Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Friday, February 11

18 Week Baby Update

I'm 18 weeks! (2nd Trimester)

How many weeks/days remaining: 22 weeks
Expected Due Date: July 15, 2011
Next Dr. Appointment: One week from today!!!

Size of baby: Baby Jex now measures about 6 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 5-7 ounce. The size of a sweet potato.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 8lbs overall! They say right now 10 is average so my doctor will be happy!!

Maternity Clothes: Last week was the last time I bothered with my normal jeans. By the end of the day they get so uncomfortable. I decided to make the leap into maternity slacks for work and thanks to my friend Kim, I know have an entire maternity wardrobe to grow into…I am talking an entire closet full! I have worn 2 pairs of slack every other day and I am so comfortable! I would be content if I never had a zipper ever again on my pants! I have not worn the pregnancy jeans yet because I am either at the gym or at home in sweats after work but when this awful weather leaves I am sure I will venture into public more.

Gender reveal party one week from today (Friday, Feb 18, 5pm)

Sickness: I feel AMAZING. I really don’t feel pregnant, it is fabulous!

Workout: This week and last have been awesome. 4-5 workouts per week. No more ab work or sumo burpees

Movement: Not sure... I feel something at night but I am not sure if it’s movement or gas

Sleep: 2 thumbs DOWN. I have become very conscience about not sleeping on my back (favorite position) and trying to sleep on my left side because it improves blood flow and nutrients to the placenta and this in turn reduces risk of swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands. Well easier said than done. I hate my left side so I toss and turn all night trying to return to my left side when I often times find myself on my back.

Pregnancy Highlights:
Starting to notice a sweet little bump!

What I miss: not really anything. I really love this stage! However, I would die for some normal sized boobs right about now! I know, TMI!

Cravings/Aversions: Still love fruit and I am now back to liking everything I used to.

Symptoms: As you might have read in a prior post, I blacked out 2 Saturdays ago. According to some research at this point in pregnancy the cardiovascular system is going through a major change and your blood pressure might be lower than normal. So I guess my little spell had some merit. I also get restless legs at night especially if I am on the couch and Emma is laying on my legs. It is the weirdest feeling.

Best Moment this week: Sweet moments with Zach, he is so sweet to me and this baby. He has said and done things I will cherish forever. It’s funny how you see your spouse in a different light…and love them more then ever.

Since I am not showing in clothing yet, I decided to post a picture of Baby J's older sisters Emma and Sydney (cause who likes a blog post without pics...not this girl). This was them on my chair as I was writing this post last night. I just hope Baby J will take after their sleeping habits.... unless you are eating or walking, you are sleeping. Oh to be a dog in this house.

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