19 weeks (Baby Number Four!)

This entire year is a big blur. It has been one major event/crisis after another, and poor Baby #4 hasn’t gotten any blog space!! I feel terrible for it! I’ve actually taken several weekly pictures that never got posted. 🙁 Now we are in the process of selling our home (moving in with my parents in 2 weeks!!), so we don’t currently have internet service at home. I’ve just been running up our phone bill with extra data charges. Oops. I just happen to have a spare minute tonight while we are at my parents’ house, and my husband went shopping for a tool to work on his car. 

How far along? 19 weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: +1 lb (Or so the scale says tonight. I think that varies depending on whether or not I keep breakfast and/or lunch down. Today was a decent day.)

Maternity clothes? Nope

Stretch marks? nope

Sleep: I have 3 kids, ages 3 and under, and weird pregnancy dreams.

Best moment this week: Snuggling with my boys at nap times.

Movement: Occasionally

Food cravings: none this week

Gender:don’t know (Daddy is working 6 days/wk, and we’ve had no time to go for another ultrasound!)

Labor Signs: nope

Belly Button in or out? still in

What I miss: Nothing at the moment. I’m feeling really great.

What I am looking forward to: Buying a house!

Weekly Wisdom: Make lists. Lots of lists. And phone reminders. It’s your only defense against pregnancy/mommy brain.

Baby’s Development:

Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.” -thebump.com

“Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.” -babycenter.com

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