Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Little Preggers Update

Whoosh. I'm way over due for a little blog love. Sorry about that!

As I write this, I am 19 weeks 4 days along. I am officially out of most normal clothing and fully in maternity things (or as I lovingly prefer to call them...Thanksgiving pants...and shirts...) and I have a nice bump going on.

I am starting to get lots and lots of movements from the nugget which is always fun. It's like I've got a mini gymnast in there! I'm sure it'll be any day now before Derek and Conner can feel the baby too. Speaking of Conner, he's the cutest little bug when it comes to the baby. We talk a lot with him about the baby in mommy's belly and are trying to adjust him to the idea that there will be a brother or sister coming for him in a few months. He's doesn't really get it yet and is pretty uninterested in tiny babies at the moment, but we are having fun with it anyway. Conner does get though, the concept of a baby in a belly, and so if you ask him to kiss the baby he'll plant a smooch on the nearest belly and say "wuv you baby"...which totally melts my heart and makes me laugh :)

I'm not really having any hard core cravings yet, though I am noticing that I've been drinking a lot more milk than usual. I am generally enjoying this second trimester quite a bit with the return of my energy and appetite, and only minimal typical aches and pains...though the leg cramps I experienced last night were wicked. Womp womp.

This coming week I am going in for VBAC counseling. It's basically a legality the OB clinic has to go through to ensure I'm aware of the risks and benefits of both a VBAC and a repeat Cesearean. It'll also give me the chance to ask questions if I have them. If you've been following me for a while, you'll remember that Conner was born via an emergency C-section. If you're new to This Whole Mommy Thing, you can catch up on C Man's birth story here :) The hospital on our base is super VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesearean) friendly which makes me so happy. After Conner's birth I felt a lot of guilt and sadness, and was pretty devastated over the fact that I felt my body had failed me and my son. Over the past two plus years, I've worked really hard to be ok with my feelings and I've found great support systems and encouragement through sites like Birth Without Fear and groups like ICAN. And now that I'm here and pregnant again, I'm well armed with information, working to prepare my mind and body and ready to rock a VBAC this fall!

Our next big appointment after that will be the anatomy scan...for which I think Derek is more excited than I am, since he plans to find out the gender and I do not :) I like surprise babies. We did the same thing with Conner and Derek kept a great secret, so our plan is to do the same this time around. So fair warning...I won't know, and he won't tell!

I hope you're all having a great weekend!

Until next time,

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