15 Weeks Pregnant

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Sorry it’s a couple days late! I turned 15 weeks pregnant on Friday Feb 7th!

Baby Growth: Leo is measuring 5 inches long and is weighing 2 1/2 ounces…about the size of an apple! I know it’s still a rather small child, but an apple seems so much bigger to me than the other fruits!!! His or her eyelids are still fused shut but can now see light. If we were to shine a flashlight on my belly Leo would move away from the light. Kinda a mean trick, am I right? At this point in pregnancy we could find out the gender!

My Symptoms: Overall, I’m feeling pretty great at this point!!! I have read in my past pregnancies about my bad skin and that has started this week. I have a few pimples around my chin area. I’ve always been rather blessed with a clear complexion so I’m not mega stressing about a few zits here and there but it does make me feel less attractive for sure!

My stomach is looking more and more pregnant. My belly button is already almost a non-inny (I wouldn’t say an outie either but it’s almost an “evenie” if that makes sense haha). I still think my belly looks like it did with Kye. People can’t tell I’m pregnant b/c it’s just big all the way around and all over so it’s evenly distributed and I just look chunky. I do think I’m higher than I was with Kye though. With him I needed a bella band or something early on in pregnancy and with Britt I never really needed one. My baby belly starts close to my bra line and ends before my pants line. Def a combo of both pregnancies!

My headaches, I feel, are pretty under control right now. I’ve had to take Tylenol each morning when I wake up due to my foot so maybe that’s why? I also have gotten hardcore about making sure to drink a LOT of water. Especially at night. I think that helps b/c then I don’t wake up with a headache in the middle of the night anymore. And I’m making sure to drink my Spark. Now that I mix it with ice and make it super cold, I’m back to liking it again πŸ™‚

I’m feeling less grumpy and crunk than I was last week. Casey said she got the same feeling (and even had to leave work early one day b/c she was getting too crunk with her students haha) and that it also didn’t last too long!

I was around a few babies out in public this week and when they cried…I got that “let down” feeling in my chest! I have that “I want to nurse you” urge haha. No leaking or anything yet but my breasts are def fuller and still tender which is surprising to me!

Casey is seven weeks ahead of me in pregnancy and honestly I feel like we are due at the same time. Being my third round I’m showing sooner and a lot of my symptoms are earlier so I’m like even to a first timer who is seven weeks ahead of me πŸ˜‰ 

I know at this point I should feel more energized, but I don’t. I’m not sleeping well AT ALL and that carries over into my day. I also think having two kids wears me out more than life with one did. I have Britt non-stop whereas Kye was in preschool when I was pregnant with her. I also have to take Kye to school and pick him up etc. So it’s a lot more on me than when I’ve been pregnant in the past! Makes sense not to have as much energy!!! I wake up feeling fine and good to go. I get the most accomplished in the mornings…but once 1:00 hits I’m pretty much done for the day haha!

I am also very congested. Which I read is actually a pregnancy symptom! However, Zach is also congested (he actually lost his voice) so we might have a cold??? 

I continue to hear that my face looks thinner. Which I mean is AWESOME! I don’t know if I’m just getting good at the contouring makeup thing or if it’s legit getting thinner but I’ll take it πŸ˜‰

Weight: No gaining this week! I’m at +2 at this point which isn’t bad considering from what I read most people by now have gained 5. I’m technically weighing the same as I did when I got pregnant!

Gender: My stomach, like I said, looks like it did with Kye. BUT it sits higher like it did with Britt. So now I’m kinda back to being torn! I think being surprised this time is the MOST exciting time to be surprised. Already having a boy and a girl makes it really hard to know which one it will be! When I was pregnant with Britt my pregnancy was SO different from Kye’s that I really wasn’t all that surprised when the moment came and we heard “it’s a girl!” I believe my first words after hearing it were “I knew it!” But this time I have some things that are just like my pregnancy with Kye and some that are just like mine with Britt so I’m SO thrown off and confused πŸ˜‰ and I love it!

Maternity Clothes: This week is the first time that I’ve struggled getting dressed. The high belly makes it tough for some clothes to look okay on me. So I can see me needing my bigger sized stuff here not too long from now. I really do need to get down the bras. My daily bra is too tight at this point and the sports bras are a joke!

Movement: THE TIME HAS ARRIVED!!!! Yay!!! Early in the week I felt a little bump here and there but by the end of the week I KNOW it is legit movement. I was laying in Kye’s bed and he was being silly and Leo was moving a lot which was so cute πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for Kye to be able to feel it as I know he will understand it so much more and appreciate how awesome it is in a way he didn’t when I was pregnant with Britt. Feeling the movement is my FAVORITE thing and I am so, so thankful for this blessing!

Sleep: It is horrible. When you’re pregnant you are supposed to sleep on your left side. Well when I’m on my left side I’m facing Zach. Who sometimes snores. Or breathes really loudly. Or makes these little clicking sounds. I do NOT like sleeping apart but we had to a couple nights. We remembered though that with past pregnancies I’d just go to bed first and once I fall asleep I’m okay with his noises πŸ™‚ However, I can’t even get comfortable without Zach in the room. I am using my pregnancy pillow all the time now and it does help. I fall asleep fine on my left side. But then I keep waking up on my back which is the worse position for the baby!!! So then I get freaked out and have to pee and can’t fall back to sleep. I have a lot of restless nights with lots of tossing and turning. On my left side too I guess my hip bone sticks out kinda far? Bc seriously I have nights where I want to saw that junk off! It does not let me get comfortable!!!

Cravings: I do NOT like chicken. Or beef. However, I am loving FRUIT which is a first time ever for me! Apples are soooo sweet and delicious. I also am obsessed with artichoke. YUM. Fulfills my salty fix! I think my tasting abilities are stronger this time around? I have never in my life thought that apples are as sweet as I can tell they are right now! I am also more wiling to try new things. At Publix the other night I ate sushi for the first time ever (California Rolls…fully cooked!) and LOVED it. It only added to my craving for Aligatu! Shrimp is def up there on my craving list. I am still not drinking any milk at night and am not feeling sick (I now down a couple glasses of water at night instead!). 

For something sweet I am OBSESSED with icees. I mean SO random. I actually got two Orange ones this past week alone. Britt and I went into Target and I got one and then Kye and I went back to Target after Lorelai’s birthday party Saturday and I got another πŸ˜‰ I have NEVER been a big icee person so it’s a strange craving for me!

I did my monthly grocery shopping this week and it was TOUGH not to buy everything in site. The two things I ended up caving in and buying were pudding (so random!) and these old school m&m cookies. I haven’t had them in ages but I couldn’t resist the temptation!

What I Miss: Nothing related to pregnancy! I mean I preferred my belly with Britt but I don’t really miss it or anything! 

Best Moments of the Week: It was a good, busy week!

The BIG thing is that I have for sure decided on a nursery theme/color scheme. I feel SO excited now about it and truly LOVE it. Zach is much more excited about it too and I think this idea is VERY us πŸ™‚ This picture is my inspiration…I want to paint the room a SUPER dark gray color. And really have dark gray be the main color of everything. The nursery chair and have it be the main color of all the fabrics and such. Our furniture is white so it won’t be too dark anyways! Then I want to have a POP of NEON colors! We are still keeping with the travel theme and will have a map decal in the bright neons and other travel type pieces that bring in those pops of color. I LOVE IT πŸ™‚ I also even found the store we will use to make all the bedding pieces. She is going to work with me in planning a boy version and girl version! 

We also went to an awesome shop downtown and bought a cool locker for Kye’s new room and I found several cool things for the nursery too! I’ve started pinning like crazy now that I know exactly what I want to do! 

One of my favorite times of the year is KID SALE TIME! It was this past weekend and I found a good bit of stuff for the kids. Honestly, not as much as I usually find (especially for Britt?) but I still had fun! And we decided to sell the dressers from our nurseries so Leo and future babies will have new ones πŸ™‚ I ended up making a good bit of money to help with that cost! I even found Leo’s first clothing item bought specifically for him or her. B/c either way this baby will be born near football season and you KNOW who he or she will be cheering for πŸ™‚

Zach and I celebrated our 10th year as a couple on Wednesday! It is SO HARD to believe that we have been together this long. I truly love him more now than I ever thought possible. He made such a big deal about it and was so sweet to plan a date night for us! 

I really appreciate everyone praying about my foot. I did get the shot on Wednesday. He injected the medicine into three different places in my foot and said I’d be in a good bit of pain for roughly four days and then it’ll take TWO WEEKS to know if it worked or not. So please continue to lift me up when you think of it πŸ™‚ So far it’s still pretty painful…hoping the pain will wear off soon! Being that it’s my left foot and I have to sleep on my left side, it’s def made the past few days extra difficult in the sleep department!

Casey has gotten into the research mode for baby Branch and I’m SO thankful she’s due before me. Being her first time through all of this she’s doing all the research for products and such so I don’t have to haha. I will basically just copy her registry for anything I need for Leo πŸ˜‰

Questions/Concerns: 

  • Mamas who swaddle: do you prefer the WOOMBIE or the MIRACLE BLANKET? And WHY?
  • I want to ask how bad it really is to sleep on my back b/c it freaks me out that I keep waking up in that position!
  • I need to ask about registering at the hospital
  • I have also seen a lot of these type things on Pinterest…did any of yall use them? This one seems to be the one with the best overall reviews? I’ve never had one but am def thinking of getting it for the postpartum days and would love to hear your experiences!

Goals for the Week: Get everything ready for Disney! Rest my foot as much as possible and take good care of it to help it heal properly. Get back to doing Bradley Method stuff. 

Belly Pictures: I had Z take these before our date Thursday night πŸ™‚ I’m wearing a dress that was actually Casey’s and I legit look SO pregnant in it huh? It’s all the tiers and ruffles probably! You can order my belly stickers here!

Past Pregnancies: You can see my post from 15 weeks pregnant with Britt here! Pretty hilarious to see that massive post pregnancy pad…you first timers be sure to check it out to know what you are in for. Isn’t it neat though how quickly we forget those things?

I LOVE that I started feeling Britt move this same week! It makes me hopeful that Leo will be as active in the womb as Big Sister was (let’s cross fingers that he or she is not as active outside the womb though okay? haha). 

I am envious of the energy I had at this point in pregnancy with Britt but thankful my headaches are nearly as bad or often!!!

With Kye at this point I was tired and had headaches. Kinda sad reading back to this week with Kye in my journal. My mom and brother and his wife all came to visit us for the weekend. Appreciate the moments you have because you really never know what the future might hold. My dad also called just to check in which made me happy! Back then I was in counseling and had a rather tough session but left feeling very strong and capable in myself. I learn so much about myself at that point in my life and I’m thankful for that! I’m also thankful for the friendship Ashley and I shared, it is so fun reading my pregnancy journal each week from my first pregnancy and remembering all of our good times together!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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3 Comments

  1. Katelun
    February 10, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    Love your blog and congrats on baby #3! I am actually 13 weeks along with my baby #2 πŸ™‚ As far as sleeping on your back I have the same problem/concerns and I haven't pulled out my pregnancy pillow yet but I do remember last time around my dr said if I just put a pillow under half of my back (right side preferred) that even if its a flatter pillow that little adjustment can really help and it still made me feel comfortable to sleep because being all the way on my left was not enjoyable for me and I would never wake up in that position either. Question about advocare: what is and is not safe to take during pregnancy? Thanks!

  2. ChelleyN
    February 11, 2014 / 3:11 am

    We weren't going to find out if B3 was a boy or girl before delivery, and I found myself constantly saying "this is like my pregnancy with Brianna . . . must be a girl!" and "that was like my pregnancy with Brenson . . . must be a boy!" I think it's super fun to have one of each (and two very different pregnancies) and not find out gender before delivery!You look great in the photos . . . definitely starting to show a bit!

  3. Abby
    February 12, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    My baby girl is now 5 months old. I used the BFF belly bandit after she was born. I was back to my normal size in just over 2 weeks. Definitely would recommend it! My OB said that sleeping on your back was fine up until week 20. And I found out why it is unsafe to sleep on your back during my 20 week ultrasound. I got close to passing out since baby girl was sitting right on my nerve – not fun! I was a total back sleeper until I was pregnant and really struggled with getting comfortable with sleeping on my side. I used a body pillow and that helped. As far as swaddles, we used to woombie and the swaddleme. My daughter seems to prefer the swaddle me as her arms can't get up under her chin, whereas with the woombie, they can. I really think with swaddles, it is based on what your baby likes. My niece loved the woombie and used it for 7-8 months, so yeah, just try one and see how it goes.

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15 Weeks Pregnant

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Here’s all the wonderful updates about my pregnancy this week!

Baby Growth: Blitzen is now about 4 inch long and the size of an apple. He or she is weighing in at about 2 oz and can sense light (if we put a flashlight up to my belly Blitzen would move away from it!). At this point it’s also the “time” where we could find out the sex if we desired! I don’t wanna know what it is yet…but I just hope either way he or she doesn’t have a nose like this baby!!!

Belly Picture: I’m having to stick it out less and less each week in order to look pregnant πŸ™‚ I’m still loving the Baby Shines sticker weekly numbers! It’d make such a good gift for someone newly pregnant ya know? I need to remember that! My belly is VERY different from last time around…early on in my pregnancy with Kye I couldn’t wear my pants and had to invest in a Bella Band. This time it’s so funny to see because it is like my stomach sticks out then BAM goes flat right at my pants line. I don’t really know if it will stay that way or not but I do like not having to worry about pants fitting, I just look like I have a nice gut hanging over them πŸ™‚

My Symptoms: Ugh. Headaches. Horrible, nonstop headaches. I pretty much had a constant migraine all week. Last night was the first time I didn’t have one and I’m thinking it’s because I told Mrs. Charlotte to make regular old sweet tea for dinner instead of the decaf (Stacy suggested caffeine might help). I did end up calling up to the dr office and having them prescribe me something, I need something to have that’s strong enough to kill it when it gets unbearable. I’ve had several break down and cry  moments because I’ve been in so much pain. Last time around I got a LOT more rest and even though I had the headaches, they weren’t nearly the level of pain they are now. Also now my headaches will move to my jaw and it will hurt so badly that I can barely talk or eat. I’m going to a dentist on Monday to see about making me a hardcore mouth guard thing to wear at night…I currently sleep in one of those cheapo sports guards (I know, sexxxxxy mental picture…) and I think I need something stronger to help. We’ll see! Say a few little prayers for me if you think of it πŸ™‚

While the headaches are horrible…I LOVE the energy I have! Our house has STAYED clean and I’ve tackled so many things this week. I went through all of Kye’s baby clothes and organized them. Also I decided to sell a few things that I’m just not crazy about and I took out all the stuff that we’ll use if Blitzen is a boy or a girl (bottles, breast pump, a few sleepers, etc). The nursery is still pretty messy, but it’s getting there and I LOVE having a nice organized system down for storing all of Kye’s clothes as he grows out of them. While I was going through stuff I realized that a TON of his stuff had some strange yellow staining on it…

It really bugged me! Most of the stuff that had it was white and I talked to Mom and she helped me find a way to get it all out (since I KNOW most of you store your kids clothes for later wear too…here‘s more info on it and how to remove it). It’s caused from storage and from deep stains that may not have appeared at the time I packed it up, but showed up later. Gross huh?

I also went through ALL my maternity clothes and got them all organized…when I went through them I found some of my bras and O.M.G. My boobs will REALLY be THIS big?!?!?! A 36E?????? (Just for reference…my HEAD fits in one side of this monster)

 What’s even crazier is I found some of my stuff from postpartum…I’ll also have to be wearing a PAD as big as my HUGE BRA?????

Even though I’m not wearing them yet I went ahead and reorganized my close to fit all my maternity stuff. I also went through all my clothes and picked out the stuff that is bigger (from my postpartum days), the stuff that I stretched out from wearing it when I shouldn’t have been (like when I was breastfeeding and stupidly thought my boobs would STAY that big…), and stuff that I don’t mind if it gets stretched out from pregnancy/postpartum. I bought 40 hangers and figured they would for sure be plenty…umm I had a LOT more maternity clothes than I remembered!!! And a lot of them still have the tags on. Then I remember that I bought all size Mediums and that many of them (my pants included) ended up being too big for me that pregnancy, hopefully they will be again and I’ll need to buy smalls πŸ™‚

I love an organized closet! I do it all by color and have it in sections so there’s a tank top section, short sleeved shirt section, 3/4 sleeved shirt section, and long sleeved shirt section. Now there are two of each section – one “maternity” clothes and one “regular Emily” clothes!

Other symptoms I’ve been having include becoming lightheaded if I get up too quickly and an increase in discharge (Sorry to the guys that read this…but I like to keep it legit!). 

Weight: Blah. I’ve gained another pound. I lost 4 at the beginning and have gained 2 back so I’m still -2lb in weight gain but I don’t like the idea of gaining a lb a week! I still have 25 weeks left and I don’t really want to gain 27 lb….but it’d still be better than the 39 I gained last time right? πŸ™‚

Gender: How cool is it that we could KNOW right now what we’re having! Pretty fun! Still doesn’t tempt me though πŸ™‚

Maternity Clothes: Already mentioned this, but I’m still not needing them. However my “normal” (well…I guess it’s, sadly, the new normal after having a baby!) size 34B bra is on the loosest setting and my nips are totally pushing themselves on out of it. Time to graduate to my old normal 36C bras πŸ™‚

Movement: I’m FOR SURE feeling movement. I know I am. I don’t care if things say I shouldn’t feel anything for another week or so…I feel junk. And, yeah, it could be gas I guess but I’m gonna say it’s baby. Last time I could never tell when it was movement or just gas (I wasn’t SURE I felt baby until 5 months along, you can read it here) and you’d think I’d know better after going through it…but I don’t haha. 

Sleep: Still sleeping soundly and wonderfully! Enjoying it for as long as I can – not sleeping on my stomach anymore though. Start off on my left side but often wake up on my back.

Cravings: No real CRAVINGS like “omg I’m dying to have that” except for Cosmic Brownies. I guess the pregnancy sweet tooth is here b/c I have been really, really wanting Cosmic Brownies πŸ™‚

What I miss: Being sick all day instead of having these headaches. I’d much rather be sick. The headaches make it hard for me to even be the least bit positive and I hate that πŸ™

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: We talked about the baby at dinner the other night and Kye said (all on his own) “I’m gonna (change) baby diapers!” He’s VERY excited to help with this big boy task πŸ™‚ Kye also found an old paci of his in the nursery when I was going through things and he asked me if he could have it. I told him “sure, but you also need to put back on diapers and start sleeping in the crib” He wasn’t interested anymore πŸ™‚ If we DO use a paci this time then we’ll probably do a different brand as to not make it hard for Kye. Hearing the heartbeat was, of course, another wonderful highlight!

Questions/Concerns: Mainly just how the HECK can I manage these headaches? Otherwise I feel pretty confident about everything right now!  I do need to start thinking of a birth plan to present to Stacy before she leaves in Oct. 

Goals for this Week: REST, minimize headaches, finish up the nursery so I can actually open the Bradley Method materials!!!

Pregnancy #1 Notes from Week 15: I thought I’d do this weekly instead of lumped into a trimester thing like I did last time. I love the chance to compare pregnancies and remember what I went through with Kye! This time I’ll talk about Week 14 too since it wasn’t covered in the last post. During week 14 I felt tired and very sad, I also had the racing heart issues. Also we went garage sale shopping and found many baby things – I loved getting to buy for Clover πŸ™‚ At week 12 I had gained 1 1/2 lb overall and by week 16 I had gained 3 lb, hopefully I’ll still be at an overall loss next week! During Week 15 I felt much stronger but still had the headaches. My dad called to check in on me and it made my whole week happier! I really craved milk, cereal, peanut butter and juice and hated chicken, green veges and salad. I was hoping Kye would be a girl because I didn’t want the pressure of the first “Parker” boy yet and worried a son would feel a lot of pressure to be a football star like Daddy (I don’t feel that anyone pressures him at all…at least not yet!).

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Facebook

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