I have a pregnancy update for you today – since it keeps with my pumpkin theme of the week. You’ll see why in a moment.
We had our 18 week ultrasound last week and were pleased to see that everything with the baby looked good. It really is amazing what you can see in ultrasounds today! They measured the baby’s kidneys, looked at all 4 chambers of the heart, measured the spine, and the length of the baby overall. We also got to see a 3-D image of the baby and that was pretty neat. Since we found out the gender with Nathan, we decided to find out again what this baby was ahead of time. The ultrasound showed…
My husband proposed by hiding my ring in a pumpkin several Octobers ago now. And since we were taking Nathan to the pumpkin patch for the first time this fall, it seemed only fitting to share our news with a teeny tiny pumpkin. This was actually one of the little pumpkins Nathan picked out on his own. You can see the tiny size of the pumpkin compared to all the others, in our family of pumpkins below.
It’s actually the perfect size of a pumpkin since our baby (at 19 weeks now) is measuring 6 inches and at 8.5 ounces, is about the size of an heirloom tomato – or a very small pumpkin!
My first trimester passed quickly, especially since we told family and friends sooner this time around. I discovered how much faster you show the second time around! Here’s a recent baby bump picture so you can see what I mean. We’re trying to take the weekly pictures again this time around, Sundays after church. So far, so good…picture wise!
The start of my second trimester has found me less tired but starting the sleepless nights already. I wake up early and just can’t go back to sleep even when I want to. If I have to wake up early, now is the time to do so since Nathan’s going through his 18 month sleep regression so is waking just as early. He woke at 4:52 the other morning singing, “Jesus. Jesus. Jesus in the morning…” I do doze with Nathan sometimes at his nap time, at least for a power nap to get me through the rest of the day.
I had to make a trip to a hematologist due to some elevated platelet levels that came back in my routine prenatal blood work. My ob wanted me to see a hematologist as a precaution. The hematologist said my levels were due to pregnancy but did another round of blood work to check out a couple other things. Everything came back clear – and my platelet levels were back in the normal range this time. I said a big prayer of thanksgiving over that!
I’m starting to feel the baby’s kicks occasionally. I love those baby kicks! Nathan loves to talk about the baby. One of his current favorite books is “Hide the Baby” which is the story of Moses. Every time we read the first page that says, “Oh! A baby…” Nathan says, “Baby!” and turns and pats my tummy. It’s very sweet and a precious memory. He can say sister as well as brother. We practiced both before our ultrasound revealed it was a sister!
Now that we know the baby is a girl, I’m resorting Nathan’s clothes that I saved. I thought we had some neutrals but there are more boy things than I realized! Thankfully, we’ve already been given a couple boxes of girl clothes – before I was even pregnant the first time. I held on to them, wondering if we would use them, and now we get to pull out the cute dresses and pink onesies! Andy’s prepping himself to deal with hair bows and tights and all the other little girl things.
It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the halfway point of this pregnancy already! November and December will be filled with lots of holiday activities that we plan to enjoy as a family of 3. The new year – and the new baby – will be here before we know it!
Any advice for me as we prepare to transition from one baby to two? I’m all ears!