Thank you all for the congratulations on our announcement!
I’ve decided to keep the pregnancy updates to a minimum this time because one, I just don’t have time for weekly updates (hello, having a toddler at home this time!), and two, I got really bored with them last time around. If I manage to eek out an update past this one for the rest of this pregnancy, I’ll consider that good enough 😉
So, what’s been up with me? I am currently 16 weeks today, but I’ll be talking about how things have gone for the first 12 weeks.
Due Date: April 4, 2017
When I found out I was pregnant: July 28th, 2016, or about as early as I could possibly get a positive test! We were trying and looking back, I feel like I “knew” I was, but at the time I was trying to convince myself I wasn’t, just in case it didn’t happen quite yet.
My husband and I found out together. I actually made him look at the test first and he thought it was negative and I wasn’t surprised because I was trying to not get my hopes up, but I went to look at it a few minutes later and was like “BABE! That’s so positive!” Pretty funny story.
Morning sickness/general feelings: Overall this time, I’ve felt completely different.
I did have some slight morning sickness that was very different than what I had last time. I would go for days without feeling any nausea but then would wake up in the middle of the night dry heaving. It seemed like I had much less frequent but more extreme morning sickness for a while there.
I definitely had aversions to most foods, so I was eating lots of carbs and sugary stuff for a while there. But by the end of the first trimester, I could pretty much stomach anything. I did have “super nose” right away, but not nearly as extreme as last time and now I don’t feel like I have a better sense of smell at all.
Other than those symptoms, I had hardly any. The first trimester I was actually really worried for most of it because I just never got that “I feel pregnant” feeling. I just felt so pregnant with Claire and had every symptom ever, it seemed. But this time it seems more like I have very mild to no symptoms. It’s such a blessing this time around with a toddler keeping me busy, but it has been an adjustment to just “forget” I’m pregnant because I feel fine.
Food cravings: I have way less this time and feel I can actually eat a lot healthier.
Of course, I craved carbs and bland/plain foods for the first few weeks, and veggies still don’t sound the best but I can eat them. I’m not dying for anything this time around though so far and it feels good.
How/when we told our family: We told family at 7 weeks via Skype. We had Claire hold up this big sister book and they figured it out right away!
What I thought I was having: a boy! Just like last time with Claire. I guess my mother’s intuition in that department doesn’t exist – haha! I even had a boy named all ready to go.
When we found out the gender: 11 weeks via the Harmony blood test. It will be confirmed via ultrasound later, but the test is supposed to be 99% accurate so I’m going to say we’re good to go with a girl.
Last time, I think I had my doctor call me and tell me on the phone while I was at work, and it was nothing special. This time, I wanted to do something special, so we had a gender reveal cake for just my husband, Claire and I. We were too nervous to pull the bag off of the cake to see what color it was, so we let Claire do it. I was quite surprised!
Name ideas: Honestly, no. Like I said above, I had a boy name already decided on. I really hadn’t even thought of a girl one.
I have a few names I like but my husband isn’t into much at all. The pressure to have a name for her just isn’t there since I know we have time, but part of me wonders if I’ll still not have a name by the time I’m due!
Showing/in maternity clothes: Yup! I think I bloated way more this time around and showed faster for sure, but I also think I am showing a lot differently.
Honestly my tummy feels way squishier this time around, because it was already all stretched out before. With C, I felt like my belly was a lot harder from the get go and seemed to be struggling to stretch out if that makes any sense? I also have a feeling I’ll just be way bigger this time, although so far I’ve gained less weight than before.
I whipped out my maternity clothes immediately this time with no shame. Last time I tried to put off maternity clothes for so long, which was so dumb. The best part of being pregnant a second time is already having the clothes ready to go instead of needing to buy them all. I have had a buy a few pieces since I didn’t need shorts or swim suits last time, though.
Movement: None in the first trimester!
How is Claire doing with the news: Fine! She has no idea, really. She definitely wasn’t happy that I was a bit less engaged and more tired for a while there, but I do think she’s too young to understand yet.
When I say “where’s the baby,” she sometimes points to herself, which I find hilarious, but usually she points to my belly or goes and lifts up my shirt. That’s about the extent of her “understanding” it right now!
Overall, I’m feeling really good this time around and am absolutely loving having a different pregnancy. It’s night and day how different this experience has been compared to my last, but I’m loving it!
Questions for You:
- I’ll be writing a first vs. second pregnancy post sometime. What would you want to know?
- Any name ideas for a girl? Seriously! We are struggling! I want something that sounds good with Claire and is kind of “classic” like her name, but not too terribly common.