Monday, May 31, 2010

16 week update

I can't believe I am 4 months pregnant this week. That just seems insane to me to think about how quickly this time is going by! I read that beginning this week (each Thursday is a new week for me), I could begin to feel "flutters" of our baby moving in my belly. Fetal movement begin anytime between 16 and 20 weeks, and I am really looking forward to that. In other baby related news, this week little Baby H is the size of an avocado! That kind of throws off my plans to make homemade guacamole tonight. haha. Just kidding. But anyway, this week the baby can also HEAR sounds...that is so neat and I'm excited to start showing our little one some good music.

Watch what you say... tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean the little one can now pick up your voice. Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming. And, if you're interested, an ultrasound might be able to determine gender.

At this time, your baby is holding her head erect. Because her muscles are developing, she can make some faces now. Your baby is able to squint, frown and open its mouth. There is enough calcium in the bones that they will show up on an x-ray. Your baby's fingernails are well formed now and the legs are longer than the arms. Because your baby is moving well now, you may begin to feel his movements! Some women say that the early movements feel like gas bubbles or a slight flutter. If you have not yet felt the baby move, don't worry. Fetal movements are usually felt between the 16th and 20th week of pregnancy.

It's just so, so neat to have this little human growing inside of me! My belly has gotten a bit bigger than last time I posted photos at 14 weeks, and from this point on I will take these every single week, as well as some "cute" maternity photos as my belly gets a bit bigger. Here are my 16 week photos:

16 weeks side

16 weeks front

I've been getting a lot of questions on my formspring about our nursery colors and things of that nature. I've had the nursery ideas (both for girl and boy) picked out for some time now, and I will definitely share the theme when we start decorating. This past weekend Hank, my Mom and I went to Buy Buy Baby, a huge baby store in the valley. There were so many cute, cute things and I am getting more and more excited by the day to decorate, and actually buy baby clothes once we know what we're having come June 25th.

Hank revealed to me that he's thought we are having a girl for the past month, even though he continued to call the baby he, him and Henry IV! hahaha. He says he will be happy with either gender of course, but I know he'd love a boy to carry on his namesake. I don't have a preference either way, and I still don't have a feeling towards whether Baby Hampton is a girl or boy. My Mom thinks girl, Hank thinks girl, and most of my friends think girl. So for those reasons, I'm sure I'm having a boy! ;) We shall see soon enough though. And for names, we are set on both girl and boy names. You all know what our boy name will be, but I'm excited to reveal our super cute name if we do end up having a girl.

Oh, and I wanted to add that I swear Madeline can tell I'm pregnant. She's so sweet and gentle, and will often come up and lay her head right on my belly. I wonder if her super-sensitive ears can pick up on the heartbeat. Hank says no, but I like to think that's what she's doing with her ear to my stomach! I know she'll be a great friend to the baby!

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  1. what madeline does sounds very cute! i'm glad everything is going along well.

  2. I've read that dogs know when a woman is pregnant. My boxer did! She hung around the woman a lot.

  3. My vote was for boy. ;)
    You look AMAZING!!!

  4. It was at the end of my 16th week that I found out I was pregnant with my daughter :)
    Glad baby is baking well :) xoxoxoxo

  5. very very adorable belly photos! you will cherish these forever. i had my husband take weekly shots and i'm SO glad i did! and might i just say you look absolutely rocking at four months along?? gorgeous tattoos, beautiful tummy! (:

    love that your dog is named madeline! that's one of my daughter's middle names (she has two.)

    cheers! and happy 16 weeks!

  6. at 16 weeks i was already pretty big so consider yrself insanely lucky! you can't even tell from the side!! the front on pic you can tell it's a baby belly though!!! enjoy it, i got so much more comfortable with my body during pregnancy. OH! and the first time you feel him (that was my vote at least) don't scream in a restaurant...i may or may not have done that...

  7. sorry gal, but you still have NO "belly"!!!
    my best mate is in her 11th or 12th week, and i am totally into the baby hype too.
    i am very delighted for you <3

  8. You're still so small. In fact, your tummy is smaller than mine, and I'm not even pregnant :/ (nor have I ever had children). *sigh* Congrats on the baby -- this is such an exciting time for you and I wish you lots of joy!

    Have you started to do any chic maternity clothes shopping yet?

  9. Wow you're still so little! I can barely fit in my jeans anymore...actually I can't. I can't even fit in my pjs really. My guess is you're probably having a boy.

  10. things seem very blistful in your life right now, as it should be. So happy for you doll.
    You look great, but I do remember wanting so badly to really start showing so I looked pregnant and not just like I had a beer belly. It was weird for me, because like you I don't carry weight in my belly. So it was like, what the heck is all this!!
    happy everything!

  11. I see the baby bump! I remember asking my mom at three months if she could tell I was showing (the first time) and she kept making me feel silly because according to her I looked the same but I knew things were expanding and just wanted someone to tell me I wasn't crazy!

    And I've also heard dogs can sense the hormones in a woman that increase when she's pregnant. It's like a super power! ;)

  12. Can tell the baby bump now!!! Exciting! I believe you for the dog thing though... dogs can tell things like that!

  13. That is so funny...everyone was convinced (even my hubby and I) that we were having a girl, but we had a boy! It's such an awesome feeling just after you find out what you are having. You know a secret that everyone else is dying to know...I felt so powerful and giddy! :)

  14. the part about Madeline, so sweet. I bet she knows, animals are amazing like that.

  15. You have the sweetest little baby belly.

    When I was pregnant with my first, I was laying in bed on my back with a magazine propped up on my stomach. I was sure the little flutter I felt was just the bottom of the magazine pages, but when I looked down, I realized that the magazine wasn't even touching my skin. It was my baby.

    It is the most amazing thing to feel your baby moving inside you. Continued prayers and positive thoughts for a happy and healthy remainder of your pregnancy.

  16. You are probably right about Madeline... My son came a couple of weeks early, so I wasn't expecting to go into labour when I did. But it was really strange because the day before I did, one of my little dogs would just stand by me and whimper throughout the day which is so unlike her, like she knew what was going to happen! I believe that they know :)

    Oh, and I wish my baby bump was as cute as that - I'm 14 weeks pregnant with my second and am HUGE as a house already, but I remember being tiny first time around and wishing everyone could see my tummy LOL!

    Glad everything is going well :)


  17. During my sister's pregnancy, my dog Ash would also go up and snuggle with her....almost like he was giving her a whole body hug (he is a mini dachshund, so he is long, haha). She and I both thought he knew she was pregnant, because he never did that before!