Sorry it's a day late - we were at the beach yesterday so I wasn't able to post my weekly pregnancy update, but I did it the moment we got home :)
Baby Growth: Blitzen is the size of an avocado and is measuring 4 1/2 inches from head to butt and weighing 3 1/2 oz. Here's what he or she looks like right now!
Belly Picture: We were at the beach with Seth and Crissy so Seth was sweet enough to take some pictures for me (I'm so proud of myself for remembering to pack my weekly stickers!)
My Symptoms: I have been headache free for over a WEEK!!! I'm so pumped!!! Stacy's recommendation to drink a little caffeine has REALLY helped. I try to drink one glass of a caffeine drink a day (which is tricky for me b/c I don't really like any of them) and it's kept my headaches at bay. YAY!
Still having a lot of energy, of course not at the moment because we were up so late with Seth and Crissy at the beach ;) Totally worth being tired though! Duh! Also still lots of discharge and feeling lightheaded when I first stand up. I'm more careful about it, but sometimes I forget and jump out of bed (or out of the sitting position in general) and I'll feel a little bit dizzy.
You know how you hear pregnant people say that they wake up one morning and BAM nothing fits right? Um...I had my morning! Wednesday I woke up and just felt different. I feel PREGNANT in a way I haven't felt yet this pregnancy. I feel more uncomfortable overall, tougher to get comfortable when sleeping, and clothes don't fit as well. My pants and all still fit but I did pull out the Bella Band and will probably be wearing it this week (I got away with wearing all comfy cotton pants and shorts at the beach so I didn't need it). I also bought some Belly Bands but even the smallest setting doesn't fit yet. I'm just at that in-between size! My clothes were uncomfortable on Wednesday as well as my wedding rings - they just felt tighter so I didn't wear them. I'm still wearing them out in public but not around the house.
My belly also feels (and looks...even though the pictures don't really show it!) more pregnant and I can actually FEEL the baby!!! Blitzen is located halfway between my pubic bone and naval and I can actually feel a harder spot down there where he or she is. Also when I pee now it takes longer b/c I feel like I can't fully empty my bladder...I guess due to pressure from the uterus?
I've been told many times this week that I look really good. Always fun to hear right? I guess I have that pregnancy glow going! Mom came over a couple nights ago for a few minutes and went on and on about how I have cheekbones now and how pretty my hair looked and my skin. I mean I wish this pregnancy side effect would last forever ;)
Weight: Since I wasn't home on Friday I didn't weigh myself, but I will this coming Friday. I'm hoping that I only continue to gain a lb a week (or less) so I can stay right on track! We'll see!
Gender: Still naturally say the girls name to myself when I think about Blitzen, but really am cool with it being a boy. Kye says "sister" when we ask him, but I think that's only because all his friends are girls and have sisters.
Maternity Clothes: Not yet...but probably not too far away! I'm def. at the point where I can't where everything in my closet anymore!
Movement: Um...I LOVE IT!!!! This child moves like crazy time and I feel it very, very often. Maybe it's the one caffeine drink a day? Whatever it is, I'm enjoying it and I'm eager for it to get strong enough for Zach and Kye to feel too! Makes me excited to see my little somersault baby in the ultrasound in a couple weeks!
Sleep: It hasn't been good, but then again I've been on an air mattress the last three nights ;) I did take a nap each day at the beach and that probably helped some. It's much tougher to get comfortable and I LOVE my pregnancy pillow.
Cravings: I realized on the beach trip that I do not have the same cravings as last pregnancy. Zach was SO thoughtful and bought me some Choco Tacos and while they were good they weren't good in that omg-I'm-gonna-die-these-are-so-amazing way. Honestly I wasn't that into any of the junk food we had on the trip (SO not like me). I only ate two bites of the cookie dough we bought and a couple Sweet 16 donuts! I was really more craving the pretzels, chips, and that kind of snack stuff (typically not my thing AT ALL). I also LOVED the shrimp feast we had, so seafood still tops my list! (BTW: hit up Red Lobster right now...they have 4 course meals for $15 and it's AWESOME!)
What I Miss: This was another week where I can honestly say I enjoy being pregnant. Seth and I were even talking about how I'd totally be a surrogate mother for someone if they needed it (however I don't think Zach would want to deal with me being pregnant when it's not our kid haha!).
Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: Feeling ALL the movement. Feeling pregnant (while uncomfortable, I do like that it feels more REAL now). Being around all of Seth and Crissy's kids - baby Titus made me excited to have a baby again, seeing how great Kye did with all of them made me excited to see him in the older brother role, and playing with Stevie made me excited to (hopefully!!!) someday have a child with a personality similar to mine. Zach and I both left the trip more excited about adding to our family!
Questions/Concerns: When I struggled with nursing Kye I took probiotics to help and I do think they had a big effect on Kye's immune system strength. I want to ask Stacy if it'd be smart for me to take some while pregnant too???
Goals for the Week: Get this house FINISHED. I have family coming the weekend of the 9th and it's a great goal to have everything how we want it. There are a few key things I'm not going to possibly be able to get before they come (I've exhausted every store in Valdosta and I simply have to plan an Atlanta trip to get what I need!) but I want the stuff that I can control to be completed. Right now that's my MAIN focus!
Pregnancy #1 Notes from Week 16: At 16 weeks I had gained 3 lb overall. (As of 15 weeks I was still -2 this time around!) I had my 16 week visit with the dr and they told me for my headaches I could take 2 extra strength Tylenol every 3 hours and drink a mtn dew with it - and that seemed to help me. Good to know in case they come back ;) Around this time last pregnancy Zach and I had the great baby bedding debate...you can read about it here. I think in reading that you can understand why this time around I'm not decorating until AFTER Blitzen arrives ;) I was still not having people notice that I was pregnant (same this time around) and it's funny that I even mentioned in this blog entry that my pants still fit b/c the way my belly was sitting - it's the same way right now!