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How Far Along: 32 weeks. Umm….holy cow!

Size of Baby: Baby weighs in around 4 pounds or so, and is about 19 inches long.

Gender: Girl – sugar and spice, probably a lot of spice!

Weight Gain: 18 pounds. 7 more pounds till I hit my “target” weight. 8 weeks of pregnancy left…I can do it!

Symptoms: Some hip pain, but I’ve been seeing a chiropractor, so on the whole my usual pregnancy-pain complaints are really few and far between. 

Exercise: Slowed down a little this week due to life-craziness, mostly walking with the kids. I think I’m going to hang up my running hat and stick with walking until this baby comes. My last run/walk left me feeling pretty gross and tired for two days, so I’m thinking walking is in order, and perfectly okay. 

Clothes: All maternity.

Cravings/Aversions: Ice cream. And fruit. I am eating peaches and blueberries like I’ll never eat them again. 

Movement: Still pretty consistent. Getting into bigger movements, like rolls or pushing various appendages out. 

Worries: Baby was head down at my last appointment, so I’m not worried about that. But, I am starting to stress about not knowing anyone to watch my other kids while I have this baby. Sure, we have some people who could drive and take care of the kids, but that’s looking at an hour and a half. So, we need to at least find someone who will watch them for a few hours until someone else can come…

Milestones: Baby is almost at her birth length, and is continuing to gain weight and work on practice breathing and swallowing. Also, less than two months left until we have a baby!

Best Moment This Week: We are finally starting on some preparations for this baby. We ordered a crib, mattress, and dresser (for Nathan’s clothes in the closet), and the crib has come! Its not put together, its sitting right in our entry area, but we have it. 

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While I’ve talked a good bit about this pregnancy here on the blog, I don’t think I’ve every explicitly said that this pregnancy was a huge, gigantic surprise (I mean, I figure that goes without saying when you get pregnant while your baby is seven months old, but still, surprise). So, I thought I would share how we found out about our super surprise baby, since it was a pretty crazy few days in our lives.

To start with, I never had a cycle while pumping; my cycle started again right at the beginning of January (one day into my first Whole30, which I do not recommend). So, when February 1st rolled around with no cycle, I wasn’t terribly worried. “It takes awhile for these things to get back to normal,” I told myself, “I feel like it will start any day now,” I thought, and I continued with my life, never suspecting a thing. I bought some new, tight, skinny jeans for my post-Whole30 body.

Fast-forward to Feb. 6th – still nothing. Meanwhile, I’ve been sick for a week, so I go to the doctor who prescribes an antibiotic (and eye drops because I also managed to magically get PINK EYE when neither of my children, who I took with me to the doctor, had pink eye). While at the pharmacy picking up my prescription I figure I might as well buy a pregnancy test just to confirm I’m not pregnant so I can happily take my antibiotics with peace of mind. Because, surely, I am not pregnant.So, we can all imagine my surprise when my supposed to be negative pregnancy test turns out to be very, very darkly positive.

So I did what any rational woman would do when faced with a positive pregnancy test, a sleeping eight-month old, and a three year old watching TV. I freaked out. I called my husband and said, “WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO!?” “We aren’t doing anything,” he said. “That’s not what I meant! I meant, what am I doing to DO?” And we both freaked out a lot; I needed to talk to someone who wouldn’t freak out, so I asked him if I could call my mom.  Blessedly, she did not freak out.

And, the next day, my husband lost his job.

Of course, we know that this story has a happy ending. My husband received several job offers, selected one, and started before February was even over. And our baby is healthy, growing well, and is a girl, which was statistically unlikely. And we are excited for her arrival!

I never would have planned this. And, while I know plenty of people have unexpected pregnancies, I declared a few months before this that I would never experience one because my husband was “too cautious and terrified of that happening.” I’m pretty sure I was on God’s Comedy Channel with that one. Its been an interesting time to be sure, but its been one that’s brought me a new life verse (at least for this season of my life): Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the Lord’s purpose that prevails. -Proverbs 19:21

How Far Along: 24 weeks

Size of Baby: Baby weighs about a pound and a half and is the size of an ear of corn. Baby is also now growing at a rate of 6 ounces a week!

Gender: Completely confirmed girl!

Weight Gain: 11 pounds. 

Symptoms: Still feeling pretty good, but it is getting HOT and that is not agreeing with me too much (mostly because I have to drink sooooo much water).

Exercise: None this week. I’m getting ready for a freezer cooking session this weekend, and that combined with a trip to our soon-to-be new town to check out preschools has pretty much consumed my life this week.

Clothes: All maternity.

Cravings/Aversions: Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream, frequently indulged.

Movement: Very consistent. Sometimes I’ll think its been awhile since I’ve felt anything, but I always seem to feel some movement shortly after that.

Worries: Moving. Which isn’t really pregnancy related, but the move is imminent, and I’m starting to freak out a little.

Milestones: Viability!!! I love this milestone; while I know so much can happen between now and delivery and that nothing is a guarantee, this milestone always makes me feel like we’re really having a baby, one that will come home and live with us and need stuff (like a crib!).

Best Moment This Week: Nothing particular comes to mind from this week. I’m just enjoying browsing girls’ clothes (so many choices, so overwhelming!) and looking at what we already have. We also ordered bedding a little while ago (we agreed on something and it was on super sale at Pottery Barn Kids, so we got a bumper, pillow insert, monogramed pillow case, and crib skirt shipped to us for what a bedding set from Target would cost. I do need two crib sheets, but I plan on picking those up from Target, which will be pretty inexpensive.), which came maybe two weeks ago, and I love it! It makes me wish we had a place to live and a bed for this child so I could set it up. But I know I have plenty of time for that.

 

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How Far Along: 21 weeks

Size of Baby: Baby is the size of a banana. Baby weighed in at 13 ounces at my ultrasound Monday.

Gender: Completely confirmed girl!

Weight Gain: 8 pounds.

Symptoms: Still feeling really good! I feel the best I’ve felt since I was pregnant with Nathan.

Exercise: I’ve gotten in a 2 mile run/walk at a 3/1 interval and a couple of walks, but with errands for the boys’ party, my gym time has been slim this week.

Clothes: All maternity.

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing in particular comes to mind.

Movement: Getting more and more frequent, with a few movements I could feel from the outside!

Worries: I measured at 22 weeks at my appointment, which my doctor said was no big deal, and that really I was only 1.5 weeks ahead. I know nothing is really a concern unless you consistently measure three or more weeks ahead for three weeks, but in all of my pregnancies I’ve only measured a bit small or right on track. We shall see!

Milestones: Baby is starting to taste amniotic fluid, practicing swallowing and digesting, which means she is tasting some of the food I eat.

Best Moment This Week: After our anatomy scan, all four of us went to the mall to shop for clothes for baby girl. Everyone, except Nathan, was very into selecting outfits and had their own opinions about what we should get. And Colton is so, so excited. He has loved telling people about his baby sister and has been making tons of pictures for her room. And he insists we frame and hang them all. My sweet boy!

 

I am seriously falling behind here. I know these aren’t super exciting posts and I’m tempted to give them up, but I really do enjoy looking back on them and comparing my pregnancies.

Looking chubby before making it to the gym.

Looking chubby before making it to the gym.

How Far Along: 20 weeks

Size of Baby: Baby is the size of a mango – about 6 or 7 inches long and weighing in at about 10 ounces.

Gender: Pretty much confirmed that this baby is a girl. Should be “officially” confirmed at my anatomy scan on Monday.

Weight Gain: 7.5 pounds. This is about two pounds under where I was with Nathan, and since I started this pregnancy about 5 pounds heavier, I’m reasonably pleased with that, I guess.

Symptoms: Nothing really comes to mind (besides ordinary tiredness and drinking crazy amounts of water).

Exercise: Doing better with this! We went for a 2+ mile walk yesterday; it took us forever (C walked some, stopped to watch people fishing, bathroom stop, etc.) but I’m encouraged to try to get more exercise in more frequently.

Clothes: All maternity. The medium clothes that I was so sure I would need soon are still a little big – I still wear them, but man is it nice to put something on and think “this looks a little baggy.”

Cravings/Aversions: Onion rings. We live sort of near a Hardees, and that is ALL I can think about every time we drive by. Yuuuuuuum. Strangely, cooked carrots are on my hate list. I adored them last pregnancy, and while they don’t taste bad, I don’t like them at all this time around.

Movement: Gaining frequency, but I can still go quite awhile without feeling anything.

Worries: That this baby will magically turn into a boy; I’ve been looking at girl clothes and man oh man, how fun! I would still be very, very happy to have a boy, but I’m kind of locked into the girl-thing now, and that would be a big adjustment. General worry about having three kids – I read some things about having two under two, and one of them put a lot of emphasis on keeping your older child safe while you care for baby. Umm, I have a hard enough time keeping Nathan from flinging himself off the sofa or falling off of something as it is. What am I going to do with another baby in the mix!?

Milestones: Halfway to meeting this baby! Also, if baby is a girl, her uterus is currently fully formed and her ovaries contain eggs!

Best Moment This Week: I was a training ultrasound for a local crisis pregnancy center, where I friend of mine works. I got to see this baby, which is always fun, but we also got to look for identifiers for gender. Although they can’t tell you gender there (they aren’t allowed to do anything diagnostic), my friend said, “I can’t officially tell you what it is, but I don’t see any boy parts.”

 

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How Far Along: 18 weeks

Size of Baby: About the size of a bell pepper.

Gender: I referred to the baby as “she” the other day, so I’m still stuck on girl.

Weight Gain: No idea – I was at my parents’ and didn’t weigh.

Symptoms: One or two headaches this past week, but they haven’t been bad. Heartburn has started, and I haven’t been a fan of that so much.

Exercise: I’m trying to get in more purposeful exercise lately, which has mostly just been small walks pushing the double stroller. Its not running, but its something.

Clothes: Maternity! Including my very first maternity swim suit.

Cravings/Aversions: Ice cream! I really want sweets and I don’t like Chick-fil-a meals, but do love their milkshakes.

Movement: Seems to be more and more frequent and getting stronger!

Worries: I found a tick on my back one night, and then had a day with a terrible headaches and exhaustion and worried I had a tick-born illness (proof I am ridiculous).

Milestones: Finally starting to feel like I have some amount of energy!

Best Moment This Week: Spending time with my boys enjoying a little “vacation” time with my parents. Also, I didn’t have to cook!

 

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How Far Along: 14 weeks

Size of Baby: About the size of a lemon.

Gender: My gut is girl.

Weight Gain: About one or two pounds. Woot! I’m not sure how long I’ll keep track of this, since I started out at a heavier weight than typical for me, and the thought of gaining 30 pounds (typical for me during pregnancy) is stressing me out. But, I did loose at least a pound earlier, which has never happened to me during pregnancy, and have probably gained about two since then, for a net gain of one.

Symptoms: More nausea than in my previous pregnancies, but still not bad. Serious fatigue, but that seems to be getting a little better now that I’ve hit the second trimester. I had a ton of dizziness at this point with Nathan, and I have that this time around, but it hasn’t been as bad (I had several times where the edge of my vision would go black in my last pregnancy, but this time has been much milder).

Exercise: I’ve tried to keep up with running, but since the Color Run two weeks ago, I haven’t done any. I’m struggling to find the time between taking C to school, N’s naps, and home showings. Plus the whole energy thing, but I’m hopeful I can get back on top of it this week.

Clothes: All maternity pants; my regular pants do still fit, but they get more and more uncomfortable as the day goes one, and especially after eating, so I just gave up. A few non-maternity shirts still work, but maternity tops give better coverage and the ones that aren’t gathered at the sides are baggier and I feel like hide things more if I want.

Cravings/Aversions: In general, nothing really grosses me out, but not a lot appeals to me either. Mostly all that sounds appetizing to me are things like ice cream or milkshakes, although in the last couple of days I’ve really wanted a plain bagel and cream cheese.

Movement: I think I’ve felt some, starting at about 12 weeks. It can been several days or weeks between thinking I can feel movement, but when I’ve felt something it has been when I’m sitting still, which doesn’t happen too often.

Worries: Like last time, lots of things worry me. I had some bleeding early on, which my doctor things was probably latent implantation bleeding. But that freaked me out a good bit. Also, I have a friend who was close to a month behind me, had a good 8-week ultrasound and found out a week later she had miscarried. So of course, that makes me nervous (and feel totally awful for her). Most of my other worries center around having three kids four and under, and just being worried about poor Nathan – stuck in the middle with a sibling 16 months younger than him and a high needs older sibling.

Milestones: Second trimester!

Best Moment This Week: This didn’t happen this week, but when we told Colton we were having another baby, he assumed it would be a boy. After my 12 week ultrasound I told him the baby *might* be a girl. He was immediately happy with his and declared, “we need to go to the mall to get Scout Baby a hair bow! Some stores have hair bows at the check-out.”

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How Far Along: 26  weeks

Baby’s Size: Baby is about the length of an English Hothouse Cucumber, which I think is about 14 inches long, and weighs about a pound and a half.

Weight Gain: Strangely, it seems to be about 15 pounds. I feel like I lost all self-control over the weekend, so I consider this miraculous.

Symptoms: Bending is still hard, though not as bad as my last update. I think I had a small appendage sticking up into my ribs on my right side, which made bending extra painful. I’m having a lot of back pain, which is especially bothersome at night. Since I’ve started taking a prenatal with more iron in it I haven’t had any problems with morning dizziness.

Exercise: We took more walks this week, but nothing “formal.”

Clothes: All maternity now, with the exception of one glorious cami from Old Navy and an XL shirt a friend lent me, which is too big everywhere but my stomach, but is great for layering or wearing to clean my house.

Cravings/Aversions: Chocolate. Hot, gooey, rich chocolate. Candy. And I couldn’t resist this week.

Movement: Strong enough to feel from the outside, and much more all over the place than it has been. I’ve even seen my stomach pop several times with kicks, which I NEVER saw with Colton.

Gender: Boy!

Worries: Not too many recently. I feel like I’m finally settling into this pregnancy and feeling more secure. I’m still concerned I will fail my GD test, but that’s just not a huge deal.

Milestones: Hubby felt the baby kick for the first time this week!

Best Moment of the Week: We ordered the part of the baby’s bedding I’m not attempting to make. I also went to my friend’s baby shower last night, where we took this picture:

We are: 36 weeks, 33 weeks, 32 weeks, and 26 weeks pregnant.

We are: 36 weeks, 33 weeks, 32 weeks, and 26 weeks pregnant.

Four of the seven ladies who are all due between March and May, in order of due date. In our Sunday School class, we now have 11 ladies who are currently pregnant, and I believe all of the other four are due in September.

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*I took a picture for this week, but can’t upload it until I finish running a program to detect duplicate photos in iPhoto. At the rate everything is going, it might be a few days until the photo is up.*

How Far Along: 19 weeks

Baby’s Size: a large tomato – about 6 inches

Weight Gain: Somewhere between 8 and 9 pounds, not totally sure this week.

Symptoms: Heartburn. It’s been pretty terrifically awful as well, waking me up in the middle of the night, making me nauseous, and I can’t seem to figure out what triggers it. Or, rather, everything seems to trigger it. Even toast. And milk. Zantac seems to keep it at bay now, as long as I take it every night. If I forget to take it, I wake up with heartburn. Also, breakouts all along my jawline and chin. I remember breaking out with C, but very early on. This time, the situation is getting pretty bad. Anyone know of something, besides a basic facewash, I can use to help clear this up?

Exercise: Nada.

Clothes: One or two regular shirts are still working as well as a few camis, otherwise I’m wearing super comfy maternity clothes.

Cravings/Aversions: Attempting to avoid anything that gives me heartburn, and no real cravings I can think of this week.

Movement: Nothing remotely consistent, I can go days without feeling anything. What I do feel is still that weird crawling feeling.

Gender: In the beginning, I was so sure this baby is a boy, and really wanted another boy. Now I’m not so sure on either of those counts. At 12 weeks, the ultrasound tech guessed the baby was another boy, and even though I know that’s just a guess, I’m finding it hard to think this baby won’t be a boy, even though part of me really wants to buy adorable girly baby things.

Worries: Just the same old same old. Some freak-outs, but feeling less like thing will go horribly wrong all the time.

Milestones: Baby’s brain is developing areas for smell, taste, vision, touch and hearing. It’s possible baby can even hear voices this week.

Best Moment of the Week: This is more like an ode to my doctor’s office, but on the way home from our Christmas travels, I got this horrible pain in my left side. I’m not kidding when I say it was excruciating and would rate it on a pain scale with contractions. I never felt contractions with C until my water broke, but what I did feel was an exercise-type cramp on my left side. So, I was a little worried about both the severity of the pain and that fact, though I felt like the pain was above my uterus. So, I called the doctor on call in labor and delivery. The doctor on call wasn’t my doctor, but another doctor in the practice. He was so kind, asked me lots of questions, and reassured me that nothing terribly bad was going on. He did, however, say if things changed or if I continued to feel like things just weren’t right to call and come in before my next appointment.

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How far along: 16 weeks

Size of baby: about the size of an avacado

Weight Gain: +6 pounds

Symptoms: Serious hip pain – things are stretching out and I can really, really feel it. Just this evening working with 3 year olds at church I felt like an old woman just walking around. And I’m really noticing that I’m much hungrier this week. In fact, I’ve woken up a few times in the middle of the night because I’m hungry.

Exercise: Still none, other than wrestling, carrying and running after C.

Clothes: I’m pretty much wearing all maternity except for a few shirts and sweaters. I’m still too small for a lot of my maternity things, but too big for my regular things. I really don’t have much in the way of long-sleeved maternity tops, because I apparently wore a lot of regular tops still with C during the winter. I don’t feel like I look much bigger at this point than I did with him, so I’m guessing things are distributed differently? I feel like my pre-pregnancy tops are too small in an all over sort of way rather than just not being long enough to cover my belly as they were the first time around.
Cravings/Aversions: If its a carb, I like it. Bread, cookies, cereal bars, oatmeal, and fruits are all good. Pretty much any sweet is good too. I’m also really enjoying omelets a couple of times a week.

Movement: I’m pretty sure I’m feeling some movement! It feels nothing like bubbles or fluttering described in books and websites, nor is it really what I remember feeling with C. It feels more something inside me crawling (kind of like an inchworm) or like my stomach is going numb. I know it isn’t gas, hunger, my uterus stretching, or cramps, so that pretty much leaves the baby.

Worries: Pretty much the same old, same old constantly worried. But I feel like the worry is lessening, which is good.

Milestones: 16 week heart-rate check — baby was doing well and we got to schedule our 20 week anatomy scan!

Best moment of the week: Taking C with us to our appointment and seeing him get completely shy when the doctor tried to engage him in helping measure my belly and hold the Doppler. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed taking him; he was very interested in hearing everything we were going to do. Really, anytime C is engaged in what is going on is a great moment for me — it gives me great hope that my children will always get along!

Just a 20-something girl living on the East Coast, trying to figure out life. I'm a wife and mom to two. I'm trying to rediscover my love for long walks, yoga and pilates. But not hiking. I still don't like hills. I was raised at the beach, but I don't like the beach. I like to look at it, but I don't like to swim in it, I'd prefer a pool, thanks. I'm just trying to become the best person I can be -- the woman God wants me to be. That's easier said than done!

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Hubby is my all-time favorite guy. A perfect mix of serious, sarcastic, laid-back, handy and nerdy, he is the perfect complement to me. I love his strong work-ethic and the way he always loves and supports me through everything. Some of Hubby's favorite things include: hiking, Virginia Tech football, woodworking, and his family. When I married him in July 2007, I had no idea what an amazing journey we were headed on, and how I could come to love him so much more each day.

Our oldest, Colton, is three years old. He is equal parts sassy and hysterical. He loves all things train, car, bus, truck, and machine related. He has a penchant for made-up words and loves to be the clown of his pre-school class. Our younger son, Nathan, was born this May. He is pure joy and full of smiles! He is such a blessing and a perfect fit for our family.