Well, I've made it yet another pregnancy, to 23 weeks... and I couldn't be more blessed. I haven't done too much writing about this pregnancy. I think the shock of it, is still there... and at times, I'm still in denial that I'm having another so close to the other. If all goes well, they'll be 13 months apart... but not just that, we have our 3 year Gotcha Day with Charlotte in June. That means, I'll have stepped into motherhood for 3 children, all within 3 years... still in complete disbelief. WHO does that? Most of the time, I feel blessed... and other moments, I'm terribly frightened. But I know this little man, was meant to be... and we're celebrating this pregnancy as best as we can!
So far, this pregnancy has been fairly similar to the one that I had with Marley, in terms of overall tiredness, and sickness (although the morning sickness ended a bit sooner with this little guy, than it did with Marley). I'm definitely carrying a lot lower with him... which is putting a lot more pressure on my hips... so I'm more sore in my lower half... He kicks, and I've felt some pretty strong movements... but overall he's a little more shy with his movements, than his sister was. Could be just his positioning (which like I said, is lower) or could be he'll be a chill baby... I'd like to think both are great justifications.
I've secretly name this little man, "little bug" already... I have no idea why, but it's what comes out, whenever he and I "chat". I imagine he'll bring a whole different element to this overabundant estrogen filled family! I grew up with a younger brother, and an older sister, so I think he's the luckiest...
I haven't gained much weight in this pregnancy, yet. I'm trying to keep it minimal, being that I haven't lost much weight at all since Marley. They've been doing lots of testing on my thyroid, and will continue to. With the numbers they're seeing, they're thinking that post partum I was a "subclinical hypothyroidism" patient...very lethargic, harder to lose weight, and possibly the reason for my low milk supply. Depending on how my next blood draw goes (at the beginning of my 3rd trimester), they'll either medicate me or not. I'm pretty content that they're keeping a close eye on it this time.
I've been seeing the same midwife, Dusti... who delivered Marley. She was absolutely thrilled to see us back in the office, when we had our very first appointment. The running joke is, " I missed you so much, that I HAD to get pregnant in order to see you again..." There is not one person I'd rather have deliver this "little bug" than her.
Cravings: Anything full of ice... fruit, and hotdogs (just like with Marley)
Turnoffs: Most days, I still can't do coffee... it's such a sad, sad thing.
Daddy's thoughts on the pregnancy thus far: I'm fairly certain he's still in shock that "little bug" is a boy... but he'll get over it as soon as he comes out.
Charlotte's thoughts on the pregnancy thus far: "I just want him to come out, so we can have 2 babies in the house."
Marley's thoughts on the pregnancy thus far: She's silent on the matter... pretty sure that's because she doesn't talk much... but she pets my belly ALL the time.