Pregnancy: The Sequel (11 weeks)

11 weeks

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How far along? 11 weeks

Total weight gain:Honestly, I have no idea. I have decided to not worry about weight gain this time around. I’m a healthy eater, and I exercise. I don’t want other pregnant readers to read my blog and compare themselves to me. If my doctor becomes concerned about it, then I will.

Maternity clothes? Not in this pic, but I wear yoga pants more often then not. I did order some super cute maternity jeans from H&M for $15! They were on sale after Christmas, and I could not resist. Word of wisdom for buying H&M Maternity jeans, buy 2 sizes up. I have some from my last pregnancy that I found at Goodwill that I almost didn’t buy because they weren’t my size, but I tried them on and they were so comfy. I love that the belly band on their pants comes up over the majority of your belly. I hate most maternity pants because they cut you off mid-uterus.

Stretch marks? My belly has barely popped so….

Sleep: I take chewable melatonin almost every night. I’m not a fan of having to take it, but I’m also not a fan of not sleeping.

Best moment this week: Waking up at 3 am on Christmas morning to feel my baby FLUTTER. No it was not gas, it was bubbly, fluttery, and consistent. So precious.

Miss Anything?: Not feeling like I’m sea sick

Movement: YES.

Food cravings: Sour candy. I need to hit up Trader Joe’s to see what they have in the sour candy department, because I try to avoid dyes and artificial flavors like the plague.

I’m a little delayed in writing this because of Christmas, but this week has been great overall. My belly feels like it has exploded, and feeling new baby flutter has me tickled pink.

I’m so thankful we got to spend time with family over the holidays, and I even got to eat SOME food. Thanksgiving meal was nothing but a plate full of mashed potatoes.

My husband and I began reading Christ Centered Childbirth this week. We read a bit of it last time, but we didn’t get it until I was almost 9 months pregnant, and I had already read        e v e r y   pregnancy book my small suburban library had to offer. The one thing that has stood out to me so far from my reading it to try to connect with the baby at the beginning of every hour by talking to, praying for, or just thinking about him or her. This is pretty hard for me, especially since I’m constantly chasing around big sister, but I try to take time throughout my day to do this.

Pregnancy:The Sequel (10 Weeks)

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How far along? 10 weeks

Total weight gain:Zero so far

Maternity clothes? Not in this pic.

Stretch marks? My belly hasn’t even grown yet.

Sleep: Pregnancy insomnia is a pain.

Best moment this week: Lots of snuggle time with Big Sister

Miss Anything?: Not feeling like I’m sea sick

Movement: Not yet!

Food cravings: Bring on the steak and taters!

Anything making you queasy or sick? This prune sized tenant.

My husband and I have been battling sickness for the last week. He had the stomach bug, while I had a touch of it. I’ve mostly felt flu like. I’ve had a fever most days and have just felt generally achy.

I have already paid a much needed visit to my chiropractor. My SI joint is already starting to contort horribly out of place, thanks hormones. I could lay on my stomach and feel my hips, and my right one jutted straight up in the air. He was able to remedy that pretty quickly, and I regained some much needed mobility. However, I don’t want to have to go to the Chiro every single week of this pregnancy so I Googled some physical therapy exercises for SI dysfunction. I’ve started doing these exercises, and I can tell a huge difference in the strength of my pelvis and back.

If you’re experiencing sharp pain beside the base of your spine, you could be having SI issues. These exercises are easy but effective. I use an old exercise band and one of my daughter’s small plastic toy balls.

I’m looking forward to documenting this journey and watching this little bump grow.

What were some things that were different about your subsequent pregnancies?

Pregnancy: the sequel

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Yesterday morning I prayed for change. Around lunch time I started feeling queasy, and after eating it didn’t go away. I recognized this discomfort, and dashed off to the store to pick up a pregnancy test. I took it immediately upon my arrival, believing there was no way it could be positive all while knowing it would. Two pink lines.

With my first pregnancy I had tried to get pregnant, counted down the days, and when I found out, I ran into the living room crying and giggling, and I scared my beloved orange tabby Gus. This time, I cried, belly laughed, and picked up my daughter who was looking at me, confused. I told her she was going to be a sister, and it hit me. “I can’t do this. We aren’t ready for this.” Immediately I felt the Lord’s peace surround me. He wouldn’t give us this wonderful gift, if He didn’t plan on equipping us.

My husband wasn’t supposed to be off for another 4.5 hours, so I decided to take big sister to see him.

Clearly, he was as surprised as I was. Unlike last time, we told our family and a couple of close friends that day. I think telling people helped us with the shock.

You’re now reading this about a month after this all went down. We wanted to wait a little longer before making it public knowledge.

We’ve now seen our sweet nugget, and everything seems normal! I was relieved to find out there’s just one in there. While twins would certainly be a blessing, I’m more than fine being a singleton.

I’ll be documenting this journey much like my last one, so stay tuned!

Happy Birthday in Heaven

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My heart aches every time I’m near the part of town you lived in or near the exit your nursing home is because I know that I can’t just pop in and see your sweet smile.

You helped raise me, fed me, taught me, joked with me, helped me with homework, made me the smoothest hot cocoa, and the tastiest pancakes. Your house was really the only place I ever felt safe, and I really wish that I could sit down at your kitchen table with you just one more time.

You always made my birthday special, and I wish I could do the same for you. However, my birthday plans would far pale in comparison to what you’re able to experience now. I’m grateful that you’re no longer trapped in a body with a mind that betrayed you, but my heart is still really sore in your absence.

Thank you for showing me love at times I felt unloveable. Thank you for being my granny.

I know you’re having the best birthday yet.