March 03, 2012
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18 Week Bump Report AND Gender Reveal!
Last week, we had a little fun with gender myths and predictions. In fact, I asked for your predictions of my baby. The poll seems to have disappeared (although I didn’t take it down), but I do remember that over 60% of the vote was for a girl. I have a feeling that if you’re reading this today…you’ve come back to find out how accurate your prediction was. I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a little longer…at least until you get further down into this post.
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18 Weeks
Before we get to the “Big Reveal,” let’s go through my 18 week stats.

How far along: 18 weeks (technically, 18 weeks and 3 days)

How big is the baby: About the size of a sweet potato. In fact, a sweet potato with cinnamon sounds really good right now.

Total weight gain: I’ve been fluctuating between a 1/2 and 1 lb over the past couple of weeks, but during my weigh in this week…I showed no weight gain (in fact, if I took off my shoes, I weighed even less). Therefore, I guess I’m still at 6 lbs gained.

Sleep: Not too bad, but I’m considering finally using the body pillow my coworker gave me a couple of months ago. When she gave it to me, I tried sleeping with it once and it was just too much. However, I’m getting to a point where I could use a little extra support.

18 Weeks - Side Profile RSBest moment of the week: Feeling our baby move. I thought I felt our baby moving last week during a conference. I felt a couple of light kicks around my belly button for about a minute then it went away and didn’t return for about a week. On Tuesday, I started feeling it a little stronger. I could almost imagine the baby moving in my belly. I’ve previously not known the difference between gas and movement, but gas hurts…baby doesn’t. 

It was also pretty awesome to see our baby on screen during our anatomy scan. The baby has grown so much since we last saw him/her on screen in January. And that heartbeat…never a sweeter sound has ever played. I almost wanted to bring a bag of popcorn, sit back and enjoy the show…had the baby been more active of course.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular. Actually, I don’t really care what we eat as long as we eat…although I’m still grabbing for fruits if I want a snack vs. sweets. My energy level seems to be up if I stay away from anything too sugary.

Food aversions: Nothing specific.

Symptoms:
  • My skin is starting to clear up. I found that using a little bit of witch hazel after washing my face seems to calm my cystic acne.
  • The round ligament pain has also calmed down quite a bit since the other weekend. I’m sure our baby was just going through a bit of a growth spurt the other weekend when I was feeling all that pulling in my sides. Now, I only feel it occasionally when I get up or move the wrong way.
  • My baby bump is becoming more defined. I’m still pretty small and still fitting into my pre-pregnancy pants, but I think it’s finally time to invest in a few pairs of pants to get me through the rest of my pregnancy. The only reason I’ve been resistant is because I don’t know exactly what size I’ll need, and quite honestly, that band over my belly is not always comfortable.

Gender: Yesterday, I went in for my 18 week anatomy scan. My appointment was scheduled for 9:45 am, so I decided to come into my office first to start my day. My doctor’s office gave me no special instructions, but I’d heard that it’s helpful to drink a little coffee or orange juice to get the baby moving. So…I had half a cup of coffee (to avoid too much energy) and a bottle of orange juice before leaving for my appointment. I think my timing would have been alright, but if you follow me on Twitter – you know that the sonogram technician was running a little bit behind. Actually, about an hour behind. Do you have any idea what this does to an anxious new mama? Oh the nerves!

Of course by the time the sonogram tech brought us back for our ultrasound, I knew my baby would be taking a nap. I almost did jumping jacks to get them up and moving again. And I was right…well not taking a nap, but laying face down in a chilled out position. The tech decided that she would go ahead and take measurements, leaving a look at the gender parts last. I’m happy to report we have a healthy 8 ounce baby…and that’s the most important thing.

The good news is that we WERE ABLE to find out the gender of our baby. But, before making my big reveal, let’s revisit the myths and old wives’ tales (OWT) one more time. Click HERE to see full explanations and commentary.
  1. Carrying high or low? I think it’s still too soon to tell, but right now it feels low. Myth/OWT would say boy.
  2. Fetal heart rate? Just yesterday, baby’s heart rate was 135-138 bpm. Myth/OWT would say boy.
  3. Husband’s weight gain? Although he’s eating a lot of snacks at night (and sweet ones at that), he’s been maintaining his weight…but so have I. Myth/OWT would say boy.
  4. Cravings? My cravings are mostly towards sweets, carbs and fruits. Myth/OWT would say girl.
  5. Clumsy? Not falling over just yet…unless it’s the middle of the night and I’m half asleep. Myth/OWT would say girl.
  6. Morning Sickness? What’s that…I must have missed it. Myth/OWT would say boy.
  7. Sleeping on the right or left? I tend to sleep more on the left side. Myth/OWT would say boy.
  8. Chinese Birth Chart? Depending on which method I used, one said girl one said boy.
  9. Even/Odd Year? According to this method, girl.
With all that said, most of the myths or old wives’ tales pointed to me having a boy. My husband thought the whole discussion was rather silly since he was just happy to have a healthy baby, but come on now…women do love to speculate.  

So…what are we having?
It's a GIRL!
That’s right – it’s a GIRL! In case you don’t know what you’re looking at, this is what is commonly referred to as a “potty shot” taken between the baby’s legs (you can see one leg on the right side – I guess her other leg is kinda kicked out so you can’t see it). You may notice three little lines where the courser is pointing – that would be our baby’s lady parts.

What I’m looking forward to: Now that we know the gender of our baby…I’m really looking forward to designing the nursery. I’ve had a general color scheme in mind for weeks now…and my mom has been pulling fabric swatches so that when we knew the gender, we could move one direction or another. I will tell you that I am not one to design a traditional pink or blue nursery…so I can’t wait until all of that comes together so I can share it with you. On the other hand, I’m sure that my husband is really looking forward to all the prep work required on his end to get that nursery in shape: painting, breaking down the bed that is in there now, moving furniture, changing out the switch-light to a dimmer, etc.

What I miss: My less acne-prone skin. I’ve always had a bit of acne, but I really look like a teenage girl right now.

Next Appointment: March 27th.

Have a great Saturday – see ya tomorrow for Scavenger Hunt Sunday!

109 COMMENTS

    Look at that “hamburger” shot!! :D

    YAY! Girls are awesome. :D

    Girl was my guess … woohoo, congrats!
    I had one of each, my son has 5 daughters. So much fun!

    Yay!!! Congratulations!! I had a feeling it was a girl!! Girls are just so much fun! And now you and me both have ultrasound crotch shots of our baby’s lady parts on our blogs! Lol. Now comes the fun part- it becomes so much more fun to get ready for the baby when you know the gender… It feels more real. :)

    Yay! A girl! I am so excited for you and looking forward to seeing all the preparation leading up to your daughters arrival. Congratulations!

    Yay!!! I love it. I am so excited. Can’t wait to rub that belly soon and see the nursery and meet that little girl. :) do happy for you.

    Oh, I also meant to tell you– Mario Badescu buffering lotion is great for cystic acne! It has saved my life through pregnancy and postpartum. You can get it at ulta. I also have a review of it on my blog somewhere :)

    congrats!! i was totally expecting it to be a boy ;) so exciting!! you look great!

    Congratulations! So glad you can start designing the nursery with color schemes!

    Congrats!!!
    YAY….A baby girl! So HAPPY for you!

    My hunch was right! Kitty Paw is having a sister!

    Congrats, Ashley!

    Congratulations! How excited are you right now? :D

    Totally what I voted for! Congrats. I would be soooo happy to have a girl! Eeeeeeeeek!!!!!

    So happy for you!!! :) Congrats!

    Congrats!!! A girl, so sweet…. I remember how excited I was when I heard that my 2nd baby was a girl. My first one was a boy, and of course the second time I SOOOO hoped for a girl. Now she’s 6 yrs and the sweetest girl on the planet :-)

    Yay! COngrats! Little girls are the best ^_^

    Congratulations! I would have pegged you for a girl mom. :) So happy for you.

    Keep enjoying those little kicks! And you look amazing by the way.

    Congratulations on your baby girl!

    Yay!! I was right!! So happy for you!

    Oooohhh!! I’m so happy for you, Ashley. I can totally see you picking out the most adorable outfits for your little girl <3 (’cause, let’s face it; girls are way more fun to dress up than boys are :D )

    And (sorry) the movement is so cool! It doesn’t hurt now but when SHE gets bigger you’ll definitely be ooing and ouching! The inside of my belly button – I know this is weird- but it felt like a small electric shock and would stop me dead in my tracks…but it felt so good to know he was active and growing!

    Congrats on having a girl!

    Congratulations!!! A sweet baby girl :) You and your hubby are going to be awesome parents! Thank you for keeping us updated too-especially about feeling your babe move around for the first time. I remember those moments vividly with both my boys! Praying for a continued awesome pregnancy for you!!

    YAY!!!! I’m so, so excited for you!! :) I can’t wait to see you start showcasing color schemes, etc for the nursery. I know she’s going to have a beautiful little room!

    How exciting! I loved reading this post! Can’t wait to hear abou the rest of your journey (:

    Congrats Ashley! Baby girls are adorable!

    Congrats. Wish I was this good at predicting the weather ;)

    Congrats ! You look awesome!

    Woohoo! Congrats! :) I had a feeling that it was going to be a girl! :)

    congrats! girls are fun! (boys are too) not sure if anyone has told you, or even if you are thinking about it, but start putting lotion on you belly. you can buy stuff so you don’t get stretch marks.. I don’t have single stretch mark, even with teh tiwns i NEVER got them!
    and you can also buy “under the belly maternity pants!

    thank you for sharing yoru journey with all of us!

    I said girl…I was right! But…I am just happy for you that everything is proceeding smoothly with only a few minor “bumps”! Congratulations – thank you so much for sharing your pregnancy with us!

    Congrats!!!!!!! So awesome. I don’t think we will be finding out the gender this time. :)

    Girl!
    Gee, I lost!
    I thought I visualized a boy walking between you and hubby. Well, probably a girl in boys pants! ;-)

    Congrats on the healthy baby girl! Looking forward to seeing the decorated nursery :)

    I havent been around a lot! CONGRATS on being pregnant and CONGRATS on a little girl! :)

    Congrats!!!! I was so sure it was a boy! I have a daughter, they are a blessing, she will drive you nuts as a teenager but she will be a blessing!

    Congratulations!! As the Mom of a girl (who’s in college now), I’m beaming for you! *huge smile* :)

    oh how exciting!! congratulations. Thanks for keeping your e-friends informed!

    Yay! So your intuition was right! How exciting, this makes me even more excited to find out what we are having , we have a long way to go though :(

    It’s a GIRL!!! Guess all that praying worked! God truly is the giver of good gifts (Matt 7:11) and so happy that He’s given you your heart’s desire! I can see play dates in our future now!!!

    AWWWWW!!! A sweet baby girl!! There is no greater blessing than the love between a mother and daughter!! Congrats, pretty mama!!

    Congrats Ashley! :D :D that is so amazing! :D :D

    Congratulations :)

    SO exciting Ashley! Congrats! I love the way you did your reveal, so cute! XOXOOX,

    Eva

    Awesome! Knew it was a girl :) congrats!

    Yay!!! Congrats on having 1) a healthy baby, and 2) a GIRL! Little girls are so so much fun and you and Jeremy are going to be great parents.

    Yay YAy Yay!!!!! Girls are so much fun!!!! :) . I don’t think I know of anyone having a boy this year. Oh, & the band on the belly thing drove me nuts too!!! I always buy maternity pants where the band sits below the belly. Blessings :)

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    Ha! I knew it! I just had a gut feeling and it’s usually right. But, you can never be dead on with these kinds of things. Congrats to Mama, Daddy, Kitty Paw, and girly girl for being a girl! Don’t forget to add a ball bat to the nursery so Daddy can protect her. ;)

    Congratulations! Girls are so fun! Boys are too though, but girls are more fun to clothes shop for. They have a much better variety. :)

    My goodness! I can not believe how out of the loop I have been! I had no idea you were expecting! So VERY late, but my most sincere CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I know you will make a terrific Mom! All the best to the THREE of you!!

    Hooray! You certainly had all the classic symptons of a girl. so glad, that baby is healthy, which of course is all that matters. Have fun!

    Congrats Mama. I look forward to seeing how beautiful you and your mom make the nusery….without too much pink.

    Congratulations on your baby girl!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! HOW EXCITING! :) Baby girls are so much fun

    Hooray! You certainly had all the classic symptons of a girl. so glad, that baby is healthy, which of course is all that matters. Have fun!

    Oh btw – when I got pregnant my entire BODY broke out in acne. It was HORRIBLE but it did even out around the middle of the second trimester and then got even worse after the birth for about 3 months then evened out again. It’s all the hormonal changes…they’re crazy.

    Congrats! I voted Girl! So happy for you both! I was lucky enough to be invited for the gender reveal when my daughter had her ultrasound and it was amazing…I cried! She had a boy and he is the joy of my life!

    Oh congrats Ashely!! that is so exciting! a girl!!! you are going to make one cute mama!! thanks for sharing your exciting news!!!

    Oh congrats Ashely!! that is so exciting! a girl!!! you are going to make one cute mama!! thanks for sharing your exciting news!!!

    How exciting!! You are going to be the best mama to that little girl! I am thrilled for you!!

    I knew it! Yaaaay! Congrats Ashley :)

    YAY! Congratulations! I have two girls and love it! You will too! And be careful not to spend THOUSANDS of dollars on clothes. Well, actually, you will anyway. :) They are just too darn cute!

    Yay!! Having a girl is so much fun! You’re going to love being a mama! So happy for you Ashley!

    Congratulations! Oh that must be so exciting, I can’t even imagine what it must feel like to know that important piece about the little person inside of you. I’m excited for when my days come for all of that. You’ll be a great mom!

    Congrats on the baby girl! I have two with my third due in the next few weeks they are awesome!

    PS I am jealous of how cute you are prego ;)

    How did I miss this? Congratulations Ashley, I’m so sorry this is so late! So happy for you and your family and little girls are so much fun!

    Aww. So exciting!!

    The name Dina is so cool. (Really.) :) Congrats, my friend!

    Even though I guessed wrong…I’m totally excited that you have a healthy baby. Now comes the baby naming fun. Your baby bump is as adorable as you! Have a good week Ashley!

    Oh my goodness! I am ecstatic for you guys! I was thinking boy, but probably just because I have a boy and I can’t imagine myself with a girl…you are going to have SO MUCH FUN shopping for frilly girly clothes and shoes!!! EEEEKK!

    Congrats!

    It is sweet to hear that you are going to have a baby girl. I can hardly wait to see all the outfits. In Ontario the Doctors have decided to withhold the information of which sex it is as there seems to be a crisis in some cultures that boy babies are favoured over girl babies. It isn’t right in my mind but it does happen and so that is the preferred thoughts at the moment. V

    Congrats!! YAY a baby girl! HOw exciting! can’t wait to see the nursery you and your mom design!

    Congrats on your Girl, wahoo!!!!

    She will be beautiful, like her mom! Congratulations!

    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    awe! Congrats! I’m so happy for you! :)

    Congratulations! You are looking great and now you can move forward to designing. Good for you.

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you! When you said previously that you were having trouble with acne, I thought…Little Girl! I never had acne with my 3 boys, but when I was carrying my daughter, I broke out horribly.

    Congrats on the baby girl! How fun planning for a girl!

    Ohhh congrats! How exciting…and isn’t it amazing when you feel those first little kicks! It’s so real after that!!!

    Congratulations, Ashley! So happy for you and Jeremy!

    Yay! Little girls are so wonderful, and so much fun to dress.

    A girl!!! How exciting ;D Congrats to you.

    Congratulations, Ashley! So excited that you will have a little girl. I can just picture all the photo shoots you’ll be having with her. Little girls are the bees’ knees. :)

    Congrats!!!! Girls are awesome!

    Hi. I loved reading your post especially w-all the great questions. CONGRATS on a girl!! How exciting!

    I am horrible at ultrasounds… I can’t see her leg… or her lady parts (which she might appreciate.. LOL) But I wish I could figure it out though!

    Congrats, Girls are so much fun!!!

    It’s a girl! Yay! x

    I guessed girl, too! Love all your shots and these were geat prompts! Great showing your style!

    I have generally decent skin but, pregnancy was a beast for me as far as acne is concerned. lol. HAng in there with that!! I am so so so excited for you guys! Of course I would be just as excited regardless of what you were having but, since I have a little girl and I adore her so much I know how much you will love getting to bring out that inner little princess to lavish fun things on your daughter. The feeling is simply indescribable…and I wonder whose eyes she will get?? :)

    That is such exciting news! A can only imagine the wonderful photos you are going to be able to take of your little girl. I am excited also to see how you put your nursery together.

    HOW EXCITING! CONGRATS~

    That’s fantastic!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Woo hoo! Very clear hamburger shot :)

    Looking good girl!!

    Regards,
    Arizer Solo

    Congrats Ashley! So exciting!

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to comment. We’ve been out of town.

    Congratulations Ashley!! So happy for you and your hubby. I must say baby girls are so much fun. :-)

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! How exciting!! Based on the “angle of the dangle” theory, I was suspecting a girl :)

    Yay for a girl! How is Kitty Paw taking the news? So happy for all of you!! I love girls — maybe I can coach her to ski with me! :) Cheers my friend – you rock – love this post!

    Yea! Congratulations!!! How exciting to have the news and to feel baby move. It makes it all so much more real, right? Enjoy every moment ;)

    CONGRATS!! so exciting to know! I loved feeling the baby move, although she got most active at night…she’s still a night time gal. In fact, I didn’t know when I went in to deliver that I was already having contractions…thought it was just the baby moving! Enjoy this time Ashley, sounds like you are ;)

    Yay yay yay! I am so happy for you, Ashley! I think it’s great you’re having a little girl, I’m kind of partial to them myself (I can’t figure out why…).

    Congrats on finding out you’re having a girl :)
    Baby girls rock! You look great by the way!
    And try using that body pillow your friend gave you – I used it my entire pregnancy and thank goodness for it! As the baby gets bigger, and you are laying on your side, it’s sooo comfortable to have that extra support.

    Oh a girl! How wonderful! Little girls are so much fun :) Congratulations again xx

    Congratulations!!! That is such wonderful news!

    yay! how exciting!

    Congrats Ashley! How sweeeeetttt!!!!

    Congrats, Ashley! I had a feeling it was a girl! What a blessing…you know I’m a little partial to all things girly! :)


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