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20 weeks // Baby Cottet

I can not believe we are already at 20 weeks. Baffling. My horrible memory of my pregnancy with Reegan has inspired me to head back to this incredible space and start taking notes on life again. I have no clue if any one cares about these updates, but I’m realizing how quickly time goes, and I would love a place to look back at these ridiculous details.

So, what’s happened for far?

Let’s see.

:: Trying for baby ::

As most of you know, this is my 3rd pregnancy. I had a miscarriage (9 weeks), then a perfectly healthy pregnancy with Reegan (3 days late), and now here we are due May 2, 2018. This round took us a few months of trying. *I will say that I started taking folic acid (I got packets for my water from Target – shelved next to the pregnancy tests) the last month, and who knows if it helped or the timing just lined up but I would do it again.

:: 1st trimester ::

It was junk. I was so sick and had so many food aversions which convinced me I was having a boy since I didn’t have any of that with Reegan. I lost a ton of weight and was basically starving to death and only wanted turkey deli meat sandwiches (which are supposed to be a no-no, but I was starving so the doctor approved Jersey Mike’s). No one was concerned because the baby will take what it needs, but I was getting a little nervous by week 12. And then it finally subsided. Tiny meals became a thing of God.

Week 12 I had a blood test which gave us the baby’s sex at 13 weeks! Mind blowing. It was almost too soon for me personally. I was just starting to feel better, and then this little piece of paper revealed we were having another little girl over Chick-fil-A one Friday night. Weird stuff. My mind couldn’t compute it. And since we have all the baby girl things you can dream of, it took away any need for prep. Which was a financial relief, but also a strange feeling of ‘now what?’

:: 2nd trimester ::

2nd trimester is glorious. If you haven’t been pregnant, let me just be the one to tell you that the 2nd trimester is that sweet spot where you think you could be pregnant forever. Your body has an amazing way of erasing the vomiting memories from previous weeks and replacing them with subtle sweet baby kicks and a cute little baby bump. You lay on the couch with your hand on your belly thinking, ‘I’m basically Mother Earth’. Sure, there are headaches and round ligaments pains that make you feel like lightening is going through you, but it’s fleeting. And you don’t care. You are a Goddess creating life.

:: now ::

I won’t lie, I feel pretty great. I get horrible gas pains from my uterus expanding and weird round ligament pains that travel from my vagina and through my abs and ribs (fun times!), but my bump is just starting and I can feel her move – Mainly at night when I lay down. And my appetite is back, but it’s heavily focused on chocolate. I can crush about 12 Reese’s Christmas trees in minutes. I’m just starting to get back to my pre-this-pregnancy weight. Yeah. I lost that much in the first trimester. I’m telling you. It was insane and I was really scared.

My skin is super dry all over my body (my skincare routine is saving my life. This Paste. This Hydration Serum. And this Foundation), the boob situation hasn’t gotten too out of control, and there is no way in the world I can drink the amount of water websites tell me too. I’m also in need of all things warm and cozy. Just hydrating serums, Reese’s, and Barefoot Dreams. That is the trinity of this pregnancy.

At first, we thought we had a baby girl name on lock. We had picked a few names when I was pregnant with Reegan, but now at week 20, we are adding a few names to the list. Who knows what’s going to happen. Probably the original idea, but only after I torture Jeff with NameBerry.com stats.

OH! AND that whole ‘no need to prep’ thing is well far gone.

I have planned every detail of the nursery, although I can’t really do most of it until we move Reegs to her Big Girl Room. (Which will have to be another post!) But everything is picked out. I’ll link it up when it’s ready… I want some of it to be a surprise.

While I don’t need many baby clothes, I probably should research a double stroller, a new car that actually fits two carseats, and some legit nursing bras. (I nursed Reegs for a year with ONE grandma-looking nursing bra and I won’t do that to me, or Jeff, again.) Another fun perk for Jeff, I want to throw everything away. I’m talking I hate that there are things in closets. My pregnant mind thinks closets should be back up space for more cozy sweaters. And I’m currently obsessed with home decor instagrams. Hot mess express. Party of one.

:: STATS ::

my weight : 122 (My original upon finding out I was pregnant was 123)

baby weight : 11 ounces

Still in my boyfriend jeans. Bless you Low Rise fit. But mainly wearing leggings and large sweaters. Yay for winter pregnancies! Blanqi are probably my favorite leggings so far. I still really want to try the Spanx maternity ones, but I’m waiting for the bump to get a little bigger since I’m only 5ft tall.

Reegy and I have also gotten very into sparkling waters and juices. She calls it ‘Bubbles’ and it’s adorable so I cave every single time.

Anyways. Here are some of my favorite things the last few weeks.

I’ll try to organize these posts so they are less crazy lady rambling, but no promises.

**also. That’s our new chalk wall. Reegan has a passion for drawing lines. I blame the 18 month evaluation questionnaire that made me passionate about her learning how to do it in the first place.