Showing posts with label Belly Pictures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Belly Pictures. Show all posts

Growth Spurt! 18 Weeks (Baby #5)




I read somewhere that babies start to go through a growth spurt around 18 weeks, and I believe it - I've been feeling it this last week!  I don't think you can tell from the outside yet, but some of my symptoms make me think there is definitely some growing happening.



I'm suddenly tired again (but thankfully not nearly as tired as in the first trimester), and I have had a couple days last week when I felt nauseous.  I have never felt nauseous in the second trimester before, so I wondered at first if it was a stomach bug, but I dismissed that idea when it happened twice on separate days in one week.  Weirdly, I think I might have figured out that I feel worse when I drink milk - do people develop food sensitivities while pregnant?  This has never happened to me before!  I am crossing my fingers that it's not the milk because I love my dairy, but I have cut it out for a few days and will have a bowl of cereal tomorrow to test it out.  Whatever is going on with that, Baby is making his/her presence known!



Baby is still moving daily now, but the movements are pretty soft and down low.  Movements down low in my belly make me worry that baby is breech (Clarice was and I always felt her kicks lower), but if this baby is breech, he/she is comfortably breech.  I haven't had any backaches at all this pregnancy, which is unusual for me and so nice! Overall, this Baby has been very gentle with the pregnancy aches/pains/symptoms, and that has been a blessing.  I thought it might be harder being pregnant this time since I'm getting ever older, but this pregnancy has been easier than some of my others!  Now I'm just hoping for some stronger kicks from Baby in the next few weeks, because it's so fun to feel them from the outside.



Sitting here typing this post, I feel like I've almost felt a couple Braxton Hicks! They started around the middle of my pregnancy with Clarice as well, but I was kind of surprised to feel them anyway.  It's a good thing because my uterus is toning up for labor, but that still seems so far off (even though it's not that far off, actually - five months will fly by)!

Gender reveal party plans are in full swing now (we find out on July 3rd!), and we're going to have the party the weekend after the 4th of July.  So obviously we'll go with a 4th of July/Americana theme!  The 4th is in the middle of the week this year, so I think it'll work out just fine.  I'm going to be on the hunt for sparklers, because where we are they always sell out way before the 4th - and when I say we sell out, I mean every place I check in my state is out of sparklers and fireworks after a certain date.  If I can't find any, Baby and I will be taking a little trip across the state line!  



This week is also my birthday week, so we celebrated last weekend.  I always like being pregnant on my birthday!  It's just fun to celebrate with another little one along for the ride, and I feel blessed.

I know I promised a belly comparison picture this week, but I changed my mind and I'm going to save it for next week - along with all my symptoms, etc, and maybe even a little gift card for someone who guesses the gender right!  Stay tuned!

(Note: Affiliate links below.)

Swing dress: Jane.com
Kimono: Forever21
Sunglasses: Jane.com
Pineapple Necklace: Christopher & Banks

Little Kicks - 16 Weeks (Baby #5)



I'm 16 weeks pregnant!  I remember feeling 16 weeks was a big deal in past pregnancies, and it feels that way this time too.  We are well into the second trimester, baby is growing big enough to start to feel movement, and we could technically find out the gender now!  We won't until the 20 week scan, but it's still exciting that we could.

I think my energy is mostly back - yay! - and I really have no pregnancy symptoms right now except some round ligament pain (it starts earlier and earlier).  I'm starting to think ahead to sewing this baby's quilt.  I sew a quilt for each of my babies before they are born, and I need to start the search for a pattern and color scheme.

I have been feeling baby kicks almost every day since the start of our vacation. It's the best part of pregnancy!  In my memory I almost forgot about these delicate little movements at the beginning - I remember the big kicks at the end, but these little nudge-movements are so precious.  Every time I feel a kick I think about how it's a little hand or foot probably kicking as hard as Baby can, and yet it feels like a light flick to me.  It's just cute and sweet to think about my little baby making those kicks!



Of course, Baby is not that little anymore.  Baby is about the size of a large avocado now, plus legs, and apparently (according to my baby websites), a growth spurt is coming this month!  

Also, some website needs to create baby/mom weekly updates that are NOT geared toward the first baby.  One of the sites suggested a babymoon to get away with "just the two of you" one more time, and it hasn't been just the two of us in a long time!  In fact, I was just thinking about how this time around I've had less time to contemplate being pregnant - now that Wyatt is getting ready for first grade, and we're homeschooling, I've been in planning mode for the school year.  I kind of miss having more time to focus and plan for Baby.  That's why I'm especially appreciating the baby movements this time, because it's a nice little reminder of my fifth little one throughout the day!  I never am all alone right now with this baby in my belly, and I love it.


(One without my kimono so you can see my belly in all it's glory.  I still feel like the bump is larger than the others at 16 weeks, but I'll do another comparison soon!)

I'll talk more about our gender reveal plans in my next update, so stay tuned!

Hooray For The Second Trimester! - 14 Weeks (Baby #5)


 

We have officially reached the second trimester by all measures!  This is my fifth baby, and I'm still confused about when the second trimester officially starts, but I know that 14 weeks is the latest.

So far, the second trimester is looking good!  I have been feeling so much better this last week.  I still fall into bed at night, but I'm not exhausted all through the day like I have been up to this point.  I'm very happy to be feeling better before we leave on vacation, because I so wanted to be able to enjoy everything without being overly tired.  I've had no real cravings or aversions lately (aside from stomach aches if I eat too much spicy food), no aches and pains, less exhaustion.  I'm feeling good!




Baby is the size of a large lemon this week, plus legs!  That's huge! It's amazing how fast babies grow in utero.  According to my internet sources, baby is also starting to grow hair, and practicing lots of different facial expressions (and the thought of that is almost too cute for words).

I am almost certain that I've felt the baby.  At 12.5 weeks, I felt a tiny little nudge in my stomach, similar to how it would feel if I slowly and lightly pressed my finger for a second on my skin (only from the inside).  I wasn't having any other sort of digestive discomfort, and it was in approximately the right spot, so I suspected it might have been baby!  Then I proceeded to get worried when I didn't feel it again, but at the 14 weeks mark I felt the same sort of nudge in the same spot.  I'm pretty sure it's baby, and by the next update I'll probably be able to report with more certainty!  I can't wait to start feeling more tiny kicks.  It's my absolute favorite part of being pregnant.




And one more blessing...I mentioned a couple posts ago that I gave away my Belly Band before I found out I was pregnant, and have been missing it.  I normally use it all through pregnancy to utilize my regular pants as long as possible.  Well, my sweet blog friend Angi (who is having her baby in the next couple months) offered to send me hers!  It didn't work for her, and she wanted to bless me with it.  Thank you Angi, you were so kind to think of me, and I really am so happy to have a Belly Band again!



That's all there is to report at the moment.  I have another checkup next week, so I'll let you know heart rate again at that point...and then the appointment after that is when I hope to find out this tie breaker's gender!  And since I've been asked several times already, yes, I plan on doing another gender reveal party.  I have intentions of keeping this one low-key, but, well...we'll just see how it turns out!  I tend to go a little overboard with party planning.  If you want to catch up on all our previous gender reveal parties, check them out below.

First Gender Reveal Party (Classic) - Get ready to travel back in time, because this one is vintage from 2010 when I was pregnant with Wyatt.

BBQ Gender Reveal Party - Also pretty classic, and lots of fun finding out we were having our first girl!

Ugly Sweater/Christmas Gender Reveal Party - We took full advantage of the season for Clyde's gender reveal!

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party - Clarice's party didn't quite go according to plan, but it turned out alright!


Outfit Details:

Shirt: Forever21
Skirt: Maurices
Earrings: Walmart
Necklace: (#affliatelink) Jane.com
Shoes: (#referral) JustFab

First Baby Purchase - 12 Weeks (Baby #5)



It's Week 12, which means we are almost out of the first trimester!  This is particularly exciting for me this time around, since pregnancy fatigue has really knocked me out the last couple of months.  I'm really looking forward to (hopefully) feeling more energetic.  Please pray with me that my energy really does come back.  Some people have freaked me out by suggesting I'll be this tired all the way through this time, which I refuse to believe - think positive!





I've been feeling more productive over the last week, which has been refreshing.  I've realized that I really can't stay up past 9:00 PM with this baby if I want to be functional and in a reasonably good mood the next day.  It's almost impossible to get to bed by 9 every night, especially in the coming week because I have so many mom's nights out, and an end-of-year party for my church's mom's group.  My plan is to implement the same strategy I mentioned a couple weeks ago, which is to stumble out of bed the next morning when the kids arise  (i.e. at sunrise), stick in a movie, and stumble back to bed for another hour of sleep.  Perhaps I should feel bad about this, but I don't.  Not even a little bit.

This week I've been finding myself particularly excited about this baby.  I've been having days where I feel normal, and I almost forget I'm pregnant...and then when I remember, I grin at the thought of snuggling a sweet newborn all my own in a few short months!  It just strikes me every now and then how blessed I am to get to do this again, to greet a new little life, and feel a baby stirring in my stomach again, and hold a squishy newborn with a sweet head tucked under my chin again.  I'm excited!


Shirt: Target
Shoes: Rack Room Shoes
Pants: Forever21
Sweater with snap buttons:  (affiliate link) Jane.com 
(I just love Jane! They have so many cute things at a discount.)
Gold "chainmail" headband: Charming Charlie (referral link for $10 off $40!)


I'm particularly anxious to feel some tiny baby kicks, and I've been paying especially close attention to my lower abdomen lately.  The earliest I've felt baby movement is 14 weeks and some days, but I have acquaintances who claim to have felt their baby as early as 12 weeks.  It can't hurt to be extra attentive, right?

I made the first purchase for this baby recently, a sheet for the crib.  I'm afraid that sounds terribly boring, but it's a plush minky sheet.  A cozy white cloud of a sheet.  It will be lovely.



I'll add a stuffed animal or some other sweet toy that is appropriate for the baby box when I get some time to shop alone.  If I try to buy a toy for the baby with my munchkins in tow, I'll probably be talked into buying them each something, or letting them each pick out something for the baby, and that could get pricey!

And just for fun, here is all five babies at 12 weeks, in order (I believe you can click on the picture for a larger view):



I used to get excited around 12 weeks because I thought I was "showing".  Haha!  It's safe to say Baby #5's bump is beating them all!

My next appointment is at 15 weeks, and I'm so excited to hear baby's sweet heartbeat again!  

Popped? At 8 Weeks?


One of these weeks I'll actually post a pregnancy update on time!  Let's pretend I'm still 8 weeks.

All of baby's joints are now functioning, including wrists and ankles - isn't that amazing?  Little moving wrists and ankles, and baby is less than an inch long.  Lots of major organs developing this week too.

I am still feeling a little queasy here and there, but I've started to get my appetite back a little more.  Less aversions, more cravings.  I also started allowing myself decaf coffee.  Derek convinced me that a small cup of decaf coffee wasn't going to contain enough caffeine to hurt the baby...and academically I knew he was right, but I still felt a little guilty drinking it.  I drank coffee through my pregnancy with Clarice, but I always have to get over that freak-out-about-everything phase in the first trimester.

Still so, so tired.  I can't decide if I'm truly more tired this time around, or if I'm just more tired because the kids are up at the crack of dawn every morning.  I usually end up going upstairs and putting them back in bed 2-3 times every morning, just so I can try to sleep until 7:00 AM.  I also had a few horrible nights of sleep lately, where I wake up in the middle of the night worried about some obscure problem and can't go back to sleep.  It's the worst.  Thankfully I seem to be over that brief phase and have been sleeping relatively well again.  I have some days where I have all the energy in the world (I amazed myself with how much I got done late last week), and some days where I can barely manage to get off the couch to fix the kids lunch.

I feel kind of sheepish showing these pictures, because I think I look like I've already "popped".  Do people "pop" at 8 weeks? Does that happen? My belly is so round all of a sudden!  I feel like that's kind of early.  Maybe this is a fifth baby thing?  Or maybe I just ate too much that day.  I don't know.  We'll see how the 10 week pictures look.







We ended up having to move our ultrasound appointment from April 6th to April 10th because Derek's cousin passed away and the funeral was on April 6th.  So on the 10th we headed in to see our little baby!  Everything looked great, Baby was measuring four days ahead, and the heartrate was 165 bpm!



The cutest part was that baby was moving all over the place - the little arms and legs were moving around like crazy, like an adorable little gummy bear!  She showed us a view of the legs, and Baby was kicking one leg at a time, like he/she was swimming.  I could almost see tiny little toes!  We also got to see the baby on 3D, and it was the cutest.  Little feet crossed at the ankles, hands in front of face, and the cutest little ear sticking out on the side of his/her head!

I love that first ultrasound.  It makes the whole thing more real.  I can't wait to meet our little one in a few months and see who this sweet baby is!

So Many Symptoms (Baby #5 - Six Weeks)



Let's not make a big deal of it, but this six week pregnancy update is nearly two weeks late (whoops).  As I said on Tuesday, it has been really hard to get enough energy gathered lately to keep up on basic things.  This baby is using so much of my energy!  

I've never done a pregnancy update this early before, but it's kind of fun to write about my baby this early.  The placenta should be implanting, and my baby is getting nutrients directly from me now.  

Right around five weeks I took a moment to pause and think "Today is the day my baby's heart starts beating."  It's an amazing thing to know that, and to be able to pause and recognize it.  Life is such a miracle.

The symptoms though, oh, the symptoms - I've had a lot of them!  Here is a quick list:

-Tired.

-Irritable.

-Having days when I just cry for no reason.

-The need for almost daily naps.

-OCD about having the house clean, alternating with just not caring.

-Queasiness.

-Smelling things that aren't there.

-Feeling gross after I eat any kind of food, even if it was my "craving".

-Food aversions.  Italian food, bleh!

-Food "cravings", that are really just cravings because they are the only foods that sound good.  We've run the gamut from Mexican food, donuts, barbecue sandwiches, fruit, vinegar cream cucumbers, and English muffins.  Usually I eat said food and feel no more satisfied than before I ate it  - with the exception of the barbecue sandwiches.  I mentioned them to my sweet husband, and he brought home barbecue pork sandwiches, and that one really hit the spot.

Despite all that though, I feel very blessed to not have bad morning sickness with any of my pregnancies.  I usually don't throw up in the first trimester, and "nauseous" is probably even too strong a term, so I'm going with "queasy".  

Has anything been different this time, you ask?  So far, not too much.  I'd say I have been excessively tired this time, but that may very well be because of my four energetic kiddos.  I also feel more queasy this time than I did with Clarice for sure, and perhaps Clyde as well - the queasiness this time is more on par with the level it was with Wyatt and Gwen.  I couldn't tell you if it is a boy or a girl.  I have a guess based on timing, but Clarice's pregnancy threw me so off when it comes to guessing gender that I'm no longer confident in my symptom-comparison method!

I haven't bought anything new for baby so far (budget, you know), but I'm hoping to change that in the next couple weeks!  If something stands out, I'll snag it for the new little one.

We see our baby for the first time next week!  Our ultrasound is on April 6th.  I'd love all your prayers for a healthy and growing baby!






Dress: Forever21 (They have some great dresses right now).
Shoes: JustFab (This is my referral link, por favor, gracias.  JustFab also happens to be having a great Spring sale right now.)

A Story Of Two Lines (For The 5th Time)



It's still a bit surreal, sitting down to write out the story of how we found out we were expecting our fifth baby! I never thought about having five kids until the last couple years, and even then I was mostly working on convincing my heart that we were done at four.  As I sit here typing, I'm just feeling so grateful that the Lord has better plans than our own.

I guess this story sort of starts when I was pregnant with Clarice.  I didn't write about it much, because I ended up being wrong, but when I first got pregnant with Clarice, I was convinced it was twins.  Her pregnancy and all my symptoms were so different than any of my other pregnancies, it seemed to make sense.  Of course I found out that there was indeed only one baby in there, but for that brief period of time I had five kids on the brain.  After I found out it would only be four, five would never quite let go.

A few months after Clarice was born, I remember sitting there, looking at my beautiful family, my four beautiful kids, and feeling a sense of contentment...but at the same time, I had this niggling little feeling somewhere inside.  It kept whispering that maybe someone was still missing.

The feeling persisted, and I mostly tried to dismiss it, because four had always been our number.  Five really hadn't been on the radar.  When I told Derek how I felt, we prayed about it for a few months, and went on with daily life.  I had heard from other moms that even after their last baby they never felt "done", so I tried to convince myself that this was all part of the normal adjustment after you pass your child-bearing phase.  

I cleaned out some of our baby items, and dropped them off at the pregnancy center and the thrift store.  When we gave away the activity "city" that we got when Wyatt was a baby, Derek turned to me and told me that it all made him a little sad.  He was feeling good about four, but seeing our baby things sitting on the pavement made him sad that it appeared to be all over.  I was a little sad too, but tried not to think about it, because the thought of being done was always sad.  And that was normal, right?

I had a couple months after I got my cycles back when I almost convinced myself I was pregnant, because my premenstrual symptoms were so different after Clarice - every month they were more like early pregnancy symptoms than PMS.  After a couple months of torturing myself, I decided to stop charting the second part of my cycle, and stop paying attention to my "symptoms" that kept turning out to not be pregnancy symptoms at all.  My thought was that if I wasn't having to record my temperature every morning during the second part of my cycle, I wouldn't be thinking about our methods and the probability of us getting a surprise, and I wouldn't have time to talk myself into the idea of being pregnant.

So in February I charted until I knew we were safe, marked when my next cycle would start on the calendar, and didn't think about it.

Technically, I knew I could start on Friday, but it could also be Saturday, so I packed a few feminine things in my purse on Saturday March 4th, and I went off on my antique store shopping trip with my mom and sister.  I got home later, helped Derek with the kids, and read a book the rest of the afternoon.  That evening I remembered that I hadn't started, and decided to take a test the next morning.  Just to rule it out.  Then I could take that information and predict my ovulation a little more accurately the next cycle.  It wouldn't be the first time I ovulated a day or two later than I thought.

So the next morning, when I pulled out that test, I wasn't particularly careful while taking it.  I didn't count to exactly five seconds.  I didn't really think it would be positive.

I popped in my contacts, and went back to look at the test sitting on the side of the tub.  One solid line, so I looked to the next window, and with a bit of a start, realized there was a very faint second line forming.  My heart picked up a little, and I sat there with my chin in my hand, completely bewildered as the line got darker and darker.

I figured out later that if I had taken a little more care to study the test before I took it, I would have known that I was squinting that whole time at the control line.  The test line was the dark line that I could see clearly before I even got the contact solution out of my eyes.

I was pregnant!



Looking back, I should have been a little suspicious.  I had been exhausted for an entire week, I was waking up twice every night to use the bathroom, and I had cried one night merely because Derek hadn't emptied the dishwasher.  But my PMS had been so weird for months, I really didn't suspect anything!  I never thought I would ever be truly surprised to be pregnant because I am usually so in tune with my body, but this one really did surprise me.

I called Derek downstairs and told him immediately.  He laughed, shook his head, and then I think we were both a bit in shock for the rest of the day.  It didn't even feel real until the next morning.  We were having a fifth baby!

We started to get more and more excited, and now I am honestly thrilled and super protective of my sweet baby bean!  

That first day I think we were most nervous by what people would say.  I read an article last year, "Honest Thoughts On Having A Fifth Baby", and I re-read it after we found out we were pregnant.  I feel like I could have written much of it.  Five babies are not common in our society today, and people can be so rude.  I had already received rude reactions when I couldn't 100% confirm over the previous year that we were done having babies, and I was worried because I so wanted this baby to be celebrated and welcomed as all my other kids have been.  I highly encourage you to go read that article, so you know the proper (and improper) response if you ever have a friend who has or wants an unusual number of kids.

Thankfully though, all of my people must have gotten the memo, because the reactions to our fifth little blessing have been mostly positive!  Our friends and family are all excited for us.  And if we get any negative reactions, I think our attitude is - who cares?  If someone is going to give us grief for joyfully accepting this God-ordained blessing, they don't count, and their opinion is the thing that is not welcome here.  We are celebrating and excited to welcome this precious new life!

In retrospect, I think that the niggling feeling that our family was missing someone wasn't just "normal", it was the Holy Spirit telling us to just hang on and wait a little longer because God wasn't done growing our family yet.  I wrote last year about how I was feeling convicted about the typical view of family size, as if this is the one area that we should control ourselves.  But God should have a say.  Neither Derek nor I was feeling complete peace about closing that door, and now we know why!  I am so thankful for God nudging us to wait, because that little niggly hole in my heart is filled up by this sweet baby.  I can't wait to hold him or her in November!

I'm six and a half weeks now (update coming soon), but here is my four week picture in the meantime!


 










Uncharted Territory - 40 Weeks (Baby #4)

We are in uncharted territory this week!  I have never even made it to 39 weeks with any of the other kids, much less gone overdue!



I am feeling good - baby dropped a few weeks ago, and now that she is not up in my ribs all the time I am pretty comfortable.  No false labor.  I had cramps for a couple days between 38-39 weeks, but nothing for the last week.  Occasional Braxton Hicks, but barely worth mentioning.  Baby seems to be very happy staying in there as long as she can get away with.

She scared me by barely moving one day a couple weeks ago, so I went in for a non-stress test and biological profile.  They estimated her to be about 7 lbs, 6 oz.  I'm curious to see how big she really is when she comes!  I do know that she is big enough that her sudden movements are actually painful, which only happened rarely, if ever, in previous pregnancies.  There is just not much room left in there!


Full Term! 38 Weeks (Baby #4)

This might be my last pregnancy update (fingers crossed)! I am 38 weeks pregnant, and I have never made it past 39 weeks, so the next baby update could be a birth announcement!




The week before last week was the most uncomfortable week that I have ever spent pregnant.  Maybe it is because this is my fourth baby, but my body is taking this pregnancy a lot harder than my last three.  

The good news is that Baby has dropped!  She was so high for a while there that it hurt to bend over at all, but I am finally able to tie my own shoes again with only reasonable effort.  I think this may be part of why this pregnancy has been harder - my other three all started out low.  Since she dropped last week, I have been feeling a lot more comfortable and energetic.


36 Weeks - We Are Having A Baby This Month!



You know what I find annoying?  The way they, whoever "they" are, decided to move back the marker for reaching "term" in a pregnancy.  It used to be 36 weeks back when I was pregnant with Wyatt, and 37 weeks was full term.  Now I think 37 weeks is term, and 38 weeks is full term?  I don't know, I just know I have reached 36 weeks, which would mean I have reached term if this were four years ago!


Almost Ready - 34 Weeks Baby #4

Another two weeks have gone by already!  I took an un-intentional blog break over the last week and a half, and it was a good break - allowed me time to get things under control before this little girl arrives!



I am now 34 weeks in this pregnancy, and Baby Girl definitely seems to be growing.  Her kicks and movements are much stronger.  As far as I can tell, she has stayed head-down, and her movements are so much more fun now there her feet are higher!  I can feel little limbs and her bum through my belly, and she seems to have gotten a little braver and is interacting with my poking and prodding a little more.


A Baby Celebration! (32 Weeks Baby #4)



This week I am 32 weeks pregnant with our fourth baby!  Only two months (or less) to go.




I am feeling good this week, except for heartburn that is ramping up a little bit.  Hopefully this means Baby Girl is growing some hair, but we will see!  I have been having Braxton Hicks contractions here and there.  I feel like our little girl is doing somersaults in there, because ever since my last doctor's appointment her kicks have been all over the place.


Breech Baby - 30 Weeks (Baby #4)



We are into the thirties now!  I am thirty weeks today.

We had a doctor's appointment a week or so ago, and I had another ultrasound since they couldn't see everything they needed to last time.  The tech was really sweet, and she kind of went over all the anatomy again.  It was fun to have practically another whole anatomy scan and spend all that time looking at our girl!  

We got a few adorable shots of our little girl's face, and she was so grumpy!  She had this little frown on her face the whole time.  At one point she scrunched up her face, like she would have let out a loud cry if she was on the outside.  It was pretty cute!  Apparently she is not a big fan of ultrasounds.

My Little Future Boxer (28 Weeks Baby #4)

Third Trimester Maternity Style : 28 Weeks | Through Clouded Glass


I am 28 weeks pregnant this week!  For me, 28 weeks is kind of the sweet spot in pregnancy.  I feel like my bump is just large enough to get that cute basketball look, but I don't feel huge yet.


26 Weeks Baby #4 - Uncomfortable



I am 26 weeks pregnant now!  The last couple weeks Baby Girl has been developing hearing (she should be able to hear Derek talking now, as well as me), and she is probably starting to practice breathing movements!

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