Friday, May 12, 2017

baby #2 | 29 weeks

How Far Along29 weeks! 10ish weeks to go! HOLY COW

Size of the BabyBaby W is the size of an acorn squash! 

Symptoms/Sleep/Labor Signs: I am still swelling free. This is amazing. I am going to be ramping up my water intake to make sure it stays that way! I am starting to get some cramps in my legs at night but I know that ramping up water will help that. I also read that drinking milk will help too so I will be trying to increase my milk consumption which isn't a bad idea anyways. 

Bump/Belly Button/Weight Gain: I am loving this little bump. Every morning I look at it in the mirror after my shower and I am just amazed at how good I feel. I did not have this body love with Natalie. By this point, I was retaining fluid like it was my job. I was swollen and uncomfortable. I feel so lucky that, while this pregnancy has had its own complications, I feel so good and comfortable in my skin. 

I weighed myself today and I have gained a whopping 30 pounds at this point. I'm not really sure where this weight is but apparently it's there.  I have been asked why I keep track of this and why I think about it at all. Given my history with body image issues, it's important to me to feel in control and to mentally prepare for the post-pregnancy body image issues. I learned the hard way after Natalie. I am going to give myself grace and have more reasonable expectations. It takes 10 months to put the weight on and I need to give myself (at least) 10 months to get it off. If I gain 50 pounds (Lord, help me if I do), then that means I should strive to lose 5 pounds/month for 10 months. It's a lot crazy but it's how my brain works.

Cravings/Aversions: I don't know that I have really had any this week. 

Big Sister: She is the best. We asked her what she thinks baby brother should be named and she agreed Everett is a good name.  When I asked her what she thought she would call baby brother, she thought for a moment and then confidently replied, "Bolt". Fair enough, kid.

Drop off has still been hard. Like real hard. She cries every morning and clings to whoever is dropping off. Cheryl, the amazing woman she is, scoops Nat up and comforts her while simultaneously reassuring us that this is normal and everything will be ok. Thank God for Cheryl. 

I shared this picture on Instagram this week but I cannot get over how big she looks so I have to share it here too. 

I feel like since I got pregnant, she has gotten so big, so grown up. I don't even know how to explain it. Maybe the anticipation of someone so little has made me realize just how not little my first baby is... excuse me while I go weep in the corner.

Miss Anything: Nope. I feel really good this week. I mean, if I had to say something, I would say warm weather. It has been chilly this past week and I am ready for the temps to hit the 80s and 90s next week! ...not a normal request for a pregnant woman, I know, but higher temps means playing outside which means a tired toddler...

Best Moment: Today when I picked Natalie up from daycare she was super chatty and hysterical. She rambled on nonsensically while draining what was left of my morning coffee. We picked up B and head down to the little market in town and she was so funny. She asked B to buy Tasty Cake chocolate donuts because "these are my favorite donuts of my lifetime". She suckered him into getting a cherry popsicle because she "just needed a little treat after a long week".  She tried to grab half the store, telling B that it was all on her grocery stop list. She had the girl working totally cracking up. 

Can't Wait For: I am excited for a quiet weekend celebrating Mother's Day with my people. It's supposed to be 72* and sunny on Sunday so maybe we can have coffee on the deck and just take it all in.