My sweet friend gave baby girl her first pink item in her wardrobe. It’s a bit foreign to own baby clothes so girly and it gets me a bit giddy. :) At 21 weeks, I’m starting to feel baby girl’s kicks and summersaults more regularly. I’m also feeling more pressure in my belly and heavier overall while doing everyday activities. When bending down to bathe my son, I feel my pregnancy more. In my Zumba class last week I definitely felt more weight in my belly. Oh dear and I still have a bit more to go!!!
18 weeks today! The baby is now the size of a bell pepper at 7 oz. I’m feeling the baby’s kicks more consistently now which is so exciting! Yesterday we celebrated my husband’s birthday and the baby kicked just at the right time he touched my belly. I guess baby was saying “happy birthday daddy!” Either that or he/she was responding to the rainbow jello I ate :)
I haven’t been documenting my pregnancy journey anywhere. I was a lot more diligent with my first, surprise surprise. I even got the belly book to write my weekly pregnancy musings, but yea no book or journal this time around. Just busy chasing around my active toddler, but I thought I should jot down some thoughts even at 17 weeks while I have some time and energy to blog. Better late than never, right?
So far my second pregnancy has been very similar to my first. Morning sickness was minimal and I only remember about one week where I really didn’t want to cook. My first pregnancy I remember eating out a lot more my first trimester, but maybe because it was easier to go out without a toddler. Cravings have also been pretty similar, nachos/burgers/fries/pizza…you know, healthy stuff :) That is up until last week! I was shopping at TJs and for some odd reason, I was attracted to pick up ONE organic grapefruit. This might not be odd for some of you, but I can’t remember ever in my life eating/buying grapefruit. I recall trying a piece of it once but I had an adverse reaction to it being tart. So anyway, I bought it and ate it that afternoon and I just ate the whole thing up! The following week of grocery shopping included not one but two grapefruits, I know, it’s getting wild folks. And you bet I devoured them too. Up until this newfound love for grapefruit, I really had no “gut feeling” of the gender of my baby. I leaned towards baby #2 being a boy by default because I was eating so similarly to my first pregnancy. Now I have a strong feeling that maaaaybe baby is a girl. *squeel!!* My next ultrasound is just shy of two weeks and I’m so giddy to find out whether or not my mommy feeling is right. If it turns out to be a boy, maybe grapefruits are just REALLY good this season. Before I move on, one last story on this topic. Today we went to Ici Ice Cream which is delish btw, and I sampled a few flavors of interest. I also sampled by husband’s samples one of which was a strawberry rose-geranium sorbet. I’m typically a coffee, chocolate, peanut butter flavor type of gal. To my husband’s surprise I ordered a scoop of the sorbet and he said “Wow, I’ve never seen you order a sorbet before…’hey baby girl’ (rubbing my belly).” And my dinner of choice tonight was a salad. So yes….my world is real cray-cray right now. :)
In terms of fatigue, I do feel more tired this time around. Perhaps because I have to watch over another human being that is constantly demanding my attention. But I try to take naps while he naps once a day, it’s for my sanity. :)
I would say I was a lot more anxious in my first trimester this pregnancy. Perhaps its because over the past 3 years since my first pregnancy, I’ve known a lot more of my friends who miscarried, even with their second. I know that ultimately all things are gifts given by God so I’m counting my blessings and giving thanks each day he chooses to sustain this precious life within me. :) If I’ve forgotten anything else, which I’m sure I have, I’ll just blame it on the prego-brain.
I have a major problem and it’s overeating. Why do I do this to myself?? Any helpful tips to avoid overeating when I’m starving before my meal? I’m in regret mode right about now, per usual.
More quotes from the wonderful “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp.
"A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes a life acting the love of Christ."
"whenever man is made the centre of things, he becomes the storm-centre of trouble. The moment you think of serving people, you begin to have a notion that other people owe you something for your pains…You will begin to bargain for reward, to angle for applause." -D.Sayers
"The work we do is only our love for Jesus in action." writes Mother Teresa. "If we pray the work…if we do it to Jesus, if we do it for Jesus, if we do it with Jesus…that is what makes us content."
"Christian hands never clasp, and He doesn’t give gifts for gain, because a gift can never stop being a gift — it is always meant to be given."
"Spend the whole of your one wild and beautiful life investing in many lives, and God simply will not be outdone. God extravagantly pays back everything we give away and exactly in the currency that is not of this world but the one we year for: Joy in Him."
"I slept and dreamt life was joy, I awoke and saw life was service. I acted and, behold, service was joy."