Galations 2:20-21

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly." Galations 2:20-21

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pregnancy Update

Picture of Black-Eyed Susans from our yard last year that my talented sister took

23 weeks pregnant this week(almost 24!). I'm enjoying this 2nd trimester a lot. I'm exercising and a lot more active than the first trimester. I just feel so good most of the time. I do get a random morning where I feel nauseated and I still can't do as much as my pre-pregnancy body could in day, but I feel pretty good overall. Although, I can't resist an afternoon nap if I can get one.

I really like feeling the baby move around inside me. This little one is SO active. Every time I sit down or lay down he/she starts swimming around. Last night my hubby and I had some good laughs as we were getting ready for bed. I think the baby was doing stretches, because we were watching my belly as one side pushed up like the baby was trying to get out or something. Not quick jolts like a usually feel when the baby kicks. Really weird...and my husband related to that Aliens movie. Good times...

I'm liking how clear and glowy my skin looks. My hair even seems to be working for me better these days. I don't seem to get that heartburn or indigestion everyone talks about (but maybe as the baby grows??).

I do like looking pregnant and not just bloated anymore, but one thing I really can't get over is the number on the scale these days. I am managing to keep my weight in the normal range for a pregnant woman my size, but still...seeing a number I've never seen before scares the crapola out of me. This week I weighed in at 138 lbs. Ah! Of course, it's all baby and stuff for the most part, but I just can't get over it. The number just gets higher every week and it will for the next 4 months? Will I ever be able to get back from this after the birth? I've had to consciously change the way I walk and move. I sometimes forget that I have this big belly and get confused I can't squeeze through places I could before. Or I find myself bumping into things more.

A few nights I have been woken up in the middle of the night from our little one's kicks and I start to freak out. I start thinking that this baby is going to have to come out of me at some point. How the heck is that gonna happen? Can I really do this? Am I really ready to be a mother? What if I can't hack it? All these crazy thoughts start floating through my head...
Monday we have our first Bradley class and I'm really hoping it will start taking some of my pregnancy and birth fears away.

Thank you for all the prayers of our friends and family. All three of us have managed to stay healthy thus far! We thank the Lord every day for this little blessing growing inside me. And I'm so thankful He is allowing me to be a part of this amazing experience.


Rachael said...

I'm glad you're feeling so good this trimester! That's awesome. I love reading about what you're thinking and feeling about pregnancy and your baby. I totally, totally think you're having a boy - especially b/c you said you feel so glowing.

Don't worry about the scale - women who are thin tend to gain more weight when pg. I gained 40 lbs with each pregnancy and lost it all within the first year without trying (another benefit to being a younger mom - your metabolism is faster : ). So two pregnancies and almost 80 lbs gained down the road, none of the extra weight stayed and I can wear my small pre-pg clothes no problem (though my stomach skin will never look the same again...).

Lol about Byron and the "Alien" reference with the baby's kicking. After Geneva was born I asked Nick what it looked like to see a baby come out of me and his answer was "Have you ever seen the movie Alien...?"

I hope you have a great first Bradley class! Who is your teacher?

Leanne said...

Wow, you are over half-way already...

Sounds like the second trimester is going a lot better for you- good to hear.

We aren't starting a family- just yet- but I've already pondered some of those questions. Over the years, being with my nephews, my friends' children and now nannying has shined a light on the parenting topic (for me at least). Reading books is helpful, don't get me wrong, but I think you just have to experience life. What will be, will be. I have a tendency to over think things (says Brad). When I'm around my nanny kids, I have to put aside my consulting work, networking emails, task force assignments and well... be a kid again. I love the way children think about and talk about the life around them.

Enjoy your upcoming classes.

Racquel said...

R-that's so funny that B & N used the same Alien reference...hhaha. Oh, and EVERYONE thinks we're having a boy. We'll see! Our Bradley teacher is Lori Swain from Hoffman Estates. First class is tonight-can't wait!