I guess it's about time for an update, eh?
Here's what I looked like last pregnancy around the same time:
It looks like I'm growing at about the same rate which is great. I had always heard that for the first one, you're smallest because nothing is stretched out yet. But that doesn't seem to be true for me, which I'm really grateful for.
I've begun the crying-everyday-because-I'm-in-so-much-pain thing again. Poor Mike, right? In the evening when he's finally done working, he deals with K who has somehow learned to hit as a sign of her frustration, she runs up and down the hall whining, and then cries at the most random things. As soon as she's in bed, then I break down and want to do the exact same things K just did, but for more of a pain reason than anything. Eight more weeks, Mikey. Then hopefully my body will feel better.
I currently am dealing with back pain and the stomach muscle pain that I experienced last pregnancy. It's the muscle right on top of my stomach and at the very top of the roundness. Last night I sneezed and I'm pretty sure a little piece of muscle tore. That's the kind of pain I deal with everyday.
So far I've gained about 20 pounds which is great. The nurse was surprised at 28 weeks that I hadn't gained any more weight since 24 weeks, but I wasn't surprised at all. I gained a lot of weight in the beginning of the second trimester so I knew that I was either going to gain 30+ pounds this pregnancy or that I'd even out at some point. And even out, I have.
I finally have given in to a couple of my cravings - I bought some mac & cheese at the store and have been devouring it like I haven't eaten in days. Throughout the pregnancy, I've only made homemade mac & cheese but it's just not the same! The last couple of weeks, I've also had a ton of sushi, homemade of course. Which means it's super cheap and made exactly how I like it. But I can't wait until after pregnancy when I can eat all the raw fish I want. Mmmm.
I remember calling Mike last pregnancy in tears because I hadn't felt the baby move in a while. He would tell me to relax, eat some sugar, and go lie down. Within 15-20 minutes, I'd have a kicking baby. This pregnancy, I've had no such fears because I swear this baby only sleeps a few hours a day. He's constantly turning, moving his limbs, and taking jabs at me and K every time she kicks him. He also loves to push on my bladder and I often find him in my ribs.
I still have full confidence that he is going to be my calm baby but he obviously isn't going to be a non-mover! I'm guessing he's going to be very much like Mike - a complete wiggle worm but like Mike, almost every thing will probably just roll off his back like it's nothing. I can't ever use the phrase with Mike, "wouldn't it make you upset if ..." because it would never make Mike upset, at least not enough upset for him to remember it a few hours later. And so if this baby gets that trait, I'll be very happy about that.
Monday, I go in for my 32-week appointment. It's really hard to believe we're less than two months away from having another baby. April 29 or May 4 or May 7 is my guess for the baby's arrival. Although I never publicly stated the date that K was going to be born on, I already knew (and refused to admit it because I didn't want it to come true). I just knew Heavenly Father would think it was maybe a bit funny for K to have the birthday July 7 and I found it entirely unamusing for quite a few months. And then I got over. Just like I'm sure He knew I would. So this time around, however, these dates are gut feelings and/but mostly just huge guesses. If you want to play along, you may comment or I'll post a poll on the side and you can take a guess!