Half Way There! 20 Weeks!

Over the course of the last few weeks, I feel like I’m definitely LOOKING more pregnant than ever. It’s funny how one day you just wake up and suddenly feel very pregnant. I had that day. There is no sucking this belly in. There is no hiding it. It’s out for the world to see! Except not touch…I’m weird about that.

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With this being my 3rd pregnancy – I definitely want to talk about how different it is vs. my first 2.

Cravings:

Pregnancy 1: Lucky Charms…so many bowls of Lucky Charms!

Pregnancy 2: Early on…eggs eggs eggs. Later on…Grilled Cheese ALL DAY LONG.

Pregnancy 3: Early on…Potato soup. Now…Toast with strawberry jelly.

Aversions:

With all 3 pregnancies I’ve had an aversion to meat. GAG. The thought of eating a piece of chicken makes me want to vomit. Also veggies….NO THANK YOU. With this pregnancy, it is getting better now…I will eat meat and veggies as long as I don’t prepare it. Something about the preparation of it makes me sick.

Worst Part of Pregnancy:

Pregnancy 1: Literally the easiest/best pregnancy. I hardly felt pregnant and wasn’t overly tired. I was never sick. The worst part was my long labor and delivery. Just over 17 hours of labor…90 minutes of pushing that included vomiting every time I had to push hard with a contraction. I guess I’ll take that over having a rough 9 months of pregnancy!

Pregnancy 2: Stress! I had some bleeding early on (subchorionic hemorrhage) and placenta previa that thankfully ended up resolving, but man did it cause A LOT of stress. I was on workout/lifting restrictions nearly the entire time. It was tough mentally. Very tough. Labor and delivery was QUICK! I labored for about 4 hours once I got to the hospital, and it only took a few pushes. Easy!

Pregnancy 3: So far, this has been the most EXHAUSTING pregnancy. I don’t even know what to compare it to. Have you ever been so tired that it hurts to even keep your eyes open? I feel that way even after 10 hours of sleep. This baby is absolutely DRAINING. My energy is extremely low. I was very nauseous early on…so that was new for me, but it thankfully got better around 12 weeks. This exhaustion doesn’t seem to want to go away just yet. I would also say I’m less emotional and more bitchy with this pregnancy. I was a sensitive sally with my boys’ pregnancies. Now I’m kind of a raging bitch. Woops.

Weight Gain:

Pregnancy 1: I started out around 115 lbs and ended up around 160…so about 45 lbs gained. I was very skinny and ran a lot, so not much muscle on my bones…hence the lower starting weight. Carter was 7lb14oz and 21 inches, born 3 days before due date.

Pregnancy 2: I started out around 120 lbs and ended up around 165…so again…about 45 lbs gained. By this pregnancy, I had been lifting regularly and held onto some muscle, so my starting weight was a tad higher. Eli was 8lb5oz and 20.75 inches, born just 2 days before his due date.

Pregnancy 3: Even more years of lifting and building muscle, so I started out around 125 lbs and so far the weight gain has been slower, which is ok…still on track. At 20 weeks, I am up 12 lbs. I am guessing I will still end up around 160’s, since that is what my body tends to do, which I am ok with!

If I HAD to guess just based on how I’m feeling and Mother’s intuition – I would say that this little baby is a girl. I had dreams early on with both my previous pregnancies about the sex and they were accurate. This time I had a dream early on about a girl with dark hair…so we shall see! I am 100% content with whatever God gives me!

I had my 20 Week ultrasound today, which I’ve been SO looking forward to. I get anxiety about the health of my babies. I worry that something is wrong, which is terrible…but I just like to have confirmation that everything is as it should be. So, a lot of anticipation going into this 20 week ultrasound today! I was also consistently measuring about 3-4 weeks ahead, so I wanted to make sure everything was ok.

The ultrasound went great! Baby looked wonderful (only 1 baby thankfully!!!). Baby was very active and photogenic for us, which was fun! The heartrate was 153. I am 19w6d today and the baby measured 20w5d…so not too far ahead. Nothing concerning there. My fluid level was normal and everything else was 100% normal and healthy.

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Baby is waving “Hi”!

As the ultrasound tech is capturing these awesome images, I can’t help but become overwhelmed with how blessed I am. I walked out of the office crying just looking at the photos. For me to be SO blessed to never have lost a baby, never dealt with the heartache of a miscarriage, have 3 perfectly healthy children, and for my own health to be outstanding – I can’t even ask for anything greater than that. What have I done to be so blessed? I am just thankful. So thankful.

One thing that has been getting me down is how tired I’ve been. I had the doctor draw some blood today to check my iron and thyroid, so hopefully those come back normal. I am just DRAINED. Could it be that I already have 2 little ones I’m chasing around? Maybe. But damn I’m tired.

OK – now for the fun stuff – more pics of the babe!!

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Immediately when I saw the baby’s profile – it reminded me of Carter’s profile picture at 20 weeks. They have the same little button nose. Here is a little comparison of Carter (top), Eli (middle), and new baby (bottom).

What do you guys think? Total triplets! Maybe it’s a 3rd boy after all! Either way – I’m just over the moon today with happiness. Thank you for the prayers and well wishes. I feel extremely blessed!

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Here’s to the next 20 weeks!

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