Baby is the size of… cauliflower blossom, quokka, basketball hoop, baguette batard, Moon Boot
Highlight of the Week… Baby is still healthy and growing… that’s all I got for you this week.
Frustration of the Week… First trimester exhaustion is back with a vengeance. My brain feels foggy about 70% of the time and the evenings are the worst because baby decides it’s time to do yoga inside my very tight belly. Not going to lie – the past week has been quite trying. My brain can’t seem to reconcile what I want to accomplish and what I’m capable of accomplishing. Usually I can talk myself into a reasonable place, but I’ve been very stubborn. Aside from an extensive personal to-do list, work has been overwhelming as well and I can’t seem to convince myself it’s okay to slow down. In other words, I’m not giving myself a lot of grace – and that’s exactly what I need to do.
*A warning: This is not the week to send me messages of “hang in there” or some other passive remark. It will not be well received. This has been one of the hardest weeks of pregnancy I’ve experienced both mentally and emotionally.
Cute thing the boys did… Hubs has been amazing at helping me through this past week. Stepping up to take as much off my to-do list as he can and being a wonderful person to lean on as I worked through everything going on in my head.
Curiosities… I’ve started packing my hospital bag and I can’t find the stuff I put “in a safe place” from the last time. I’m now taking bets on how soon after the birth I find everything.
Baby is the size of… a savoy cabbage, ferret, junior tennis racket, pain d’epi, Windows 95 box
Highlight of the Week… We had the growth ultrasound this week, which you know we love. Baby was the opposite of helpful when it came to cute pictures. Facing head down with their feet by their ears, Baby is firmly planted between my hips. I’ve had difficulty walking and getting comfortable lately, so this explains a lot. Baby is super tall and skinny, clocking in at an estimated 4 lb 9 oz, putting them on track to be between 8-9 lbs at birth.
The best photo from the ultrasound we could get is below. Baby had a leg/foot covering the left side of the face and a hand/arm covering the right, so we only got a little peek at the nose and mouth. Judging by a few other live images, we think baby has my chin and nose.
Frustration of the Week… General discomfort. As mentioned, Baby’s position hasn’t been the most comfortable this past week. Rolling and jabs are normal but lately it feels like a game of pinball between my hip ligaments. Occasionally, I’ll lose quality mobility in my left leg. Generally my weaker side as it is, the added pressure from Baby requires extra effort just to lift and move my leg.
Cute thing the boys did… A cute moment for you… see the picture below. Cam cuddled up to my belly and Baby completely shifted AWAY from Cam’s head… but then proceeded to kick/punch Cam’s head as well… so sibling rivalry has already begun.
Curiosities… I’ve been taking Zantac to finish off a bottle I’ve had since my last pregnancy. I ran out and since Zantac is on recall right now, switched to Prilosec. Holy cow! What a difference! Heartburn rarely and barely shows up and I only have to take one pill a day. So nice!
Baby is the size of… a Florida pomelo, naked-tailed armadillo, Scooter board (um…that seems a bit large), croquembouche, Polly Pocket Adventure Playset
Highlight of the Week… This was a good week! Baby is incredibly active and keeps entertaining me with their movements. The other day Baby was moving so much while I was in the bath tub that the water was sloshing around! While some of the movements can be uncomfortable, most of the time they are fascinating and entertaining.
Frustration of the Week… Braxton Hicks contractions have popped up and have caught me a bit off guard. They come in infrequent batches and feel very different than they did with Cameron. Now with the absence of pain in my back, they feel less sharp but just as intense. They’re a pain and essentially pointless – but also super cool when the body just starts doing whatever it feels like doing.
Cute thing the boys did… Cameron is very into seeing my belly – as in pulling up my shirt and seeing my belly. He’s even started playing with my belly button, which is a bit weird, but we’re enjoying watching him process that my belly is “different”. (The super vain side of me appreciates that my child knows that this is not normal for Mommy. Hahaha!) He pats my belly a lot and is becoming more considerate when it comes to climbing over me and not crushing it.
Curiosities… The belly is so heavy and off the front of my body that wearing a belly band is absolutely necessary. When I stand, the top of my belly and abs pull downward, making it feel like someone is pushing down on my belly. Ugh! I’m grateful I invested in a good belly band last year and I’m able to get the support I need right away.
Baby is the size of… romaine lettuce, small clawed otter, a foam finger, 3 chocolate croissants, fanny pack
Highlight of the Week… We have a surgery date and time, which feels sooo official. I could feel the excitement in our families too as we start to make soft plans around the baby coming.
Speaking of, we were also gifted a double-stroller and talk about making it OFFICIAL! We both had a moment of “Whoa… there are going to be two!” Haha!
Even better this week, my doctor upped my dosage of heart burn/acid reflux medication and I am feeling infinitely better. I can even lay on my side at night without wanting to die.
Frustration of the Week… Baby is streeeeetching my belly and getting on my last nerve ligament this week. Baby has settled in pretty low and is consistently pressing on my inside hip ligaments on both sides. I’m constantly having to stretch and do fun yoga poses to inspire repositioning but as you can imagine, this isn’t super convenient when Baby does it in the middle of the night.
Cute thing the boys did… Hubs kicked “Manage Jen’s Discomfort” mode into overdrive this week and he’s absolutely knocking it out of the park. It’s phenomenal to have an amazing partner who is hyper-receptive to my needs during this time.
Curiosities… Cam is starting to get jealous of not being included in the belly photos… so I present to you… Baby 1 and Baby 2 in one shot!
Baby is the size of… a summer cantaloupe, platypus, helmet, brie en croute
Highlight of the Week… Having a a surgery date has put a lot of wheels in motion. I finally felt comfortable putting together a birth/post-natal plan (Plan A and B) and getting a few items we need for baby 2 – including a car seat. We’ll use the new car seat as a spare for Cam for right now but we’ll need it once baby grows out of their infant seat, so why not get it now?
Frustration of the Week… The flu swept through our house last week and unfortunately, I got hit with a less severe version of it (fever and exhaustion) – only to get a small bout of food poisoning a few days later. My body is still recovering during a time of tremendous growth for baby so physically, it’s been a rough week.
Cute thing the boys did… Baby is finally to the rolling stage and Jax is NOT a fan. He tolerates the random kicks, but gets totally weirded out about big movements from the baby. Hubs, on the other hand, loves it because he can finally see and feel the weird movements inside me.
Curiosities… I know Baby 2 preparations are usually a bit more relaxed but it struck us as hilarious that we’re both very blasé about it. Knowing that we have all the newborn stuff readily available in the house, we’ve been completely ignoring the prep. I should probably start pulling out the newborn clothes and wash the linens. Oh… and look up how to swaddle a baby again (amazing that I’ve forgotten that so quickly!) Hahaha!