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Baby #2: Weeks 16-17

Hi everyone! Who else is pumped it’s Friday again? I know this girl is. I think I’m still a little worn out from traveling last weekend, so I’m excited to spend this weekend resting with my two favorite people and finally taking our girly to Target. I kid you not she’s been asking to go to Target all week long.

I wanted to hop on and share a shorter pregnancy update so I can get my timing back to more of a 2-3 week schedule. We’ll see if I actually stick to it, though! After this, I’m assuming I’ll do a 18-20 week, which feels like a natural progression.We’re actually 18 weeks as of yesterday, which seems super exciting as we cruise closer to that golden halfway mark. I found weeks 16-17 to be polar opposites. In week 16 I felt great for the most part. Week 17 however, brought back some intense fatigue, some nausea, and towards the end of the week some vomiting. Which was definitely not a welcomed surprise! I’m hoping week 17 was just a weird fluke, and that week 18 and on will bring brighter days.

Flashback to my first pregnancy:

Let’s get to it –

Week 16 –

Symptoms: 

  • Started taking Phenergan at night as needed. I started this right after that terrible stomach bug, and it really, really made a huge difference. I did this with Adeline too, and I found that taking it at bedtime helped me feel better the next morning.
  • Had mostly good days this week. Had enough energy to cook dinner and take a few long walks!
  • Peeing as much at night has slowed down a little bit.
  • Sleeping with a pillow between my knees.
  • Heartburn

Cravings: 

  • Sweets
  • Mostly same as before, but less Mexican food
  • Really nothing crazy stands out

Aversions: 

  • Mostly same as before
  • Chicken, like Chick Fil A or other big pieces of meat

Feeling like: Getting more and more excited, but still haven’t really ‘thought’ about it much. I think I’m waiting until we know what the baby is, and that the baby is healthy. I’ve had a few moments of sadness thinking about what it will be like when it’s not just Adeline anymore, and it’s just weird to think about. I still don’t necessarily feel bonded or attached to this baby yet, but I think it’s just because I’m still guarding my heart. I’ve also found some annoyance (and I say that lightly, and mostly sarcastically) with other pregnant women gleaming about how wonderful they feel. I’m pretty sure I’m just destined to have pukey pregnancies, ha!

Memories: 

  • Adeline has been extra clingy and sweet this week. Multiple times at drop off she turned around and ran back to me saying, “Mommy one more hug!” or “Mommy one more kiss!” And a few times when she’d leave the house with Adam or I’d leave, she’d want to run back and give me one more hug.
  • Adeline will say “baby!” when we point to my tummy and ask what it is.
  • Took a few long family walks, felt SO good to start moving again. Love these moments with my little family so much.
  • This week was pretty average, no real news or fun memories to report!

Gender prediction: Leaning towards girl.

Week 17 –

Symptoms: 

  • Nauseous in the morning a couple times
  • Feeling ‘big’ even though I’m not big at all!
  • Winded going up and down stairs too quickly (embarrassing!)
  • Hips and feet hurting after walking around all day
  • Backaches are starting
  • Threw up again towards the end of the week, had to take Phenergan again
  • Wanted to lay down often
  • Heartburn

Cravings: 

  • Toasted deli sandwiches like PotBelly, Quizno’s, Schlotzsky’s (ate at PotBelly like 3 times this week, oops!)
  • Merridee’s ham & cheese crescents (basically a hot ham & cheese croissant with a very light mystery sauce)
  • Sweets
  • Pizza (randomly had Pizza Hut pizza at my nephew’s birthday party and for some reason it was SO GOOD!)
  • Grilled cheese + tomato soup

Aversions: 

  • Chicken still
  • Fish or anything remotely weird
  • Mostly same as before

Feeling like: This was a crazy week! I thought I was feeling better and them BOOM back to feeling pretty wonky. I’m getting more and more excited, especially getting to spend a few days with my family. I’ve caught myself thinking a lot about whether or not I’d even want to consider having a third baby after this one, and then I feel silly even letting my mind go there. I’m trying to stay present and focus on this one, without thinking about the future. I have no idea if our family will feel “complete” or not after this baby, but I think that’s something my heart will just have to decide. I truly can’t WAIT to find out if this is a boy or girl. I’m honestly scared of it being a boy, because I have no idea what to do with little boys!

Memories: 

  • Flew home to Tennessee for a long weekend, felt great on both flights thankfully!
  • Did some fun shopping with my mom, though mostly for Adeline’s spring clothes
  • Started making an Amazon wish list and thinking more seriously about what we’ll need for the new nursery
  • First time this pregnancy being asked how far along I am
  • Brainstormed a few girl names (I’m pretty sure we have a boy name picked out, maybe, but girl names…this was literally the first time we really considered some names as options!)

Gender prediction: I really have no clue, because I could think of ways to justify both. If I had to choose a side, I’d probably say girl though. But now that I’ve said that, it’s obviously going to be a boy.

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As usual, thanks everyone for your kind pregnancy wishes and for following along!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jana A
    March 9, 2018 at 8:26 am

    You look great, friend! It is amazing how much quicker the weeks seem to go with your second. When you have a toddler, you just don’t have as much time to focus on all the little pregnancy details like you did with your first!

    Do you think you would go with a girl name that you considered for Adeline, or do those not feel right with this baby? (If it’s a girl that is!) Just curious. 🙂

    • Reply
      Sarah
      March 9, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Thank you! Honestly, we had maybe one other girl for Adeline and it was a name that only Adam liked, haha! So, highly highly unlikely we’d use it! It’s hard to think about another girl name because I feel like we already used our favorite name, you know? I imagine something perfect will come to us soon, if we find out it’s a girl! If it’s a boy, I have a name I’ve loved since high school that I’d love to use!

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    Jessica
    March 9, 2018 at 8:44 am

    You wear pregnancy so well! It seems like the decision to go beyond two kids is a universally major one – maybe because three kids outnumber two parents?! When I found out I my second was a girl so many people told me, “you’ll have a boy and a girl and now you can be done!” and it really rubbed me the wrong way (I’m an irrational and irritable pregnant lady). I always saw my family with 3-4 kids regardless of gender, but now that we have two I can definitely see why someone would think that two makes life full enough! And the idea of never being pregnant again sounds great. But I still want a third. So maybe I’m irrational even when not pregnant. Sigh. But little people are just so great!

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      Sarah
      March 9, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Thank you! Right, totally feel you! I can see how irritating that would be. It’s just like if you have two girl or two boys, everyone assumes you’ll “try for the other gender!” I grew up in a home where it was just my brother and I, so two kids seems natural. I didn’t have many friends who were trios, most just had one sibling. My husband however is 1 of 3, and I always wished I had a little sibling. So, I’m not sure! A lot of it honestly comes down to thinking logically about the future – college costs, our retirement, feeding them, being able to afford all of their activities, etc. etc. Kids aren’t cheap, but I think there’s this imaginary pressure now thanks to Instagram to have as many kids as possible because it’s “cooler” or “cuter” if that makes sense! I’ve always wanted 3 littles, and in my heart that’s what feels right, but after this baby I might feel like we’re complete! Who knows! It’s crazy to think about never being pregnant again though! So true!!

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