Baby is the size of a(n): plum
Gender Predictions: Ha! Sometimes I think okay, there’s for sure a boy in there and other times I’m like, nope, gotta be another girl. I think I’m a little more focused on healthy and full term this time. Boy, girl, just give me 40 weeks! But! Our gender ultrasound is scheduled for 2 1/2 weeks from now and our gender reveal party is in 3 weeks.
Weight Gain: 5 lbs.. doing a little better this time. I’ve discovered that basically with both pregnancies my belly bloats super big and super fast, so as soon as I find out I’m pregnant, there’s a “bump”. But then as bloat slowly turns to real bump my belly looks about the same for a little while. So it’s like whoa, there’s a belly, then it slowly chills out into the normal growth rate. Funny that my weight is a little different this time though.
Maternity Clothes: Definitely wearing some, but a lot of the styles now are loose and flowy so I’m still wearing a lot of non maternity shirts. Another note of difference this time, at this point with Whitlee I could barely squeeze into my jeans anymore and the hair tie trick was the only thing barely holding me in. This time, I can still wear quite a few pair. They’re tight, but still button all the way.
Belly Button In or Out: In, but I have felt the shallowness coming.
Wedding Rings On or Off: On
Sleep: Still so tired and still sleeping kind of crappy. We’ve all had colds the last week so I’ve had trouble breathing and Whitlee wakes up coughing once a night. I think we’re finally on the mend this week, though.
Best Moment The Last Few Weeks: getting to hear baby’s heartbeat again at my 11 week appointment. Heart rate was 141!
Miss Anything: Nothing really, just trying to enjoy everything right now. It’s been so nice not being super nauseous this time.
Movement: Sooo, I’ve read that you can feel a second baby much sooner sometimes and I felt the tiniest questionable flutter with Whitlee at 11 weeks so I knew it could be any time now. I really started feeling her flutters significantly about 12/13 weeks and then of course the big kicks much later. But over the the last week (11/12 weeks) I started feeling the familiar flutters in almost the exact same location as Whitlee. Just tiny little flutters for now but I guess I recognized them this time. So sweet!
Cravings/Aversions: Craving sushi, broth like soups, potatoes, and the Chobani Flips in PB&J flavor. Not really any strong aversions right now, but some stuff just doesn’t taste right to me like cream cheese, cheesecake, and tacos. Also, if I see anything with a weird texture, I literally dry heave… soggy cereal is the. absolute. worst.
Symptoms: Still the lightest mild nausea in the evenings, nothing like with Whitlee though. Lower backache, occasional increased heart pvcs, and holy mess I am s t a r v i n g all the time right now.
Additional Notes: My blood pressure did start creeping up a couple of weeks ago into the borderline questionable range. My doctor and his NP both agree that it had to be something preexisting because preeclampsia is not likely to show this early. They started me on a low dose blood pressure medicine and it’s been perfect since then. I immediately asked if they thought this meant I would get preeclampsia again and they said “not necessarily”. They think they are two different things. I’ll still be praying that the pre-e stays at bay this time, though.
Also, next post is coming before the gender reveal so I’ll be listing old wives tales and where we’re at this time and do another vote! For the record at the moment, Nolan thinks (hopes!) it’s a boy, I think it’s another girl, and Whitlee has changed her mind to a sister. Mom and Nanny think it’s a boy this time; they both predicted a girl last time.
And! I’m not sure I’ve officially mentioned it but our family is growing exponentially! Nolan and his sister and their two cousins are very close, more like four siblings, so it’s basically like I have 3 sister in laws (but really just one sister in law and two cousin in laws). Well we found out shortly after we found out we were pregnant that one cousin’s wife is pregnant and due 3 days after me and last weekend the other cousin’s wife announced she is expecting too! Three Hillin babies due within two months! So exciting!