Baby Bump Update: Week 16

by Lauren on April 15, 2014

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Four months down, five to go!  For the most part, things are going very well.  I’m feeling good, staying healthy, and genuinely enjoy being pregnant.  I did take significant notice that the bump busted out this week! Holy belly, this little peanut is making quite the appearance.

My stomach is now round and hard and not just a big belly of bloat.  I was able to go out and get a few more maternity pieces for the wardrobe, which is helping me feel more comfortable.  But is it just me or do maternity clothes make you look noticeably more pregnant?  I swear when I put on the long maternity tops, the bump is totally accentuated.  I feel like people are now starting to observe that I’m pregnant and maybe I’m going crazy, but I’m constantly thinking that everyone is staring at my stomach.  That’s probably more in my head though.


Your baby continues to be busy, growing and developing inside of you. He’s now about the size of an avocado, measuring approximately four and a half inches and weighing roughly three ounces. His heart is now pumping 25 quarts of blood every day, and his bladder is emptying every 45 minutes. 

Her limbs are even more developed and her movements have become increasingly coordinated. She doesn’t have any hair yet, but the patterning of her scalp has begun.

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Weight Gained: You know, I really don’t know the exact number.  I was thinking about it, and I believe this is measured from your very first appointment correct?  Well, I have no idea what that number was.  Before I was going off my original weight (like months and months before baby) but obviously, I had gained a few pounds right around the time I got pregnant and those few weeks that I actually was pregnant.  So 15 pounds may have been a little bit of a stretch.  I would say more like 10-11 pounds?

Workouts: Still chugging along with the early morning workouts, although running is getting harder and harder.  Kudos to all you pregos out there that run 1/2 marathons during your pregnancy, I truly have no idea how you do it! I usually stick with 3-4 miles and at a slower speed.  I do have to stop every mile or so to drink water.  This morning, I tried running and noticed a sharp pain in my lower abdomen so I had to stop.  I know there will be a time soon when it will all have to come to a hiatus.

Symptoms: The urge to pee is a lot more intense these days, but not so much at night.  I think I only get up once a night, which I hear is pretty good.  Other symptoms include gas, bloating and burping, especially after I eat.

Symptoms I’m Not Having: Same as last week.

Food Aversions: Nothing that I can think of.

Food Cravings: SALT!  Anything salty I am all over.  Also, pickles, and not the quality top-shelf pickles, I’m talking the nasty generic-brand dill pickles.  Tuna/chicken/egg salads.  I usually hate mayo-based salads and prefer to make my own, but right now, I want deli-made salads.

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Sleep: Lots of it!

Baby Items Purchased: Still nothing, but I have a feeling that will change soon.

Next Doctor Appointment: April 29th is my ultrasound although, my mom is going to give me one this weekend when we go home.  Perks of having an OBGYN nurse as your mother.  We are pretty certain we will be able to find out the sex!  Fingers crossed that those little legs aren’t crossed.

Other Random Stuff:  I have been dying to feel the baby move!  Like, I keep reading that most women start to feel movement around week 15-16, so I try and lay super still and wait for something to happen.  Last night, John was talking to it and moments later; I swear I felt a little wave go through my stomach.  This could be gas, but I’m hoping these movements come more frequently and predominantly.

Also – Maxi skirts are probably the most comfortable thing ever!  Don’t be surprised if you don’t see me in pants for the remainder of this pregnancy.

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Looking Forward To: Finding out the sex!  We should know by Saturday.  What do you think, boy or girl?


John cannot wait to have a playmate.  He is so loving and playful to begin with, that the thought of having a mini-him to share his love of life brings him so much joy.  I don’t want to burst his bubble by telling him that baby won’t be too interested in building forts with him for a few years, so I’ll just be grateful to have an incredibly caring and involved father.

14 thoughts on “Baby Bump Update: Week 16”

  1. Erica says:

    You seriously look AMAZING! You are glowing for sure. AH! Can’t wait to find out if its a boy or a girl <3 <3

    1. Lauren says:

      Aw, thank you!

  2. Trisha says:

    Well, I think you’re having a girl. You see, I had this dream, after catching up on blogs the other night (one of your other bump updates was one of them) and that dream totally included your sex reveal on the blog. Except it wasn’t your blog. It was THIS blog, but it belonged to my “real life” pregnant friend. So SO strange! The other strange part is that you also revealed the name… Harper! I’ll really never understand where dreams come from or what they mean, but if my dream is even partially correct I might have to look into becoming a fortune teller or something. 😉

    1. Lauren says:

      Ha, that’s so crazy! My mom thinks it is a girl too. I’ve had a bunch of others say girl and just and handful say boy. I guess we’ll see. 🙂

  3. Oh my gosh, that is the cutest little bump!

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

  4. Danielle says:

    Make sure to eat something sweet or drink oj before you go to your appointment to find out the sex. That always helped me.

    1. Lauren says:

      Really? I’ve never heard that, but I can definitely do that! Any reason to eat a cookie for breakfast is fine by me. 🙂

      1. Danielle says:

        Yep! I don’t know if its different in the states (Were a military family and I had my baby in Germany) but they used to tell me that ALL the time and so we were able to get better ultra sounds.

  5. Addie says:

    I just started reading your blog again this week – I used to read your blog a few years ago, but forgot about it until I saw your comment on another blog I read 🙂 All of these updates are so so sweet and I’m so happy for you and your husband. . . but I’m kind of confused, because I always remembered your husband’s name was unique and now he is referred to as John. I hope I’m not being rude by asking, but I’m just curious to know!
    Again, congrats on your pregnancy.

    1. Lauren says:

      Hi Addie! Thanks so much for coming back. You are right, my ex husband’s name was Toly. I am now engaged to John and expecting our first child together this September.

  6. Morgan says:

    You are so cute!

  7. Sarah says:

    For some reason I’m thinking boy. I love the bump 🙂

  8. Marie-Sophie says:

    I just discovered your blog which is awesome because I am 13 weeks pregnant! So exciting to see your pregnancy journey! Yes, having something sweet before appointments helps if you want your child to move lots 🙂 (mine was REALLY active last time) – it will turn around more so more chance to see theimportant parts 🙂

    1. Lauren says:

      Well good to know! I can definitely do that. And Congrats to you!

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