11 Weeks Redux

Well, here we are again.  11 weeks pregnant.  The days and weeks are flying by.  I can’t believe the second trimester is a mere two weeks away.  I am looking forward to it, though, because unlike last time, the first trimester has really taken a toll on me.  I am so very tired most of the day, and at night I have to wake up at least twice to use the bathroom.  But at least the morning (all day) sickness seems to be gone for good.  I haven’t felt nauseated very much at all over the past two weeks, so hopefully it will stay gone.  As you can see from the picture over there, my belly is starting to stick out a bit.  I attribute it to evening bloat and the fact that I am considerably fatter this time around.  For that I have no one to blame but myself (and a 32-pound short guy that lives in my house, and who used to live in my stomach).

In baby development news, BabyCenter says that Mayhem is about the size of a fig (The Bump says a lime), and its body is almost fully formed.  From BabyCenter:  “Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.  She’s already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won’t feel your baby’s acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.”  So little Mayhem is in there having a dance party.  I have heard from other second-time moms that if you sit very still and remember exactly what you are waiting to feel, you might be able to feel some flutters from the baby earlier than with your first pregnancy.  I hope that is true, because it was my very favorite part of being pregnant and I can’t wait to experience it again.

We have a doctor appointment coming up on Monday, with the big NT scan and some genetic testing that is now being offered.  The Mister and I are both looking forward to the ultrasound.  I can’t wait to see those little arms and legs moving around.  The genetic testing won’t be a big deal.  I’m an old pro at blood draws now, so just another visit with the lab tech for me.  Hopefully I will have a CD of images of the ultrasound to share since we didn’t get very many good shots at the last two ultrasounds.

CJ is embracing the role of big brother already.  He will walk up to me and pat my belly and say “I love you baby” and kiss my belly.  Today he shouted “BIG BRUDDAH!!” all the way home from school.  It was quite funny.  He talks to the baby and pats my tummy every chance he gets.  I am so excited that he is going to be a big brother.  He is going to be great at it, I just know it.

In non-Burks baby related news, congratulations to my friend Danielle!  She is due the same week as me with a little Christmas surprise of her own!  And as she finally announced it on her own blog, I can blab about it over here.  Even though we don’t work together anymore, it will be lots of fun to compare notes this time around since our due dates are three days apart.  It has already been an interesting contrast.  Her pregnancy has been remarkably similar to her first, while mine has been as different as it could possibly be.  We are both excited to be going through a surprise pregnancy together.  It’s funny how these things work out!

I’m going to keep these weekly entries short and sweet, mainly because we’ve been through this once before and know what is going on, but also because it’s more fun to write about CJ and his latest shenanigans.  As I finish up this blog entry he is piling bubbles on top of his head in the bath.  He is such a silly boy, and I love him so very very much.

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