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Countdown To Baby: Pregnancy Update (Weeks 14-18)

Hello, second trimester!

I have to apologize in advance for the terrible notes I took (or lack thereof) this time around. Somewhere around Week 16 I stopped being Google crazy and started to just go with the flow of everything. With that being said, I didn’t get bump photos for week 16 or 17 and my notes for that week are also non-existent for the most part.

I will say this though, just like everyone told me they would, most of the annoying symptoms have subsided and things are a lot much easier on my body now that I’m out of the first trimester. I’m starting to get excited and I am praying every day and night that my little bean remains healthy and strong until it’s arrival!

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Week 14

This week I did something I’ve been self-conscious about doing – I went out in public for the first time after making my pregnancy announcement. I wasn’t self-conscious because I wanted to keep it private or anything, it was all because of my tummy. At this point, I’m visibly pregnant even though I’m still very bloated. I didn’t have the flattest stomach in the world (I didn’t have any rolls though! lol) but it’s still very weird to dress up and not be able to do anything about the bulge. So what did I do? I embraced it!

I wore a fitted dress to Dad’s performance and I even had on heels. *snaps in a circle*

I wanted to be super fabulously dressed during my pregnancy like Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigan but these days I feel like I’m winning as and when I can comb my hair and put on a little makeup. I haven’t made it to the fabulous fashion stage yet. Soon though. Soon.

Symptoms: Back pain, period like cramps still but I know it’s just my uterus stretching, feeling twitches and I think I know exactly where the baby is, frequent headaches and pains around my waistline

Size of Baby: Size of a clenched fist (still very tiny)

Cravings and/or Aversions: I finally got the dressing and soul food I’d been craving (thanks Mom!) but I didn’t write down any other notes about what I’m eating or can’t eat so everything else must’ve been pretty normal.

Milestone: I have the visible linea nigra that I was hoping I wouldn’t get. Oh well!

Best moment: One of my best friends got a chance to finally see me pregnant in real life for the first time. :)

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Week 15

I had a doctor’s appointment this week and as always, I was super nervous. During the appointment, we found out the gender and it’s such a relief to have that part out of the way. In the beginning I didn’t think knowing the gender mattered that much, but it really does! Especially when you’re trying to create a baby registry. I’ll be doing a gender reveal very soon, you can like my Facebook page for details. In the meantime, if you already know the gender please keep it private! :)

Symptoms: Stuffy nose, cramping, walking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep for hours and I am sneezing nonstop. Weird.

Size of Baby: Navel orange

Cravings and/or Aversions: I still don’t really want meat. I’m not craving anything in particular that I can think of.

Milestone: Finding out baby’s gender and getting great reports on preliminary screenings (baby was nestled right where I thought it was)

Best moment: Fair food!

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Week 16

Please don’t judge me but I didn’t get any notes for this week. I remember having a lot going on with my blog and at home so maybe that’s why I didn’t take any. The weeks are starting to fly by. We did end up tailgating and going to a birthday dinner but I don’t have a lot to report for this week.

Symptoms: lots of cramping, still waking up in the middle of the night, crazy dreams, light nausea here or there, I think I’m starting to get the pregnancy nose…not cool

Size of Baby: Avocado

Cravings and/or Aversions: I haven’t had much of an appetite but I have been craving birthday cake and ice cream because I dreamed about it

Milestone: Finally filming a video about my pregnancy so far after it being in my plans for awhile

Best moment: Besides tailgating, going out to eat for my cousin’s birthday and as me and Dad were at the bar (drinking water of course), a family took interest in us and the grand dad gave us some amazing parenting advice

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Week 17

Holy headaches! That’s really all I can say. I think I’ve had a headache every night since I hit this point in my pregnancy and it’s not fun. Take my word for it.

Symptoms: HEADACHES!

Size of Baby: Pomegranate

Cravings and/or Aversions: I can’t remember any (this was another bad note taking week)

Milestone: N/A

Best moment: Went to a wedding and got all sentimental and lovey dovey. I’ll take these emotions over being irritated or sad any day.

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Week 18

Believe it or not, I haven’t had any symptoms this week. No new ones at least. Dad and I were talking about everything and he asked if I felt pregnant, like it was finally real. Honestly, I don’t know. Obviously it’s real but I think that I’m still consumed with thoughts about how my life is going to change when I have a child that’s actually in the world. These thoughts have a way of keep me from taking in the present moment so sometimes I still feel like being a mother is very far in the future when in reality it isn’t very far away at all.

Symptoms: waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep at all

Size of Baby: Sweet potato

Cravings and/or Aversions: No cravings or aversions that I can remember, my appetite is picking up a little

Milestone: Getting back to work with my blog like I worked before I found out I was pregnant. I’m much more focused and motivated than I was a few weeks ago.

Best moment: Doing Halloween crafts with my nieces. I can’t wait to be able to do them with my own child!

I can’t believe how quickly time is passing!

Of course there are some days when I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever but then I’ll look at the calendar and see that for as long as I’ve known about my little one, that’s how much time I have left before delivery. Wow!

Did you have any of these symptoms? Share your experience in the comments section below!

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