Firstly, hugs all around for the sweet comments on my last post! I loved being able to share my honest thoughts from my heart and have them be so well received. And a big shout out to all my fellow boy mamas! I love what a little community we are, raising up good men together. I only received one negative response, and I'll admit, it did crush me. I do not have thick skin, but I have moved on. I think she may have missed the memo that, "hey, we're really damn excited about this baby boy!"
So here we are at 15 weeks, and I'm just now getting a bump shot and post together. I know I won't document this pregnancy as closely as my last two. But since photography is such an important part of my life now, it will at least be heavily photographed if nothing else. So here's a little bumpdate on this babe:
Total Weight Gain: Roughly 4 lbs. Yes, I keep track. No, I promise I'm not vain. I like comparing my pregnancies. I like seeing when the big growth spurts happen. Plus, I'm particularly curious to see how my weight goes with this pregnancy not being as active as my previous ones.
Morning Sickness? It has greatly improved since about 10 weeks, but I'm still not feeling 100%. I go to bed super early, especially since evenings are always the roughest. I currently have a horrible head cold, but I'm hoping when it's gone that I will be in that second trimester sweet spot. My morning sickness with Finn let up around 16 weeks, so I'm hoping for the same again.
Symptoms: Already having some hip pain which has just shocked me! But it is my third pregnancy, and I have heard that everything is just more intense and happens sooner the more babies you have.
Still Breastfeeding? No, Finn weaned early last week. It went really smoothly for us both! Still, it's always bittersweet, but I'm happy that my body can focus solely on this new growing baby. I may blog about it soon, as I like looking back at my journey with Liam and how we ended.
Food Cravings/Aversions? I still don't have much of an appetite, but it's getting better. I can always eat fruit, with grapefruit being a current favorite. Breakfast is always my jam while pregnant, so bring on all the pastries, bacon, & eggs! No huge aversions, although meat is never a favorite.
Movement: I started feeling flutters a couple weeks ago! Each day they seem to get a tad more frequent and surprisingly intense for how early it is. This baby is constantly moving whenever we peek at him during an ultrasound, so really this is no surprise.
Name? We have been talking about this lots. Most likely we will use another Irish name, and keep it short so that it flows well with Liam & Finn. We're leaning towards one, but aren't quite ready to pull the trigger yet. Have any favorite Irish boy names?
Liam's Thoughts: He loves to snuggle my belly and tell me how much he loves the baby. Every so often he will mention that he wishes it was a sister baby, but that he still loves this new brother. He's watched some home birth videos with me and is so excited that I will be staying home this time. He even told us at dinner the other night that he wants to be a midwife when he grows up. I nearly cried! So so sweet!
Finn's Thoughts: He would rub, kiss, or talk to my belly all day long if he could. He is constantly pulling up my shirt and gets quite frustrated when I wear a dress. Lots of "hi baby!" out of his mouth!
My bump is already massive; hello, third baby! And I love it! Looking forward to family being here next week and getting to share this pregnancy with them all a bit!