26 weeks

I was too tired to put on real pants for this week’s photo, so yoga pants will have to do!
Also, in all the hoopla of Leah’s birthday last week, I totally forgot to take a 25 week update picture, whoops! Yet another example she can in the future when she’s complaining about being the forgotten second child. 😉

So this week’s been a tough one because I’m suffering from a bad cold and a cold + pregnancy= death. I’ve felt so exhausted all day, which isn’t been helped by my inability to sleep well at night, due to a stuffy nose and congested cough. I’m hoping it clears up soon! I completed my super fun glucose test today, which resulted in a VERY nauseous afternoon. I do not remember the glucose test making me feel ill when I was pregnant with Leah, but I’m wondering if my bad cold is related. Other updates for this week…(or really, the past 2 weeks!) The belly has REALLY popped! I feel like there has been a LOT of growth between week 23 and 26. Today I saw a nurse who hadn’t worked since Friday and she stopped short and said “Woah! Your stomach grew!!” which I definitely feel is true. She also went on to comment that I “looked huge!” which is just the thing any pregnant woman wants to hear, right?! Cravings haven’t really been too strong the past few weeks…still loving chocolate and dairy with a side of something nice and salty! I found out my other friend who is pregnant in our pregnant trio (we joke that we all signed a pregnancy pact) is also having a GIRL which excites me to no end! Looks like baby will have a built in best friend, and a built in boyfriend! Lucky her! And…..that’s all I can think of. I apologize for the super lame update this week….Seriously, blame the cold; my head feels like it’s stuffed with cotton balls. But, in good news, we are heading up to the island tomorrow for the weekend!! I’m hoping the cool ocean breeze clears out my cold and I’m looking forward to relaxing on the beach with my new library book all weekend. 🙂

18 weeks

I’m not crazy about these pictures because of the weird shadowing, but that’s what happens when you make your husband take them at 7 pm…
So, let’s see what’s new this week……The belly is starting to pop a little more. I still feel like I’m at the stage where I can wear one outfit and look really pregnant and then another where I do not look pregnant at all. Such a strange phase…like a constant disappearing/reappearing belly trick. I’m still wearing all of my normal clothes; pants still fitting fine, but my work pants have officially become a little snug unless I undo the top hook. The weight is finally coming on…with a sudden quickness that is just thrilling. (Ha). It’s like one day you step on the scale and you’re still your normal weight, and then the next morning you step on and you somehow managed to gain 3 lbs overnight!? So that’s fun. As far as food goes, this kid is making me crave carrots and cucumbers dipped in either ranch or hummus something fierce! I seriously cannot get enough. Sadly, my nightly ice cream eatings (which were short lived after my first trimester nausea) has quickly come to an end. Baby is not crazy about dairy to begin with, but every time I try and eat a bowl of delicious ice cream after 7 pm I am punished with extreme nausea and overall grossness so I have officially thrown in the towel. You win this time, baby. I guess I’ll just have to eat my ice cream for lunch from now on! Exercising is going pretty well. I ran 3 (slow) miles on the treadmill on Saturday and I felt great! Until about 20 minutes after I was done and my stomach muscles started to hurt so badly, like they were bruised to the touch. This week is a big week with ligament/muscle stretching and growing and apparently my 3 bouncy miles did not do my stomach any justice. Luckily the uncomfortableness did not last very long. This has also been a big week for movement (finally!) This past week I really started feeling baby flutter and roll, which has been so much fun. This is my favorite stage of movement, when those little flutters bring smiles instead of painful “ouch!!!”-es as will soon happen post-30 weeks. And that’s about all that’s new in the 18th week!!

17 weeks

Let’s get these weekly pregnancy updates rolling, shall we?
Total weight gain: 0 lbs. This pregnancy was a little rough during the first trimester and between nausea and stress, I lost 3 lbs, so now I’m back up to my starting pre-pregnancy weight. I expect the lbs to start packing on no problem from here on out….
Baby’s heartbeat: I’m not sure, but I’ll know after my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. Last month is was 151 bpm.
Baby is now the size of: A pear: 5.12 inches and 4.94 oz. Brett and I were joking today that maybe this is our short kid as opposed to Leah (who is the size of an average 2 1/2 year old…) due to how I’m carrying (super small still). I know it’s typical for women to pop quicker with number 2, but it’s been the opposite with me so far…
Biggest craving this week: Anything salty!! I’m also obsessed with nectarines.
How I’m Feeling: Pretty good! Energy is getting back up there and I’m no longer falling asleep at 8:30 pm every night.
How clothes fit: Still wearing all of my normal clothes. Again, with Leah I was paper clipping my work pants to allow them to still fit at this point, but this time around they are still snapping no problem. My chest, however, seems to be growing at an alarming rate, so I’m actually looking forward to the stomach getting bigger and balancing me out a little!!
Movement: Not much so far. With Leah, I felt like I had a little jumping bean inside of me and I felt her movements early on (14 weeks or so). I remember seeing her during my 12 week scan and being amazed by how much she was literally bouncing around my womb. This kid (so far) seems much more chill. At our 12 week scan he/she was just casually moving about, waving to the camera every once and awhile, and his/her movements have been much more slight. I didn’t really feel much until this week when I’ll feel a casual little pop and roll at night.
Random: It’s kind of funny because very few people at work know that I’m pregnant. Obviously my boss does, as do the other child life girls, but 99% of the nurses on my unit still have no idea. I have a hard time finding a way to casually throw it into conversation “Oh, okay, so you are about to do an IV in room 12? Also, I’m pregnant!” So instead I’ve just been moving along, waiting for someone to notice (which has been absolutely no one so far..) I’m guessing a little after 20 weeks I’ll suddenly pop and it will just become obvious. Until then, I joked with my friend/office roommate that everyone must just think I’m casually packing on the lbs and growing a little gut…
Looking forward to: July 17th!! That is when we have our 20 week ultra sound. 2 1/2 more weeks and then we will know if Leah will be getting a brother or a sister!