Hey ya'll! So I am officially 15 weeks pregnant and feelin' great. Once again, the second trimester rocks - good bye morning sickness and fatigue, and I am also happy to report that my weight gain is very average and on track for the recommended 25 to 35 lbs weight gain. I can't wait to see the doctor next week at my 16 week prenatal appointment. In the meantime, check out my stats below.
Current disposition: feeling pretty great overall. I always have some concern that baby is healthily growing and safe in there, but I'm sure all is well. My mood is very positive, but I am also apprehensive about our current living situation. We are still in our very small one bedroom condo - ah. I love this condo so much because it is the home Ryan and I lived at when we got married and the home we brought Lincoln home to and raised him until this point. The memories in this place are countless, but with a baby on the way we are in dire need of a bigger place, and soon!
Energy level: energy is good. I've been a little tired in the mornings getting up with Lincoln around 6:30am, but that is standard. I generally will take a nap when Lincoln naps whether that is in the mornings or afternoons. I've been sleeping well, just waking up to go to the restroom once or twice during the night. I've also been falling back asleep very easily, which is something I had a problem with in the first trimester.
Diet: I've been trying to keep my diet healthy because I know how quickly I can gain weight during pregnancy. I really do make a conscious effort to stay away from sweets, try and eat minimal carbs, and watch my portion control. Last pregnancy, I was a lot more lax with my diet - not that I sat around eating milkshakes - but I figured that my body was growing anyways, so I might as well enjoy and allow myself to indulge a little more than usual. From that, I learned that I am not one of those body types that is able to indulge - pregnant or not. So this time, I've really tried to keep my diet as normal as it was prior to pregnancy. This means eating a lighter, nutrient dense breakfast, like a smoothie bowl. Sticking with my lightly caffeinated mid-morning snack whether that be a nespresso with creamer, chai tea latter or green tea latte, and a piece of fruit. Eating a lighter, but healthy lunch (carbs welcome), just watching portion control. Eating a mid-afternoon snack only if I'm hungry. And eating a normal sized dinner on the healthier side. If I eat healthy the entire day, I allow myself a treat before bed. If my diet was a little off that day, I avoid dessert altogether. So far, this seems to be working - phew!
My pants: don't really fit. Again, I have a select pair that I fit into but I'd rather be comfortable in oversized pants than wear unbuttoned pants throughout the day. I really need to invest in a belly band this time around since the legs of my shorts and pants still fit. I also plan to go to Nordstrom to freshen up my wardrobe. Last time, I really didn't buy much at all, and this time I really want to feel and look pretty throughout my whole pregnancy. Don't I deserve that?!
Reflections: Lately, I feel as if the baby might be a girl. We aren't finding out the gender of the baby once again, which was so much fun last time. The first pregnancy, I really wanted a boy and was defensive when people told me I was having a girl. This time I feel a little defensive when people say I am having a boy - thus, I think we may be having a girl. Either way, I honestly don't care this time around. I hope for a girl eventually, but would be open to that on baby #3 or #4 if we get there - and obviously happy and agree with whatever gender God decides to bless us with. Also, as I was stating, our family is somewhat in flux with our living situation. We are waiting to find out if we are moving out of the DC area or if we are staying. Until then, we are still in our little one bedroom condo. This isn't stressing me out as much as it normally would but I cannot wait until we are in a "home" where Lincoln has his own room and baby has his/her own nursery that I can decorate :) Really looking forward to that day and can't wait to share that journey with you all.
Weight Gain: so I weigh in around 135 to 136 pounds which is pretty much where I should be at this point. That said, ya'll know how particular I am about weight gain, so I am really trying to watch my diet while also understanding that my body needs to do what it needs to do. I am maintaining my workouts - running three to four times per week 3 miles which I think is making the biggest difference in my weight. My runs are getting harder due to round ligament pain, which seems to worsen when I run - boo! I also have a recurring injury that has worsened the last couple of weeks - a tight upper hamstring/groin pull that I believe has developed scar tissue making the strain a little bothersome. Please God don't take my runs away from me, is the prayer I pray often!
Doctor's Visits: no doctor's visits until 16 weeks (next week!). So excited to see the little babe and hear about his/her health.
Catch ya'll lata and enjoy the weekend mamas!