I am simultaneously amazed and panicked to think that I’m halfway through my pregnancy with Wally. 20 weeks – where did the time go? This baby is going to be here before we know it!
So how does pregnancy #3 compare to the other two so far? Well, this pregnancy has been pretty similar to my first two. I had a bit more nausea in my first trimester, which I figured as I’ve had more nausea with each subsequent pregnancy. It was worst in the early evening, but that was probably due to the fact that DB and I have a tendency to eat really late and that was the only time of day that my stomach was truly empty. I still count myself as one of the lucky ones, as I’ve never actually vomited or missed a day of work or even a meal for that matter.
I remember being blindsided by how much more tired I was when I was pregnant the 2nd time around compared to the 1st; I was worried that I would be absolutely exhausted the whole time on the 3rd go round, but it hasn’t actually been any worse than last time. It helps that BIT is old enough to walk up and down stairs and do some other things on her own (with adult supervision, of course) – I definitely don’t have the energy to haul 30 lbs of toddler upstairs and down anymore.
Weight gain has, until this past week, been essentially non-existent. I’ve stayed pretty stable (within the same pound up and down) but this last week marked the time in my pregnancy when I start to gain by leaps and bounds. I’ll pop up 3 lbs one week and then stay there for the next three weeks before gaining again. I find it exceedingly frustrating – I’d much rather gain at a slow and steady rate – but there’s not much I can do about it and it’s been the pattern with the other two babies, so I’m pretty sure I’m SOL. For the most part, I’m doing really well with eating healthfully, though the double batch of scratch-made cinnamon rolls DB made this past weekend put a serious kink in that plan. In concert with the random jump in weight, I’ve had a random “popping” out of bump between weeks 16 and 18. Here are some belly pics from weeks 16, 18, and 20. I don’t feel as huge as I did with BIT, but I’m sure that will come.
We had our anatomy scan a week or so ago and got to see Wally. The sex of the baby is still a surprise and will remain so until s/he makes her or his debut in October. And the ultrasound tech said that it was a good thing we didn’t want to find out the sex because Wally was sitting in such a way as to make it essentially impossible to see the goods. The little monkey was sitting with her legs propped up near her head and refused to change position, despite much poking and prodding on my part. (Note: It is easier to pick a sex for pronouns, rather than trying to be politically correct and non-specific, so for the rest of the pregnancy we will call Wally “she/her”. Not that she is a she (though she may be), it’s just convenient. And LB decided to should go with she rather than he.)
And how are the girls reacting so far to the impending arrival of another sibling? Well, the Littlest Brewster is excited – very, very excited – to be getting a new baby. She’s been wanting to practice changing BIT’s diaper so that she’ll be ready for Wally, which is a condition I hope persists past her arrival. BIT has no real idea what’s going on, though she’s in for a rude awakening when she is dethroned as the baby of the family. BIT is very attached to me and the DreadBrewer and I think she will have a difficult time seeing anyone else getting a substantial portion of our attention. As we have another 20 weeks before we really need to worry about that, I’m not getting all worked up about it yet.
And there you have it – the halfway update on pregnancy #3. I’ll keep you guys up to date every few weeks, like I did with BIT, but try not to inundate you with baby information. 🙂