The Beans

16 Weeks pregnant with twins

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per whattoexpect.com

Baby’s Eyes Are Working 
Your baby now weighs in at a whopping three to five ounces and he’s four to five inches in length. The backbone and tiny muscles in his back are gaining strength, so he can straighten out his head and neck even more. And thanks to his developing facial muscles, your baby is capable of making a few expressive frowns and squints, even at this early stage. His eyes are finally working too, making small side-to-side movements and perceiving light (although the eyelids are still sealed). Peekaboo!

Baby’s Skin Is Transparent 
Your fetus is becoming a looker too — with a face that has both eyebrows and eyelashes — but a skinny looker, since there’s no baby fat yet. And here’s the skinny on baby skin: It’s practically translucent now, so if you took a peek inside your uterus, you’d be able to see your baby’s blood vessels under that thin skin.

Baby Can Year Your Voice
Listen up: Tiny bones in your fetus’s ears are in place, making it likely that the baby can hear your voice when you’re speaking (or singing in the shower) at 16 weeks pregnant. In fact, studies have found that babies who hear a song while they’re in the womb recognize the same tunewhen it’s sung to them after they’re born (so choose your baby Muzak with that in mind…)

The Bump – 16w5d

When is this bump going to get cute and round?!?!  It’s just a big pointy blob right now.  I was feeling like it really wasn’t getting any bigger but when I look at these two pictures, I see the whole body is getting bigger.  My boobs look teeny tiny too…how am I filling out a D cup?  If I took a bare belly shot (which I won’t…), you would see that the bump is filling out on the sides too.  It’s no longer the little cantaloupe under my skin.

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Some mornings I look in the mirror and get very concerned that I’m not bigger (careful what you wish for).  I’m eating well…albeit not a ton, but enough.  But 2 avocados and all the extra liquid junk should have me filling out more, no?  Our ultrasound cannot get here soon enough!!  Speaking of the anatomy scan…it’s been pushed back a few days due to Jerry’s new job stuff.  There is no way I’m attending that appointment without him!  But it still should be the week of the 15th, for those of you interested parties out there.

How I’m feeling

The crud has vacated, thank goodness!  It’s amazing how much better you sleep when you can breathe through your nose.  I still have some congestion but I think that will be sticking around indefinitely.

I’m having some growing pains.  My belly feels bruised a lot.  It’s not just the injection site anymore…it’s at the top of my stomach as well.  My hips and feet have been getting sore too.

I’ve noticed my gums have been bleeding when I brush my teeth.  Breast tenderness hasn’t gone away.  My digestive tract is still slow but I’m not as bloated.  Overall, I can’t complain!

Movement

We have flutters!  When I lay in bed and I’m still, I can feel little vibrations in my belly.  The first time it happened, it sent chills up my back.  I told Jerry and his response was “Ok sweetie, whatever you say”.  He thinks it’s wishful thinking.  They’re pretty sporadic but they’re there!  Can’t wait for big karate chops!

Gender Predictions

I’m back to a boy and a girl.  I’m definitely getting a girl vibe, I think mainly due to Butter Bean’s uber high heart beat (167).  My sister-in-law is convinced it’s at least one boy, probably 2 because “you look so good” (I love her!).  Who knows.  Who cares, really?  I don’t.  I’ll honestly be thrilled any which way.

Food

There isn’t much I’m not loving these days.  I’m still not big on fish although I saw a perfectly seared piece of salmon at Casbah on Sunday and it made my mouth water.  So maybe I should give it a chance?

I’ve never been a big fan of breakfast food.  And when we do have it, I pick savory every time!  But I’ve been on a pancake/French toast kick lately.  Jerry thinks he’s died and gone to heaven (he’d eat pancakes every day if he could!).

I could take or leave meat right now.  I don’t hate it but it’s not at the top of my list.  Unless it’s a burger.  Then sign me up! I’m loving beef in general.

Likes:  Clementines, cottage cheese, beef, salads with ranch, hot sauce, english muffins, pizza (always), butter, hot tea.

Don’t love:  Fish

Sleep

I’ve been sleeping really well. I still have 1 night of insomnia but I can’t complain. Over the Thanksgiving break, I slept in until 8:00 everyday!  Granted, I was a party animal and stayed up past 10:00 (twice!) but that sleep was heaven.

Baby Purchases

We hit IKEA on black Friday (yes, we’re crazy) to buy cribs and mattresses plus frames for our new animal prints (which are more unbelievably adorable in person than online!).  The cribs were out of stock (whomp, whomp) but we picked up a giant stuffed elephant and kangaroo for $7.50 each!

I had to hide them from Jacob.

I also bought these Tiny Toms because OMG PLAID BABY SHOES!  I almost died at the cuteness. I’m a tad obsessed with plaid.

They were on super sale + 10% back via Ebates.

Mood

Blissfully content and happy.  I’m just enjoying this special time in our lives and counting my blessings everyday.  I’m so excited for the Holidays (our last as a family of 2…2.5 if you count Jacob) and am really looking forward to some QT time with our family and friends. Lot 256 will be decorated this week (our tree is crazy perfect!) and I’ve set the DVR to record every Christmas show on ABC family!  Fa la la la la!!

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