Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Baby M3" :: 12 Weeks

One of the best things I ever did with each of my pregnancies is blog my way through them from start to finish. Even though I'm hardly a month into my thirties, my mind is a sieve and it's so great to be able to hop online, run a quick archive search and, for the most part, be able to relive the adventure. 

I say "for the most part" because what they say about second babies is true. I documented so much more of pregnancy with Carter than I did with Maclane and I'm determined not to fall even further behind when it comes to "M3." So, here we are again. Documenting what will likely be my third and final pregnancy. The first of many bump updates or "bumpdates." I know, kind of cringe-worthy. I apologize! 

Tunic from Old Navy, no longer on site / Ponte Leggings

How Far Along: 12 weeks as of Monday, October 13th. Due April 28th but with a delivery date of April 21st. 

Total Weight Gain: Up 4lbs. since finding out on August 12th. I gained 50lbs, with Carter and 40lbs. with Maclane. How awesome would be to only gain 30lbs. this time around? Ha. Wishful thinking.  

Symptoms: Still nauseous all day, every day. Knowing that this tends to ease up around week 15/16 makes it more tolerable. Chasing after two kids all day also leaves little to no room to feel anything. Other than exhausted. I am absolutely exhausted. During the early weeks there were a few days when I had to call my husband at work around 5pm and ask that he leave and come home NOW because I couldn't possibly keep my eyes open for another minute, let alone two more hours.  

Maternity Clothes: I actually made it a bit further this pregnancy in regular pants than I did with my previous pregnancy but by 9/10 weeks, come 5pm it was time to lose the regular pants. Literally. There was many an evening when my husband walked through the door and I wasn't wearing any pants. Favorite places to find maternity clothes? The GAP, Old Navy and Asos (which, I just started buying from a couple of weeks ago and I am OBSESSED). So obsessed, in fact, that I bought leather maternity leggings and they're awesome.  

Gender: Around 10 weeks, I headed back to the doctor for an extra ultrasound to confirm my due date. The reason being at my 8 week ultrasound, the baby was measuring a whole week behind. At 10 weeks, however, and after a major growth spurt, the baby was measuring 5 days ahead. It was during this ultrasound that we got a fantastic peek at M3's gender. It was absolutely unexpected and I love that my doctor was patient enough to spend some extra time with us peeking around in there. The husband was with me and it was at this ultrasound (as is usually the case) that I think things finally "clicked" for him. As soon as we walked out to the car, his first words were, "Oh man. Three kids. You're going to need a bigger car." I went for my NT scan earlier this week and I was hoping the tech or doctor would let me sneak another peek but no such luck. Lame.   

Movement: Pretty certain I've started feeling rolls and pokes. I've noticed them mostly when lying in bed at night. This is around the time that I started feeling Maclane, too. Funny how you notice movement much earlier when you know what to expect!

Sleep: Not so fantastic. Not only are we still sharing a bed with Maclane for the latter half of the night but I'm getting up 1-2 times to pee and it's driving me absolutely insane. I do not miss this part of pregnancy whatsoever. I am also dreading Operation: Get The 16 Month Old Out Of Our Bed. 

Cravings: This pregnancy is so much like my last. Even though I'm not craving gummy, fruit candy or ice pops (yet), I've had some pretty intense cravings for spicy, spicy foods. The hotter the better! Pastas, burritos, sushi, you name it. In the weeks before I found out I was pregnant, every single day I would ferociously crave a giant spoonful of peanut butter. Weirdest ever. Other weird cravings this time? Matzoh ball soup. 

Thinking Names: Oh Lord. If you've been following me through either pregnancy, you know how much of an ordeal it can be when it comes to naming our babies. I love my husband more than life itself but naming our kids makes me want to punch him in the face. For real. Throw in some hormones and I swear it's like I don't even know who I'm talking to. If M3 is a girl, her name will be Eliza Jane. Easy peasy. If M3 is a boy, we're absolutely screwed, especially considering that we'e used up all four of our boy names on Carter Michael and Maclane Allen. Neither of us are married to any particular name (which says a lot on my behalf). My husband's list? Empty, as usual. My list includes Crosby, Whitaker, Miles, Avery and Grady. Of course my husband detests each of those names but he also wasn't a fan of Maclane for roughly 32 weeks and we see how that turned out. I'm waiting for him to realize how awesome I am at naming our kids and to just give up already. 

Funny Moments: How I shared the news with my husband that we were expecting (post to come soon, with a video!) and being struck by intense cravings that I MUST HAVE IMMEDIATELY or I'll cry. Crazy, I know. 

Not So Funny Moments: People asking me if I'm certain that I'm not further along than I am. Or if there's only one baby in there. Hey, morons. It's my third pregnancy. My body remembers more clearly what it's like to be pregnant as opposed to not growing a human. I've also had weak abs my entire life. I know my dates and there's only one in there. I promise. But thank you for being so concerned. 

Nesting: We're putting the finishing touches on the built-in's in the playroom, a project that we started on Labor Day and has lovingly taken way too long to complete. I've already purchased a few things that I knew I wanted to have for this baby that I never had for the first two. Things like a video monitor. Also on that list is a Mamaroo and a new double stroller. I know, I'm kind of crazy for investing in these things for the last baby but I can't help it. You learn a lot from two pregnancies and two babies! 

Best Moments this week: One week closer to finishing up the first trimester, completing my NT scan, brainstorming names (even though my husband hates them) and already thinking nursery plans. Having already decorated one preppy nursery and one loud, colorful nursery, I'm planning on keeping things serene and neutral for this one. The big brothers will also likely be moved into a shared room and I cannot wait to plan their new space! Apologies in advance to my husband who already has a very long list of "Honey Do's."

Looking Forward To: Confirming whether or not there's another teenie peenie in there or if we'll be buying pink for the first time in three years! I went ahead and scheduled a gender scan for November 6th. Impatient, say what? Also, we have family pictures this month, for the first time in, well, ever! Let's all pray to the gods of Good Behavior that the boys cooperate for at least five decent shots, okay? 
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34 comments :

  1. So excited for you and your family of soon to be FIVE!!! Yay, and hey I am a middle child so Maclane and I are going to have that special bond. It's awesome really, I promise. I am not awkward at all! Well I dont seem to think so and my parents tell me I wasn't :) Again congratulations M family.

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  2. I'm 28 weeks pregnant with baby boy #2 and am ready to drop kick the next person who asks me if I'm sure my dates are right, or if (haha) there's only one in there. Hilarious.

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  3. Oh my this is so exciting but I'm afraid I may have to stop following your blog and Instagram or surely I will be knocked up in no time. Some days I feel the itch and others I want to put one of mine back in. I have a wedding in May and I don't want to be the knocked up bridesmaid and plus what fun is a wedding if you can't drink...but after that???? It might be game on for baby #3.

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  4. Pretty Momma! Congratulations, can't wait to follow along!

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  5. Wishing big time for a girl for you! You need it...lol! You're outnumbered. And Mac and Carter need a little sister to look after! They would be GREAT big brothers!

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  6. I am SO in love with your bumpdates. I couldn't be more excited for you mama!! I want to be prego again now too!! Too funny about the cravings and the hormones, how quickly one can forget about those crazy intense feelings. Can't wait to see you rock these leather leggings!!! :)

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  7. We have the mamaRoo and it's AWESOME! 4moms just came out with a new swing it's called the rockaRoo! Looks pretty sweet!

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  8. I'm dying to know the sex! What did they think when you peeked at 10 weeks?

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  9. MILES! Please pick that name! That goes so wonderful with Carter and Maclane! I LOVE IT! Come on M! Miles it is!

    You look amazing! As always! Pregnancy suits you well!

    Glad you're on the ASOS bandwagon! They have been MY FAVE for maternity clothes!!!!!

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  10. You crack me up....luckily if we decide to have another the name game is already done...Greyson Charles for a boy (same initials as my BIL who is beyond the love of our lives) and Emory Leighton for a girl (to keep with the E theme following Emersen).

    You make adorable boys, but I really hope you have a girl...I think you'd be an AMAZING girl mom too!

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  11. Woo hoo, M3 bumpdate! Love the name Eliza Jane! Your boy names are great too, loving Grady :) happy end of the first trimester!

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  12. Happy! Can't wait to find out the gender! And get this video out asap!

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  13. Oh that 'thinking names' blurb had me giggling. Naming kids...maybe everybody should have to do that as marriage counseling pre-wedding to see if you can make it! My husband was great at saying he hated any name I suggested but couldn't come up with any of his own. Great, thanks.

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  14. We are due at the same time!! I'll be 14 weeks this Monday with my first! I'm enjoying documenting my experience through blogging as well, and love reading other mom's experiences, especially knowing you've been through it before. Looking forward to your updates!

    xo kristen genevieve

    sunnywithachanceoflemons.blogspot.com

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  15. You look so cute pregnant! I love your little baby bump. Yours looks WAY better than mine (I'm due with boy #2 exactly one month before you.)

    We're in the middle of getting our 16 month old boy to stop co-sleeping the latter half of the night. Our pediatrician basically said we're just gonna have to let him cry it out. Fortunately, most nights this doesn't last longer than 5 minutes. Max has been 15 minutes, though she did warn us it could take an hour of crying. I can't handle that! But I certainly sleep better when he's not kicking me in the ribs. Good luck!!

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  16. Grady was on our list!!! But oooo Whitaker and Crosby i love! Eliza is beauuuuutiful. I can not wait to find out! I am over the moon obsessed with your pregnancy already :)

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  17. You have the cutest baby bump!
    And my vote is for Grady! :o) I mentioned that name to my hubs but he hated it. Men are butts! :oP luckily for us though we had a girl so it didn't matter!

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  18. Very exciting for you! My second pregnancy was the same way, bump was there and impossible to hide. Body went right back to prego mode.

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  19. ahhhhhhhh!! I'm so excited to read these "bumpdates." And i love all those boy names. :)

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  20. I love Miles & Whitaker.

    With my son people told me I was huge all the time. I even had a nurse who was pregnant ask me if I was having twins. I told her no and she looked shocked and said that must be one huge baby! Umm thanks, thanks a lot. Turns out he was big,9 lbs 1 oz, but still shut it people.

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  21. I am pregnant with baby #3 as well. I am so annoyed at how many people say things like, "But you are so big!" or "You look like you are ready to pop and you are only 22 weeks!" So far I have gained a reasonable amount of weight (10 lbs). With my first, I gained 50 lbs and with my second I gained between 35-40 lbs. However, this is a baby girl and I do not have a raging appetite like I did with my boys. Regardless, yes, I can't stand people either!

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  22. You need to tell us the gender!!! It's killing me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And you are precious!

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  23. You look so great! I look forward to reading your bumpdates :) Can I ask why you're delivery date is 4/21? Did you have c-sections with your others?

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  24. You look great! Yay for THREE babies!!

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  25. You are preaching to the choir with the big baby belly, homegirl. I actually tested b/c I was starting to look pregnant. Yep, before I even missed my period. Awesome. So awesome. ;) But I'd much rather have an insta-belly than nothing at all for the first 20 weeks! You look gorg, as always!

    Can't wait to hear more about the baby's gender and NAMES!! I do the same exact thing with my husband... he hated Reid's name for 2 ENTIRE PREGNANCIES. (It was our boy name for Brynn and obviously our team green name for baby #3). My vagina, my choice, right? ;) If the man offered ANY alternatives, it would be a completely different story. Apparently he thinks it's my job to come up with fabulous names and his job to shoot them down. Umm, no. #ReidFTW

    Thankfully this baby is girl... made the naming process MUCH easier! Whew!

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  26. I love bump updates! ps Congrats!!

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  27. Your bump is so adorable and perfectly round! I can't believe we're only 4 days apart! It'll be fun to follow along with someone so close to my own pregnancy!

    I saw your IG sale with a bunch of boy shoes and it's making me curious if your gender guess may have started with a G and ended with IRL! ;)

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  28. I am I BIG fan of the name Miles (Duh) But Avery and Whitaker are great too! I like Harrison too. I LOVE picking out baby names... and Eliza is PERFECT!

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  29. I'm amazed that you're feeling movement so early. I had an anterior placenta with E and didn't feel real movement FOREVER. Oh, and I think Miles is a super cute name. :)

    Also, leather maternity leggings? You are way cooler than me.

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  30. I had the same spicy craving - buffalo sauce on EVERYTHING - until about 14 weeks. That's when the ice pop craving hit. My poor husband was running through the aisles of our beach town's grocery store begging the employee to search in the bag for "one last bag of ice pops" because even though tourist season was over, he certainly couldn't go home empty handed. The spicy craving is definitely gone now, but mostly because the heartburn is AWFUL!

    I love the name Miles, too. If my cousin hadn't used it, I might have!

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