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15 weeks And Counting

I have made it fully into the second trimester! And the weeks simultaneously feel incredibly slow and zippingly fast. The baby was once the size of an apple seed and now it is the size of an orange. Like the big normal kind of an orange, not the small cute ones.

Sometimes Kamel and I talk about how it would be nice if humans laid eggs like chickens, because then we could take turns tending to it. We would put it in the living room surrounded by blankets and  we would make sure we turned it every few hours (Kamel could come home on his lunch break) and we could take turns hugging it to make sure it stayed warm. Then! After 40 weeks we could all stand around and wait for the baby to pop itself out. We would clap and cheer and I wouldn’t dry-heave on the shoulder of the free way on the way to work like I did yesterday, but we would still get an adorable baby. Egg technology, coming to your uterus soon.

The baby finally looks like a real baby instead of a stuffed animal or a blobby human. The videos we took of this doctor’s appointment aren’t as awesome as previous videos because we were kind of obsessed with watching the screen. But we did get to hear the heartbeat for the first time and that was awesome. Now you can hear it too! And see our baby’s little profile:

I’m amazed at how active it is. I can’t feel any movement but every time we go to an ultrasound it is swimming around and flipping this way and that way and this week we got to see arms and legs and fingers, a nose, an year, a real forehead. As Kamel says: “It’s amazing to think we don’t know what it is yet, but it already IS.” It may already have his giant lips, or my swoop nose. Maybe it will have dark hair with reddish tints, light brown skin with blue eyes, or a ya know… even a hairy back. Poor kid is going to be a little monkey thanks to two hair parents. At least I know the ancient art of waxing.

I’m still waiting for that magically moment where I don’t feel sick. It hasn’t arrived yet. Maybe a few more weeks? Maybe never. Some people don’t feel good for the whole pregnancy. I’m really hoping that isn’t me, but if it is we are figuring out how to function around it. In the mean time all I can do is push forward.


  1. Oh Lauren, I am sorry that you are still not feeling well. I really do hope it will get better soon.
    I wanted to thank you for sharing all of this, your funny thoughts, your feelings, your experience… You keep giving me hope and I get all happy from looking at baby Duprez.
    Also, Penguins taking care of eggs are the cutest thing ever.

  2. It definitely took me until at least week 18 to feel better so don’t give up hope.

    I used to tell my husband that he had to carry the kid for the next 9 months and then we could share. But then I realized breastfeeding requires you to do a bit more of the caretaking so that plan was foiled.

  3. I’m 11 weeks today! So just 4 weeks difference! pregnant buddy! hahahah I’m not feeling very well either, I hope a few more weeks also….with my first baby I never felt sick, never felt tired, it was great, very different pregnancies for sure!!!!! So, do you have a feeling if it is boy or girl????

  4. !!!!!!!!!!!!! Heartbeat!!

    Sorry, got lost there for a second. Heartbeat! Whee!

    1. This egg idea. Yes. Let’s make it happen.
    2. I was totally a hairy kid. It’s not too terrible. ;)
    3. Love you lots. Sending you all the best feeling better vibes I can manage.
    3. Lots of love and throughts for

  5. Oh look! Parts of my comment I thought I’d deleted! Today is a wonderful day. ::laughs::

  6. Wooooww, thats so cool that you can see the spine so clear!! Eeee!! How long until we get to find out what it is?! I cant wait! :)

  7. Ahh! Entire comment deleted :) lets do this again……

    It is SO exciting to see the details of this already awesome kiddo! I love how fast the heartbeat is with growing babies – its so eager and purposeful….like I’m growing here, here i come, here i come, lets do this!

    I hope the coming weeks go zippity fast and the turning the corner of yuck happens soon! I’m crossing my hairy toes for ya!

  8. When Penelope was born her shoulders and ears had massive amounts of black hair. I loved it! But now it’s starting to fade, I miss my little monkey.

    Are you finding out the sex? Or will it be a surprise?
    We all should start a bet.

  9. Definitely finding out the sex! October 11/12 we have two appointments. On the 11th is our big ultrasound for anatomy and on the 12 is a check up on me. Updates on sex and name at the 20 week mark. :)

  10. I can’t wait to hear the names you guys pick!

    • Here is a hint: Kamel wanted to name our girl Lemon. I said no fruit. hahaha

      • Hahaha. Amazing. Lemon!

      • I still want Lemon. Maybe a middle name. Yes.

  11. Love the update Lauren! And if my unborn child could please have some of your unborn child’s hair, my husband and I would be so grateful. We are sorely lacking in that department. And Kamel, if Gwyneth Paltrow can name her damn kid Apple, then you can certainly use Lemon. But only for the middle name….

  12. Egg technology, now wouldn’t that be wonderful? I laughed so hard at that.

    And heartbeats! Yay for heartbeats!

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