Sunday, January 6, 2013

Baby.

Hi to you all!
I hate coming on here so rarely these days, and spending an entire post apologizing for my absence.  So I am not going to do that, all I can do is say that my intention is to spend more time here in the near future.  I really do love it, but occasionally allow it to make me feel pressured when there is already enough of that.  My attitude towards it is better now though, I just want to come back to this being a fun place to write.  A whole lot has happened in the past few months, and part of me so regrets skipping out on all the opportunities to write it all down.  But it seems like a true break was needed and I will just be starting fresh from here.  If you follow me on facebook or twitter/instagram (@grownorth) then you know what our little family has been up to, but for any of you who don't, here's a quick overview:
We took a wonderful trip to Denver in the fall...
Found out our family is growing by one little person this June (YAY!)
And we just got back two days ago from a two week, much needed trip back to Anchorage.
I will post about our trip soon, and you can be sure you'll be hearing a lot more about the pregnancy from here on out.  I wanted to write sooner, but was waiting until the point where I really had things to say about it and so far, it has been fairly uneventful! 
We are due June 21 which puts me at 16 weeks right now.  Almost half way done already, so I figured it was high time to write about it!
At this point all I can do is compare it to my pregnancy with Henry, but I imagine in the coming weeks I'll have new things to report about this pregnancy alone. 
Similarities so far:
*No morning sickness (Thank you, universe and baby!)
*Vivid, strange dreams that make me feel like I'm awake all night
*Mild insomnia

Differences:
*I had no food aversions this time, which was amazing! I could eat anything I wanted to, but also didn't have any early "cravings".  With Henry I couldn't stand chicken or vegetables, and basically only wanted mac and cheese and turkey dogs (yuck!)  The turkey theme stuck and later on I wanted turkey subs followed by turkey pot pie. This time, nothing stands out as overly fabulous but I hope that comes a bit later on.
*My placenta is anterior this time, rather than posterior like it was with Henry.  It's an odd thing to be disappointed about, but I find it rather frustrating.  It's right in the front between the baby and my belly so I can't feel any movement.  I felt Henry kicking at 17 weeks, and saw it from the outside at 19.  We had hoped to feel a little light movement by now, but nothing because of the placenta.
*I didn't gain any weight with H until 15 weeks, despite a less than ideal diet at the beginning due to aversions.  This time I've eaten my regular diet, but started gaining immediately.
*I was eating Tums like candy by now with H, but only very occasional mild heartburn this time so far.
*My shape is so different.  Which I'm sure is partly because it's just a different baby and pregnancy, and partly because I didn't go back to pre pregnancy shape after Henry.  I was back to my weight, but never quite the same body.  I am stuck in this maybe-she-ate-too-much-holiday-food stage, whereas my bump was really firm and becoming noticeable at this time last pregnancy.  I relied on my belly band to wear my pants with H, but this time I still button all my regular pants.  So strange! We will see how things change soon.
Edit: I keep forgetting things!  Just further proof that I need to be documenting or this entire pregnancy will just whirl right by me without remembering a single detail. So one more large difference:
*Fatigue.  I was far more fatigued during the beginning of this pregnancy.  Requiring daily naps which I never take, and unable to stay awake past 8:30 most nights.  With H I was working full time and while I was tired, I was able to make it through the day without problem.  I remember thinking I wasn't as tired as many said I'd be.  Well it hit this time!
*With that being said, I felt good enough to still exercise early on which I didn't do until second tri last time.
*I've had a few weeks of general lack of motivation. Where doing the dishes, or cleaning, or getting anything done at all just seems like a daunting, miserable task.  Not convenient. Luckily I think I'm past that now.
Overall, I feel generally less pregnant this time around, which is the opposite of what I expected.
We were lucky in Anchorage to sneak a little peek at the peanut in there on ultrasound at work, and got a good idea of whether it's a boy or girl... stay tuned!


 

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