When we last left off in the pregnancy posts, I'd passed my gestational diabetes test, been given my flu and TDAP vaccines, and was hopeful our family would avoid illness going around Willa's daycare. Here's a look into the past month of pregnancy #2.
Baby Size: a Rutabaga (I love this word!)
Unfortunately, Willa does get sick with a stomach virus that leaves us scrambling to cover two days of childcare. Brendan contracts a less serious version, and I luckily manage to remain healthy. With a half week of daycare, we're both behind at work, but other than stress, I'm feeling fine. Movements are regular, and it feels like this pregnancy is going so quickly.
Baby Size: A red cabbage
We welcome a new month, and Brendan has a paper to write for our conference; thus, Willa and I begin a routine of venturing out alone together on the weekends to give him some time to work (he gave me so much work time leading up to this, and we'll surely switch off once this deadline is behind us). We go grocery shopping, to a birthday party, to the library, to church, etc. Keeping up with Willa while pregnant can be super tiring because she loves for me to pick her up about a hundred times per day. At least my arms get a workout. My heartburn starts to become bothersome and Zantac is recalled, so I have to switch to Prevacid for when it's bad enough to prevent me from sleeping. Speaking of sleep, I'm definitely getting up multiple times per night (sometimes to pee, sometimes because of the cats, sometimes because of Willa), and it can be really hard to fall asleep again. Once baby born is born, I won't exactly be getting tons of zzz's either though, so I guess this is newborn prep.
Baby size: A cauliflower
It's the last week of the second trimester, and honestly, it's a tough one. I'm not sleeping well (as mentioned), and the physical discomforts of pregnancy (lower back pain and that "fullness all the time" feeling) are starting to become more noticeable. On the bright side, we finally have some cooler weather, and that makes getting outside more comfortable. Brendan and I also go out to celebrate nine years together. We eat at a nice restaurant (Opal's table) and see a movie (Ad Astra). A babysitter is a rare indulgence, so we're happy to have some time just the two of us. It's a little hard to get comfortable at the movies, despite having those really fancy reclining chairs. I just need to be lying on my side or else I get kind of dizzy.
Baby size: a large eggplant
Officially in the third trimester! The highlight of the week is definitely doing an ultrasound at school and getting to see our baby boy. The images we get (for free, thanks to the sonography program) are amazing and make me feel more connected to him. He looks like a real person now, and we can see the starts of hair and lots of facial details (I think he has Brendan's nose), and I'm so grateful that his heart and spine (the images the tech was assigned to get) look great. His estimated weight is 2 pounds, 9 ounces, which is about exactly where Willa was at this point. I feel dizzy and like I'm going to pass out throughout the ultrasound though. Lying on my back is just a no go these days. That same day, I have my doctor's appointment. I'm up 20 pounds for the pregnancy (13 pounds from my pre-pregnant with Willa weight), my blood pressure is good, and I get my Rhogam shot. I also find out my doctor will be out of town the week of my due date. He offers to induce me at 39 weeks, but I think we're not going to go that route. I'm sad to learn that my doctor likely won't be the one to deliver baby boy, but I have confidence in the other doctors, and letting our baby come in his own time seems like our best bet. Hey, maybe we'll get lucky and he'll come a week early on his own (or a couple days late when my doctor would be back). My back is starting to hurt and sleep continues to be...sometimes sleepless. I spend some hours in the middle of the night listening to Brendan sleep (if the cats, Willa, or having to pee wakes me up, it can take me over an hour, sometimes over two, to fall back asleep). Thankfully, Brendan gets up early with Willa and lets me snooze a little if I've managed to fall back asleep by the time she gets up. Willa has a cold, but so far, I've managed not to catch it (fingers crossed). I also get a video of baby boy moving around in my stomach, and Brendan's parents are here and have been able to feel him move too.
We really haven't done anything to prepare our home for baby boy, but we hope to remedy that soon with the help of grandparents to watch Willa.
We'll be back in a month with a pregnancy recap of weeks 29-32. Until then, we appreciate your continued good thoughts for our family as this little one grows and gets ready to join us.