March 3, 2015

the bump (20 weeks)...

The halfway point! 20 weeks | yourwishcake.com
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

13 comments :

  1. You look amazing :) I think your bump is adorable and I know what you mean about the "not much to report" part of pregnancy - that was always a good place to be! I can't believe you are halfway there! :)

    Breanna
    www.morethanloveblog.com

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    1. You're so sweet—thank you for the encouragement, Breanna!

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  2. I'm so excited for you and so glad to hear you're feeling well :) Another sweet baby girl- God is so good. Praying for rest and renewal for you today- xo

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    1. Yes, God is so good! And thank you so much for the sweet and encouraging comment. <3

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  3. It is going to be so sweet to have two girls, and it's lovely how even during pregnancy you begin to know each as their own person. I hate how expensive maternity clothes are- I wish I had just invested in a few pairs of nice maternity jeans first time around- after two it would have been worth the cost but at the time I let my thrifty self 'get by' with clothes I didn't feel great in.

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    1. Amen to the maternity clothes vs. thriftiness! My older sister worked at a maternity store during my first pregnancy, so she bought me a bunch of items that worked well when I had a full-time office job…but many of them don't carry over to my current day-to-day (which means I should just buy a bunch of maxi skirts and yoga pants and call it a day). ;)

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  4. You look adorable! I am glad to hear everything is going well for you and I can't wait to hear more about Baby Girl. :)
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

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    1. You are always so sweet, my friend. Thanks for the comment! :)

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  5. I cannot wait until the name is announced!

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    1. Me, too! Because right now I have absolutely no idea what it will be, and I'm as curious as everyone else. Haha… :) This time around things are so much different in that arena!

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  6. eeee can't believe you're halfway through this pregnancy already. and hurray for another little girl, can't wait to see your girls grow up together. xo

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  7. You look lovelier than ever. I'm so happy and excited for you! And Eisley is going to be a great big sister!

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