Here's the closest comparison I have for my pregnancy with Mia, this one was taken at about 20 and a half weeks (so 1 week earlier), conclusion - I'm bigger this time around. I knew that was bound to happen, what with all the pre-stretching, but still, eew.
Normally I WOULD NOT share a full-on belly pic, but I couldn't resist when Mia saw us taking photos and decided she wanted to participate. Too cute! I guess she makes the whole pre-stretching thing worth it. Maybe.
Meanwhile, we had our big ultrasound around 21 weeks and confirmed that baby #2 is definitely a boy!
I'll be at 24 weeks as of this Saturday, which means that by then the baby will have a 50/50 shot of surviving if I were to go into some crazy pre-term labor (up to this point, there's not much that could be done to help the baby survive outside the womb, so I guess that's somewhat reassuring). The pregnancy is going very smoothly now that the nausea and morning sickness is gone. I have quite a bit more energy, compared to the first trimester. Since I am already bigger, I'm dealing with sleeping issues and having to make regular chiropractor visits to keep my back and hips in check. I have been having some Braxton-Hicks pseudo-contractions, which was weird because I hadn't experienced that with Mia. But in typical baby #2 fashion, it took me a while to realize what was going on (then I had to consult the baby books just to be sure). I did the same thing when I started feeling him moving, which happened a few weeks ago - I wasn't really paying attention and then all of a sudden, I was like, wait a minute...yep, that's baby. It still amazes me how quickly the movement becomes bigger and more noticeable - David got to feel his first kick the other night, which was crazy because the vast majority of them can only be felt internally at this point. With as much as this baby is moving, I'm a little concerned for my ribs in the third trimester!
Mia is still excited, but definitely has no idea what is to come. She's been acting up quite a bit lately (in preparation for a crazy adjustment once the baby actually comes out, I'm sure!), and the potty training has been delayed. We've been too busy to really work with her, and at day care there are two new babies, so I don't think she's getting much help or attention there, either. Poor kid. We'll get it figured out sooner or later. We started introducing sticker rewards for doing some things on her own (eating breakfast, finishing supper - both of which have been struggles, getting herself dressed, etc.) so that seems to be helping with her overall behavior (some days, at least). Other than that, she's growing up so fast! The other night, she told David that she wanted to make a To Do list! So they proceeded to make one for her night time routine, and as she did each thing, she got to cross it off (yes, we make LOTS of to-do lists in our house, so she comes by this very naturally!). We're hoping to get her into some sort of gymnastics or swim lessons this winter to help keep her busy and help her to burn off some of her extra energy! Here are some recent photos...