I hope you had a marvelous weekend!
I see what they mean about the second child… the weeks of this pregnancy are passing so quickly. I keep forgetting to stop and get belly pics, and then have to dig through our photos from the week to see what might work. So you’re getting 3 not so ideal shots today- an awkward couple shot, a sweaty gym selfie and a family pic.
I’m now 25 weeks, 4 days and it’s all starting to feel so much more real. My belly is popping, the baby is moving much more frequently, I feel more pregnant when I try to exercise or figure out what sounds good to eat, and people are finally noticing and commenting on my belly.
Plus, we got the nursery painted and the crib set up so now I can walk past the nursery and actually see it all happening, as opposed to a few weeks ago when it was our “catch all” room from the move this summer!
Some Easter pics:
What else is happening:
How far along: 25 weeks, 4 days
Total weight gain: up 12 lbs (just a few pounds more than where I was with L at this stage, but pretty similar)
Maternity clothes: There are two pairs of maternity pants that I like. I have more summer items for when I’m bigger so I’m holding out for those. No need to buy more winter gear at this point!
Sleep: Still good right now! As long as L doesn’t wake me up to use the bathroom, I sleep through the night soundly.
Miss anything: Not really. I’m in a good stage right now where I’m really enjoying the pregnancy.
Movement: Yes! This week the baby was especially active. I think he/she enjoyed the spin music from the two classes I taught. 🙂
Food cravings: I’m still struggling to figure out what I want to eat some days, but cheese is always appealing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really. I have had a few bouts of nausea off and on the last week but it doesn’t last long and I don’t think there is a particular food causing it.
Have you started to show yet: I feel like I really popped this week. The baby is now about 2 pounds and growing steadily- I feel like I see my belly growing by the day!
Gender: Still planning to be surprised. And I’m really excited about it!
Happy or moody most of the time: Traveling so much the last few weekends has worn me out, and that affects my mood. But this past week was fantastic. I was in a great mood and got a lot accomplished in the afternoons when I’m usually dragging.
Looking forward to: Putting the rest of the pieces of the nursery together. Hitting the third trimester next week, woah! Fun trips over the next few months before the baby gets here.
Just a quick note on weight gain in pregnancy: I sometimes hesitate to include the numbers because it is so different for every woman. I know a few women who gain much more quickly early on in their pregnancy and others who pack it on at the end. Some lose most or all of their baby weight immediately while others need the nine months to get it back off again.
With L, I gained almost exactly what my mom gained in her pregnancies (just under 20 pounds). But then I held onto those last 5 pounds until I finished nursing. I’m a few pounds ahead of where I was with L at this stage. Our bodies (and each pregnancy) are all so different.
Our culture is so scale-obsessed, it’s hard not to pay attention to numbers when you’re body is changing and you’re growing a baby. The current guidelines recommend 25-35 pounds for most women (more if you’re underweight, less if you’re overweight). Eating well and exercising can help you stay within that range, but the bottom line is that sometimes your body will do what it wants to do regardless of those factors.
If you’re willing to share, what was your pregnancy weight gain like and how quickly did you feel back to normal?
When did the pregnancy and new baby start to feel “real” for you?