**I started this post before Monday’s scare, and was just waiting to upload the most recent belly pic. Definitely not feeling quite as light hearted, even though everything turned out quite fine**
Now that I’m in my third trimester (!!!!), I’ve taken a look back on how this pregnancy has compared to my pregnancy with Viv.
The first main difference was morning sickness. I felt just as sick this time around (moderate nausea, occasional vomiting), but it hit me a lot harder. First, I had a baby to chase around. But more significantly was that my “morning” sickness with this pregnancy began around 1pm and continued through the night. With Viv, I woke up feeling awful, but would gradually feel better throughout the day. It was really hard this time to know the day was just going to get worse, especially when I was cooking (or smelling) dinner at night.
By 12 weeks, my morning sickness was mainly gone. I had a few occasional nauseated feelings, but was getting my appetite back. And thus began the belly pictures*.
I absolutely started showing earlier this time. I attribute that to the fact that my uterus had already been stretched to the max, and not at all having to do with the fact that I hadn’t lost all of my “pregnancy” weight from Viv. Surely it had nothing to do with the fact that I wasn’t exercising regularly either….
12 Weeks on Christmas Day 2011 (with no belly whatsoever!) versus 12 Weeks on September 20, 2013
By 16 Weeks, my stomach started to feel more solid, but I still was popping out more than I had with Viv.
16 Weeks on January 22, 2011 versus 16 Weeks on October 18, 2013.
By 20 Weeks, I was feeling and looking Pregnant. People who I hadn’t told were clearly in the “know” now. We had our mid-term ultrasound, and all looks fine and dandy. We didn’t find out whether we’re expecting a girl or boy (we didn’t find out with Viv either), so there is a whole other level to this belly comparison.
19+ Weeks on February 16, 2011 (and dressed up for a work party) versus 20 weeks+ on November 17, 2013.
I hit the 6 month a few weeks before Christmas. The belly picture with Viv was the first I shared on social media. I purposefully wore the same shirt for the 6 month picture with this kiddo. I don’t see much of a difference in belly size and shape! A little sister for Viv, perhaps? only Time will tell!
24 Weeks on March 18, 2012, versus 24 weeks on December 13, 2013.
28 Weeks on April 15, 2012, versus 28 Weeks, 4 Days on January 14, 2014.
At this point, the only “medical” difference in this pregnancy has been the baby’s heart rate: Viv’s was consistently high, in the high 160′s or low 170′s. This baby’s heart rate runs in the 140′s every time. So to counter the belly-image deduction that there’s a little girl cooking in there, Old Wives tell me that a low heart rate means a little boy! It’ll be quite the guessing game until April.
* I’ve been doing the same for ultrasound pictures, because why not start the “lets compare the little sibling to its older sister” now!? But since I’m not keen on showing off pictures of my uterus, despite its adorable contents, those won’t be shared online