May 2017 archive

Baby #2 Bumpdate // 18 Weeks

It's A Girl!If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already heard our exciting (and surprising!) news…IT’S A(NOTHER) GIRL! I say “surprising” because I was actually convinced that we were having a boy. This pregnancy just felt so different. I was so shocked when the nurse called and told me. So shocked, in fact, that I called back a few hours later to make sure I heard her correctly! Despite my surprise, I am so excited! This baby will be the 5th GrandGirl on both sides of her family so she has a big sister and five (soon to be six!) first cousins waiting to play with her and teach her all about playing dress-up and watching Frozen and baking cupcakes. So with all of that said, let’s get into the bumpdate…

How far along with you? 18 weeks, 1 day

How big is baby? According to the apps, she’s as big as a sweet potato or artichoke. According to the anatomy scan I had today, she’s 9oz and in the 64th (or 66th? Can’t remember the exact number), percentile. As the mother of a 4lb 14.9oz baby, I love hearing that she’s measuring bigger than average. I hope she stays that way!

Total weight gain? I’m sure all of my fellow pregnant ladies are tired of hearing this, but I still haven’t gained any weight. I asked my doctor about it today and she said that as long as the baby is gaining weight and measuring well, she’s not concerned about my weight. So I’m just going to enjoy it while I can!

How are you feeling? Overall, I feel pretty great. But I am experiencing a few typical pregnancy symptoms. I am dealing with lots of hip and groin soreness. I took most of last week off from exercising because Harper was sick so I’m thinking that’s why my body was feeling so sore. I’m determined to get back to walking and doing prenatal yoga this week. I’m also having bladder issues. I have to pee constantly and if I sneeze, cough or laugh too hard, I literally have to run to the bathroom. I guess I need to start doing my kegel exercises! Baby girl is already head down and my kids tend to hang out pretty low so I know this is a symptom that’s here to stay. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but those are the symptoms that immediately come to mind.

Best moment this week? Telling Harper and her cousins that we’re having a girl! Harper obviously has no idea what we’re talking about, but she was still super excited (as seen here). I made a girly fun box (pictured above) for Harper and her cousins and they had a ball with it. I included pink baby bottles filled with “It’s a girl!” confetti, a pink tiara, pink Minnie Mouse lollipops and more pink confetti. They played with all of it for at least an hour. We also picked a name (I’ll share it soon!) and everyone in our family loves it which makes me very happy.

What are you looking forward to? I’m really looking forward to the halfway point (20 weeks). October feels very far away right now, but I know how quickly time flies after hitting that halfway point. I’m also looking forward to feeling more distinct kicks. I can’t wait until Sam and Harper can feel them too!

 

Baby #2 Bumpdate // 17 Weeks

18489678_10103883743957849_7203614002429505215_oIt’s crazy how many things can change in a week (or two) during pregnancy. I have SO many things to update you all on so let’s jump right in…

How far along are you? 17 weeks, 1 day.

How big is baby? The size of a pomegranate. According to The Bump, the baby is 5.9 ounces, but at my ultrasound last Monday (16 weeks, 1 day), baby was measuring at 6 ounces so who knows how big this baby actually is.

Total weight gain? None. I fluctuate a pound or two depending on the time of day, but I’m still two pounds down from my starting weight. This is so baffling to me because my belly is growing everyday. A stranger congratulated me on the baby yesterday so I know I’m definitely showing, but it isn’t showing on the scale. Weird. But I’m not complaining! Based on my last pregnancy, the pounds won’t start packing on until the end.

How are you feeling? You guys! Is this what normal pregnant women feel like during the second trimester? I feel really great. It’s not all perfect of course; I still get tired and achy. I still have headaches every now and then. I still feel nauseous when I wait too long to eat. But I have energy during the day, I have a healthy appetite, and I even started exercising! My main complaint is just that my body tires out easily. Carrying Harper up and down the stairs leaves me completely out of breath. And my hips and lower back scream at me when I’ve done too much. But overall, I’m feeling really great.

Any food cravings or aversions? I’m still not a huge fan of fish and seafood. My sugar cravings are back, but that’s not pregnancy related – I have a major sweet tooth anyway. I eat a lot of carbs: oatmeal or toast for breakfast, baked potatoes with dinner, etc. Nothing too exciting in the food department though.

Best moment this week? In order to tell you my best moment, I have to give a little backstory. Last Monday, I had a pre-anatomy scan and cervix check at my Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist’s office. During the ultrasound, the baby was curled up in a tiny ball so we couldn’t see the sex, which I was totally bummed about. When the doctor came in, I told her I was upset and she said, “Well don’t worry because we’re doing a Cell Free DNA test so you’ll know in about a week.” She then proceeded to tell me that the ultrasound tech found a small spot on the baby’s heart that, in rare cases, is associated with Down’s Syndrome. She also explained that the spot wasn’t worrisome and would disappear before the baby is born. I think she said it was a calcium deposit or something like that? (Does anyone else completely zone out when getting seemingly scary news at the doctor’s office?) My first trimester screening had shown that the baby was low risk for chromosomal abnormalities, but she wanted to do the Cell Free DNA test (or NIPT screening) just to be completely sure. I was nervous, but she assured me that it would all be fine so I just focused on finding out what we were having. This morning, exactly one week later for anyone wondering how long the results take, I got the call that the baby is still low risk for Trisomy 13, 18 and 21 and I know what we’re having! But you’ll have to wait until I tell the rest of my family before I post it here. So sorry to be a tease! So that’s my best moment this week! I cannot wait to share the news with everyone else!

What are you looking forward to? Revealing the gender to the rest of my family. I’m also excited about my full anatomy scan next Monday. I hate having to go to the doctor so much during this pregnancy, but I always love seeing our little nugget during ultrasounds. It’s so cool to see how much the baby changes and grows throughout the pregnancy. I’m also really looking forward to shopping and planning everything now that I know who is joining our family in October! So many things to be excited about!

Thank you all for following along! Have a great week!

 

 

Baby #2 Bumpdate // 15 Weeks

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How far along are you? 15 weeks, 2 days.

How big is baby? Baby is the size of a navel orange. Or a pear, depending on which app you ask.

Total weight gain? I’m 2ish pounds down from my starting weight, but I don’t think I’m losing weight anymore which is a good thing. Somehow, it’s very clear that I’m pregnant when you look at me, even though I haven’t gained a pound.

How are you feeling? I experienced a real miracle this weekend: my husband and a family friend from our church prayed for me and my vomiting stopped the next morning. My acid reflux has also greatly diminished. Praise the Lord! I had gotten to the point where I dreaded going to bed at night because I didn’t want to wake up in the morning and have to throw up again. I think it was worse this time because I knew how long it lasted with Harper and the thought of facing months of that again was depressing. But I am so blessed to say that it is gone. With Harper it came and went a few times, but I have full confidence that it’s gone for good this time. Other than that, my body is feeling the wear and tear of being pregnant while chasing and carrying a 22 pound toddler. Also, I got a random symptom I never had with my first pregnancy: foot cramps. Does anyone have any remedies for this? I’ve been trying to avoid bananas (which I know are full of potassium and help with cramps) because they give me heartburn. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Any food cravings or aversions? My biggest craving this time is Japanese food. I could eat a bowl of miso soup every single day. I’ve also really been craving Lebanese food, specifically this chicken shawarma salad I used to eat multiple times a week when I lived in New Orleans. So weird, I know. I haven’t been able to find a good one here yet and it’s killing me. I don’t currently have any food aversions thankfully.

Best moment this week? I had a prenatal appointment yesterday and, when my midwife was using the doppler to hear the baby’s heartbeat, we heard him/her kick the doppler away. The baby was moving so much that it took forever to hear the heartbeat for more than just a second. It was such a cool moment.

What are you looking forward to? Hiring a doula. I just started my search this week and I’m really looking forward to finding someone who can help me achieve a natural birth this time.

That’s it for this quick bumpdate! I’ll have a lot more to share in the coming weeks as I start my progesterone shots and begin bi-weekly visits with my Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist. I also have a few posts planned about other pregnancy and motherhood topics. If there’s something specific you’d like me to write about, please let me know in the comments below!