So my friend Anamarie does baby updates every week and I figure I might as well do at least one blog post related to pregnancy while I’m pregnant. Also, since I forget everything every single day, this might help me remember in later years. Here goes.
How far along: 25 weeks, 4 days. Scheduled for a c-section in exactly 14 weeks! Hard to believe.
Mom: I’m feeling great with very few complaints other than really annoying heartburn and some serious exhaustion–like, a new level. I’m also having crazy dreams (about grocery stores, ex-boyfriends, sky diving, etc.), but that’s not too far from the norm for me. I have some good stuff going on with work and am enjoying soaking up lots of solo time with Isla before there are two little ones dividing my attention.
Dad: Lots and lots and lots of studying. He’s in a language course right now and it’s proving to be just as or more intense than we expected. Fortunately, the days aren’t too long and we get to relax together when the studying is over. I’m sure that break from work for him when Leo gets here is going to be much needed!
Baby: The kicks are crazy already and have been for weeks! I feel like he’s constantly doing backflips or wiggling around. It’s definitely something I missed from being pregnant with Isla. Since we are nearing 26 weeks, he’s getting close to 14 inches and 1 2/3 pounds. Seems pretty tiny compared to Isla’s final 8 lbs 5 oz, but he’ll get there! We are just so excited for him to be with us (once he’s big and healthy enough, of course).
The Bump: is large and in charge. Obviously nowhere near what it will be, but my belly button is starting to poke out (ugh) and I’m getting to the point that shaving or bending over feelings like serious work. Another observation is that the bump is SO much lower this time than it was with Isla. I mean, my boobs aren’t resting on it, so that’s cool.
Sleep: Still happening, but if Dom even comes somewhat near me when sleeping (and he sleeps like a spider monkey–totally wrapped around me) I feel like I’m suffocating to death and will surely die. I don’t wake up for bathroom breaks at night at all really except on rare occasions, but I sometimes wake up and end up wide awake at like 4am for no reason at all. So that sucks. I’m totally, completely exhausted during the day, and I think it’s a combination of being pregnant with a boy, chasing a toddler, and working fro home. Or we’ll pretend that’s what it’s from. I easily take two-to-three-hour naps during the day.
Cravings/Aversions: Iced vanilla coffee from McDonald’s. Terrible but I don’t care. Last week I really wanted York Peppermint Patties and cheeseburgers. This week I want pasta. I always want sushi even though I’m not technically supposed to eat it. My aversions are pretty much the same as they have been all of this pregnancy–fish, chicken, or any kind of meat that isn’t mixed with bread or pasta.
Missing: Shaving my legs without a huge amount of effort, not constantly being out of breath, doing squats without feeling like my vagina is going to fall off (but let’s be real–exercise is far and few right now except for walks), and not being exhausted 24/7.
Looking forward to: Isla seeing her brother for the first time. When I think about it I could easily burst into tears from happiness.
Best moment this week: We’ve had a really rough couple of weeks but my favorite moment as of recently was probably playing with Isla and Dom at the playground at the mall. So ghetto but I don’t even care. I love seeing the two of them together.
Symptoms: Heartburn like crazy. I’m forever miserable from that, even with medicine. Exhaustion. Starting to get swollen hands and feet after our evening walks. Crazy dreams. Other than those few things, I’m feeling great! This pregnancy has been approximately one thousand times better than Isla’s.
Movement: Leo is a total wiggle worm. He definitely takes advantage of the time he’s awake. I see a fun playmate in Isla’s future. And he moves EVERYWHERE–hands, feet, and basically his entire body are constantly doing something.
Happy or Moody: It’s actually been a pretty sad two weeks but given everything we’ve been dealing with, I’d say I’m fairly happy with a few bad days in between.
Purchases for baby: Prints for his walls that came in and I absolutely love. I think that’s the only thing this week. I can’t wait to hang them!
Advice/Commentary from others: Nothing too noticeable. I think people are definitely noticing that my belly is getting pretty big, but nothing has been mentioned that makes me feel awkward or annoyed.
Overall, we are just so excited! Only 14 weeks to go until he makes his debut.