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!
Baby is the size of… a tropical coconut, echidna, rollerblade, charlotte royale
Highlight of the Week… I passed my one-hour glucose test and officially scheduled my c-section. Getting those milestones behind me is a pretty big relief and now it feels like we can start planning for Baby’s arrival.
For those who may be wondering, my doctor and I agreed a scheduled c-section is the best option for this baby. Attempting to do a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarian) is incredibly dangerous with the births so close together. If I were to try to labor, I run a high risk of uterine rupture and no one wants that. So – a c-section it is! The earliest we can preschedule (for insurance purposes) is 39 weeks. If Baby decides it wants an earlier birthday, I will head straight to the hospital for surgery – no laboring will be allowed. (This was one of my biggest questions because this baby seems very opinionated!)
Frustration of the Week… Sinuses, allergies, heartburn, oh my! I’ve been put THROUGH it this week and it’s been a struggle. Thankfully, I talked to my doctor about the medications I’m taking and if overlapping them will harm the baby (it won’t). I live in fear of overmedicating so I wanted to be sure. Now it’s just to get through this nastiness.
Cute thing the boys did… While shopping at Joann for Halloween costume supplies, Cam kept leaning forward to hug my belly. Having it at eye level definitely had a sweet effect – he couldn’t get enough of it! Gently patting it, resting his head on it, hugging it. Totally the sweetest.
Curiosities… This past week, I had my first small dose of light contractions – which is strangely early. The contractions were at the front of my belly, not through my back and sides like the Braxton Hicks were with Cam. My doctor seemed unconcerned about them but naturally, I was like, “This is weeeird!” We’re definitely keeping an eye on them and tracking if they happen more frequently.
Baby is the size of… a bunch of bananas, fennec fox, camping lantern, boule de pain
Highlight of the Week… We’re finally seeing consistent movement of the baby on the outside and it’s awesome. Watching my belly making random motions is so cool and weird! This baby is incredibly active, doing all kinds of flips and turns that it keeps surprising me with where the next sensation is going to come from.
Frustration of the Week… Actually pretty comical. Baby has very strong opinions already about what position I’m in. If I’m too much to my left or right, I get a big jab in the side that is a very clear, “Hey! Move it!” motion. If I want to lay on my left side but baby has other ideas, they very quickly let me know. Definitely a second child and I can already tell we’re in for it with this one.
Cute thing the boys did… Cam had a rough time sleeping this week but it just provided the opportunity for adorable late night interactions with the belly. He’s starting to point to my belly and give me looks like, “What is this?” He’s still giving the belly hugs but the hugs are longer and more deliberate, which I can’t get enough of.
Curiosities… The weather is finally cooling down, so I’m excited to get outside for walks more often. I’ve been working really hard to take care of my muscles and back so we don’t have a repeat of last pregnancy. Keep your fingers crossed that everything stays as comfortable as possible.
Baby is the size of… a napa cabbage, prairie dog, baseball glove, fougasse
Highlight of the Week… Baby and I took an adventure to San Diego this weekend for a conference and had a blast dancing to all the music. Baby kicked and punched like crazy to the fun music and was a fun topic of conversation amongst all the women I met this week.
Frustration of the Week… Recovery time from being active is so much longer when I’m pregnant. I got home on Sunday evening and it’s now Tuesday… and I feel like I’ve been hit by a train still. Plus I’ve gotten a nasty bit of sinus mess from my travels. Unfortunately, that also means I can’t take an Advil Cold and Sinus and I get super frustrated trying to carefully pair together all the stuff I can take and do to get some relief.
Cute thing the boys did… All the boys missed the baby and me this weekend. Jax actually cuddled my belly a good portion of the first night back and Cameron has given it a few hugs. Glad the baby is already fitting in.
Curiosities… The biggest difference between Cameron and this baby is… this baby likes to party! If I was up walking around during the day, Cam was lulled to sleep. This baby wants to be apart of everything I’m doing – from walking around, working, and dancing. It’s like having a partner in crime while pregnant.
Baby is the size of… a garden eggplant, Atlantic puffin, GI Joe, demi-baguette
Highlight of the Week… This week has been really good physically. Just a small bit of swelling and loooots of movements from Baby. Baby is finally strong/big enough to hit through all the layers, so Hank got to feel a few kicks!
Frustration of the Week… Heartburn is increasingly becoming a pain so I’m jumping back on the Zantac train. I’ve been holding out as long as possible by using non-medicinal cures but I was woken up twice this week by a bout of heartburn. Time to call in reinforcements.
Cute thing the boys did… Jax is hyperaware of my belly and is really good about not jumping on it, which had been a very welcomed change.
Curiosities… I realized this week that my pregnancies feel veeery similar to each other. I have all the same symptoms that I had with Cameron just at different degrees and the experience feels about the same all around. Maybe it’s because they are so close together or maybe this is just the way my body does pregnancy. Who knows! Just thought it was interesting.