Baby Willingham: 15 Weeks

Here is the first of many posts to come with weekly baby updates. I was debating whether or not to do this, but I have decided to do it for two primary reasons:

1) To update family throughout the journey since they’re so far away.
2) It fits within my hope to do more of the “day-to-day” posts.

I am loving this whole journey. What a blessing and miracle! I was thinking this morning about how sometimes we can really shy away from doing things that many dub as “cliche” for fear of being another “cliche” type. However, cliches are generally just born from a lot of people doing the same thing, and I think some things are worth repeating. Sometimes we just need to say “cliches are cliche” right?!

So today my little babe is 15 weeks in his/her baking journey! My little app on my phone says that baby is the size of a naval orange, which sort of blows my mind. 10 weeks ago, he/she was just a little apple seed! I remember in those first few weeks thinking the growing was slow – poppy seed to an appleseed, appleseed to sweet pea – but then, all of a sudden one week, baby was a lime! It felt like he/she had doubled in size in a week! I am admittedly a huge sucker for these fruit comparisons, so be prepared for a lot of them.

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 15 Week Rundown

*I’m going to try and do these same few questions each week so we can see the difference week to week. 

Weeks Pregnant: 15 weeks

Baby is the size of a… Naval Orange

Food Cravings: The main thing I notice is when I have a huge craving for meat – like “I NEED A BURGER NOW!” Haha! I would say chocolate/ice cream, but knowing myself (and being really honest) that’s not pregnancy related ;)

Food Aversions: Still no egg love, which is disappointing because they’re a great breakfast option and I usually love them.

Symptoms: Still feeling really great for these past few weeks. Going from super cold winter to super hot summer in Australia has been interesting, but nothing really out of the ordinary. I am finding ways to find relief from the heat (thank you pool next door!). Only other thing is my allergies, which may or may not be pregnancy related? Who knows! Again, nothing terrible to deal with.

New this week: I went for a checkup last Wednesday, and I was pleasantly surprised with what it entailed. I honestly had no clue. It was normal checking blood pressure, weight, etc. Then she checked the fundal height…never heard of that one before. It’s basically the size of your growing belly, and it’s supposed to roughly match the number of weeks you are. I was so excited when she said 14cm after some not so subtle “you look WAY further than 14 weeks” comments haha. So right on schedule! Then came the best part. She pulled out this little device, and started listening for baby’s heart beat. I know I didn’t know what to expect from this checkup, but I definitely didn’t think I would get to hear the baby’s heartbeat. We heard it at our first scan at nearly 7 weeks, and I just figured it wouldn’t be until our next one next month that I’d get to hear it again. That is something that will never get old. It took her a minute or so to find the heartbeat, and I laid there praying we could hear it. Then for a split second we heard a couple beats and a swoosh, when baby apparently got very shy and moved away. She kept searching, though, and after another 45 seconds or so, she found that cute little heartbeat. It’s so reassuring hearing the racing bud-um-bud-um-bud-um. I was on cloud 9 after that! Everything else looked great from my appointment, so I was excited to see that baby is progressing just right!

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Don’t mind the poor quality mirror selfie!

Looking forward to: I cannot wait to feel this baby move. I keep thinking about it, even though I know it probably won’t be for another few weeks. I feel something in my stomach and wonder if it could be baby. I am sure I’ll be more aware when it actually starts happening, but I cannot wait!

Miss anything? Sushi. Husband got sushi yesterday. I coveted.

Exercise: I haven’t really figured out my routine yet since getting back to Australia. My main forms of exercise at the moment would be walking up and down the stairs at work, swimming at the pool and walking around our neighbourhood. I want to try and up the walking and then figure out a good way to incorporate strength training back in. I went to the gym heaps when my friend was pregnant, so I need to ask her what worked/didn’t work from when we did that.

If you didn’t see my last post with more of the story/journey, you can check it out here.

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January 19, 2015|Family, Pregnancy|1 Comment

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  1. Kristie January 19, 2015 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Okay so as your family who is way over here I love these updates. You look beautiful. Sounds like everyone is doing great and that makes us super happy.

    If you are anything like me you might not notice the baby moving right away. I remember the Dr asking me if I felt the baby move yet. I was like “umm no nothing yet”. I told her “I kinda feel like I get butterflies in my stomach alot” she laughed and said “that is your baby moving” I was shocked. Now they do get much much stronger. Matthew used to kick the remote off my belly all the time. Lol.

    That is what I loved most about being pregnant. We love you.

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