Pregnancy Journal #2: 25 Weeks

{I’ll tell you what’s crazy. When you see in your little countdown app that you have 15 weeks left! I still feel like this pregnancy is dragging, but overall, 15 weeks doesn’t seem that far off.}
How far along: 25 weeks
Due date: Even though I’ve consistently been measuring a full week ahead, we are going with August 11th because I don’t want to feel pressure to induce earlier
Gender: BOY!!
Size of baby: A rutabaga (no clue what that even looks like) and over 1.5 pounds
Weight gain: I have no clue since my last appointment several weeks ago (which showed a 15 pound weight gain), but I go this coming Monday so I’ll come back and update after that. I’m still primarily gaining in my belly, which seems to be sticking straight out more and more each week. **Update – Had an appointment today (4/24) and I’ve gained a little over 2o’ish pounds.
Maternity clothes: Oh yeah, pretty much all the time. I do have several non-maternity pieces, like tunics and loose fitting tops and dresses, that have continued to work, but for the most part I need more room in the belly area. Being pregnant in the warm weather is a whole new thing for me. Asher Wade was born in April and it was still relatively cool and I pretty much had all cooler weather maternity clothes. It’s already so hot for April this year and I’ve had to buy quite a few summer maternity pieces. I’m kind of obsessed with maternity shorts…so comfortable! My favorites are the Liz Lange brand from Target because they are the perfect length and have cute little cuffs on the bottom.
Sleep: It varies and I’ll have a few good nights, and then several not so good nights. If I fall asleep and stay asleep all night, I’m good, but if something wakes me up (usually Asher Wade as of late) I’m screwed and generally cannot fall back asleep. There have been several nights where I’ve just turned on my Kindle and started reading at like 2 a.m. because I’m wide awake.
Movement: Yes, pretty regularly. It’s still not as much as Asher Wade and he seems to sleep a lot more. I’ll get a random kick or punch every hour or so, just to remind me he’s there I guess. He’s most active in the evenings when I’m relaxing. Matt has finally been able to feel him move. For awhile there, when I’d have Matt put his hand on my belly during a particularly active spurt, baby would suddenly go completely still…almost like he just knew Matt was trying to feel him, lol. Asher Wade has been able to feel a few kicks as well, which is very entertaining for him.
Cravings: Really nothing out of the ordinary, other than maybe cake. Give me all the cake. Like, I’m talking we keep a full on cake in the fridge at all times. Maybe it’s just sweets in general, and definitely still fruity candies. Still though, it’s not like with Asher Wade where I was eating Tazikis and Panera for 90% of my meals. Most evenings I really just want cereal. Lunch has been my biggest meal of the day, and then I just kind of snack throughout the rest of the day. I can already tell that I’m running out of room in my belly because I get uncomfortable pretty quickly if I eat too much.
Aversions: Not really anything in particular, but there are a lot of times where things that I normally love, just don’t sound good at all.
Symptoms: Some swelling in my feet, which is new this go around, and really annoying. Most of my cute shoes are too tight:( Still having a lot of pain in my ankles, shins and calves, although it’s primarily on my left side. This is also the ankle where I have the most swelling and spider veins, so I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m definitely going to talk to my OB about it on Monday, just to make sure it’s nothing I need to be concerned with. It helps a lot if I can keep my feet elevated, but that isn’t easy to do at work. I may bring in a small ottoman or something. My belly tightens up a lot to the point where I have to lay down, especially in the evenings, and I’ve been having a lot of Braxton Hicks, something I didn’t experience much with Asher Wade. I wouldn’t say I’m terribly uncomfortable, but I definitely don’t feel comfortable;)
What I miss: Wine and sleeping on my belly. I’ve been wanting a glass of cold wine so bad lately and I ended up treating myself to 4 ounces the other night while sitting on my neighbor’s back porch. It was fabulous. I also miss being able to jog outside, or even walk more than 20 minutes for that matter, without the stupid pain in my ankles and shins.
What I’m looking forward to: Having a weekend at home where we have nothing on the agenda so we can get some things done! We have had such a busy spring and I’m so ready for some downtime so I can start “nesting.” We have everything for the nursery and now we just need to pull the room together and put on the finishing touches. I need to pull out all of Asher Wade’s baby clothes, wash and sort, and figure out what else we may need. I also have this urge to do some major deep cleaning throughout the house.  There are several other house projects I want completed before D-Day as well. We are out of town this weekend, and then we have family in town for Asher Wade’s birthday party next weekend, but starting in May, I am planning to slow down a lot and starting focusing on baby prep.
Best moment of the week: Kind of random, but the other day when I went to pickup Asher Wade from school, several of his buddies were standing with him and they are all so fascinated with my belly and always want to touch it and ask about the baby. (Most of them have never seen a pregnant person up so close and personal and they just think it’s the most interesting thing in the world, while I on the other hand feel like a science experiment). Asher Wade just stood back, hands on hips, with so much pride, telling everyone “Yep, that’s my baby brother. He’s getting really big and strong and he’s going to pop out soon.” He truly sounded like a proud, big brother, and I just thought it was the sweetest thing.
Thoughts on pregnancy: I’ve started thinking about how much things are going to change, particularly our family dynamic, and it has started to make me a little emotional. I guess I never really considered how different it will be to divide time and energy between Asher Wade and the new baby. I mean, it’s been just Asher Wade for 4 years now. He’s gotten all of our time, love, energy and attention, like any only-child, and now that is about to be completely rocked. I almost feel a little (ok, a lot) guilty about how much things are going to change, knowing that he doesn’t even realize it. I could go on and on about this, and it probably deserves its own blog post at some point, but it’s been a very emotional process for me lately as I think about the changes coming and how Asher Wade is about to lose his only-child title. I guess I just worry about how I’m going to divide my time between two kids, and give them both everything they deserve. I will say this, I am SO GLAD we waited to have a second, mainly because I’m happy that Asher Wade had all this time to himself, and that Matt and I were able to devote so much to him. I don’t feel like he missed out on anything. I know we will start creating wonderful, new memories as a family of four, but I’m so thankful for the 4 years of memories we created as a family of 3. Long live the 3 musketeers:-)

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