Baby updates.

These are some excerpts from a weekly pregnancy email list I’m on.

Week 12: Your baby now measures about 7.6 cm (3.04 inches) and weighs approximately 20 grams (0.7 ounces).

Week 13: Your baby measures about 9 cm in length (or 3.6 inches) and weighs approximately 45 grams (1.56 ounces).

Week 14 (now): Your baby measures about 12 cm long (or 4.7 inches) and weighs approximately 85 grams (or 3 ounces).

So he/she has about doubled in weight each of the last two weeks!

I guess you could say at week 14 I’m officially in the second trimester now. Some places say 12 weeks, some say 13. I still have some nauseous days, but they’re getting fewer. My appetite isn’t really increasing yet and neither is my weight. But I do have a small bump that I can feel, and today I think I could actually SEE it, so everything is looking good so far. Have an appointment with my midwife on Monday morning when we’ll hopefully be able to hear the heartbeat this time. Last time she tried to get it but the baby was moving too much (which came through the doppler as a big ‘whoosh’).

We’ve decided to have this baby at home with an independent midwife. Yes, I’m serious about that. There’s plenty of reasons and things we considered in this decision, which I’ll post later, because I don’t want this post to turn into a rant – plenty of time for that later. 😉

This is just so wrong.

There’s a post on a forum I read about Chia seeds. Apparently Chia seeds are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids (the kind that’s in fish oil). Which prompted me to look up whether or not Chia Pets ever came to Australia. I still haven’t found the answer, but I did find this. And you’d think I was having a nightmare or something, how I kept saying “No! No! No!” over and over again.

Note to whoever has never heard of Chia Pets: They’re a clay thing, and you basically spread a seed paste over it, water it regularly, and it sprouts “hair.” The first one was the Chia Pet, then they did the Chia Head, Chia Kitten, Chia Puppy, Chia Rabbit, Chia Everything! I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who actually had one, except maybe my grandma, but they’re selling like hotcakes, and have been for, I dunno, 20 years?

Note to Mom: don’t bother trying to send one; with the seeds in there it wouldn’t get past quarantine. Not to mention we may never speak to you again if you did 😉

Old wives’ tales

So there’s this old wives’ tale about finding out the sex of your baby by holding a wedding ring on a chain in front of your belly. If the ring goes back & forth, it’s a girl; if it goes in circles, it’s a boy. When we went to visit Simon & Briony & Inara today, Briony borrowed her mum’s chain and Simon’s dad’s wedding ring and held it in front of my belly. She says she’s never seen it be wrong.

And the ring on the chain went in a little circle. Twice. So we’ve got two non-medical predictions of us having a boy.

And we had a little discussion about how Simon will be once Inara reaches dating age, and that if we’re having a boy, he could quite possibly be a candidate.

And Simon nearly died 😉


I would just like to say that I HATE all the maternity clothes I’ve seen in shops. Mainly because, like anything else, all the shops just have the fashionable, trendy clothes, and I HATE the current fashion trend. All I want is a decent pair of pants or shorts. I don’t want 3/4 length pants; if you’re going to cut them off why not at the knee like normal shorts? And I don’t want ‘hipster’ pants that show off my butt crack when I bend over. Is that really too much to ask?

Sure, I can try looking in secondhand shops, but then I have to look through the entire rack, because they don’t always put maternity clothes separate, and my size isn’t exactly a common one. So whatever I DO find in my size isn’t necessarily also in my preferred style.

I just can’t win!