Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.

Ever since J and I found out that husib is a boy, this pregnancy has definitely taken on a different tone. It feels very real and husib seems like a real person to us now. J and I talk to it a lot, especially J who has long conversations with it every night, which are very silly, but I guess J is getting more out of it than the husib. I talk to it too, but more in passing. Last week, I finally bought some baby stuff, a few onesies, a way too big sweatshirt that says “Captain Awesome” just becasue J and I joke thats what we will end up naming the kiddo. I’m also getting some movement this week, its usually right when I get ready to go to bed and there are all sorts of bumps and flips in my belly. Its the greatest feeling in the world.

How far along? 19 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +2 from last week. Ugggh…its probably all the cake and fries I’ve been eating.
Maternity clothes? Finally bought a pair of maternity dress pants and a cute maternity work shirt. Haven’t worn it yet though. I think I’ll debut it next week to celebrate the midway point.
Stretch marks? No new ones but I’m pretty paranoid
Sleep: Its no good but I body pillow from Target on Monday and I loooove it.

Best moment this week: So many! Finding out that I’m going to have a baby boy, feeling some movement, buying stuff for the baby. Its been a very happy week around these parts.

Movement: Yes Yes Yes
Food cravings: Cake, Pasta, Dal, Still not loving meat 90% of the time.
Gender:  Boy
Labor Signs: Too early
Pregnancy Symptoms: A giant belly! movement, peeing more and more. Its weird to feel the uterus, its harder than my normal belly.
Belly Button in or out? Innie but I think its looking a little weird
What I miss: beer, god, I missed beer at the concert. Also spicy italian sandwich
What I am looking forward to:  Midway point, actually deciding if we are gonna switch houses
Weekly Wisdom: If pillows are awesome, body pillows are genius!!! Its made a world of difference. Also I love my dresses, they make me feel less fat these days.
Milestones: So many, this entire week!

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