I’ve deliberated for a while over a hashtag and post titles for this new little peanut(I know, how incredibly millennial of me) and have honestly struggled with it a bit.
When I was pregnant with Mabel, I never called her “baby number two” because well, technically she wasn’t. I understand that it’s streamlined and no one really cares but me, but I just didn’t like that. So I started calling her Spena Baby and that worked great for me. But now, Mabel has the monopoly on Spena Baby and I feel like I need something different- or more specific than the generic titles I used with Mabesy. Baby number three still doesn’t sit right with me, for the same reasons that baby number two didn’t sit quite right with me either, but I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to use instead. (If you have any incredibly unique or original ideas- let me know!)
So as of right now, I’ve still been using the same #SpenaBaby hashtag as last time(therefore lumping Mabel and this baby’s photos together) and finally landed on the exact same post title as last time…just adding “again” at the end. Because, I’m nothing if not super creative.
I feel like I could go on again about how in shock/denial I still feel about all of this, but it looks like I already talked about it in my week 10 post 2.5 years ago 😉
So, onto this week’s symptoms!
Weight Gain: In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m starting this pregnancy 10 pounds heavier than my other pregnancies. Part of me is super anxious/worried/upset about that, and another part of me wonders if it played a part in the how and why of me getting pregnant soooo much faster than I ever have before. So, I’m trying not to resent it and just be thankful for what my body is doing instead!
Starting weight: 140 lbs
Symptoms: What symptom do I not have? Unrelenting nausea….all day, every day. Skin breakouts. Bloating/bumpin. Tired. Emotional. Super human smelling powers. Crazy dreams. Bloody noses.
The sickness set in by week 6 or so, and really ramped up in week 8. I’m still dealing with the worst of it- we’re basically just in pure survival mode over here right now…and will be for a few weeks/months longer, since my sickness has never gone away at 12/13 weeks.
Cravings/Aversions: My biggest craving would have to be a can of coke a day. The carbonation settles my stomach and it’s one of the only things that actually sounds good. Basically everything else is an aversion. I’ve been lucky enough to not be throwing up like I did with the girls(seriously, huge praise!) but nothing sounds good and I’m barely eating. My diet is a hot mess right now of just whatever we can piece together and I’m so looking forward to the day I can eat like a normal person again!
Missing Most: Wineeeeee. I’ve been missing it since day numero uno.
Size Of Baby:
A close up picture of our tiny fluttering blob at 7 weeks 1 day- isn’t that crazy!?
Sleep: No complaints! I’ve been sleeping with a fan and the windows open if I can manage it, along with a humidifier because I’ve already been getting bloody noses again(fun!) I already go to the bathroom a few times a night…but eh, I sleep great otherwise. So glad I can still manage stomach sleeping- I’m a big stomach sleeper and it’s always a sad day once I can’t anymore!
Workouts: None at all right now, BUT! I am the proud new owner of an elliptical machine. Jim set up a great spot for me to workout in our basement, so I am really, really, really hoping that getting in a half an hour or so a day in on that once I stop feeling like death warmed over will help me feel good and keep the weight gain down this time around. Fingers crossed.
Clothing: Already in maternity pants! And have been for a while….they’re just…soo…comfy. I’m either wearing maternity or pajamas, so. I had a stitch fix box arrive this week that I hoped would have some good maternity options in it for me..but, it was a bust. Luckily, I have a few fun collabs coming up that should involve maternity clothes, so that’s exciting!
Gender: Absolutely zero inclination. Our office doesn’t offer the fancy 10 week blood work that some offices have now, so we have to wait until 18-20 week ultrasound like it’s 2015 or something :p Since I haven’t been vomiting that makes me think boy…but reading back at my week 9 and week 10 posts from Mabel I could have basically copy and pasted those posts to this baby….so, that makes me think girl.
Purchases: I probably won’t make many purchases for baby until we know who is in there, but I’m probably going to be getting some new clothes and shoes to wear and feel comfortable with before then!
Husband: He’s working so hard and picking up allll of the slack. He’s doing the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. He takes care of the girls as soon as he gets home and I retreat to my room away from all the smells. My sickness seems to super ramp up in the evenings and he covers everything for me. He’s been such a good sport about it all and I’m just glad he’s willing to help so much and be so supportive of what I need.
Looking Forward To: Hearing heartbeat for the first time next week! (we saw the heartbeat at our first appointment, but it was too early to get to listen)