Saturday, March 27, 2010

(Almost) 22 Weeks - Baby Agbai Report

Our 9 month wedding anniversary fell on my monthly pre-natal appointment. The dr. loves to tell me how I'm gaining weight too quickly (about a pound/week), but I'm not even eating more than I did when I wasn't pregnant. It's just that I'm not as physically active cause I feel so heavy and I'm tired. It's hard lugging an extra 40 pounds around than what I'm used to!

Anyway, I can totally tell where all the weight is: hips, booty, boobs and of course tummy. I'm glad my arms aren't getting bigger and my face only slightly (I've always had chipmunk cheeks, and I think they'll still be there even when I'm 60!). My energy level is pretty good and for the brief period when the weather here was decent, Uka and I took walks together. I'm lucky if I can make it to the gym 2x/week. Once the weather is consistently good I want to keep up with the walks, especially at Riverside Park. Here's the sunset we saw last time we were there:

Well, on to the Baby Agbai Report:

How far along: 22 weeks

How big is baby: (from Your Mini's hands have grown bigger and stronger and the nerve endings in her fingers have developed her sense of touch. She's in there testing out her newfound abilities by touching her face and grabbing the umbilical cord. Other cool developments:

You're already raising a little Einstein. Your baby's brain is developing at a clip this week and will continue to do so until she's five years old (so load up on the Omega 3)!

Baby's hair is now a short, bright white crop (Billy Idol, eat your heart out!). No matter what color it will end up—red, blonde, black—all babies' hair lacks pigment at this point.

Your baby has started growing taste buds and may be able to detect strong flavors in the amniotic fluid. If you could see inside, you might catch her sticking out her tongue for a taste and then grimacing, a sign that perhaps you should chill on the chili powder.

Your baby now weighs almost a pound and measures almost 11 inches from her head to her heel, which is how the Stretch Armstrong in your uterus will be measured from here on out. Up 'til now your baby's legs were curled tight up against her torso, so she was measured from her head to her bottom (or crown to rump) and not head to toe. This week your mini is about as long as a package of Oreos and as heavy as a large bag of tortilla chips. Who's hungry?

Stretch Marks: Still no pregnancy-related SM

Sleep: It's turning violent - sorry Uka :-( 

Best Moment This Week: Uka finally feeling Baby Agbai kick/punch really hard! I think it's cause his hand was ice cold when I yelled, "Quick, feel it!" and when he did, she moved SO strongly!

Movement: Starting right after lunch I can start to feel Baby Agbai move around pretty consistently until about midnight. I think she likes to sleep in like her mommy!

Sex of the Baby: Girl

Food Craving: Red meat, per usual, but I'm starting to open back up to chicken (I made a yummy brined, roasted rosemary chicken this week - let me know if you want the recipe!)

Belly Button In or Out: Sadly the top right side is starting to pop out; I think I need a popper stopper:

What I Miss: Still a good night's sleep

What I'm Looking Forward To: Seeing my chunky baby in my dreams. When I thought it was a boy I dreamt of the baby as a boy, but I now have yet to dream of the baby as a girl. 

Milestone: Receiving our first baby girl clothes from Melinda A. and books for once the baby's actually here from Momma and Poppa Heff. Here's a peek:


  1. I love seeing your growing belly bump! :) I never knew there was such an item as the Popper Stopper and I love the clothes for baby girl Agbai! So adorable!!! :) How exciting that Uka got to feel her kick!! :) I hope you have a dream of your baby girl soon!! :)
    Julie :)