How Big is Baby McLees? At 8 months, our little one is comparable in size to the following: a Florida pomelo, a hard hat, the deerstalker hat worn by Sherlock Holmes, a naked-tailed armadillo, and a small-clawed otter. He’s weighing in somewhere around 4 pounds and measures about 19 inches in length. His brain is continuing to grow, and he is sleeping for longer periods of time. Little Michael is shedding lanugo as his body fattens up and may have some hair sprouting on his head.
Movement: We finally got to see him hiccuping! Everyone has been telling me about how it feels when baby hiccups, but I never felt it, and just figured he was not a hiccuping kind of guy. This past week, little Michael has started hiccuping after I eat dinner. It is so cute! I feel a rhythmic beating or pulse, and we can both see each hiccup from the outside. Michael and I continue to get a kick out of watching him move when I’m reclining on the couch. It’s incredible to me how much he moves around and changes position in just a matter of minutes. He is supposed to be sleeping for longer periods of time, but based on all of his movements, it feels like the opposite is happening. I love feeling him move throughout the day. It’s particularly fun now because he frequently responds with a little startle to me patting or gently pushing what I believe are his feet, but could be his bottom, elbows, knees, or hands.
Milestone: Little Michael’s due date is less than 8 weeks away!
Pregnancy Symptoms: Until this week, the weather has not really been cool or fallish. I’ve been wearing flip flops and sandals everyday, or slippers around the house. With the cooler weather we have right now, I’ve finally had the chance to wear my leggings. This meant it was also time to wear some of my flats and fall/winter shoes. Imagine my surprise when I put on a pair of flats and found them to be too tight! I tried several pairs on, and they were all too snug. My feet seem to have grown! Luckily I found my old pair of black Crocs from teaching that look kind of like Mary Janes. These still fit my feet and are super comfy. I believe they will become my go-to shoes for the next 8 weeks or so! I haven’t even attempted to try on my boots yet. I can only imagine how tight they will be, not to mention difficult to put on at this point.
Other than the comical but painless expansion of my feet, I’ve been feeling great. I still have the carpal tunnel, but it’s nothing unbearable. Because of it and my numb fingers, I dropped a glass pepper grinder on a china plate and chipped the plate. I’ve been waiting for that to happen, and I’m surprised it took this long for me to break something. Considering the number of things I have dropped, one chipped plate is not so bad.
Maternity Clothes: Since we finally have some cool weather, I’ve been able to wear my jeans, leggings, and tunic tops. It’s great to have something different to wear other than my summer outfits.
Here’s our turkey at 8 months:
Nighttime: I have been sleeping well. I still try to exercise at least 5 days a week, and I think this helps me get a goodnight’s sleep.
Food I’m Avoiding: I’m no longer avoiding any specific foods. However, I have changed the way I eat a little bit. The most comfortable thing for me to do is graze on little snacks throughout the day instead of focusing on 3 main meals. I still make and eat dinner with Michael, but my growing belly and squished digestive system have forced me to drastically reduce my portion size. Indulging in large portions has become too uncomfortable. Although, I had no trouble enjoying a delicious anniversary dinner at Olive Garden compliments of my mom and dad. But even with this meal I was able to take enough home for a lunch/dinner combo the next day.
Food I’m Enjoying: Just because I changed the way eat does not mean I am eating significantly less food! I’ve been enjoying sunflower seeds, almonds, cheese sticks, refrigerated and frozen grapes, fruit and Greek yogurt smoothies with honey, fresh salads, Frosted Mini Wheats, Cinnamon Toast Crunch (the dessert cereal!),granola bars, smoked Gouda, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Milk Duds, peppermints, and pumpkin bread.
Best Moment this Week: Feeling and seeing little Michael’s hiccups.
Michael: Michael has been wonderful. He doesn’t tease me for sitting on the exercise ball at work or in our living room (even though it looks really silly), and even keeps them inflated for me. He’s been helping set the nursery up and takes care of our pups at night.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Michael and I are both getting excited about his parents’ visit! They’re coming this month, and we can’t wait to see them and show them our little corner of Ohio. We are looking forward to spending time with family.