As of Thursday, July 11, I’m 16 weeks pregnant – so it’s time I tell you all about week 15, right!?
Week 15 was really great, in part due to the events of the week! It had a fabulous Fourth of July and went onto the campus of John’s work. Family and friends hang out on campus and then enjoy the fireworks. Xander stayed up late and stared in awe at the fireworks (until he got bored ten minutes in and wanted to walk around again. Thank goodness for glow sticks). My SIL and her friend were also in town briefly and we had a great time. Week 15 also included a friend’s baby shower, a weekend BBQ, and plenty of pool time.
Photos courtesy of SIL, Sara.
Baby H2.0 measures about 4 inches long from head to tush and weighs about 2.5 ounces. Legs are growing longer than arms and baby can move all joints and limbs. Baby’s eyelids are still shut but H2.0 is able to sense light. Taste buds are also forming this week.
What’s up with Mama
My complexion is out of control this week. The pregnancy hormones plus the Maryland humidity is really doing a number on my skin. I hope this phase is short lived. I’m still 2-3 pounds below my pre-pregnancy week and I really hope my midwife doesn’t bring it up as a concern during my next appointment. I can definitely tell my uterus is getting bigger and moving up, but I’m by no means showing yet. I’d really like to show soon for a couple reasons: 1) throughout the day it’s easy to forget I’m pregnant because I’m so busy playing with Xander. I think having a baby bump will help bring attention to the pregnancy and new baby growing inside. 2) I’m excited for Xander to learn the word baby and start to grasp the concept that another little person will be joining our family soon. 3) Sometimes I feel like I don’t deserve to talk about being pregnant because there’s nothing to show. I know that might sound weird but while I was at the baby shower over the weekend I only mentioned the pregnancy once and the response from one of the gals was, “Oh yeah, congratulations.”
Topic of the Week: Breastfeeding while Pregnant
I’ve received quite a few comments, questions, general curiosities about breastfeeding while pregnant, so I thought that would be the perfect special topic for this week. Xander is just under 16 months old and breastfeeding is still going strong. I really don’t have the desire to tandem nurse both kids, but I’m also completely on board with letting Xander lead the weaning process. I do have to go away for a weekend without the guys in August and we are not sure how that weekend will go. X doesn’t drink milk yet, but we hope John can tank him up on food and provide enough cuddles that those factors will be a good substitute for mommy milk and comfort.
I do wonder if the extra calories expended during breastfeeding have contributed to my inability to gain weight, but with how nauseous I was during my first trimester, I’m not completely sold on that theory. I’d love to hear about your experience of breastfeeding while pregnant if you fall into this category!
John’s Thoughts: Week 15 and First Trimester Thoughts
This pregnancy has already been completely different than our prior experience with Xander. For one, we do have another little one to take care of so not as much of our attention is focused on the new (nugget? munchkin? peanut? I need to think of a nickname). A portion of me is saddened by our lack of focus on the new baby (fetus?) but I am also aware that this is how it goes. We certainly can’t ignore Xander. I’m sure when Katie is farther along and actually showing the increased physical presence of the little (kidlet? sprout?), we will keep more focus on him/her.
Aside from simply being distracted by Xander’s antics, Katie has had to deal with a lot more nausea, back pain, and general inability to eat food. As opposed to some kind of sickness, it’s much harder watching her experience all these negative effects of pregnancy; on the one hand I wish I could give her medicine to relieve her symptoms but at the same time a part of me is a little joyous at her pain because it means the baby is growing and her body is adapting, just like it should. At Week 15, her symptoms have largely subsided except for the occasional inability to eat enough so I’m very relieved that the negative symptoms are (for the most part) over.
Finally, the other thing that hangs in the depths of mind and becomes more prominent as the pregnancy progresses is just how the heck are Katie and I going to do this? Clearly millions and billions of people have successfully raised more than one kid but just observing Xander’s difficulties at bedtime or how cranky he gets when he’s tired in the evenings really makes me sweat just imagining dealing with him plus a new baby (tiny person? cookie?). I’m sure we will adapt and everything will be fine…hopefully by the time baby #2 is here, Xander (who would be close to 2 years old) will have developed good sleep patterns and a routine. But who knows!
I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts again during this pregnancy and your comments and responses are always enjoyable to read! Also, if anyone has more creative, cute, or goofy nicknames for a baby fetus, I’m all ears!
See you next week for a recap of how week 16 goes down! And maybe by then John will have settled on a Baby H2.0 (umm, water anyone?) nickname!
PS. I’ve started a Pregnancy #2 page under the family tab above. You can now view all pregnancy posts in one place 🙂