Ok, I know you’re just going to scroll down to find out the gender if I put it off, so first thing’s first.
Here’s Baby #2 at 20 weeks…
And it’s a…
Mason’s going to be a big bro to a little bro.
Yes, a part of me was disappointed that I won’t get to spend the summer picking out cute little pink things (you know how I feel about pink…I mean, look around), but that’s a purely selfish/materialistic/short-lived interest.
The other part of me is thrilled for Mason to have a little buddy. Brotherly bonds are special (and let’s be real, this is going to save us a FORTUNE).
Plus, they’re almost guaranteed to share a room eventually (or at least, the option is more available), so I can chill out on my “must get bigger house NOW” urge a little bit. (Another fortune saved. Wow, what should I do with all this money we now have?? HA.)
As for me, I’m feeling like a million bucks at this point in the pregnancy.
Feeling nothing pregnancy-specific at all, outside of the occasional pelvic floor twinges and lots of MOVEMENT! Finally!
I’d always heard that you feel the kicks sooner with your second pregnancy, and although I had a lot of suspect flutters (baby?? gas??), I wasn’t 100% convinced of movement until right around the magical 20 week marker.
At the ultrasound, I was 20 weeks 2 days, but the tech said I was measuring 20 weeks 5 days…fingers crossed for another slightly early delivery? (Mase was 2 days early.) I know that’s looking a little too far into things, but what do pregnant women do if not look too far into things??
For this week’s bumpdate, I thought I’d steal some prompts from Emma @ Be Mom Strong (who’s due with #2 right around the same time!).
Weight gain: I’m guessing around 10 pounds, although I haven’t actually weighed myself since my last appointment.
Boy or Girl? Boyyyy.
Cravings: It’s not a craving, but I’ve been on a bad sugar kick lately. The Easter candy at Target, specifically, has been kiiilling me. I actually just decided last night to go on a little detox. (Just in time for Dairy Queen to come out with their confetti cake blizzard–awesome.)
Movement: Finally! Baby’s most active (or at least, I notice him the most) right before bed, so it’s fun to lay there with my hand on my stomach and feel the little jabs. I already felt either a foot or a fist, specifically, poking out last night.
It’s funny: before getting pregnant again, I couldn’t even remotely remember what being pregnant felt like, but now that I’m here again, it feels like the most normal thing in the world.
Moral of that story: I have a horrible memory.
Workouts: Going pretty well. I have plenty of energy–my problem is more related to timing, which I’m pretty sure is a problem for every working mom. I get home from work and just want to hang out with Mase until his bedtime, which is starting to push 8 PM, and then I check my email or clean a few things and suddenly it’s 9:30. Oops?
Before you say it: I refuuuuse to work out in the morning. Just plain refuse. I guess I should say “it doesn’t work for me,” but the truth is I just don’t want to. Night owl, baby!
I’ve also been writing a few of my own prenatal workouts, so that’s been motivating, since I have to actually test them. They’re not quite ready for prime time yet (I’m super picky about my workouts, but about 1000x moreso with these prenatal ones), but you can bet that as soon as they are, you’ll see them here.
Baby stuff bought: Nada. I’ve been wanting to redo Mason’s room, from a baby room to a more big-boy room, so that’s priority #1. I’m thinking about a navy nautical theme, a la this (and possibly with some green, like this), but he currently has minty green walls that might need to change (?). TBD.
As for Baby #2, I’ve decided to convert our piano room/mini office into his room, at least for the first year or so. It’s a teeny tiny room, but it’s right down the hall from the master bedroom and it’ll save us from having to give up our guest room. (Most of our family lives out of state, so that’s an important room to us. It’s also on the floor below the master.)
Since the piano will be staying in the baby’s room (for lack of anywhere else to put it), I started searching for musical/lullaby themed decor on Pinterest to tie everything together–here’s what I’ve come up with so far. The walls in there are a pale yellow, so I’ll probably keep that and do the yellow + grey chevron thing.
As for clothes and baby gear–we’re pretty much set! I’m sure I’ll grab a few new things, just…because. And there are two baby gear items we didn’t have last time that I’m considering getting:
–The Rock n’ Play. It seems so nice for newborns (Mason always hated lying flat on his back on a hard surface, and I couldn’t blame him), and it’s easily portable.
–A new K’Tan or similar baby wrap. I’m counting on lots of baby wearing to help me care for a toddler AND newborn.
I got a K’Tan in medium last time, and it always hurt my back like crazy–I’m convinced that it was too big. (It actually fit the husband better than me.) Not sure if I’ll go for a smaller K’Tan or a different wrap altogether…what’s hot these days?? I’d love to find something I could comfortably breastfeed in, if possible. Totally going hippie mama this time! :)
Well, that just turned into a big TMI about lots of boring baby details! Sorry!!
Fellow moms: favorite baby gear?
Any baby wearing suggestions?