How I'm FeelingSecond trimester has been just fabulous! I've been puke-free for months and really haven't had a lack of energy at all. I've still been working out at 9Round, although you won't see me doing a lot of burpees at this point. It feels good to sweat and get my work out on, though running is noticeably harder too. I do sometimes have moments where I'm a bit self-conscious about my changing body, but all in all I feel blessed to be a mama and am grateful to be a part of this amazing journey.
What's New This MonthLet's just say that Baby K is going to be active. Movement has become much more regular, and I'm feeling kicks multiple times a day. At our ultrasound (where we didn't find out the gender), the sonographer even pointed out how much baby was moving around and making photos and measurements tricky. In other news this month, I've also definitely started to look pregnant...which is both exciting and a little scary ha! I must say that I do like having a baby bump, and it's fun for people to know that I'm not just getting fat. Also, Aaron totally thinks that Baby K is a boy at this point. I initially was leaning towards girl, but the heartbeat has been lower for the last few appointments, and I'm carrying low. Time will tell, and y'all can take votes when it gets a little closer!
What I'm WearingI'm still wearing many of my pre-pregnancy tops and work out clothes, they just fit a little tighter in the belly now. Some of my shirts were normally loose-fitting anyways, so I really don't even look that pregnant in certain outfits. I have started to rely more on my Motherhood Maternity trusty black leggings, along with dresses and maternity pants for school and more dressy occasions. Even when I don't feel quite so pretty, Aaron says just the right thing at the right time, and reminds me how beautiful he finds me just because I'm carrying our child.
How I'm SleepingI'm trying to avoid sleeping on my back, since I'm over 20 weeks at this point. I'm normally a side and occasional back sleeper anyways, so sleeping on my side isn't out of the ordinary. I cuddle up my belly with my body pillow and do sleep pretty soundly still, although I'm still waking up to pee at least once a night. I also find that getting up out of bed is taking a little more effort, as I pull my belly and my over-a-pound-now baby out of bed in the morning! I hear it only gets worse from here, so I'm trying to enjoy it while I can.
What I'm Nervous AboutIn the next month, I've got the dreaded gestational diabetes test scheduled, as well as another ultrasound check up to see how baby is doing. I'm not a huge fan of having blood drawn, and would love to pass the test so I don't have to go back for the longer test, so all prayers would be greatly appreciated! It's always a little nerve-racking to think about all of the things that can happen during labor and delivery, as well as the days after. I'm definitely learning that I can't spend my whole pregnancy (or motherhood for that matter) being worried, so I continue to find my hope in the Lord and to trust Him in the midst of my pregnancy fears.
What I'm Looking Forward ToEven though we didn't find out our baby's gender, I'm really starting to feel a sense of bonding with our little nugget. The movement inside of me has made this all more real, and I'm totally that mama who sits on the couch in the evenings and tells Baby "Hi" every now and then while holding my belly. I'm also excited about all of the progress that we've made with our gender neutral nursery, and we are on the hunt for a white door and a great glider recliner for this mama to spend hours in oh so soon! Follow along on Facebook so you don't miss out on the final product!
As the holidays near, I'm excited to see friends and family, to get plans underway for a registry and showers, and just to really soak up this sweet time as God partners with me to grow our little one. Love to you all!
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