Posts tagged baby 2
Posts tagged baby 2
**Picture on the Left: 39 weeks pregnant with Charlotte.
**Picture on the Right: 39 weeks with Baby #2. Wow. My belly is bigger this time around, but my face is less swollen. I’ll take it!
Size of baby: The baby is now the size of….a baby. Seriously, this baby is big enough to hold!
Dilation: STILL at 1cm. Baby is head down. I’m 75% effaced. But honestly? I don’t think baby is coming anytime soon. Just a feeling.
Movement/contractions: Lots and lots of movement—all the time! I thought I had a few contractions a few nights ago, and was SURE I would be further dilated…but maybe they were just strong Braxton Hicks. Lots of BH this time around.
Things I miss: Sleep! But I know I will go without it for awhile, so I better get used to it. I also miss taking really long walks with Charlotte, and hot yoga.
Cravings/aversions: None really…I just eat what I’m in the mood for at the time. Lemonade maybe? Iced coffee?
Highlight of the week: Realized that on this day with Charlotte (39 weeks) I had to be induced because of high BP. My BP has been amazing all throughout this pregnancy, and it’s a really great feeling to think that maybe this baby will come on his/her own time. I would love that—induction was not fun!
It amazes me the differences between the 39 week pictures! I never realized at the time how small my belly was—it makes sense now considering CG was only 5 lbs 11 oz. when she was born. And I, on the other hand, blew up like a balloon towards the end. I’ve gained less weight this time around, but I credit that to eating normally and chasing a toddler. I’m hoping to lose it faster this time too!
**A letter to my unborn child—due in 1 week**
Where should I begin? Being as we haven’t met yet, I think of all the things I want to say—and everything I want to teach you in the years to come. I couldn’t begin to write down all the lessons I want you to learn, and all the blessings I pray you have in life.
These 9 (10?) months have flown by, and in a way I feel like I already know you. Your kicks are strong, and you move around SO much more than your sister ever did. You like to tease me by keeping me up at night (already), and I have a feeling the night time is when we will bond.
Ah yes, your big sister—Charlotte. You will find out soon enough about her! Charlotte is strong willed, independent, and can be bossy at times. You may need to stand your ground with her from early on, but never forget how much she loves you. Even now, as you are in my belly, she kisses you and practices “tucking you in” with her baby doll. She is a sweet girl, and she loves with her whole heart.
Baby, I pray you grow up in a home that loves unconditionally. Your daddy and I loved you before we met you, and we promise to always love each other too. We promise to raise you in a Christian home, with lots of laughter, and respect towards one another.
We promise to hug, and kiss and comfort you when you are sad. And we promise to listen to you. We promise to always be here to listen, and give advice, and someday to let you make mistakes on your own.
It is amazing how much the human heart can grow overnight. I know that when you arrive I will love you more than I ever thought possible.
And that will never change.
When you are a teenager and talk back to me, and tell me to “leave you alone” and slam the door? I will still love you. (…but try not to do that, ok?!)
Sweet baby, I can’t imagine the lessons we will learn together in the years to come, but I know this adventure is only beginning. As our family turns from three to four and our blessings becoming greater—I will never forget this time we have shared while you were in my belly. An amazing connection. We are truly blessed.
We’re ready to meet you, sweet baby.
How far along: 38 weeks!
Size of baby: Apparently (as I mentioned in my last Prego Highlights) watermelon really IS the largest fruit to compare baby to. Baby #2 is weighing in at almost 7 lbs. (according to baby center). I can’t imagine this baby getting any bigger!
Dilation: Still at 1cm. I was worried I would be dilated more, and would have to stay home for our quick PSU trip—but my OB gave me the go-ahead and said she thinks I will be hanging onto this baby for awhile (boo!).
Movement/contractions: TONS of movement. TONS. No contractions this week.
Things I miss: Sleeping on my stomach….I actually had a dream I was sleeping on my stomach and I was so happy! And then I woke up.
Cravings/aversions: No major cravings, but I had the most amazing bowl of coconut chip ice cream from The Creamery at Penn State. It was amazing. Seriously, amazing!
Highlight of the week: Going to my Alma mater and taking Charlotte around campus! It was so much fun. Exhausting, YES—but still a lot of fun and I’m glad I took the risk of traveling to go.
We are SO.CLOSE. And I feel like I am going to go to my due date…and I really just want to snuggle my new baby and find out if it is a boy or a girl!!! :)
How far along: 37 weeks=full term!
Size of baby: Baby is the size of a…watermelon (!). I don’t think there is a fruit bigger than this. Maybe a pumpkin…but a watermelon is huge!
Dilation: 1cm. And apparently the baby is still very high up…hasn’t dropped yet. So, I’m thinking I definitely have a few weeks left. But I guess you never know.
Movement/contractions: Lots of movement, and one night last week I woke up with what I’m pretty sure were some contractions. It’s hard to tell because I never had contractions until I was induced with Charlotte…but I had bad back pain that came and went every 20 minutes for about an hour. Nothing since then though…
Things I miss: Sleep, feeling comfortable, goat cheese, wine and did I mention sleep?? I guess I need to get used to that one!
Cravings/aversions: Watery fruits have been my new go-to craving. I’m thinking the heat is making me crave light and watery foods, which is a good thing!
Highlight of the week: This is going to sound silly, but I had lower blood pressure at my appointment yesterday. This is great news, because at 38 weeks with Charlotte I was admitted to the hospital for high BP. Laying low to keep it low!
So soon….and I have so many emotions running through my head. But at this point, I am just so excited to meet and hold our baby. :)
How far along: 36 weeks=9 months!!! (This picture was actually taken last week at 35 weeks 2 days).
Size of baby: About the size of a MELON. Yikes! Baby could weigh up to 6 lbs at this point. That’s more than CG weighed when she was born. (and I don’t think our baby is quite that big either…).
Dilation: After my weekly appointment today I am about a 1/2 centimeter dilated. This really doesn’t mean anything, but it made me feel like I needed to get my act together!
Movement/contractions: LOTS of movement, especially up by my rib cage. Pretty uncomfortable at times, and I find myself pushing the baby out of the way a lot! Lots of braxton hicks contractions, and I don’t remember ever having this many with Charlotte.
Things I miss: Sleeping through the night. Feeling comfortable. Walking faster than a turtle. No heartburn. Cocktails—yep, I am now wanting to have a nice, cold summer drink.
Cravings/aversions: Not many….I eat normally for the most part. I do crave dairy more than anything else, but nothing I’m dying to eat.
Pregnancy symptoms: Grunting every time I stand up or bend down to pick up the millionth toy of the day, exhaustion, overall feeling uncomfortable, heartburn.
Highlight of the week: Organizing everything to make room for baby! We now have the bassinet set up, clothing racks installed, and I de-cluttered our bedroom. Next up: making a changing station out of my dresser, washing some baby clothes, and purchasing all the essentials. I’m in nesting mode!!!! :)
Our sweet second born is DUE one month from today.
I woke up this morning, and thought immediately about today’s date.
I have so many questions about this new baby.
When will your birthday be?
Will you be early like your big sister?
Will you be a BOY or another precious GIRL??
Will you love your sister, and will she love you back?
Only God knows the answers to these questions…and we will find out soon enough!
Last week I wrote about the fear of not having enough love for another baby. I know my heart will grow with our new child. I know God has given this baby to us to teach us how to love stronger, deeper and to become closer to Him. I know all of this, but I still wonder and think about what’s to come.
In one month (or more or less!) our lives will change again. We will change from a family of three to a family of four. Charlotte will be blessed with a sibling, and Andrew and I will open our hearts again as new parents to a new baby.
What a miracle babies are…and I feel so blessed to be carrying, and to become the mother of another one. :)