Wednesday, June 22, 2016
17 Weeks (Baby #2)
How far along - 17 weeks, due November 30th
Gender - We don't know yet. Aria insists it's a baby brother. I don't have a feeling either way, but if I had to pick I'd go with Aria's guess. Kids know these things!
Cravings - Before I knew I was pregnant I had a craving for twizzlers and cream soda, which is what I craved with Aria. I just thought it was funny and moved on. More recently I've craved cereal and fruit, anything cold really.
Aversions - I stopped drinking coffee back in April because it lost its appeal, I didn't know I was pregnant at the time. I thought I just drank too much for my birthday and coffee-ed myself out. Also raisins, I blame Liz. Just typing fish makes me gag. Turkey burgers in the beginning, but I had one the other day and it was all good.
Best moment - Having our first appointment and getting to see 15 week baby #2. With Aria we had our first ultrasound probably at 8 weeks and then again at 20. So it was pretty neat seeing a 15 week baby. He or she was curled up and you could see legs arms head and spine, but not as detailed as the 20 week. I was so relieved to see that the baby was looking on track because I've been having a very light symptom pregnancy so far. Most of the time I just don't feel pregnant at all even with my little bump getting bigger. Always something to worry about I suppose. Also telling Aria was so fun. We waited until the morning of my first appointment because she would definitely not keep it to herself. She got such a big smile and has been asking the most random questions ever since.
Looking forward to - Finding out the sex next month! And, yes we will absolutely be finding out =)
Miss anything - Alcohol and energy.
Movement - I've felt a few suspicious flutters and pops and wiggles, but I'm still not 100% sure it was the baby. With Aria the first time I felt something I absolutely knew it was the baby, but not this time. Not yet anyway.
Other pregnancy symptoms - Like I said this has been a very symptom free pregnancy so far. I had a whole two rough nausea experiences. Then a few I need a snack queasy feelings in the 1st trimester, but that has tapered off. The biggest symptom has been exhaustion though, and I feel like I'm getting more and more tired as time goes on. Zzz. I'm also getting some lower back pain, which was one of my least favorite things while pregnant with Aria. And, headaches almost daily but light ones. With Aria I had awful headaches, my number one least favorite symptom with her. So I am hoping I skip that this time, I'd much rather have the daily light ones. I am thankful that it has been pretty easy, and I knock on wood all the time that it keeps it up!
Aria's thoughts - She is totally excited about having a new baby. When I first told her I pulled her in for a hug and she was very concerned about squishing the baby. She bumped her head a few days ago and was crying then all of a sudden asked if she was scaring the baby. And, she was moving all the magnets up further on the refrigerator the other day. When I asked her what she was doing she said she didn't want the baby to get them and choke. She cracks me up. She also suggests names constantly. We've got Dirt, Hearts, Flowers, Janice, and a few others that I already can't remember - I really should jot notes down more often. She gets a big smile when we talk about when the baby gets here (she promises to let me know when the baby cries), and she loves hearing about when she was in mommy's tummy.
A few of you mentioned that we waited a while to share our news, which is true. That is because we just didn't know. Maybe a little tmi, but I have long wonky cycles. I was later than my average cycle and we had plans for having a drink on Mother's Day. So, I decided to take a test just to be sure it was okay. I was 99% sure it was going to come back negative and any thought about the maybes would be put to rest. However, those two lines popped up almost immediately. I was completely shocked, and Chris was even more so. We had just started talking about maybe trying for another after we buy a house. We've been chipping away at student loans and only recently started to save aggressively for a down payment on a home. So it was an idea floating around, but an idea on the back burner for right now. But, clearly waiting was just not in the plan.
After a day of shock and disbelief I started to think about how amazing having another baby will be. Aria will be turning 4 right after my due date, and I think 4 is a great age difference. I was never one to want babies close together. But, I think more than 4 years might be too great a difference for them to play together. So I am thankful that this is how things played out. I'm excited to do the baby thing all over again (apart from waking up all night), and I'm excited to see how Aria deals with becoming a big sister.
So, I found out I was pregnant right around 10 weeks. I called my ob the next day to make an appointment, but it wasn't scheduled for another 5 weeks. Longest 5 weeks ever. I didn't want to tell family until after we had that confirmation ultrasound and visit. I couldn't tell Aria until the appointment was closer because she wouldn't understand to keep it to herself. I did tell a few close friends because I was also fine telling them if something went wrong. So finally having our appointment and seeing a healthy baby with the ultrasound was such a relief. And, then getting to tell our family followed closely by the 'public' increased my excitement ten-fold. Thank you so much for all your congratulations and well wishes. I was tearing up throughout the day reading message after message, and feeling completely blessed at your excitement for our family. It really means so much to me.