Tuesday, April 23, 2013

16 weeks

Figured I would start keeping track of this pregnancy.  I did a lot of pregnancy updates with Emily, not very much with Griffin (regrettably, 2nd child syndrome I guess?) and now after pregnancy being the only part I got with him, I’m determined to make sure I’m making the most of this one.


How far along? 16 weeks.  We don’t have an LMP to base this pregnancy on, so this is based on the 6 week ultrasound.  The two most recent ultrasounds have put me a week ahead of this, but I’m keeping my current due date (October 8th) for now.

Total weight gain: If I weigh myself in the morning, I’m down a couple of pounds still, but by the end of the day I’m sitting right at pre-pregnancy weight.  Not really abnormal for me. With Em I was down 10lbs at this point and with Griffin I was down a couple pounds. 

Maternity clothes? Since I’m down on the floor with Emily a lot, I’m wearing my smallest maternity pants when I’m not still in yoga pants.  I’ve got a short torso, so I’ll be in non-maternity shirts until at least 7 months.

Sleep: Fine.  Unless the toddler doesn’t sleep. lol.  Actually, normally I’m getting pins and needles on my outer thighs when I’m lying on my sides by this point, but it hasn’t happened at all this pregnancy. 

Best moment this week: Learning the gender at our ultrasound!

Movement: I’ve felt a couple of wiggles, but nothing consistent.  We were feeling Griffin from the outside at 18 weeks, so it shouldn’t be long now!

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Nope.  No braxton hicks yet this pregnancy either.

Belly Button in or out? In. I don’t think it ever became an official outie with either of my previous pregnancies!

What I miss: Wine. I would say sushi, but the kind I always get is spicy shrimp tempura, so it’s not raw anyways!

Weekly Wisdom: Once your toddler has seen you pregnant and post partum, they will ask at EVERY appointment if they baby is coming out.  We’ve told her repeatedly that it won’t happen until after her birthday and camping season, but she just can’t wait!

Milestones: Now that we know the gender I can start unpacking all of those by clothes again! Although since we have a fully finished nursery, if I get too much done now, I won’t have anything left to do by the third trimester!

Big Sister:  Emily is so in love with the idea of another sibling.  She talks all the time about what she’ll do for the baby (“I’ll read the baby my stories, I’ll rock the baby, I tell my baby it’s bedtime”), and tells everyone that she’s “being a big sister” (as opposed to ‘going to be a big sister’ since she already is one!  She’s got things right figured out.).

Pregnancy After Loss: I’ll post soon about everything that goes on when I’m pregnant now.  It’s been a big learning curve for me after two low key pregnancies and deliveries.  I will say that overall I am doing pretty well.  Not a lot of anxiety (at least not relating to losing Griffin), but maybe that will be coming towards then end when my body stopped being a safe place for him. 

Prayer Requests: I know a lot of people are wondering how they can be praying for us.  Pray for the health and safety of this baby and that the blood thinners I am on do their job and keep the blood flowing to the baby.  Pray that my blood pressure goes down;  so far this has been more life-related than pregnancy-related, but too much high blood pressure could lead to pre-eclampsia (which I am already pre-disposed for apparently), and there’s some stuff coming up in our lives that will just add more stress for me.  Pray for Craig.  It was torturous for him that he couldn’t do anything to save Griffin and I think he feels kind of helpless in this pregnancy too; there’s not much he can do to ensure the safety of this little boy while he is still inside of me.


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