19 Weeks and it’s a…..


Hey, guess what?  I’m 19 weeks pregnant again!  The belly is really starting to round out now.  I think I look much bigger than I did last week, but some mornings I wake up and barely look pregnant at all so it really just depends on the moment or particular time of day.

Still feeling great, although we are all exhausted from the long Easter weekend.  Too much driving and too much fun-having really does a number on us all.  We spent Sunday afternoon at the lake with the Mister’s dad’s side of the family, and it wore CJ absolutely out.  The fact that he didn’t get an afternoon nap probably helped out in the exhaustion department on the way home.  But we had a great time!  We jumped in the bounce house, searched for Easter eggs, swung in the porch swing, played in the kiddie pool, ate ourselves silly, and topped off the afternoon with a fun boat ride.  CJ was asleep within five minutes of being strapped into his carseat, and slept through being brought inside the house and being moved from our bed to his pack and play, and slept great Sunday night, much to our delight.  Yesterday we went over to MaMaw’s for a second Easter lunch and a visit, where we again ate ourselves silly and had a good time.  There are pictures on the MBP, but it is unfortunately at school with the Mister so I will have to do a separate picture post some other time this week.  Rest assured that the Burks family cleans up very well and looked great in our Easter finest.  :) We didn’t take CJ to see the Easter Bunny this year because if you will remember last year, the Easter Bunny dropped him on the floor.  So maybe we will try it again with both boys next year.

Did you catch that?

Baby Burks #2 is a beautiful, perfectly healthy, BIG baby boy!  We had a great ultrasound on Friday and the first thing we saw was that our baby was definitely not a girl.  He is measuring about a week and a half ahead, which is consistent with what CJ measured in utero.  He has a big ol’ head, so I’m doubtful about my chances for a successful VBAC because CJ’s head size is what got him stuck and halted my labor, but if he slows down and measures appropriately toward the end I might still attempt it.  Whatever gets him out safely and alive is what I will ultimately do, though.  After having been through a C-section, I think I will be better prepared for it this time since I won’t be caught off guard.  Plus it will be kind of nice to know that my lady bits won’t be stretched to their limits.

We are absolutely over the moon to be expecting another boy!  CJ is just so wonderful and baby boys are so sweet.  CJ is definitely Mommy’s little boy, and I am looking forward to having another snugglebug in September.  The most important thing is that the baby is healthy, but I’m so glad it is a boy.  We don’t have to buy anything or even change the nursery too much.  New bedding should just about cover it.  We had enough forethought to purchase our major baby gear in gender-neutral colors and patterns, so that wouldn’t have been an issue even if this baby had been a girl.  But not having to buy very many new clothes or shoes or toys is going to be nice.  For now our biggest project is getting CJ’s new bedroom ready.

So let’s see what our boy is up to this week.  From BabyCenter:

“Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to him, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Think you’re big now? You’ll start growing even faster in the weeks to come. As a result, you may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides — especially when you shift position or at the end of an active day. Most likely, this is round ligament pain. The ligaments that support your uterus are stretching to accommodate its increasing weight. This is nothing to be alarmed about, but call your practitioner if the pain continues even when you’re resting or becomes severe.

You may be noticing some skin changes, too. Are the palms of your hands red? Nothing to worry about — it’s from the extra estrogen. You may also have patches of darkened skin caused by a temporary increase in pigment. When these darker patches appear on your upper lip, cheeks, and forehead, they’re called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy.” You may also notice some darkening of your nipples, freckles, scars, underarms, inner thighs, and vulva. That darkened line running from your belly button to your pubic bone is called the linea nigra, or “dark line.”

These darkened spots will probably fade shortly after delivery. In the meantime, protect yourself from the sun, which intensifies the pigment changes. Cover up, wear a brimmed hat, and use sunscreen when you’re outdoors. And if you’re self-conscious about your “mask,” a little concealing makeup can work wonders.”

And here’s the weekly survey:

How Far Along? 19 weeks.

Total Weight Gained/Loss? I was up 9 pounds at the doctor on Friday, but it was in the afternoon after lunch so probably closer to 7 pounds.  Not doing too bad, although this weekend probably put on a couple.

Maternity Clothes? Maternity shirts and jeans, some regular work pants, and some maternity pants and skirts.

Sleep? Pretty good lately.

Best Moment of the Week? Seeing some kicks from the outside, finding out that Baby Burks #2 is a boy.

Movement? Daily and lots more.  My favorite part of pregnancy.

Food Craving? None too specific.  I’ve been liking orange juice a lot lately.

Food aversions? Whatever has previously made me vomit.

Morning sickness? None.  RIP morning sickness, don’t come back again.

Symptoms? Sore boobies, my hips are starting to ache a little when I walk too much, and my hair is starting to get a little crazy.  It got weird when I was pregnant with CJ too, so I was expecting it.

Gender? All boy, and proud of it!

Labor Signs? None, and hopefully none until September.  Stay away!

Belly Button? I’ve actually started noticing that it is a little shallower nowadays.

What I miss? Regular jeans, not having to pee all the time, sleeping on my stomach.

What I’m looking forward to? Next big milestone is viability at 24 weeks.  My stress level goes way down after that point.

Milestones? Seeing the baby move from the outside, finding out that it’s a boy.  Getting to be pregnant another week.

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