First of all, I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all the well-wishes thus far—especially those of you who shared in the excitement of finding out we're having another girl. All the kind words and encouragement mean so much!
And without further ado, here is my monthly check-in for baby number two:
Symptoms: I've entered the not-much-to-report point in pregnancy, which is not bad at all! I feel movement a lot these days—little swirls and taps here and there. If I press on my belly, there are times I can even feel her move from the outside, which is kind of incredible. I can't say there have been any distinct, lasting cravings thus far. But I do snack a lot more than I used to, and am lately in the mood for strawberries, chocolate, cashews or peanuts, and breakfast cereal. In other news, the time has come for me to buy Tums from Costco, but I was prepared for this due to the aggressive heartburn of my last pregnancy. If that's the worst of it (along with periodic headaches), I'll take it! Amen.
Emotions: Finding out the gender of this baby made things even more "real" and exciting for me. Now that there's the element of knowing I'll soon have two daughters, and that Eisley will have a little sister…it has added a certain sweetness to those pregnant-lady daydreams that swirl around in my head all day long. I can't stop wondering how the new baby's personality will differ from her sister's, how different her features may or may not be, if her eyes will be blue or brown, whether she will reflect more of her father since Eisley looks so much like me, how birth order will help shape her personality…all of those little things. It makes me think about how precious and unique each pregnancy is—whether you have one, two or twelve babies, a mother will still have all these same emotions, thoughts and daydreams about the child growing inside them.
Body: I am finally starting to gain weight (believe me, this is not a complaint—I'm grateful I never had a ravenous appetite with either pregnancy!) and the bump is becoming more apparent. I am currently trying to figure out how to make my pre-pregnancy clothes work as long as possible, so I can avoid spending money on maternity clothes. (I'm too thrifty to spend a pretty penny on the pricey shirts, pants and dresses at those adorable maternity stores!) I'm pleased with how my body handles pregnancy, overall, and can't believe this little one is already halfway done growing. I was lucky enough to get only one lone stretch mark with my last pregnancy, so I wonder if I'm destined to make up for that goodness this time around. (Only time will tell!)
Miscellany: I'm eager to go through the bins of baby clothes and toys that I saved from Eisley's babyhood. I can't wait to put another precious little child into the onesies and baby jeans that I remember her wearing! Just thinking about that is so surreal. Also on the list: playing the name game. There hasn't been one name that feels perfect quite yet, and as I'm a rather feelings-y person when it comes to things of this nature, I'm determined to wait until I find something just right.
— Further reading: My first pregnancy, 21 weeks