:  Just being tired. I guess I'm also starting to show, but I don't know if that's considered a symptom or not.
Best Moment: A couple weeks ago when Grant and I were in the temple we were sitting in the Celestial Room and it really hit me that at that time our baby was in the Celestial Room with us. Our family was together in the temple and it was the most peaceful feeling in the world. It's a pretty cool feeling to think that wherever I go, my baby also goes there. My baby has become my little buddy--he/she goes grocery shopping with me, goes to teach math with me, takes naps with me, helps me clean the apartment, beats daddy in games with me (just kidding babe!), etc. It really is a cool feeling to think that my baby is with me 24/7. I love it!

Here's a picture of the 16 week bump :)