It’s been a bit since I did a baby girl update, so now that I’m 22 weeks I thought this would be a good time! We are officially MORE than halfway! Isn’t it crazy how in the beginning every day seems like it’s a million hours long and then BAM time is going so fast you can hardly believe it?
As you know from reading my first trimester post, it was a rough first few months for me. I wasn’t expecting it at all since my pregnancy with Chase was so breezy so it was very hard for me to manage, plus now I had a one year old! Luckily at around 14-15 weeks I started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I got that second trimester pep in my step and stopped feeling any tinge of nausea.
I have to start this off by saying I’m one of those freaks who loves being pregnant. I love seeing the baby and myself grow and change every day. Even if I’m not feeling my best, I try to remind myself how lucky I am to have this miracle of giving another human being life and that this is such a temporary period in my life. You practically blink and it’s over!
Mentally and physically though, this pregnancy has definitely been harder. Physically I feel much bigger the second time around (they always say you show quicker and this is so true!) and don’t have to relax and really listen to my body. I hit an invisible wall at 3-4pm and I’m soooo craving a nap, which is impossible since my little munchkin is now only doing one nap a day. Luckily Chase is in bed every night by 7, so I try to catch up on whatever I need to before I can really unwind for the night. Taking a bath really helps me relax and definitely relieves some of those aches and pains. My back is already killing me, which I think is a combination of pregnancy and carrying a 24lb meatball around all day.
Mentally, I feel much more worried and anxious this time around. I touched on this a little in my last pregnancy update, but by the second or third baby you almost know TOO MUCH. You have a lot more mom friends who have gone through things, a lot more knowledge about complications and barometers for normalcy, etc etc. I definitely have been more aware this time. When I was pregnant with Chase I had no idea what was going on or what I should be expecting, asking, or what was routine. It’s also tough because with covid we are still pretty isolated at home. I have a lot more time to stress and focus on every little detail than I did when I was working every day in and out of NYC with Chase and was able to have more of a social life! Now that the weather is starting to get nice though and the world seems to be in a better place, I’m optimistic this part will change!
Some other physical things I’ve noticed in my second trimester:
- I am SO HUNGRY. It’s like no matter how much I eat I can never get full! I don’t have any weird cravings or aversions, just hungry all the time.
- My skin is so incredibly sensitive. Even my most mild moisturizers aren’t agreeing with my skin. So weird.
- My belly feels so much bigger this time so much sooner! I really didn’t “pop” until 26 weeks last pregnancy, but this time baby is saying hello much earlier.
- Baby girl is SOOOOOO active it’s wild! We have been calling her our tiny dancer because she’s always moving and grooving. I’ve been feeling her since I was 14 weeks which seems so early, but second babies you usually are more in tune with your body and this girl is ACTIVE. I even caught a video of her moving from the outside of my stomach at only 19 weeks!
When I went for my anatomy scan last Monday, everything went well and baby girl is measuring right on time for her due date, August 4! The only thing the doctor wants to keep an eye on is her weight. Baby girl is a peanut and only in the 22% so they want me to come back in 4 weeks for a rescan to make sure she’s getting bigger! My doctor wasn’t concerned, but of course as a mother you worry about everything! I’m a pretty petite person, so having a “big” baby just isn’t ever something that would be possible for me. The one plus is I get to see her again!! With Chase, I only had 2 ultrasounds, so I’m really excited that I get to go for another scan so soon.
Now that we are in the second half of my pregnancy I’m definitely feeling the urgency to start getting things done! If you follow me on IG you’ll see that I’ve been posting a lot of reorder baby items I need for her as well as some new gear I’m trying. I’m going to do a post dedicated to all my favorite baby items and some new things I’m trying out.
I have been working really hard on getting her nursery done as well! I still have to nail down some details, but I’m hoping it will all come together! Stay tuned for more on this and be sure to follow me on IG where I’ve been doing a ton of nursery polls.
I think that’s all the updates I have for now but I definitely will keep everyone in the loop with what the next few weeks are looking like! If you like these updates, let me know on IG and I can do them every month since I’m closing in on the last half of this pregnancy!