So here I am, 16 weeks pregnant, and I’ve barely mentioned this baby on my blog besides announcing that he or she existed. Ah, poor third children. Already not getting the same amount of glory as the first two. Sorry, kid. You’ll probably just need to get used to sharing the limelight.
Things so far are going just fine. I’m fully out of the first trimester misery so hooray for that. Although I have had a few days here and there where my belly has been less than happy, which I don’t remember having with the girls. But for the most part, my energy is back (or at least, back as much as it can be with 2 kids and being pregnant!) I do get tired easily so I’ve been trying to let myself rest when I’m able. So if you stop by unexpectedly, just ignore the sticky floors and entry filled with shoes and coats, okay?
Symptoms This Time – I have heartburn again, which I had with the girls and I pretty much expected. A few different things this time though- my skin is less than good, though my face seems to be getting better. But my shoulders and back and chest have been kinda gross and I’ve had itchy bumps on my thighs that I’ve never had before. It’s very odd. My boobs are also a LOT more sore than they ever were this late in pregnancy before, so that’s new. No idea what all these new & different symptoms mean (boy?!) but it’s definitely interesting to compare.
Cravings & Food – I want all the salty and crunchy things. Very little sweets. Apples (and mostly any fruit) give me terrible heartburn immediately. But chips and french onion dip? No problem. I’m noticing already that I have to be careful and eat smaller meals or else I’m really uncomfortable for a few hours. I think I’ve finally learned my lesson on that one the third time around. I’m a slow learner! Also, I have to say it’s very strange to me that I don’t want anything sweet. Every once in a while I’ll have a piece of chocolate, but that’s about it. Even cereal is sometimes too sweet for me. I had a sweets aversion in the beginning with Audrey but it went away by now. Wondering if my ice cream habit will return at all or if this will continue through till spring?
Weight Gain – So far I’ve gained zero pounds. Normally I’d be all whaaaatt???!! except… I started this pregnancy 20 pounds above where I started with Audrey, so it’s a very good thing that I’m holding steady for now. A few weeks and I’ll be halfway there, so if I can hold off gaining anything until then, I’ll be very happy. My goal is to keep my weight gain to 20 pounds, which would put me around where I was when Maggie was born, and I ended up losing ALL of that and then some… so at least I’ll know in my head that it’s possible (IT WAS HARD, but it happened!) I’m trying not to worry too much about the weight and just eat when I’m hungry and make sure I don’t make myself sick from overeating, and I figure that will keep me on track. I had big plans for regular walking this time but between our crazy work/school schedules and my lack of energy through the day, it just hasn’t happened. I have been trying to stretch a few nights week, which brings me to the next item…
OH MY ACHING HIPS – My all-time biggest pregnancy complaint is my hips. With Maggie, it started around 7 months; with Audrey, around 4 months. And this time, it’s already started. If I’m on my feet too long, my tailbone and hips start to yell at me and holy CRAP, it hurts. With Audrey, it got to the point where I was hobbling and pulled a groin muscle around 8 months and could hardly walk for a few weeks. IT WAS SUPER FUN! It’s not sciatica, because it’s all centered right in my lower back and tailbone. It also makes it really uncomfortable to sleep on my side for too long- so I end up building a pillow mountain and sleep sitting up for the majority of my pregnancies (it’s actually pretty comfy if I can get it arranged right!) This time around, I’m going to talk to my doctor about what I can do for it- stretching seems to help a little bit, at least right now, but I’m also curious about seeing a chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care. I have my 16 week appointment this Friday, so I’m going to chat with the doctor about it then. I’d like to avoid being a cripple for the last 2-3 months of my pregnancy this time!
My Mental State – I managed to get through my first trimester without too much mental panic. I think because I was so miserable, that helped me to know ‘Hey! Still pregnant! Okay!’ When I miscarried in June, I got to 7 weeks and wasn’t really feeling sick yet, so when I started spotting and before I had my sonogram to check on things, I had a feeling something wasn’t right. This time, by 6 weeks, I was couch-bound most days and practicing some deep breathing and OMG DON’T PUKE PLEASE! chants in my head. So, you know, as sucky as it is to feel like that, it IS a comfort. But now most of that misery is gone, and while I do feel some wiggles and taps in there a few times a day, the baby movement isn’t as strong as it will be soon so I’ve found myself having a lot more moments of WHAT IF SOMETHING IS WRONG? I know these are normal fears and thoughts and I’m getting through them okay. One day at a time.
What’s Next? – Right now we’re MINIVAN SHOPPING, so that’s been the first big slap in the face of Oh, Wow, We’re Gonna Have Three Kids, What???!?!! We think we’ve settled on a choice, now we’re just doing some searching for deals and figuring a few other things out. Details on that soon :) The most exciting thing coming up is the day after I get home from The Blathering (as if that weren’t exciting ENOUGH!) when I have my sonogram! We are SO ANXIOUS to know what this baby is- boy or girl- and to see two arms, two legs, and a healthy, happy baby in there. Maggie is coming with us (she doesn’t have school that day) and she is VERY excited.
The Belly – It’s, um, growing. The first picture is 15 weeks with Maggie, the second is 17 weeks with Audrey. And the last is 16 weeks this time. Not only is my belly progressing faster this time, but WOW I LOOK A LOT MORE TIRED IN THIS ONE. haaaaa