I “journaled” my pregnancy with Nora on this blog, posting a photo and my thoughts/progress each week. I started at 16 weeks and went all the way through the end. I am so glad that I have those posts to look back on, and I really hope I can keep up with it for this baby, too.
So, here we are. 16 weeks. It’s time to start, considering I haven’t written down anything about this pregnancy prior to this point. I was too sick in the first trimester to do anything requiring any effort, and once that went away, we had a vacation, birthdays, work, etc. that got in the way. Plus, it’s only fair that I start them both at 16 weeks, right? :) Here we go.
It’s a good thing that none of my pants fit, because otherwise, I’m at that stage of pregnancy where I don’t feel pregnant. Not really at all. Even the belly still feels mostly like I’ve eaten too much junk, not like there’s a baby in there. My belly is still mostly soft and squishy, not that glorious round ball of BABY. But that whole thing about “popping out” earlier during your second pregnancy?
Um, yeah. I’m pretty sure my belly wasn’t this size until I was 20+ weeks pregnant last time. Whatever. I just hope it evens out at some point, and that this doesn’t mean I’m going to be HUGE this time around. :)
I felt the first signs of movement at 16 weeks with Nora, and I think I’ve actually been feeling a few periodic pokes for a week or two now. I know it’s really early for that sort of thing, but it’s common to feel it earlier in your second pregnancy than you did with your first, plus my doctor told me at my last appointment at the beginning of the month that my baby was moving all over the place in there. She was trying to get a good listen to his/her heartbeat and kept hearing these big SWOOSH sounds instead. She commented how it wouldn’t stop moving, and how she wouldn’t be surprised if I felt early movement. *shrug* I’m still waiting for those pokes and jabs that are SO COMPLETELY OBVIOUS that they can’t be mistaken. I think it’ll make me feel a lot more pregnant once I feel more regular movement, too.
Other things that are different this time: I just don’t have a ton of time to THINK about this pregnancy. I mean, when I was pregnant with Nora, it was like the pregnancy was the center of my universe. With this one, there’s so much going on and we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives… so again, instead of having it be on my mind all of the time, I instead have moments when I have to remind myself, “Oh yeah. I’m pregnant!”
I’m also definitely noticing how I’m six weeks ahead in this pregnancy than I was with Nora’s. In other words, with Nora, I was due on September 19, and this time I’m due earlier in the year—August 6. By the time I was at this point in my pregnancy with Nora, the weather was already getting nicer and I was able to take walks outside several times a week. This time, it’s still freezing cold and dark by the time we get home and have dinner, so I’ve still been doing a whole lot of nothing. I can’t wait to be able to get outside and be at least a little bit active again!
I’m in maternity pants full time now. I made the switch a couple of weeks ago because I couldn’t take it anymore. I’m not a big fan of the Bella Band (it rides up and shifts around and I feel like I am constantly adjusting it), so my real pants just had to go. By the way, it’s total crap that you can reuse all of your maternity clothes. There are a few pairs of pants that I was able to “shrink” enough in the dryer, but other pants are so huge from being stretched out in my third trimester last time that I can’t even consider wearing them right now. I had to go out and buy some new ones. I am already feeling extremely limited in what I can wear—I have like ONE pair of work pants, yay! (sarcasm)—so I need to do some more shopping.
We’re excited. But it’s still really surreal. Right now, our focus is on making some pretty big transitions with Nora—all of which are in preparation for this baby. I know he or she will be here before we know it!
Flashback! 16 Weeks Pregnant With Nora
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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