Sunday, September 5, 2010

Baby Update - 18 weeks

I'm currently 18 weeks pregnant (+4 months) and we've scheduled our ultra sound for September 16. We are planning to find out the gender, so if you want to place your bets, you'll have to do it before then!

Our 16 week appointment was two weeks ago, and everyone is healthy. The baby's heartbeat is 144 beats per minute-so neat to hear! And my belly is measuring right where it's supposed to--and the doctor says it's not big enough to be holding twins, so the Danielson genes haven't affected this pregnancy!

I also gained enough weight since my last appointment. I'd have been shocked if this didn't happen because I've been eating all the time! But this was good news because at my last check up I had lost two pounds, even though I hadn't been getting sick. So when the doctor told me to eat whatever I wanted, I did, and it paid off!

Last week, the urge to shop hit me, mostly because I went back to work this week and none of my work pants fit, so I went to "Bellies and Babies" and "Nine" both maternity consignment shops (consignment shops are a great way to be eco-friendly and thrifty!), and picked up some stretchy-waisted pants. I have to say, I have no desire to go back to pants that don't give; these are the most comfortable pants I've ever worn!

Perhaps the most exciting update is that I've started feeling the baby move. I wasn't sure that's what I was feeling for a while; it would happen so fast and stopped quickly. Then, this week at work I had a bit of caffeine (the cause? perhaps...) and the fluttering in my belly was crazy! It feels like a critter tapping the inside of my stomach. Very cool.

Nate's getting ready for the baby by fixing as many iphones and ipods as he can for his small business, Nate is a Geek; the extra money will come in handy, I'm sure! We also bought a new car since mine was working its way toward the next expensive breakdown. Our new family car is a Toyota Prius. Nate's enjoying getting nearly 60 miles per gallon, and continuing to improve the mileage every fill up. I'm sure the car willhave it's own blog post soon.

We also celebrated our two year anniversary by spending a night in Minneapolis at The W Hotel--it might be the last anniversary we get a mini-getaway like that for a while!

Since this is supposed to be a blog about social responsibility, now is a good time to mention a few of those details as well...

We bought a used organic crib mattress. In addition, we have been trying to obtain used items--thus limiting the waste produced in manufacturing new products for our little one. We also plan to use cloth diapers, but we'll wait until we know the gender to buy those.


  1. Hey Jodi-

    I am very excited for you both! I am planning on using cloth diapers too, once I go through all the diapers I got for shower gifts. There are some really cool ones out there. One of the brands I am thinking about is Baby Genie. (I think that's the name.) I'll let you know how I like it. I get some really strange looks from people when I tell them I want a natural birth, I am going to breastfeed, and I want to use cloth diapers. I guess I sound really hippy or something:) Amy Jo (I think this is under Blake's user name)

  2. Jodi -

    I am so excited for you! I am 23 weeks with my second baby and have to tell you that cloth is amazing. I love love love! my cloth. I'll be honest, I did go with the more expensive pocket diapers mainly because I thought it would be easier to convince my sitter to use cloth with those. I also stuck with one brand for that reason. Anyway, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

  3. My dear, sweet cousin -- your belly looks FABULOUS! And I am so excited you're feeling that little one move around. Experiencing those kicks, punches, rolls, and hiccups will get you through any "down" moments you might have in the next few months. Congrats on the car (very socially responsible!) and check out for cloth diapers/accessories. Free shipping and decent prices (I use them and have zero complaints). The one danger with going the cloth route is in getting overzealous in the purchases, which is very easy with how adorable they all are :) Love and hugs all around-



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