Baby Growth: Our sweet boy is around 10 inches, just over a pound, and around the size of a grapefruit. He is fattening up & expected to DOUBLE in size over the next month!
My Symptoms: WHOA at the round ligament pain!! I can DEFINITELY feel my uterus stretching this week so I know our big boy is growing. Sometimes when I’m laying on my side I can barely lift my top leg because it’s pretty intense in my lower abdomen. When it’s hurting I will waddle around the house (seriously, it’s more comfortable to waddle), but I try not to do that in public so I don’t embarrass Jonathan.
I feel out of breath sometimes and have to make a conscious effort to breathe deeply.
Also, it doesn’t bother me so I’ve forgotten to mention it, but just to document… I wake up every morning and need to blow my nose. I have a lot of junk in my nose even though I’m not sick and sometimes it’s a little bloody too.
I can feel my hormones kicking in because I can cry at the drop of a hat. A stranger was pretty rude to me the other day and I almost busted into tears. I had to take a few deep breaths and tell myself to get it together.
Weight/Baby Bump: My appetite has DEFINITELY grown & so has the bump! I’m up about 8 lbs since I found out I was pregnant. I have a feeling I’m going to have more stretch marks this time too.
Gender: Sweet baby boy!! Now just for a name…
Maternity Clothes: Definitely. Laura hooked me up with a whole bag and I’ve already whipped out some of the jeans so I’m not rocking the same pair every day. Thanks, Laura! Let’s just be honest though…my preference is wearing Jonathan’s t-shirts & pajama pants. Too bad that’s not socially acceptable in public, huh?
Movement: Little man is getting stronger!! You can feel him for sure from the outside so my mom and Jon have both been able to feel him. I ate a piece of cake on V-Day & he was a total wild man after that. I can’t help but smile when I feel him moving. Such a sweet reminder and one of the coolest parts of pregnancy.
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty well. I do have to wake up to roll over & really like to take turns sleeping on each side. I don’t have a preference but I am using a LOT of pillows! I’m also really enjoying a short nap when Jase does so I can make it through the whole evening and night.
Cravings/Aversions: Trying to avoid sweets but my sweet tooth is back in full gear. (I miss MNS.) I’ve been mixing plain Greek yogurt with vanilla Muscle Gain & adding in fruit as high protein treat. YUM!!
Work Outs: I did body pump a few times this week. I’m really enjoying pump right now because it’s challenging and I don’t have to think about what I’m doing or plan for a workout- I just follow the awesome instructors & it’s fun! I also try to row 2000 meters and spend a little time on the elliptical a few times a week.
Ohhhhh, nothing..just checking out my squat form with Jonathan. Friday night fun in the Butler house!
Goals for next week: Be more intentional about talking to Jase about his new brother. Start thinking about the nursery. Start thinking about registering.
Thoughts: We have an appointment this week. Cannot wait!
Also, feeling super thankful I have blogged throughout pregnancy. If you’re a mama-to-be, I encourage you to keep some type of journal. Obviously a blog isn’t quite as private so you don’t have to go this route, but I am so glad I have these sweet details to look back on. And if I ever have a daughter, I’m sure she’ll appreciate being able to see what her mama’s pregnancies were like. I read a lot of things about pregnancy that are hereditary, and it says “if you want to know, ask your mom what she experienced.” I think most of y’all know I was adopted, so it kinda stinks that I can’t just ask those questions.
Enjoying this pregnancy & soaking it up! I love being pregnant
Oh, and a shout out to the Daddy-to-be too. Jonathan is always helpful, but he really makes being pregnant easier because he does SO MUCH to help me!! He helps out a TON around the house and with Jase. Have I mentioned lately that I hit the husband jackpot??
Comparison: 23 Weeks Pregnant with Jase
And 23 weeks with #2! (I just so happened to be wearing the same shirt this week. This picture was actually taken 23 weeks & 2 days.