Bam! 20 weeks into this pregnancy. The halfway point! It feels great to be this far in. I really don't want time to go fast because I'm enjoying being pregnant (2nd trimester bliss over here, totally), but I don't want it to go too slow, because I can't wait to know more about who this is inside me. I guess I'm just really content with the pace right now.
Baby #2, in August.
Thoughts on the pregnancy so far...
-Cravings: I haven't had a lot of cravings in either pregnancy, but had quite a few aversions in the beginning. (big hunks of meat and potatoes, stuff with a lot of black pepper, spicy foods, coconut oil) Cheesy, bready, carb-y things sounded good during my first trimester, so did iced tea. These days, nothing beats a fried egg. Also, a cold, sweet juicy musk melon. Mmmm. (And I'm so happy that coconut oil tastes good to me again!)
-Kicks & Flips: This baby moves all the time! So much more than Hadley did. I am still amazed at how frequent and how strong the kicks and flips are. It's like every time I sit down, any time of day or night, there he/she is!
-Aches & Pains: I'm still feeling pretty good and sleeping easily (thank you, Lord). The other day during a walk I noticed a little bit of sacrum pain. It's time for me to get another chiropractic adjustment, which will help. Also, I've started doing my prenatal Pilates dvd again, which feels so good.
-How it's the same as last time: The heartburn during the first trimester, although I remember it being at the end of my pregnancy with Hadley. Nose bleeds. Morning weakness. Clear skin. Bounced back to feeling pretty good around 12 weeks. A little water-logged after I take a drink. Really in the mood to read books, all the time. Overall feeling is very familiar. Same midwife, same chiropractor.
-How it's different: Whole new set of name possibilities, for both boy and girl. Feeling the baby move way earlier and way more often. Not craving peanut butter at all this time. More tired. Getting bigger a lot faster- by nighttime I feel rather large, and I still have so much more growing to do! As for how I'm carrying, I can't tell if it's different or not, and I can't tell how much things are different just being a second pregnancy. Bought maternity jeans this time. No linea nigra yet. Taking probiotics daily and supplementing with cod liver oil and magnesium oil.
And one of the biggest differences of all: it's a winter baby!! I'm so, so happy about this and so excited to try a whole new side of the calendar. Hadley was born in June and this baby will be born in January. (It won't be during camp season! YAY!!!!) I'm guessing that I'll love having the awesomeness of fall and the holidays building up to the arrival of this little one, and then once the baby comes, we'll probably be snowed in (because hey, it's Minnesota) so why not get cozy on the couch and nurse a newborn?! I'm always looking for a new assignment in January, some way to start fresh in the new year. I'd say having a new baby is about as fresh and as big an assignment as you can get. I'll definitely be snug and busy in our little house all winter long. I'm also really thankful that I've been able to get so much time in the sun during this pregnancy. There's nothing like vitamin D to make you (and the baby) feel extra good and healthy! Last time, I didn't find out I was pregnant until mid-October, and I hardly got any sun at all.
Did any of you guys have January babies? Or maybe you are a January baby yourself?
(Just home from the farmers' market with our favorite treat.)