I decided it's time to stop waiting for the bump to make an appearance to start documenting all the little details! Pregnancy brain has hit me with full force and I keep forgetting to write down the little things before totally forgetting about them. So for now, I'll document the bloat and I'm excited to see which week the bump decides to pop out!
Stretch marks and weight gain: I'm grouping those two together because I probably won't mention them again until my very last pregnancy update... it's just something I don't need to spend time worrying about or stressing over (because I would waste my time worrying about the stretch marks that are totally out of my control anyway, HA!) So, stretch marks: I delivered Mia at 40 weeks and 4 days with ZERO stretch marks on my belly (or back, chest wasn't so lucky but I believe that's very common.) About 5 days after Mia was born (Merry Christmas to me) I discovered 2 small stretch marks near my belly button. I'm not sure why, but they appeared days AFTER she was born. They were so faint and I almost forgot about them until getting pregnant again. I'm not excited to find out if those will deepen, darken, stretch even more, etc. Weight gain: My last weigh in with Mia before she was born we discovered that I had gained 40-43 pounds total... I retained a lot of water those last weeks of pregnancy. I'm hoping to avoid swelling this time around, but not counting on it. I don't know what my pre pregnancy weight was as I avoid scales like the plague, but I would have to guess that it was between 115-120. I went to the doctor at 16 weeks 4 days and weighed 127. It's never fun to see the scale go up, but I could care less about the total weight I gain this pregnancy. I eat healthy aside from the times I give in to cravings, and I workout 6 days a week so I know my body's just doin what it has to do to grow this babe. :)
Movement: I felt movement for the first time at 15 weeks, and have felt movement every day since! I wonder why it took me until 18 weeks to recognize the movement with Mia, ha ha! I questioned whether it was baby or just belly movements the first couple of days because it felt like rolling. So different than the pulsing/fluttering I first felt with Mia. But I quickly discovered that the rolling sensation I felt each time I laid down (especially at night) was in fact, baby! It brought so much more excitement to this pregnancy journey :)
Cravings: I don't really have specific cravings these days, which was pretty similar to the second trimester with Mia as well. Of course, I instantly want every sweet treat I see a picture of :) but that never turns into an actual craving that lasts more than a couple of hours. Gourmet chicken tacos from Rubio's have really hit the spot for me this whole pregnancy, so we can claim that as a craving! And chocolate milk :) Although the other night I got takeout with a friend from Red White and Brew in Mesa and I was SO excited about their complimentary bread (that stuff is bomb) and I legit almost cried when I realized they didn't give it to us. Good grief!
Miss anything: Other than not being able to give 110% to working out and running, and NOT having pressure on my bladder at all times ;) I really don't miss anything else! I'm trying hard to enjoy this time of being able to bend in half, pick Mia up with no problem, etc. The bump will be here before I know it and a lot of aches and pains will accompany it (it's all worth it, of course!) so I'm trying to soak up the freedom my body has left instead of wishing this time away!
Best moment this week: Going to my second doctor appointment for this pregnancy. Maybe it's the lack of visits I've had, but I felt like I should be 10-12 weeks along instead of over 16 weeks at my last appointment! Time is flying and I'm not complainin' ;) I loved seeing that sweet baby on the little screen and sharing that moment with Mia! Side note: Mia loves going to the "doctors" Glad her shots didn't scar her view on doctors!
This was a long one, oops, but I'm excited to start documenting this pregnancy better! We are just so excited (and a little nervous) to be adding another sweet baby to our family!