Sunday, April 2, 2017

baby #2 | 23 weeks

How Far Along23 weeks, 4 days!

Size of the BabyBaby W is the size of a grapefruit! 

Symptoms/Sleep: Another week of feeling pretty dang good, emotional but good. I have not had any swelling and I am still happily wearing my rings. I have been really conscious of my water intake and have tried to drink at least 72 ounces a day - seems like a random number but my Starbucks tumbler is 24 oz and I try to drink 3 of them. This is on top of my smoothie that I have every morning (which we have been making with coconut water). 

I am sleeping really well this week even though I look tired. I can still sleep on my stomach which is nice and I haven't had to get up to pee in the middle of the night in quite some time which is the best. It's funny to think that at this point in my pregnancy with Natalie, I was dependent on my snoogle for good sleep.

Bump/Belly Button/Weight Gain: The bump is finally here. It's still small (and sometimes questionable depending on what I am wearing) but it's there. This past week I got the first of the unhappy glares from a patient. That is the worst part of being pregnant while working at a fertility center. If only I could wear a pin that says FET Baby on Board or IVF Warrior. Something to let people know that I am one of them; although, I am not sure it would really make a difference. 

I gained another 1.5 pounds in the last week. If y'all have been keeping track, that's already a whopping 23 pounds so far [insert monkey covering eyes emoji here]. I am still (barely) under my pre-pregnancy weight with Natalie which is crazy to me. I have done much better about body image issues this time around which makes me so proud of myself.  With 17 weeks (but probably more like 16) left, I am hoping that my 2lbs/week does not keep up! I just looked in my chart and know that I gained 44lbs with Natalie so mentally I am prepared for, give or take, another 21 lbs (eek!). I keep reminding myself that from 2013-2016 I lost all of the weight and then some so I know I can do it again! (If you're wondering, yes, it is exhausting being this crazy. It's alarming how long the after effects of serious body image issues last and when they decide to rear their ugly head.)

Cravings/Aversions: Periodically throughout this pregnancy, I have wanted all of the spicy things which is so strange for me. I discovered (thanks to my friend, Jordan) cheddar jalapeno cheetos. Oh my God. Where have they been all my life?! 

This week I am back to the pineapple and watermelon cravings. B got me some pineapple from Costco and while it isn't that super sweet in-season pineapple, it is still reeeeally delicious. 

Big Sister: I am seriously so lucky that crazy little girl is mine. While we have had some ups and downs this week - listening isn't always her strong suit - she is so strong headed and sassy, so silly and sweet. This week she has been talking up a storm about any and everything and I love listening to her. I love when she talks about baby brother.  She has also started to be more verbal about her feelings and when people and things hurt her feelings and why she is upset. It's heartbreaking but it has allowed for some big conversations lately which is just another reminder that she is growing up way too quickly.

Miss Anything: I cannot think of anything that I am really missing this week which is nice!

Best Moment: We had our new oven installed and it is SO NICE to have a functioning kitchen again.

Can't Wait For: I am so excited for this upcoming weekend. We are going to a wedding reception for one of B's college basketball teammates. It will be so great to see Ant and Chelsea and meet their son Karter. It will be fun to see the other guys from the team and have all the boys and their little babes together for the first time.