Baby #2: Week 16

So here we are again. Because some people enjoy reading about the activities within another woman’s uterus, I will do my best to document this pregnancy as best as I can. I was diligent with Caroline and I don’t want this baby to be like “hey mom, way not to care about me” because you know, that leads to poor self-esteem and lots of therapy bills. So without further ado…

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March 31, 2014

 WEEK 16

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, s/he’s about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His/her legs are much more developed, his/her head is more erect than it has been, and his/her eyes have moved closer to the front of his/her head. His/her ears are close to their final position, too.

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HOW I AM FEELING:

In one word: “awkward.” Pregnancy, the second time around, makes everything happen at a much faster pace. I feel like no sooner than peeing on a stick did I need maternity pants. My stomach immediately protruded, my uterus was all like “I remember how to do this” and my stomach broke out in itchy hives. Everything that took me months to see/experience with Caroline is happening much, much quicker this time. So to answer this prompt, I just feel strange. I’m pregnant and showing, but my mind hasn’t caught up with what my stomach is telling me. Does that even make sense? (Don’t answer that.)

WEIGHT GAIN:

I’m up about six pounds so far. Some of my pants still button (albeit very uncomfortably), but most of my shirts either pop open because of my ginormous prego boobs or are just so tight that they’ll cut off the baby’s air supply (that’s how that works, right?)

CRAVINGS:

Nothing! I do have an aversion though: hot coffee. As a Dunkin Donuts ADDICT, hot coffee went from “give me an IV of it” to “I’d rather puke and hit my head against the wall than drink it.” However, don’t WORRY everyone! Mama loves her iced coffee and the kind DD workers give me half caffeine/decaf when I request it. They don’t even spit in it when I order it! (that I know of)

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My socks. Am I right?

BABY ITEMS BOUGHT/RECEIVED:

I feel as if this category will be empty for a while. This is our second baby! The big ticket items are thankfully taken care of already.

CONCERNS:

Nothing major. I feel so much busier this time around between working full-time and raising a 19 month old. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m pregnant which I think has cut down on all of the irrational concerns. The less time you have to think about things, the better.

GOALS:

I have one goal for myself and that’s to make working out a priority again (more on this in a another post, I’m sure), but with the weather finally changing, I really want to get outside and be active again. Even if it’s a light jog around the neighborhood or something, I need that for my mental health.

BEST BABY MOMENT:

Not a moment yet, but I’m anxiously awaiting a kick. I think I’ve felt some flutters here and there, but I’m impatiently poking and prodding my belly trying to get a response back! The doctor said you feel the kicks a lot sooner with subsequent babies and I know I’m close to feeling them, but nothing certain just yet. Let’s go!

3 comments

  1. Heather says:

    Aw my newest babe! You’ve got a little Guacamole in there!
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  2. I love reading your updates! I’ve heard you show a lot quicker the second time around. I need to get in a nice light jog as well!!! Hopefully spring has actually arrived in Central NY. I know I feel flutters at this point, but still not a hard kick. Does Caroline get that she’s going to be a big sister?? That’s so exciting!!! TGIF. Have a great weekend :)

    • Alexandra says:

      She thinks that there’s babies in EVERYONE’S stomach now, haha. But I think she might start to get it once I get bigger and she can feel a kick, it’s so much fun!

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