Weight Gain? I am up 20-21 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight (I weighed 145.8 lbs this morning)...not too bad (sounds like a lot sometimes, but I know my body is quick to go back to normal). At the end with Adrian, I weighed 164 lbs and when I weighed myself the day after he was born, I had lost 12 lbs immediately. So I expect I'll probably gain another 19 lbs or so in the coming weeks (equals less than 1.5 lbs per week)...hopefully the holiday eating is good to me though haha
Maternity clothes? Yep! I was able to fit in quite a few non-maternity shirts before, but now only the longer more flowy shirt are what fit over my big belly haha
Stretch marks? I'm not sure if I've gotten any more (Since Adrian), but my belly has been itching more lately, so I try and slather on much more lotion! :)
Sleep: Still waking at least 3 times a night to use the restroom and to flip myself from one side to the other.
Best moment this week: Well last week was so fun with Halloween! Adrian's first time trick-or-treating and it was definitely a treat having my great friend Stephanie join us. Adrian was so cute going up to the doors and saying "trick or treat" and "thank you" to everyone...He was not quite sure of the person dressed as Santa though (foreshadowing of whats to come trying to get pictures with Santa this year?) lol once he saw the candy in his hand, then he cautiously approached him, took the candy and said thank you. The same happened with a lady dressed as a minion from Despicable me...he was afraid to turn his back on her though when we went to leave haha
Another great moment was getting Adrian's 2nd birthday pictures...although his enthusiasm when taking pictures was short-lived, we still got some great shots and I can't wait to pick them up on Saturday.
I may be biased, but isn't he the most handsome little man you've ever seen?!?
Movement? He likes to move a lot early morning (I'm getting kicked right now as I type) and he moves a lot when we lay down for bed. I have gotten a couple rib kicks at 3am when he decides to move and stretch and those were not so pleasant (and they weren't even that hard. yikes!) At times, he really likes to snuggle really low which means I make a dash to the bathroom (as fast as a pregnant woman can waddle dash HAHA)
Cravings? Probably sweets since I'm really limiting my intake of them...the day after Halloween, I had indulged in the leftover candy we had and at the end of the day, my feet and ankles had swelled up, which hadn't happened since I had cut out juices and started drinking water exclusively. So just a sign that what I'm doing is beneficial, but makes sweets even more desireable now!
Labor Signs: None, 13 weeks ---> 91 days to go!! Not sure if I've had braxton hicks at this point either, but that's fine with me...funny thing is is that I forget what contractions feel like (except the point that I hit transition and had back labor)...I know I'll remember once they start though haha
Belly Button in or out? It's kind of flat at this point. Sometimes the bottom sticks out a little, but I don't think that it ever completely popped out with Adrian either.
Rings on or off? They are still on and easily slid on and off :)
What I miss: My energy. I know that I'll be exhausted once baby is here, but at least I'll be able to do things like walking up and down the stairs without feeling winded and needing to take a break haha I also miss not having restless legs when I'm tired and not having pain from SPD, but I know they're not forever and come with the territory of being pregnant, so I will gladly deal with them for 13 more weeks for a healthy baby :)
What I am looking forward to: I am truly looking forward to meeting our new little man and beginning life as a family of 4! It seems like this pregnancy has flown by so far, and I'm sure it's bound to start picking up even more now with the holidays! I think I will miss pregnancy since we're done after this, so I am enjoying it while it lasts, but I think this experience has made it apparent to me that pregnancies after the first are much more exhausting becuase you already have another baby to run after and take care of...I'm not sure how people do it with 3+, but I'm pretty sure that it is definitely not for me haha
I look forward to taking pregnancy pictures in the next couple weeks too probably 3-5 weeks from now :)
Milestone: One week until we reach the THIRD TRIMESTER! Yes, that's right, the 3rd trimester already!! Where did the other 2 go? haha Baby is approximately 2 lbs now (according to babycenter.com)
Weekly Wisdom: Being a part of a birth board group on a website I think has it's benefits because people share their stories, concerns, questions and most of the time you can relate to them or gain insight from people's posts. I am a member of a group for February 2013 babies, so all the women on there are generally around 24.5 to 27.5 weeks pregnant at the moment. My problem with some posts lately is that some women are already discussing how uncomfortable they are right now and/or will be towards the end of their pregnancies and are already talking about how they plan on trying to naturally induce themselves after 37-38 weeks. I just don't understand the thought process because I understand that while you may not be comfortable the last couple of weeks...it's only a couple weeks!! The baby is still developing and growing and preparing to make it's entrance into the world...the baby will not stay there forever, and should be allowed to come when it's good and ready (medical issues aside).
I am so grateful to have never experienced a loss and have had two successful and healthy pregnancies thus far, but I don't take that for granted for one second. How selfish I think it is to complain about the discomforts of pregnancy and decide for yourself the child should be born on your schedule, not theirs. It makes me angry and sad that there are women who struggle to get pregnant, or to keep a pregnancy and would give anything to reach that 40 weeks, enduring all the pains happily because it's worth the prize at the end of a healthy baby to hold in their arms. And then there's those that complain about every little thing like it's not a big deal to be pregnant. Every pregnancy is a blessing and a miracle and should be treated as such, not as an inconvenience as some of these women portray it to be. I think it's sad that some women haven't educated themselves about the benefits of the baby remaining in the womb until it's ready. Even the March of Dimes has a campaign going urging women to at least go to 39 weeks because it's that important to allow labor to happen naturally rather than to induce because "you're done." http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/health/09brody.html
My hope is that more women become educated about the well being of their babies, and stop thinking of themselves selfishly. I pray that those women I know who are struggling with getting pregnant or loss are able to experience all the "discomforts" that pregnancy brings because it's all worth it. All the morning sickness, all the back ache, all the swelling, all the stretch marks...all of it is worth it! There should be no complaining about something so precious that many women yearn to have the pleasure of experiencing.
Okay, I've said my piece...onto pictures haha
Adrian and baby brother in belly (stretch marks are my tiger stripes earned from having Adrian) :)
You are so loved little man...can't wait to meet you in February :)