Pregnancy Update: Week 16


2013-02-05 17.04.0916 weeks, 1 day

Baby is now 4 1/2 inches long and weighs about 3 1/2 ounces!  S/he is
the size of an avocado!  Toenails are beginning to form and its heart is
pumping 25 quarts of blood each day.  Our baby is always on the move…generally
not still for more than 10 minutes at a time.  (Mommy has yet to feel it!)
The nervous system continues to develop, and all of baby’s moving
helps strengthen it.

Several times I have tried google searches to find out when baby can hear us.
Mixed results.  I’m going with the answers that said 16 weeks.  😉

I haven’t had many cravings….mostly fruit.  Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries,
and pineapple.  I have the best husband ever….the other day he
bought me a big fruit tray I was drooling over at the store.  That thing
was not cheap!!!  Definitely won’t be making that splurge again but
it has been an amazing treat!!!  (Thank you, sweetheart!!)

I still only wear the maternity jeans….but almost all my other pants and skirts
are starting to be too uncomfortable.  A lot of my tops still fit, but I did go
through my closet and pull to the front the ones that have empire waists.
Soon I think that the maternity clothes will be here in full force!  😀

Currently my love and I are reading Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp.
I also added two other books to my pregnancy pile….The Thinking Woman’s
Guide to a Better Childbirth by Henci Goer (so far it’s REALLY good…wish
they would print a more up-to-date version!) and
Redeeming Childbirth by Angie Tolpin
(so far I have mixed thoughts on that one).

I liked this post from Bonnie at The Koala Bear Writer.  Especially
being in my first pregnancy, I appreciate her honesty.  And that one quote
she shared is so great!!  (Quick note on Bonnie….she’s awesome!!
She’s one of our few regular readers and commenters.  Thanks, Bonnie,
for taking the time to read and comment and encourage us!!)

On the To-Do List:
1. Write birth plan
2. Begin working on baby’s room
3. Assess maternity clothes situation to determine what all
I’ll need in the upcoming months.
4. Keep reading the above books!

Dear Little One,
The past few weeks my tummy has started to grow more.
It makes me so happy to see the growth and know that

you are in there, growing and developing.  I hope you can hear me
when I talk to you and read to you…maybe you can start giving
little flutters or kicks as a sign, okay?  You are so loved, 
precious child.  I am so thankful that God gave you to us
and I can’t wait to see His plans for you!

5 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update: Week 16

  1. Aw, thanks for the shout-out! I loved Henci’s book (read it before I had Sunshine) and would love to find a copy for myself, but I’ve never seen it in a bookstore (someday I’ll just order it online). On maternity clothes: buy what you need as you need it. I bought a shirt “to grow into” with Sunshine, and then forgot about it in the back of my closet… I think I’ve worn it once this pregnancy! 🙂

  2. Any day now and you’ll be feeling Baby move. So exciting!!

    I am curious what your mixed review is on “Reedeming Childbirth?” I’ve been debating buying the book but was unsure if it was worth it. Any particular things you like/dislike about it?

    • I can’t wait!! 😀

      Well….I’m actually only a few chapters in, so I’m still just getting into it. I think the overall message is very, very good and much-needed. If I, as a Christian, believe that every area of my life is to be surrendered to God and give glory to Him….why would I exclude my pregnancy, labor, and birth? That, as her main point, is something I definitely agree with and would recommend to anyone! (Especially as that’s a message that I’m not sure I’ve ever heard…other than the general “surrender everything to God” statement.) The parts I am still processing are some of her birth culture interpretations and Scripture interpretations. I don’t know if those parts that make me pause stand out so much because I don’t think it quite lines up right with Scripture…or if it’s because I’m just not used to hearing people talk that way about birth. I’ve been thinking about posting a more in-depth review on the blog after I finish reading it though and have time to think things through.

      • Thanks for your thoughts. I totally agree on the “surrender” part and am a fan of the book on facebook…but some of her culture/birth interpretations were a little “odd” to me, which is why I haven’t invested in the book yet. 🙂 I look forward to reading your in-depth review!

        I am 23 weeks right now and am looking for some good Christian pregnancy reading books. 🙂 I will have to check out your other book suggestions.

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