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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.



  • 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 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!!


  • 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 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!


  • 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 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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I feel like I’m on the verge of feeling like myself again, but week 16 still had plenty of gags and pukes. There’s a silver lining in there somewhere. In an effort to be more positive, I absolutely can’t believe I’m 4 months pregnant … and there are only 5-6 months left in this journey! I’ve been looking forward to feeling better, so I can really lean in to the idea of this baby arriving this summer.



  • Aside from feeling like crap most of the time, I, physically (like hips, back, heartburn, etc.), feel really good. I’m a bit surprised that my body still feels so good, considering my activity level has been somewhere between a rock and a sloth for the last 3 months.
  • Last time, I was starting to feel good – I AM SO HOPEFUL!!!!
  • I’m finally feeling up for cleaning and helping around the house a bit. Last week, I cooked for myself!! This is huge.
  • We have some awesomeness (yes, real word) coming up soon: my mom is visiting in just a couple of weeks, then my sister will be here!! We have some travel and camping planned, and I’m just so ready to jump into Spring (feeling like myself).
  • Alba is continuing to embrace this journey. There have been many questions (like, if my head will get big too, or just my belly), and she loves giving love to the baby.
  • Having a second baby is pretty interesting. Not only does it go super-fast, but sometimes I forget I’m pregnant. Then, when it comes to the prep list for the baby, we don’t really need anything this time around. I’m thinking maybe I will invest in some meditation or self-care “classes” … something to channel that energy into.
  • I see my midwives on Thursday. I’m excited to hear the baby’s heartbeat!!
  • I’m still in the limbo of thinking that maybe I’m feeling the baby move, but I’m still so unsure.


I’m feeling lazy, so I’ll be grabbing these updates from the Mama Natural week-by-week guide!

  • Baby is developing many beautiful details this week, like creases on their palms, knuckles, and actual fingerprints.
  • The umbilical cord is totally mature now, with one vein that carries oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the baby, and two arteries that carry deoxygenated, nutrient-depleted blood away.
  • Baby’s heart is hard at work, pumping upwards of 25 quarts of blood each day, which is amazing and will only increase as the weeks go by. 

Then & Now:

16 weeks with Alba:

Pregnancy Week 16-5

16 weeks with Baby Dos:


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It’s been just over a month since we announced that we were expecting our 2nd baby (no clever nickname yet) … I can’t believe it’s only been a month! In true “the universe is punishing me” form, this pregnancy has been rough. Like, who would ever allow a mama to have a harder 2nd pregnancy? Chasing after Alba while dealing with constant fatigue and nausea has been hard. While I am so grateful for the opportunity to grow and carry this baby inside of me, I am SO ready for this part to be over – bring me the true 2nd trimester, where everything is candy and rainbows. In an effort to not neglect this child’s memories from the beginning, we are attempting to keep up on weekly photos, just like we did last time. For one, I want to compare photos and symptoms, but two, I think this little human might like to read all about their life before joining us on the outside.



  • According to this week last time, I was done gagging. Not the case this time around. I’m still gagging about everything, and puking is happening every 2-3 days.
  • Most food is the devil. Major food aversions (like, I’m going to end this sentence sooner than later, because I can’t even think about it). I can’t wait to eat a salad again!
  • Aside from the nausea, things are feeling good. I don’t have aches or heartburn yet (yet), so I’m really trying to embrace the last weeks before those symptoms are likely to arrive.
  • Alba has been pretty damn amazing lately. We had a lot of developmental leaps right before she turned 3 – which happened to be when we found out we were pregnant. There were a lot of “we’ve made a huge mistake” moments, but things are really, really lovely right now.
  • I definitely have a bump. I’m almost exclusively wearing maternity leggings + long tops. I much prefer being in this stage in February (vs. July last time). I haven’t had to purchase much, and I’m in pure comfort clothing.
  • So far, we’ve had two ultrasounds. I hope to share the images from the 1st trimester scan, but the money shot (of baby’s beautiful profile) is on Instagram. We have our anatomy scan in early March, and I can’t wait to see baby again.
  • I don’t have any intuition if baby is a girl or boy. I can’t remember when I assumed Alba was a girl … I feel like I just knew the whole time.
  • I’m still in the stage of wondering if every twinge is the baby moving. I’m not quite sure, but I think I’ve felt a few small movements.


  • Baby is growing a lot right now. S/he is now about 4 inches from head to butt, and the size of a large apple.
  • S/he’s busy moving amniotic fluid through the nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in their lungs begin to develop.
  • Their legs are growing longer than their arms now, and they can move all of their joints and limbs.

Then & Now:

15 weeks with Alba:

15 Weeks-4

15 weeks with Baby Dos:


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