How Big is Baby McLees? Our little one is comparable in size to the following items: a clenched fist, a house mouse, and a large lemon, and measures about 1/2 a banana in length. He or she can now squint, frown, and grimace. Baby’s body is coated with a thin layer of hair called lanugo.
Movement: No movement to report as of yet.
Milestone: I am officially in the 2nd trimester now!
Pregnancy Symptoms: They seem to be diminishing. I still get minor headaches every few days. The nausea is definitely becoming less frequent. Starting around week 8 or so, I began having some very weird dreams, and they are continuing. I also felt extra emotional and weepy this week. Fortunately, the heartburn I felt last week has not returned. My fingernails are actually lengthening, which is exciting since I usually just have nubs.
I stopped dyeing my hair as soon as I found out I was pregnant. This isn’t a “symptom;” it’s more like a consequence of being pregnant! I had planned on waiting until my first prenatal appointment, where I expected to be told I could dye it, but to wait until after the first trimester. I’ve read in pregnancy books and online it’s probably okay to dye your hair while you’re pregnant, just not during the first trimester. My new hairdresser up here even told me she’s colored lots of pregnant women’s hair. However, my doctor firmly stated during our first appointment that she did not recommend that I dye my hair at all during my pregnancy. Decision made! I was pretty surprised to hear this from her, but certainly did not question it. I am growing more and more excited about the idea of no longer being a slave to hair dyeing every month. I’ve been dyeing my roots for years because I have quite a bit of gray hair. If I can stand it long enough to let it grow out all the way, I think I will be happy with my au naturel hair. I’ll just have to see how I feel after Baby McLees arrives and I am free to dye it again!
Maternity Clothes: I bought my first maternity dress at Target, and I feel really good in it. It’s lightweight and has flowing, feminine sleeves.
Nighttime: I’m happy to report I’ve slept soundly this week. However, I still require 2 nightly trips to the bathroom.
Food I’m Avoiding: Not much has changed here. I’m still not putting pork or chicken on our dinner menus unless the chicken is a small part of a bigger dish, such as in jambalaya or King Ranch Chicken. I don’t mind the chicken when it’s part of a spicy meal.
Food I’m Enjoying: This week I ate some boneless wings with a very hot sauce. I finally broke down and bought a key lime pie- delish! I also enjoyed baked potatoes with butter, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. The baked potatoes were supposed to accompany baby back ribs, but I handed mine over to Michael because they tasted funny! I had some shrimp and spicy jambalaya that I made in the Crock Pot. Michael brings home fancy olives from Jungle Jim’s, and I love to snack on them. I’m enjoying frosted mini wheat cereal too!
Helpful Tips from Family: My sister sent me an adorable package that contained a pack of link toys and a Curious George board book. The links, she explained, can be used for many different things in addition to being a toy. My favorite suggestion was attaching them to the highchair and then to a toy to keep the toy from being catapulted to the floor every few seconds. She also sent us the little onesie we bought for my niece, Emma, when we were in Hawaii in 2011. At the time, we didn’t know if her baby would be a girl or a boy. I’m so glad she held onto it because now Baby McLees will have a little bit of Hawaii to wear!
I was talking to one of my sisters about the baby (that’s all we talk about during our phone calls, but they don’t seem to mind at all!), and she mentioned how my brother-in-law used to read a short baby book to the baby before going to bed. They started doing this at some point in the 2nd trimester, and they would also sing a song or two to the baby every day once its hearing had developed enough that he or she could recognize voices outside the womb.
Best Moment this Week: We announced the pregnancy on Facebook. We waited to do it until I was in the 2nd trimester. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s reactions and congratulations, especially from some teacher friends who knew how long we’d been waiting for this.
I also unpacked some baby things my sisters gave me several years ago. I had fun trying on a baby carrier and imagining our little one snuggled close.
I do not know about using the backpack carrier in the photo below (it makes me nervous), but Michael said he is looking forward to wearing it!
Michael: He had the idea to go with the shoe-themed baby announcement and put it together for us to post. On Sunday afternoon, Michael suggested we go out to eat, so we grabbed an early, casual dinner at Quaker Steak and Lube. What a fun restaurant! While we were there, we enjoyed people watching. We didn’t know this till we got there, but people bring their classic cars, park them, and open the hoods for a little car show. A lot of men, most of them probably retired, were there eating with their wives while keeping an eye on their cars that were on display in the parking lot. Michael has also been very supportive of my hair color situation and wants me to just let my natural hair color grow out. I’m very insecure about my gray hair, so his kindness makes me feel a lot better.
What I’m Looking Forward To: I’m counting down the hours until we go to our third baby appointment next week.