I was warned but it’s still incredibly surprising how quickly this pregnancy is flying by. I can’t believe that in two short weeks we will be at the halfway mark already. There’s a lot of emotions happening behind the scenes and I’m doing everything I can to try to stay a little bit sane in the midst of it. Poor poor Wesley. Dealing with all these ladies in his life, and most importantly the hormones. In reality this is just the beginning of them so say a prayer for him! We’re incredibly happy to be adding this sweet girl to our family but I’m knee-deep in that phase of “how on earth could I possibly love two babies the way I so completely love Nora?”. I’m relying on this as a perfect example of how Christ loves each of us so completely yet so specifically. This is a lesson I am eager to learn.
It’s incredibly strange to even be taking weekly photos again, It almost feels like we never even stopped. It’s so surreal that this baby who is currently kicking and flipping in my belly isn’t Nora, for so long it was her inside of my belly and it’s so weird right now that there is a stranger in my belly. Our quest for a name probably just merely adds to the strangeness of it all. We had the HARDEST time coming up with and agreeing on a name that we both loved for Nora so I knew the second we saw the words “GIRL” that we would be in for a treat this time as well. Boy names come so easily for us, girl names are like pulling teeth. We’ll get there eventually. Hopefully BEFORE this little one makes her appearance. ;)
Overall this pregnancy has been pretty low-key so far. No huge issues, no complaints other than a nasty stomach bug I had a few weeks ago. It was short lived and truly I feel like at least from a pregnancy standpoint this babe is pretty easy going. We can only hope that is the case when she gets here. Where Nora was kicking like crazy at this point, no. 2 is just content to send a poke or jab here and there just to let me know all is well. Where Nora had me throwing up every night, this one was content to just make me really nauseous each night. Where Nora did everything she could to block our view of her “goods” during the gender ultrasound, this one showed them right away (which made me think it could possibly be a boy for a little bit there). She is for sure less demanding at this point than Nora was and truly I’m thankful for that. Being pregnant with a toddler running around isn’t easy so I’m thankful for whatever breaks this little girl will give me!
Last week we celebrated Nora’s second Christmas and no. 2’s first belly Christmas and it was truly magic. Christmas has without a doubt never been more amazing than it was last weekend. Seeing Nora’s eyes light up with each gift under the tree, cookie in the oven, and light show out her window was the biggest blessing. Watching her face made the verse from Matthew7:11 run through my head on repeat “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”. Speaking of good gifts, we also found out we’re having a girl and got to see her cute little mug on an ultrasound. I have to go back next week for another ultrasound because it was a little earlier than they normally do these scans and there were a few things the ultrasound tech couldn’t get great images of (face and heart) so we’ll be going back in soon to get a better view of those things! I’m crave queso dip and Sonic NONSTOP and I’m doing my best to workout as much as I can this time around. I’ve been having a little SI pain which got really bad towards the end of my pregnancy with Nora and that makes me nervous this go around. I have to take things easy a lot but I really can’t complain. Week 18 is shaping up to be a great week so far and I’m just happy to have a healthy little nugget along for the ride.