Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekly Update- 24 weeks

May 16, 2016 - May 22, 2016

Size of baby: Ear of Corn-  His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 14ish pounds

Maternity Clothes: a mix of maternity and non maternity, the weather has been cold for this time of year, hoping it warms up soon so I can wear more dresses and my summer maternity tops.

Sex: Boy #2

Movement: Still a lot of moving around, very strong kicks and full body waves. You can watch my belly and see movement which seems really early compared to last time. 

What I miss: nothing new

Sleep: I still wake up probably 2-3 times to pee and it takes a bit to get comfortable again. 

Symptoms: getting worn out quickly, getting more uncomfortable when sitting or laying in certain positions, peeing a LOT more.  Also, had my first and so far only braxton hick contraction while at work. Took me a bit by surprise but that's definitely what it was, I forgot how uncomfortable those are! 

Cravings: sweets and carbs. Good thing I've been working out fairly regularly or I would have gained a lot more by now. 

Best Moment this week:  Celebrating our 6 year wedding anniversary and spending the night away up in National Harbor at a nice hotel. It was very relaxing and much needed. We won't get many more dates night between now and Sept. 

What I am looking forward to: Memorial Day weekend and going down to my in-laws beach house. I bought a new tankini style bathing suit which fits great now but may end up being too small by August. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Weekly Update- 23 weeks

5/8/15 - 5/15/16

Size of baby: Mango-he's more than 11 inches long and weighs more than a pound and he can feel my movements and hear loud noises

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 12-13 pounds

Maternity Clothes: a mix of maternity and non maternity

Sex: Boy #2

Movement: Lots of movement, especially at night when I'm laying on the couch. Sometimes he's up high and sometimes he down really low and punching my bladder. 

What I miss: still miss chocolate and not tossing and turning so much when I sleep.

Sleep: waking up a lot and shifting around, so not great. 

Symptoms: my face has been breakout which hasn't really been a problem up to this point. Harder to bend over to put on shoes and clothes. 

Cravings: milk shakes and fries...all healthy stuff ;)

Best Moment this week: Celebrating my birthday, it was a nice low key day with some nice presents from Kristian and Hunter. Went to a big yard sale and scored a playmat for $10.

What I am looking forward to: celebrating our 6 year anniversary this weekend!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Weekly Update- 22 weeks

*just realized Mother's Day was 5/8 not 5/7. Oh well*

Size of baby: Spaghetti squash-  he is almost a pound, starting to look more like a newborn.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 11 pounds

Maternity Clothes: regular pants with belly bands and a mix with tops.

Sex: Boy #2

Movement: Pretty consistent movement and its all over so he's shifting around a lot in there. Can even see my belly move now. 

What I miss: caffeine and chocolate, I'm not allowed to have caffeine right now and since chocolate has caffeine in it I have to cut that out as well. 

Sleep: not great, lots of tossing and turning and getting up to pee.

Symptoms: lots of movement, backaches and growing pains in my belly.

Cravings: chocolate because I can't eat it. 

Best Moment this week: We did the fetal echo cardiogram to check on the baby's heart and everything looks great! The minor irregularity that he had at the anatomy scan seems to be gone possibly due to cutting out all caffeine so I need to continue that. Also, I had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday.

What I am looking forward to: finish up our registry. My sister-in-law is throwing me a sprinkle later this summer so I need to get that updated. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Weekly Update- 21 weeks

Size of baby: The length of a carrot- you may soon feel fluttering (I have been for a while)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 10ish pounds

Maternity Clothes: regular pants with belly bands and a mix with tops.

Sex: Boy #2

Movement: Lots of movement when I'm sitting still or laying down and feel him much better on the outside.

What I miss: sleeping on my stomach and not tossing and turning so much.

Sleep: see above, lots of tossing and turning and not being able to get comfortable. 

Symptoms: lots of kicks, a spike in energy but doesn't last long, nesting is strong right now!

Cravings: anything black cherry flavored- seltzer, yogurt, ice cream etc. 

Best Moment this week: Hunter felt the baby kick Friday night for the first time and he got the biggest smile on his face when I told him his brother just high fived him. 

What I am looking forward to: having our yard sale and getting rid of all the crap in the future nursery and our echocardiogram on Tuesday to take a better look at the baby's heart (we did this with Hunter as well as a precaution because Kristian was born with a heart issue). 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekly Update- 20 weeks (Halfway Point)


Size of baby: The length of a banana-he's swallowing more and producing meconium. 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Between 8-10 pounds, depending on the scale I use. When I weigh myself at home with no clothes it's about 8, at the gym it's closer to 10.

Maternity Clothes: a mix of maternity tops and regular tops, pants with my belly band. Now that's it's warming up I'm wearing more non maternity flowy dresses.

Sex: Another boy! Finally got visual confirmation!

Movement: He moves a LOT and it's easier to feel him from the outside as well. 

What I miss: sleeping on my stomach. 

Sleep: the past few nights were rough, lots of tossing and turning and not able to get comfortable. 

Symptoms: some growing pains in my belly and not sleeping well.

Cravings: anything sweet especially chocolate which I'm not allowed to have right now :(

Best Moment this week: Our anatomy scan last week. Finally got visual confirmation that he is in fact a boy and everything looked good with the exception of a very minor irregular heartbeat which we will get looked at in two weeks on the echo ultrasound. 

What I am looking forward to: Finishing up cleaning out the future nursery, made some progress over the weekend. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Weekly Update- 19 weeks


Size of baby: Heirloom Tomato- baby can hear voices now and arms and legs are in right proportion. 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Around 10 pounds, depending on the scale I use. 

Maternity Clothes: a mix of maternity tops and regular tops, pants with my belly band. 

Sex: Another boy! 

Movement: A lot more movement and getting stronger so we are able to feel on the outside a lot more. 

What I miss: being able to take my xanax when I'm stressed/anxious. 

Sleep: not too bad though a decent amount of tossing and turning.  

Symptoms: a lot more nauseous this week but Hunter had a bit of a stomach bug so could have been from that. 

Cravings: anything sweet. 

Best Moment this week: Taking Hunter to the circus for the first time. So much fun!

What I am looking forward to: The anatomy scan on the 19th! 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sharing the News

One thing I haven't posted about yet but have been wanting to (for memory's sake) is how I/we shared the news of this pregnancy.

I had been thinking of different ways to tell Kristian if/when I got pregnant again but since I had no idea when that would actually happen it made things a bit tricky. Based on my cycle, which I had been tracking, I knew that I could test on Dec. 28 which was day 13 of my cycle and get a clear positive or negative. I was quite proud of myself for not testing sooner but with the holidays I never really had any time alone and I always prefer to test alone so that I can process the results (good or bad) by myself. So that Monday morning Kristian left for work, I had taken the week off, so after dropping Hunter off at school I came home and tested. Once I got the positive I had to quickly figure out how to tell Kristian.

Since we still had our Christmas decorations up I decided to wrap up the test in a little present box and put it in his stocking. When he came home that afternoon I was hanging out on the couch and told him that I had ordered him a Christmas present that had delivered late, I didn't tell him about it sooner because I wasn't sure when it would arrive, and it was in his stocking. He got so excited thinking I bought him something cool like a new knife or gadget. He quickly opened the box and just stared at the test for a few minutes, got tears in his eyes and said "really?!". He started crying (happy tears) and gave me a big hug and then had to take a few deep breaths. I could tell he was not only excited but relieved that it had finally worked. He told me that this would have to be our last pregnancy because I could never top the way I had just told him. He was completely surprised.

As for how we told our parents.... the weekend after we found out we were having Hunters small family birthday party that my mom, brother, sister-in-law and a couple close friends would be at our house for. Unfortunately Kristian's parents were out of town. I had quickly ordered Hunter a shirt from Amazon that said "This guy (with two arrows pointing) is getting promoted to Big Brother". Once he opened all his presents we told him he had one last gift from mommy and daddy. He opened up the shirt, and obviously had no idea what it said so Kristian read it and immediately everyone freaked out. Hunter still had no concept of what was going on and just wanted to play with his stuff.

Once his parents got back in town we went over to their house to give his dad his birthday present, since he had just had a birthday. We gave him a card that said Happy Birthday Grandpa and on the inside it was signed by Hunter and Baby P. He read it and got so excited but didn't finish reading the card out loud so my mother-in-law kept yelling "what does it say?!?!" Once they both knew they were thrilled and all the excitement began.