Some updates on the second trimester of this pregnancy, you can find my first trimester update here! Just like the other two girls, I am feeling waaaay better now, most of my energy came back by about week 14, thank goodness. I’m almost already forgetting how nauseous and sick I was for the first couple of months, funny how that works! In general though, physically this is definitely my hardest pregnancy so far. Both the first two were pretty much free of anything out of the ordinary and this time, I had a subchorionic hemorrhage around week six (which is common, but can be serious) that put me on light rest and then last week got some major swelling in one of my legs that was super painful and made it pretty much impossible to walk. I was sent immediately to the hospital and tested for a blood clot, thankfully I did not have one, but was put on light rest again since the swelling only got worse. I am seeing a vein doctor later this week and am hoping that it’s just caused by some varicose veins, which I did get a few of with Avalon near the end, but they just are here earlier and worse this time. Guess that’s what happens on your third pregnancy. Either way, I am feeling optimistic about it already as it seems to be improving, and of course so thankful that it’s issues with me rather than the baby. This is also such a good reminder that you should never compare pregnancies (which I find hard to do!), they really are so different, just like the babies they bring at the end!
Baby girl is growing and moving around more everyday, hands down my favorite part of pregnancy!! I started feeling flutters here & there around week 15, but just the past couple of weeks have been able to make out distinct movements. We had our big anatomy ultrasound last week and she looked perfect, but was shy and covered her face the entire time so we did not even get a glimpse. I cannot wait to see which of the girls she looks more like, we talk about that all the time, along with which personality she will favor more! The girls are soooooo excited, Waverly shrieked with joy when I picked her up from school the other day with the ultrasound pictures (and said she looked like Mickey Mouse), and Avalon’s preschool teachers tell us that she talks about her baby sister all the time and even “made” our family out of play dough the other day and included the baby. They are constantly giving my belly kisses and talking about her, most often what we will name her (which at this point, we have NO IDEA!!!). Experiencing it with both of them is really the sweetest and that part of this pregnancy has been so special, completely making all the physical hard stuff completely worth it.
I really do love being pregnant, the miracle or beauty of it all really never gets lost on me and even with everything else going on, I am making it the biggest point to soak every little part of it in. She may be the baby that we are least prepared for, at least so far, but goodness she is sooooo loved already! Our sweet surprise, September baby girl.