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Dear Baby,

I was sitting here working, and I just had a few thoughts I wanted to share.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fact that this journey we’re on together is the last time I’ll ever carry a baby in my body. You are the bookmark to our family …

The first half of this pregnancy was rough – so rough, and I didn’t really take the time to really think about how important all of the first moments were.

When we went to our first ultrasound in December, I was so anxious to see you … within a few seconds, I saw your little peanut shaped body, and your tiny heart flickering. In that moment, we felt such relief (and it felt so much more real than before). Of course, now it seems like that was a lifetime ago …

In January, we saw you again. This time, you looked more like a human. We got reassurance that everything looked to be developing just as it should. It was around this time that we started talking about names … trust me, I had some really cool ones for you, but your dad vetoed them all! Dads!

Over the next few months, our life had some major turns that we weren’t expecting. The biggest: we learned we’d be moving. I always imagined we’d have both of our babies in our previous home (where I had your sister), but due to the nature of our city, the house wasn’t a sustainable option for our future. At first, it seemed scary, but now that we’ve settled into our new place, things are feeling just like they should. I’ve been finding myself imagining your birth, and organizing spaces just for you.

In March, we saw you one more time (likely, the last ultrasound we’ll have), and I could tell a few things … mainly, that your profile looks different from your sister’s. I’ve always had this idea that our kids would all look the same (since your dad’s genes are so strong), but now I realize you might take after my family! After all of the name vetoing, your dad went and did something pretty cool: he found the name! I think you’ll love it. Oh yeah, we found out your sex. With your sister, we didn’t know until she was born. This time, it was a way to connect with you (especially for your sister – she’s pretty excited and talks about you all of the time). For me, it was a much-needed bright spot in the 5 months of extreme morning sickness I had been experiencing. We’re waiting until your birthday to tell everyone … afterall, for now, you are just our baby – no expectations beyond just being your wonderful self. With that said, your sister tells everyone about you, so it’s really only a matter of time before everyone knows. I promise we’ll wait to share your name – you’ll get to do your own bit of surprising on your birthday.

Since March, life has been a blur … we’ve hosted your Gigi and your YaYa … we’ve moved … we’ve been doing a ton of house and garden work … we’ve been chasing your sister around (she’s a wild one). Now it’s June, and we’re so close to meeting you. We fly to Indiana this week, and then once we’re home, we get to settle in to wait for you.

I hope that I get a little better at writing down these moments that mean so much, but really, I’m just so grateful for the experience of carrying you with me. Even though I might not have as much time to write down my thoughts, I do think of you all of the time. I’m so excited to hold you … to meet you … to learn all about you! You keep doing your baby thing – you seem pretty good at it so far. Only 8ish more weeks, baby. We can do this!

Love,

Mama

PS, we still can’t think of a middle name. Maybe you could send us a sign. That would be awesome. 

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Welp, I officially SUCK at updating this blog. I’d try to use the excuse of moving (with a 3 year old, and working full time), but we moved during my pregnancy last time, and I still managed to update the blog regularly. We’ve been good at taking photos though, which should count for something, right?

Mama:

  • When we last left off, I was feeling pretty good … my morning sickness was mostly gone. It’s continued to get better, and I’m totally in that sweet spot of not really feeling too many symptoms. I did puke during week 26 after an unfortunate prenatal on an empty stomach incident. It was a flashback to the previous 5 months, and I was so upset. Thankfully it hasn’t happened since.
  • Baby is moving ALL OF THE TIME. Like, I’ve Googled if a baby can move too much. Currently, baby is breech (well actually, I think they are transverse at this point), so the movements feel so odd (very different from Alba, who was head-down as long as the midwives were able to tell position). I’m slightly worried about baby being breech, but no one else is since this is a 2nd pregnancy. 
  • We moved!! It’s official – we’re in our new home. We moved just 10 blocks away, and now that we’ve been here for about a month, things are feeling pretty comfy. There are still too many boxes to count (don’t look in the basement), but the upstairs is coming together nicely. We downsized, so this has been a little lessen in small/minimal living. I’ll try to share a post about the house soon. 
  • Back to baby!! I have minimal heartburn (I’m guessing this will ramp up once baby is head down and their feet are smashing up into my ribs), and I haven’t had many body aches this time around.
  • We’ve reached viability. The chances of survival when born after 24 weeks is pretty good. Obviously, we want baby to stay in there until about 39-40 weeks, but passing that milestone feels really nice.
  • Sleep is a little off. I can fall asleep easily (I’m always tired), but I usually wake around 4:00 am to pee, and have a bit of a hard time getting back to sleep. Par for the course … it’s a reminder that I need to get better at taking my cal-mag before bed.
  • Food is so weird … I can eat everything again, but I’m always feeling full and starving at the same time. It’s so uncomfortable. Digestion has been weird this entire pregnancy, so I’ll be relived to have that back to normal in about 12 weeks!
  • Things are going so fast. When I say “12 weeks”, it seems really soon. When I think “3 months”, that helps me feel a little more calm about things. Still, it’s just so very fast!! I cannot believe I’m in the 3rd trimester already. I call UNFAIR that I was so sick for 22 weeks – it really “stole” 1/2 of the pregnancy.
  • Alba is still entertaining the idea of being a big sister. She likes to feel my belly, and we’ve even started watching birth videos together. We aren’t sure about the logistics of the birth yet. We’re planning a home birth, but we are unsure if she’ll be here for it or not. Ideally, yes – but also ideally, she’d be sleeping. :) 
  • I haven’t gained much weight (at least according to my last midwife visit in April), but I feel huge. I’d really like to get some major physical activity back into my routine. Now that the weather is changing, it should be easier to make it happen.
  • I’m feeling really happy and relaxed. Life has been crazy, but I’m trying to stay focused on what matters (my family).

Baby:

  • Baby has likely doubled in size since my last update. They are now the size of a large eggplant, and likely weigh over 2.5 pounds. Just a few more inches and a handful of pounds to grow before we meet!!
  • I’ve started noticing fetal hiccups in the last week.
  • Like I mentioned, this baby moves ALL OF THE TIME!!!
  • Apparently baby is now able to blink their eyes (showing off their lashes).

Okay, now time for some photos (PS, I was so much better at looking cute during my pregnancy with Alba … we are really putting these typical 2nd child theories to the test!)

Week 22

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Week 23

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Week 24

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*I missed week 25 … womp womp

Week 26

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Week 27

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Well apparently I forgot to blog?! I swear I got these posts done, but pregnancy brain is such a real thing right now.

This post spans 3 weeks, and I only have photos for 2 weeks (photos are for weeks 19 (blue dress) & 20 (black shirt)). Sorry, baby. Mama is trying to keep up.

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Mama:

  • These weeks started off super rough, but ended pretty sweet. At 20 weeks, I was still puking. By 21 weeks, nearly all of my gagging and food aversions are gone. I feel almost normal, and I think we’re in smooth waters now.
  • Around week 21, I was having big problems with overeating … it’s not that I was actually eating too much, if it’s like if I ate 1 bite too much, my stomach would hurt for hours.
  • We had our anatomy scan … baby is a … HUMAN. We got to see their little features and verified things are progressing just as they should. The only slight issue was that the tech couldn’t get a good shot of baby’s hands and feet. The doctor decided to mention their fingers could be webbed, but she wasn’t concerned at all. Then why mention it, Doc? So weird.
  • I feel kicks alllll of the time. Jimmy is finally able to feel them. Alba says she can feel them, but since she leaves her hand on my stomach for microseconds at a time, I think she’s just having fun with it.
  • Oh yeah, WE’RE MOVING!!! This happened last time I was pregnant. In late April, we’ll be moving 10 blocks away from our current (beloved) home. The new place is a great fit for our family, and I’ll be sure to share more about it when we’re getting settled. It’s going to be quite the adventure.
  • Let’s see … what else? The 2nd trimester is pretty awesome right now. No physical issues (minus digestive stuff, but who the hell knows – I’m trying not to complain) yet, and I’m finally looking pregnant vs. gluten belly.

Baby:

  • Baby has gone through a ton of changes since I last posted!
  • They are now the size of a large carrot, and weighs almost a pound.
  • Their eyebrows are starting to grow in … and they are practicing facial expressions.
  • Baby is learning to swallow, by practicing with amniotic fluid throughout the day.
  • Baby is moving a lot, but also sleeping as much as a typical newborn (this baby likes to move a lot in the morning and again right when I’m going to bed).
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In order to redeem myself, I am writing this the day I’m officially 18 weeks pregnant. Lots to celebrate this week!!

Mama:

  • I didn’t puke this week!!! Gagged? Yes … but I think the pukes are finally behind me.
  • Related – I can finally cook nearly everything, and food is becoming more normal again. Last time, I was having lots of hunger cravings – this time, I’m still pretty much never super hungry (or craving anything).
  • Baby is officially moving, and I can feel them!! Lots of lovely kicks each day – I forgot how much I love this part. I keep telling Jimmy I’m sure he can feel it, but we’re probably a week or so away from that.
  • I’m still so tired. SO TIRED. I need to remember to take my prenatal (which I suck at remembering).
  • My mom is here!! It’s been really nice to relax and spend time with her. Plus, Alba is LOVING the extra attention and lovin’.
  • Our anatomy scan is later this week – I’m really excited to get the report of a healthy baby.
  • I really am feeling so much better. Aside from being tired, this is the part of the 2nd trimester that I remember loving.

Baby:

  • Baby is developing their reflexes, and yawning is one that’s happening this week.
  • Baby now has nerves that are specializing their five senses: sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing.
  • Little one can hear everything that’s going on outside of my belly. I’m hoping that they can hear their big sister being the wild child she is.
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I pulled the ol’ second-baby-gets-forgotten this week, and didn’t remember to write down any details from the week. We did take photos at least, so here we go!

Mama:

  • Spoiler alert: still puking. Ughhh.
  • Even with still being sick, this was definitely the turning point week (or at least the start of a slow turn).
  • I had a midwife appointment, and got to hear the sweetest sound of baby’s heart … 150 bpm – Alba’s was always higher than that, so now I’m thinking mayyyybeee baby is a boy?? Only time will tell.
  • Last time, with Alba.

Baby:

  • Baby Natural’s skeleton has been cartilage up until this point, but now it’s hardening into bone.
  • Baby is putting on some body fat, which will make up about 2/3 of their body weight when they are born. S/he’s developing sweat glands too.
  • Baby is becoming more proportional – its body is catching up to its head.
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