I can’t believe yesterday I was 16 weeks pregnant with sweet baby #3! It has flown by already: probably because I am so busy keeping up with C & M. Despite the busy-ness I am so excited to be adding another munchkin to our family and get more excited with each passing week.
The constant talk right now in our house is if this baby is a boy or a girl. C wants a baby sister and her comment is, “one brother is enough.” I try and explain to her that it is God’s choice, not our choice to prepare her for the possibility of having another brother.
I believe I am having another girl (I am 0-0 with guessing the gender) and Josh has not made his prediction just yet. I am feeling very similar to how I was with M, but I am an emotional train wreck like I was with C and with M I just got mad. I also feel like I am carrying similar to how I was with C. I could wear my regular jeans for a long time, but with M I went to maternity pants right away because the growth on my belly was lower. I will probably go back and forth this whole pregnancy and we will all find out in July!
Keep reading to find out what else has been going on as this body of mine grows yet another baby A woman’s body is truly amazing!
Some people disagree with me sharing my weight gain especially because I believe that I am (and so are you) more than a number on the scale. One of the reasons I have decided to share this again is because I want women to not be ashamed of the weight they gain while pregnant- you are growing a human! Too often we compare ourselves to celebrities and how they look with their baby bumps. I am going to be real. I have no problem telling you if I gain more than the recommended 25-35 pounds. In fact, with the first two kids I went over that recommended amount so I am sure I will this time too.
I have officially gained 6 pounds and gained just 3 pounds this month. I feel good about this. My pants are starting to get a little tight, but I can still get them zipped up. I am sure by my next update I will be in 100% maternity clothes. I threw on a maternity shirt for the purpose of this picture.
Holy cow, my hips hurt! I feel like I can feel them moving. I told my husband that I didn’t remember this with either pregnancies and his response was, “I remember it because you complained about it.” Apparently I have blocked out the hip pain because it has hurt that bad.
This week I have also been extra emotional and the most emotional I have been through this pregnancy.
While we were skiing I didn’t workout at all, but when we returned I have been back to my 6 workouts a week. I am feeling good and definitely get winded faster, but am keeping my own. I have no problem resting when I need. I have still be doing long runs on Saturday (6-7 miles), some speed work on Mondays and then lifting and HIIT the rest of the week. I have been shooting for 3 of my own workouts per week, but only have been getting in 2.
Food Aversions & Cravings
I am finally eating normal again! No crazy aversions, no cravings anymore. I am back to eating my 4-5 servings of veggies per day, tons of eggs and drinking my coffee black. I have been feeling so great since being able to eat normal again. Of course, I am still wanting my sweet treats here and there and I may use “this is probably my last pregnancy” as an excuse to make midweek chocolate chip cookies.
I tried to set a goal and only allow myself one treat per week and that doesn’t work for me. So, this next month, I will allow myself 3 treats per week- that is realistic. Right now I probably eat two cookies a day.
I also want to keep my mileage up and get in some longer runs. However, I know it won’t be weekly because I have some things coming up that will prevent me from doing those on the weekends. I am setting the goal of 2 long (6-8 miles) runs from now until my next update.
I also need to be getting in more heavy lifting days. The classes I teach focus a lot on strength endurance as we do a lot of reps. I want to get in more days of training for that muscle building because I know that is what will help me the most through this pregnancy. I am shooting for 3 days a week of my own strength workouts focusing on hyper trophy.
I thought during the second trimester that pure exhaustion was supposed to go away? Yes, that hasn’t happened yet. I am so exhausted all the time. I am natural a sleeper: I need 8 hours of sleep per night. I have been getting 8 hours of sleep per night plus taking a nap in the afternoon and falling asleep on the couch before going upstairs to sleep for the night.
Feelings & Fun
I am so emotional. I worry about this baby more than I worried about my other two. Yesterday when I went to the doctor I was so thrilled to hear the heartbeat- such a relief! I cry at everything and that makes me think we are having a another girl.
Speaking of having a girl, C is so excited for this baby. She desperately wants a baby sister and I am trying to explain to her that it is God’s decision and not ours. She keeps asking if it is summer yet so that we can meet our new baby. It is so exciting to see her understand and get excited this time. She also wants this baby to sleep in her room.
I am excited for our 20 week ultrasound in February. Although we will not find out the gender, it will be good to see the baby again and make sure everything is okay. We are thinking about letting C come to see her baby sister or brother too- I will keep you updated.
J and I also have a week away planned and I am excited to spend some time with him away from the kids and let’s be real: I am excited to sleep in! This will also probably be my last time skiing this season so I will be spending a lot of time on the slopes- I can’t wait!
I can’t believe the next time I will be posting an update I will be half way through this pregnancy! We pray for a healthy baby at the 20 week ultrasound and a continued healthy pregnancy.
Your turn- tell me!
Did you track your weight through your pregnancy?
Do you have a guess yet: girl or boy?