No, not the kind of belly shots you do off of your friend's stomach at a seedy college bar.
I'm now 15 weeks pregnant. That sounds so... surreal. I didn't think I'd ever be here. But, here is where I am.
I no longer fit in any of my pre-pregnancy pants. Luckily I'm still rocking the dresses. I'm loving that I'm in this tweener stage during summer... bring on the sundresses! But there are some days I want to wear pants... and really, that's a struggle. I have no shirts to wear to work, and one pair of maternity pants that fit me. I own two pairs of maternity pants, but one pair is still too big.
Overall, I'm feeling pretty great. The only thing that is a bit irksome is that I'm finding it difficult to get comfortable to sleep. I spend my nights tossing and turning. And it's not due to pain or any real reason... I just can't seem to get comfy.
Also, I'm still having crazy vivid dreams. And often I have a handful a night. I always seem to wake up in between them. That also doesn't help with me getting some solid rest. Sometimes the dreams are scary, sometimes just bizarre, sometimes sexual, and sometimes nice. Last night, I dreamed that I gave birth to a baby girl. But, I don't read too much into that, as I've already had a dream of our gender scan, and it was a boy.
I figure if that's all I have to complain about, I'm doing pretty well!
I've stopped weighing myself (at least for now). I was weighing myself every day, and focusing a bit too much on that. So for now, I'm sans-scale. Last weigh-in, though, I was up 8 lbs. Even if I gain a pound a week from here on out, I'm ok with that. From what I have read, most women don't gain too much in the third trimester. But who knows what I'll do.
BOY OR GIRL?
In one week from today is our gender scan. I'm so excited. I get teary-eyed thinking about the moment when I find out if our little baby is a boy or girl. I'm going to cry buckets at the appointment, I just know it.
As I mentioned above, I've had two dreams about baby, and in one it was a baby boy, the other a baby girl. I think I'm just so excited to know that the topic has made its way into my dreams.
According to the Chinese gender predictors, I'm having a boy. But those Chinese gender predictors are tricky. "Month you conceived" is one of the questions. That seems like an easy question, right? Well, with frozen embryo transfers, do you use the month that sperm fertilized egg? I would assume so. Or do I use the date of conception I use at the doctor's office, which is 6 days before embryo transfer (since my embryos grew for 6 days in the lab). Luckily for me (I guess?), both options are the same, and say boy.
Going by the Mayan even/odd thing, I'm predicted a girl. To determine this, you use the mother's age at conception and the year of conception. If both numbers are even or odd, it's a girl. If one is odd and the other even, it's a boy.
Based on the old wives tale about acne, I'd say I'm having a boy. My skin has been pretty normal so far, with less breakouts than before pregnancy. Of course, this week I had a bit of a breakout, but that's really the first one so far.
I didn't really have morning sickness, so that points to boy.
Baby's heart rate has been above 140 at all of our appointments, which points to girl.
But all of the speculation will soon be over! One week...
And finally, here are some belly shots. I dropped the ball during week 13 and forgot to take a photo. My belly is definitely getting bigger, but I don't think I've quite "popped" yet. I think it will happen soon, though!