*Written on April 22, 2016*
How far along: Fifteen weeks today!
Gender: Finding out tomorrow at our gender reveal. I’ll be taking video and pictures of the party and will definitely share that in a blog post.
Weight gain: Not exactly sure, since I was throwing up so much during the first trimester/wasn’t weighing myself, I don’t know what I ended up at. I’d guess not more than 1-2 lbs.
Maternity clothes: A mixture of maternity & non-maternity.
Stretch marks: None and I started using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stretch Mark Cream yesterday. (Verdict so far: smells amazing!) I’ll do a thorough review later on.
Belly button in or out: In.
Sleep: It’s getting harder and harder to find a comfortable position lately, I definitely see a pregnancy pillow in my near future.
Best moment this week: Realizing that I actually look more pregnant than just bloated now.
Worst moment this week: Morning sickness kind of came back, but luckily it’s not as bad as it has been. I’ve only gotten sick a couple of times.
Miss anything: Still nothing.
Movement: None yet.
Cravings: Cantaloupe and (still) tacos.
Queasy or sick: Mainly in the mornings, I’ve gotten sick a couple of times, unfortunately.
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender! And the next ultrasound!
As mentioned above, we find out the gender tomorrow! I am so excited to finally know what this little baby is. I already feel bonded to him/her, but knowing whether it’s a boy or girl just makes it so much more real. I can start dreaming up the nursery, registering for things, and referring to him/her by name. (Yes, we have names picked out for both, and we’ll share sometime soon!)
I’m still anxious, even though we’re out of the “danger zone”, but I try not to let that run my life. I am in constant communication with God about this baby and I’m relying on His comfort to get me through the hard times. In addition to finding out the gender, since we did a blood test, we also received further confirmation that there are no genetic defects (like Down Syndrome, Fragile X, a few other Trisomies, etc). We did do genetic testing on the embryos prior to implantation, so we know that this baby was genetically “normal” but that is not a guarantee. There’s never really a guarantee, but it is comforting to receive further reassurance that everything is okay at this point. I’m hanging in there and trying to focus on the positive — and I certainly feel pregnant. While that may not always be comfortable, I appreciate the (not so) subtle reminders.
All in all, making it to this point feels amazing, and I am so excited for this next milestone! I’ll post about the gender reveal party very soon!