I missed a couple of weeks, but here is my update for Week #22! Over halfway there!
How far along? I am 22 weeks today.
Total weight gain/loss? I haven’t actually been on the scale lately, but I would guess I have gained a total of 2-4 pounds.
Stretch marks? Still no stretch marks!
Best Moment this week? Wasn’t really this week, but definitely finding out the gender was a "best moment" since my last update. We didn’t find out the gender with Mikayla, but chose to for several reasons this time. The staff at the hostel are all very excited we are having a boy! Their reactions have been priceless.
Movement? Baby K is moving like crazy. Ben has been able to feel him on several occasions, but Mikayla has yet to feel him. She is not very patient when waiting for his movement!
Food Cravings: For the first time in either of my pregnancies I have started craving sweet things. With Mikayla I never did and up until this point I have only been wanting savory things. This week though that has all changed! I have eaten my fair share of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans and Sour Patch kids this week! Bring on the Funfetti cake for my birthday!!
Gender? We found out on Valentine’s Day that we will be having a boy this time around! He was definitely not shy in hiding his gender!
Labor Signs? So far so good, no labor signs!
Belly Button in or Out? In.
What I miss. I miss my energy. I know they say you are supposed to have a lot more energy in your second trimester, but I am finding I tire out easier than normal. For example, when Ben’s cousin was in town, we did some hiking and I was exhausted by the end of the day.
What I am looking forward to. I am looking forward to starting to get together some baby items, so far we have nothing! When we moved we got rid of all our baby stuff so we will be starting over from scratch. I am also looking forward to finalizing a name, especially now that we know the gender.
Weekly wisdom: Know when to push yourself and know when to say enough is enough and take a break. It is better to sit out on something than to completely exhaust yourself.
Milestones: I started wearing a few maternity things in the past week (Thanks Chel for letting me borrow them and thanks Jana for transporting them all the way to Africa!). I can still wear some pre-pregnancy clothes, but for the most part pants are no longer fitting.
Not quite a baby bump picture, but you can get the idea. It is hard to remember to take those!!
BTW – At our last appointment we got the green light on a healthy pregnancy. Everything looked great, baby is growing nicely and the doctor said he had no reservations about us delivering problem free in Swaziland! So, assuming nothing changes in the next few months, we will be delivering in Swaziland and not South Africa! This was a huge moment for us because we really wanted to be able to deliver in Swaziland. Now if I can just get my mind wrapped around an epidural free delivery…