So, if you haven't heard Em & M are expecting baby number 2 this December!! EEEK! We were a little *ahem* surprised at the quickness of this development, seeing that it took a year and a half for Ezra.
That being said, we are THRILLED to add a new member to our family! We're also FRIGHTENED at how difficult it may be at first, but we know that others have come before us and survived so we will, too. Possibly sacrificing some of our sanity in the process, but isn't that what parenting is?
Here's a picture of the newest em&m from my first ultrasound at 10 weeks:
So we'll be back on board with the almost weekly updates (hey, no one's perfect)!
How far along? 15 weeks
Weight gain/loss: At my last appointment I was up 3 pounds... although it feels like 23
Maternity clothes? All the time, there is no doubt that I look pregnant. Round belly, stickly legs, larger boobs. I've tried to wear some of my non maternity stuff, but who am I kidding? I do not need to feel like a sausage all day and I'm sure I look ridiculous when I do it.
Stretch marks? Of course. Ezra's stretch marks are now turning purple again. (I'm hoping no one just threw up their lunch with that visual). All I can say is that I hope they don't get worse...
Sleep? Sleep is good... I am having very vivid anxiety inducing dreams. For example, last night I was chasing someone and trying to attack them. I don't remember why, but I woke up feeling a little worried. I had vivid dreams with Ezra, but not anxious dreams. So I will say that it doesn't always feel like restful sleep.
To be completely honest though, I do go to bed between 9 and 9:30. So I'm getting more than enough sleep!
Best moment this week? Probably having to explain to my students why you shouldn't ask any woman, no matter how obviously pregnant she is, if she's having a baby. They had a difficult time understanding why that was a problem (see photo below) but it was funny to watch their faces drop when I told them that sometimes people can look pregnant and not be, so basically they just told me that I look fat. I did have a little fun and wait until the end of the conversation to tell them that I was in fact having another baby. Maybe that was a little mean, but it made me laugh!
Food cravings: Mike makes the most delicious cooked carrots. I could eat them all day. Basically they are just steamed with butter but I swear I've never eaten such delicious carrots... I hope I can convince him to make some for dinner...
Gender: Ack, who knows? I have no real feeling one way or the other.
Belly button in or out? In and cavernous. Seriously, you could spelunk in there . I'll get you a head lamp (That's cave exploration in case you were going to google that word). I think it's just stretched out from Ezra, but I've never seen such a big belly cave.
Movement? If I lay really still and think about it, sometimes. But what working mother of a 7 month old has time to sit still and think about it? Not I! I'm either chasing a crawling baby or trying not to fall asleep in my dinner. So I'll probably notice more once he or she is making direct hits to a major organ.
What I miss? I'm going to be honest, this weekend we went to Storyland in New Hampshire (which is basically a theme park for little kids) and of course Bike Week is this week so we saw lots of bikes. I'm desperately missing riding my motorcycle... BUT, I would not change anything.
What I'm looking forward to: The end of school - don't tell my principal. I'm so done with school. I can't wait for a change of pace. I will be working half days 3 days a week at summer school, but I shouldn't really have to sacrifice much beach/pool/park/Ezra time so it's ok. And I can bank some money in savings ;)
Weekly wisdom: Today I am pregnant, and I love my baby.
Milestones: I'm in the second trimester, that's exciting!
Here's a 15 week belly shot: