Here I am, more than half way through my pregnancy! I wish I felt like a lot of women do at his point, like it’s flying by, but I don’t. Instead I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever and how is it possible I’m only in my second trimester?! September-December usually goes by quickly with the holidays and all the preparation that goes with them, so I hope that is the case this year. If you can’t tell, I’m anxious to have this little boy in my arms!
How I’m Feeling
Last week, while on vacation, I felt great. It’s easy to feel great on vacation, right? This week I’ve had a few tough days where I had intense headaches and more fatigue than usual. By the end of the day I can tell I’m carrying around extra weight; my body is tired! Overall, though, I can’t complain about how I feel. I’m not nauseous, throwing up, or so exhausted that I need a nap everyday, so I am happy.
What’s Happening with my Body
What I’ve noticed the most is my stomach. It’s getting huge! Obviously, it’s going to get bigger, but for some reason I feel like I’m 31 weeks along rather than 21 weeks. What do you think? Does it look as big as it feels?
The absolute best part of being pregnant is feeling Baby Bean move. He is an active little guy and I often stop, hands on belly, and just enjoy feeling him move inside me. I feel much more movement at this point than I did when I was this far along with Meghan. I only started feeling flutters when I was 20 weeks along with her. I can feel all out kicks now and can even feel him move from the outside already. It’s amazing.
I had my regular 4 week check up this week. It was actually 5 weeks since my last check up since I was on vacation last week. These appointments go so quickly now; there isn’t much to them. They check my urine for sugar and protein, take my blood pressure, weigh me, and then we listen to the heartbeat. That’s about it. Everything looked and sounded good and I found out I gained 6 pounds since my last check up for a total of 14 pounds gained so far. According to Your Pregnancy Week by Week my weight gain by 21 weeks should be between 10-15 pounds. I just squeaked in the “acceptable range”. 🙂
Your Pregnancy Week by Week also says that most babies are around 10 1/2 ounces at 21 weeks. Well, when I had my ultrasound the tech reported that Baby Bean was 12 ounces and I was only 19 weeks. Yiiiiiiikes. That might explain the big belly.
Welcoming Baby #2
I don’t think Meghan fully understands what’s going on with me, but we have tried to explain to her that she’s going to have a new baby brother in December. She loves to tell people that “Mommy has a baby in her belly” and look at the ultrasound pictures and say, “There’s baby brother”. I know that no matter what it’s going to be a huge adjustment for her as she’s used to being the center of our universe. 🙂 I also know that she’ll be a great big sister.
Thanks for reading along and sharing my pregnancy journey with me. Please let me know if you have any questions you’d like me to answer in next week’s update.