I haven’t been able to document my pregnancy as much this time around, but when I realized I had hit the 20 week mark I forced myself to take a moment to reflect (and take a photo). I remember feeling like it took forever to get to 20 weeks with Faith, and now I’m here again in the blink of an eye.
The first trimester was rough, mainly with the fatigue which was harder to combat with a 1 year old keeping you busy, and she’s still not sleeping through the night. A mixture of teething and developmental milestones and possibly some leaps going on, she’s just been a terrible sleeper. My appetite also dropped significantly, much to my doctor’s dismay. At my last appointment, I had dropped 2 pounds since the beginning of my pregnancy so the doctor gave me full permission to eat anything my heart desired. Unfortunately it didn’t desire much in the first trimester and I’ve been more picky about what I want to eat. If I don’t eat exactly what I want, I’m not satisfied or I don’t eat much. I had some food aversions but I was mostly just picky in general. Though I have been craving more savory food as opposed to sweet like last time.
I felt the kicks super early this time around, at 14 or 15 weeks. I didn’t feel Faith’s kicks till 19 weeks. In general I haven’t been feeling pregnant. Work was busy, then coming home to Faith mixed in with holidays and family time, it’s like I haven’t really had a chance to “feel” pregnant. Plus, I feel like I’m not as big as I was before. What little weight I’ve been gaining has thankfully been going to my belly.. though I wonder how long that will actually last. I gained weight a little too rapidly in my third trimester last time when my appetite came back with vengeance.
Some other physical changes besides my protruding belly, has been some lower back pain. This was off and on and it would shoot down through my thigh. I attribute it to the stretching and expanding of the baby/belly. My skin was also being weird. I had really nice skin with Faith, I could tell I was “glowing”, but this time around I just look tired and haggard. My skin has been dry, especially since it’s been super cold and dry here. It was also splotchy for reasons I couldn’t explain. A few days after I entered my second trimester, as I mentioned before, my energy came back, though I do feel sluggish off and on, but I’m feeling like myself again. My skin is better now and it’s back to being nice and manageable. I’m definitely in the throws of second trimester bliss right now, and trying to do and accomplish as much as I can before I get too big or too (TOO) tired to do anything else.
We’ve been trying to teach Faith that her baby brother is inside my belly, and though she knows “bebe” is inside, I know she doesn’t fully grasp what’s happening. Janelle came to visit with her two kids, and when I was holding her youngest (10 months), Faith immediately ran to me. She’s gonna be jealous of the baby for sure.. but I hope she can adjust eventually.
Halfway there.. can’t believe how soon we’ll be meeting our little boy!