WEEK 17 and 18

Welcome to my Week 17-18 bump update!

Before going to The Netherlands for a week, we first went for a 3D ultrasound. The doctor did fetal measurements, checking everything from body proportion to arms and legs, internal organs, spinal cord and gender. We even saw a 3D view of our baby’s face.

I really wanted to do a gender reveal party, but I never got the time to organize one. We were scheduled for a NIPT (Non-Invasive Prenatal Test) in Belgium the following week and we need to prioritize it first. My husband wanted to know the gender beforehand and told me that if I want, I can wait for it, so I can do my gender reveal, but he needs to know. I didn’t agree with it. If he knows, I need to know, too.

I really had a feeling my baby is a BOY because I had a pimple outbreak during the first trimester. Before going for our ultrasound appointment, me and my husband made a deal that we will know the gender together.

As the doctor was busy recording his findings in a very fast Dutch accent (which I couldn’t understand), I heard him say jongen and mannelijk. My eyes widened as I looked at my husband and asked him if I heard it right, that our baby is a boy. He smiled and nodded.

Baby Shower Labels Chevron It's A Boy Stickers by delightdesignbiz
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I have never been so happy and excited my whole life! We already had baby names ready in case it is a girl or a boy. Now, my bump has a name! 😀

At Week 18, I asked my house doctor for a letter so I can be exempted from entering xray/ scanner machines in the airport.

Me and my bump went on a road trip from The Netherlands to Belgium and lastly, to Paris. It was the best week ever.

Pregnancy symptoms:

  • None since Day 1

Weight: 57 kg
Food cravings: Any Filipino food!!!
Activities: Walk, walk, walk
Movement: The baby is active at day time than at night.
Bump: It is finally showing, but it is not obvious with winter clothes. 😛

Me and my bump at 5 months on top of the Eiffel Tower



  • Do fetal measurement ultrasound
  • NIPT (Ideally, it should be done starting Week 9)
  • Gender Reveal Party
  • Deciding on names
  • Start buying baby clothes
  • Listen to music for unborn baby
  • Buy maternity pillow for back and sleeping support


  1. Kat

    January 3, 2018 at 1:58 AM

    Congratulations!!! Is it too much to ask for the name? I’d love to hear how you picked the name!

    1. Deb

      January 3, 2018 at 6:26 AM

      No, no. No problem!!! 😄😄😄 I’m going to put it in my next post. 😍

    1. Deb

      January 3, 2018 at 6:26 AM

      Thank you! 😄

  2. Jeanny Lakwatchera

    January 3, 2018 at 3:48 AM

    What a lucky baby. hahah he’s been to Paris even if he’s still in the tummy. Congrats Deb!!

    1. Deb

      January 3, 2018 at 6:28 AM

      Exactly hahaha, that’s what I was thinking also! Thank you, Jeanny! 😄

      1. Jeanny Lakwatchera

        January 3, 2018 at 8:03 AM

        You’re most welcome.


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