As of last Friday, I am officially 20 weeks pregnant with Baby #3. Earlier this week I had the big anatomy ultrasound and our new little one made his sex abundantly clear during his 1 hour photo session. As suspected, we are having another boy!
Baby P (as I will refer to him from now on) is scheduled to arrive a few days before Big P’s 4th birthday and about 2 months after Little P’s 2nd birthday. We are also seriously considering listing our house for sale and trying to move BEFORE Baby P arrives, so needless to say we are preparing ourselves for a lot of fun and a ton of chaos.
I’m planning to share a lot about this 3rd pregnancy and potential move over the next few months, but for now I thought I’d do a quick 20-week update.
How far along: 20 weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: As of my appointment earlier last week I had gained about 11-12 pounds, which is within the normal range but more than I’d gained at this point with my prior pregnancies. I also started out heavier (thank you 2 babies within 2 years), so I’m really making an effort to get to the gym a few times a week and stay as active as possible despite the cold, dreary Midwestern winter. I’ve recently discovered prenatal fitness videos on YouTube – has anybody else done these before? Any other recommendations for staying fit during pregnancy?
Maternity clothes: I’ve been wearing maternity clothes for awhile now ha. I gave away a lot of my maternity clothes after Little P’s pregnancy (most of them were hand-me-downs to start with and very worn out), so I have been trying to refresh my wardrobe a bit. I just got my 2nd Stitch Fix box with maternity clothes and have been pretty happy with what my stylist picked out for me, particularly a pair of insanely comfortable maternity jeans, which I’ve worn at least 2-3 times a week alternating of course with my GAP maternity leggings.
Stretch marks: I thankfully didn’t get any stretch marks with my first 2 pregnancies. I think my streak may be sadly coming to an end with Baby #3 though. I’m trying this stretch mark cream but would love your recommendations (I also realize there may not be much you can do to prevent them).
Sleep: My sleep has been kind of wacky. I am usually really exhausted when I get home from work and often fall asleep around 8 PM when I’m putting Big P to bed. I then wake up at least once or twice in the middle of the night and really struggle to fall back to sleep. I remember having similar sleeping issues with my other pregnancies, so this may just be my fate. On a positive note, I’ve been sneaking in some extra reading when I can’t fall back asleep!
Best moment this week: Although going to my OB appointments is decidedly less exciting than with my first baby, it was definitely sweet to see Baby P during his ultrasound this week. He seems perfectly sized and healthy, which was a relief. And it was nice to find out for sure that he was, in fact, another boy.
Movement: I’ve never felt my babies move early, but I was beginning to get a tiny bit worried last week with Baby P. And then sitting in a meeting, I felt a flurry of tiny kicks. The movement is still sporadic, but I’m thankfully beginning to feel it more often.
Food cravings: Basically I crave breakfast food, always want a big, warm lunch, and rarely say no to jelly beans or a bowl of cereal. And then I have no desire to eat anything after about 6 PM. This is exactly what happened to me with my other pregnancies, so I’m trying to be purposeful about getting lots of protein and vegetables into my diet at breakfast and lunch.
Sex: BOY. I grew up in a family full of girls, so I definitely never imagined myself as the mom of a pack of little boys (which is awesome, amazing, messy, and exhausting by the way). This likely will be our last baby, and I was a tiny bit disappointed to realize I may never get to be a girl mom too. Now that I’ve had some time to process my feelings, I’m definitely very excited about having 3 boys (and actually would have been a tiny bit disappointed to miss out on that opportunity if the ultrasound had come out differently).
Labor signs: None thankfully.
Belly button – in or out? In. It’s always stayed in before so we’ll see if that holds true with Baby #3 as well.
What I miss: Not going to lie – I miss wine. Our winter has been dreary, and we’re trying to make a bunch of big decisions about our future. It’d be really nice to come home and have a glass of wine.
What I am looking forward to: Spring! I really miss being outside with my boys, and we’re all getting a little stir crazy being cooped up inside all the time. I’m hoping it’ll be much easier to stay active once the weather warms up and it stays light a little longer. I also love having babies in the spring and summer when you can get outside with them right away, so I’m looking forward to another summer baby.
Milestones: Confirming Baby P has all his body parts and is a boy! Next step – picking out his name (I always pick their names relatively soon after finding out their sex – please feel free to share your favorite boy names!)