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… 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.