Here it is! I promised you guys when I announced that Alex and I were expecting on Tuesday that I would be back today to give you the low down on what I’ve been hiding from you for 11 ish weeks. I’m using a modified version of Julie from PB Fingers pregnancy Q&A with some added questions (since I’ve already got Ryan)
So for this weeks Thinking Out Loud, I’m thinking about baby number two! Here is the full down low on the babe. But first, here’s the bump before it was a bump at 5 weeks. Ryan has no idea what he’s excited for. Also, that was the last time he was in that jumper and it makes me sad. Please excuse my hair.
April 3, 2016. Almost 2 months (and 2 years..) to the dot from Ryan, who was due June 4.
How did you find out:
If you ask Alex, he’ll tell you I’m neurotic and love taking pregnancy tests. This is mostly because once Ryan was born and my period was all off and weird, I kept thinking I was pregnant. But for some reason I knew I was pregnant this time. I had zero symptoms (obvi, I was barely even pregnant) but my gut said I was. I took a test exactly a week before my period and it was negative, then again at midnight 2 days later. Still negative. Then I told myself I wouldn’t take another until after Monday (when my period was due). But on Friday, I caved and took one, leaving it on the counter while I tended to Ryan. Did I mention this was that week from hell that Ryan had a double ear infection, was getting in his first molars, and wouldn’t nap without being held? Yeah. Anyway, I went in the bathroom and there it was, that second line. Meanwhile, Ryan was wreaking havoc in the bathroom. Still just me for now, momma.
How did you tell Alex:
BAHAHHA. So, Alex was still at work and had no idea I even thought I might be pregnant. (I didn’t want to hear the I told you so’s if I wasn’t..) So I had Ryan color all over a piece of paper (with my help) and then wrote on it and put in the test. Alex got home, and I was like, “Oh Ryan made you a card because he missed you.” And Alex was like, that’s nice. Great. So I tried to subtly force him to open it, which he wouldn’t do, until he was like, you’re pregnant, right? Thanks for ruining it, Alex.
How far were you when you found out?
3 weeks and 5 days.
How far along are you?
15 weeks and 4 days.
How do you feel?
I’m not going to lie, I had a rouuughhh first trimester. With Ryan, so long as I ate consistently and ate very soon after waking up, I was mostly fine, save for some mild nausea. Yes, I had aversions and yes, I would make dinner and not eat it and then make Alex go get soft serve. But this time.. rough. Starting at 5 weeks I started to get nauseous. Then I started getting sick in the morning. I couldn’t eat before 10 or 11 because I would be so unbearably sick. I would be nauseous all night. By the time I got hungry I was unbelievably hungry to the point of being sick, then I would eat and be sick again. Thankfully, except for one time I never threw up a meal – just in the mornings, sometimes little bites I ate and sometimes water. The smell of everything from Ryan’s food to whatever I cooked 10 minutes ago for myself to people’s perfume made me incredibly sick, and for the first time in my life I got extremely car sick. BUT, I’m very happy to report that I’ve been feeling better lately, slightly nauseous but in comparison, much, much better. The last time I got sick was 14 weeks.
But I am SO DAMN emotional this time around. Like, a billion times more emotional. Like, everything makes me cry. Remember when I said I started watching Grey’s Anatomy? Yeah, for future reference, starting a drama TV series when your hormones are on fire is a bad choice. Also, my face is breaking out like no other. See two questions down, because we all know what that means..
Will you find out the sex?
Yaaaasss! With Ryan, we got an elective ultrasound. I was able to convince Alex because it was perfectly timed with Christmas, so we gave the parents the gender as a gift. This time Alex isn’t going for it (cue crocodile tears) so we have to wait until 20 weeks. Bummerville.
Do you have any feelings about boy or girl?
On account that this pregnancy is like night and day from my pregnancy with Ryan, my gut has been saying girl since the beginning. When I was pregnant I was SURE it was a boy, until 2 or 3 weeks before my gender ultrasound when I started to waiver adn thought he may be a girl. I’m kind of feeling like that again this time, but my gut says girl. And everyone I know says girl, except Alex, who, “can’t make anything but boys.” Sooo.. yeah.
All I can say is that if this baby is a boy, he may not have a name ever. We didn’t name Ryan until like, 3 or 4 days before he was born. And it’s not like we had a list or anything. We had a ton of girl’s names, but boys’ names are haaaaarddd.
Were you trying?
We weren’t not trying, if that makes sense. We deiced that once Ryan was one we were in a zone where I wouldn’t have a mini meltdown if I found out we were expecting, so we stopped actively trying to not have a baby and let what be, be. We knew we wanted more than one and most preferably close in age, (my brother and I are only 15 months apart.. scary.) so it worked out very, very well.
How far will he/she be in age from Ryan?
22 months. I think (from my vast experience.. hahaha) that it will be a great age difference for our family. Though, my doctor is pretty sure I won’t make it to 40 weeks, especially since Ryan was a quick birth at 38 ish weeks, so it could be 21 ish months apart.
Have you had any ultrasounds?
Just the one dating ultrasound at 8 weeks to double check my due date since I’m not very regular. We opt out of the additional tests and the 12 week NT ultrasound.
Vinegar-y things, burgers, Coke Zero, Starbucks shaken black tea lemonade (for a while it was the only thing that would made my tummy feel better) ALL THE CHIPOTLE BOWLS, apples, greasy meat, hibachi ginger salad. A lot of these (lemonade, Chipotle, burgers/greasy meat) are the same as with Ryan!
For a bit, smoked meat made me absolutely sick to my stomach. After the Shake Shack burger incident, the thought of a Shake Shack burger made me sick, also until Alex forced me to go again. (ALSO, that incident was a much bigger deal than I made it out to be. Alex told me to bring the burger back, I didn’t want to make a scene, and I cried for maybe 20 minutes, finally ending with saying, “I just have so many hormones right now!”
At my 12 week appointment I had gained 5 pounds, which is A LOT less than I did with Ryan. I think with him I gained 12?! But like I said, with him I had to eat all day to feel okay, and with this babe not so much..
Do you have a bump?
Sure do. This baby showed up preeeettyyy quickly. I had plans to take a picture of it for you guys, but I ditzed out and forgot to have Alex do it before he left for work. And right now I’m in sweats and don’t feel like getting into something bump friendly, so you’ll have to wait until Sunday 😉
Will you do weekly updates?
Yes! I am going to try to post them on Sundays, so that people who don’t want to see them/don’t care to see them during ht week can avoid them. This may change as the pregnancy goes on, but that’s my plan. I didn’t take weekly bump pics with Ryan, so I’m excited to be “responsible” for a weekly update. I also didn’t take pictures for the first tri since they all look the same/I was sick/I was just really bloated. But I’m hoping to remember to take them this time around!
OKAY friends, that was a lot. If you have other questions/things you want me to tell you about the babes, let me know! Otherwise, hasta manana 🙂
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