But it hasn't all been roses, bromeliads, cacti and orchids... Up until this week things have been rather bumpy but thankfully the sickness has slowed and my energy levels have picked up. We're still not back to where we were (are we, Pecan?), but we're taking each day as it comes.
You: You're growing, Pecan. Fast. This week you're about the size of a bell pepper. Your ears have settled into place and your skin is less translucent. If you are a girl, your fallopian tubes have formed. If you are a boy, it may be noticeable during your 19 week ultrasound on Monday. I hope we don't find out your sex just yet as it will be the greastest surprise you can ever give us. Better than every childhood Christmas, even the one where Mum surprised me with a vintage pink bicycle! You will continue to grow and almost double in size every week for the next few weeks. This both excites and terrifies me but I'm going to be with you throughout it all.
I'm still waiting to feel you, although I have a sneaking suspicion that you may have fluttered in my belly on Monday night.
We keep trying to listen for your heartbeat with my stethoscope but thus far your tiny beats have eluded our keen ears. Perhaps next week your tiny pump will beat a little stronger.
We'll be listening...
Me: Make mine a double. No, seriously. Helllllooooo appetite. This week I've managed to increase the volume of food that I am consuming, and the frequency of my small meals. I'm keeping it healthy, with plums, mangoes and bananas satisfying my sweet cravings. I did try a blueberry, lavender and honeycomb smoothie this week but it did cross my sweetness threshold so I was unable to finish it.
Needless to say, I think I've popped a little. What do you think? Does this noticeable roundness pass for a pregnant belly or do I look bloated? (Now I know I can get quite bloated... But that's a story for next week!)
Come again? This week I've realised that 'Baby Brain' does exist. I call Coco by the name of my first chihuahua, Portia. I made gluten free pecan and pear puddings but forgot to add a syrup before baking. Not sure why the mixture was so dry, I poured in several generous glugs of milk, stirred and placed the puddings in a bain-marie in the oven. As I turned back around, I observed a lonely little jug filled with my syrup mixture on the very same workbench I had been using to whip the batter. We ended up using the syrup as a sauce post-baking and they turned out quite tasty and moist, thankfully.
Can you relate to forgetting the names of animals or people at this stage in your pregnancy? Have you found yourself mid-sentence in a particularly riveting story, only to find yourself absolutely flabbergasted as to what the hell you are talking about? Mayday! This story is going dowwwwwnnnn!!!
Us: Byron and I have been spending more time together now that I no longer need to study behavioural statistics this trimester. We've been hanging out at the seaside markets, walking amongst the gums, listening to bush poetry recitals in the rainforest, watching cooking demonstrations in the glades of the Botanic Gardens and spending far more time cuddling each other that I can ever recall doing in the first trimester.
We even had time to listen to a beautiful choir sing African songs and tributes to the late, great Mr Nelson Mandela at the Multicultural Harmony Festival on the weekend.
We're making movies too, to upload onto YouTube to keep you all updated. As soon as the weekly videos are ready to post, we'll announce them here and add links for you to follow along.
Coco and Maxi cat have been extremely affectionate this week. It's been nice to be able to snuggle with them in front of a movie. I wonder if they know.
Thanks for tuning in to this little blog as we bump our way through the 18th week. If you'd like more updates, please let us know.
If you have any questions or wish to share your own experiences, please do so below as I love to read your comments.