Have I seriously not updated since week 12? Wow. I guess it is true what they say about 2nd babies. I’m sorry, Baby #2, but your mom is a complete and total slacker.
How I’m Feeling:
My energy level has increased somewhat and overall, I’ve been sleeping much better. I no longer wake up randomly at night and am up for hours. However, I am just really uncomfortable while attempting to sleep. My back hurts and I can’t seem to get comfortable lying on either side. I currently use a body pillow, wedge pillow, and a pillow between my legs. I’m thinking about getting a pregnancy pillow – any recommendations, yay or nay?
The nausea subsided around 16 weeks. I’m still taking a prescription medication to control my acid reflux, but as long as I take it daily everything is fine.
I am having sporadic episodes of sciatic pain. It starts in my back and shoots down my hip and leg and can be quite excruciating. I notice it most when I’m doing hard labor: extensive cleaning, bending over, lifting something heavy.
Overall, the word I’d use to describe myself is uncomfortable. I think I’m carrying him pretty low and I just feel a lot of pressure constantly. It isn’t even super hot yet here in Georgia and I already don’t want to leave air conditioning. I never had back pain with Cooper but it is a constant presence with this pregnancy.
I have no idea if this is a “second pregnancy thing” or an “Andrea is 34 years old thing.”
I had my “big” ultrasound at 20 weeks, but my doctor got called out for a delivery so I wasn’t able to go over the results with her, which was upsetting. After our big scare I just wanted to hear that developmentally the baby looked fine. I returned the next week and was told that everything looked good; however, they could not get a good picture of his heart so I will be doing another ultrasound at 28 weeks. These little scares seem to be par for the course this pregnancy so instead of worrying I’ve just put my trust in God that everything will be alright.
Baby seems to be doing well…. however, Mama is already showing signs up pre-eclampsia. At my last appointment, my blood pressure was elevated, my liver enzymes were elevated, and I had protein in my urine. I honestly expected this to happen again this go round but not so early! I had to do a 24 hour urine screen (of which I have not received the results) and more labs last week. My doctor also started me on a blood pressure medication as a precaution. We are taking a “wait and see” approach but my doctor said that if I continue along this course she will likely deliver me at 35 weeks. I am just hoping to make it through this pregnancy with no bed rest! We shall see!
We know… and I will be doing a post about the gender reveal party this week!
Baby is the size of a papaya.
Mommy is the size of a spare tire… literally. I do not have a “baby belly” at all. It just looks like a have a large roll of fat around my middle. NICE. I’ve gained 4 pounds this pregnancy (I lost 10 and have gained back 4 of those pounds). I’m predicting this pregnancy will be much like Cooper’s. I never really looked pregnant with him, and I packed on about 30 pounds in the last 2-3 weeks of pregnancy due to water retention.
I have much more of a sweet tooth this time around. I like to end my day with some sort of treat (those grocery store chocolate covered doughnuts are divine). I am also loving Jolly Rancher soft chews – like Starbursts, but better!
Jason continues to be a rock star. He’s been super helpful in cleaning the house. He’s also taken on lots of little projects throughout the house. Since I got pregnant he’s painted Cooper’s big boy room, the downstairs bathroom, and the dining room.
Cooper is a terror lately. I love him to pieces, but he is so defiant! I spend most days just repeating the same request over and over, and finally loosing my temper and sanity in an epic meltdown. I’ve talked to many moms of 2 and it seems like this may be a jealously thing – but honestly, I have no idea how to deal with it. He does not respond to discipline. Spanking, no. Time out, no. Taking things away, no. I’m just at a loss.
He has also regressed in sleeping. In late April, we went to Edisto on vacation and he slept in a bed with me for the week. (Prior to the trip he was still in his crib.) When we got back we attempted to move him to his big boy bed and it did not go well. At first he flat out refused to sleep alone so he would either sleep with Jason in our bed (and I would sleep in his bed – our bed does not fit three) or I would sleep with him in his bed. Then last week we finally got him to sleep in his bed alone but he wakes up in the middle of the night and crawls in bed with us. This is another area where I have no idea how to address this.
Stay tuned for the gender reveal post, coming later this week!