I have actually been in the “happy” or second trimester for three weeks now. The good news is that my nausea/aversion to food is gone. The one symptom still with me is exhaustion. Utter exhaustion. I have been known to doze a number of times during Lily’s naps. Thankfully the older girls have not taken advantage of my “absence” to get into things. By the time the girls are in bed for the night I can get a burst of productivity before calling it a day.
This pregnancy has been very similar to my others. One difference is that I had to stop drinking coffee during the first trimester. I just couldn’t do it. The thought of it grossed me out. Thankfully, I didn’t have a tough time giving it up. Occasionally now I can have an iced coffee and not be bothered by it. Another slightly different experience would be my itchy legs. I didn’t have this problem with Sarah and Lily, but I did with Abigail. It drives me nuts! Oh, and I guess there is one more thing, instead of a pregnancy “glow” I have more of a burn. My face is just so red this time around.
So, you could maybe conclude that we are having another girl because all of my pregnancies are pretty much the same (minus a few small things). Part of me feels like we are having another girl, but we’ll hopefully know for sure come the first week in August.
In other news, I am starting to feel flutters now. They say that with your second pregnancy you tend to feel things sooner because (1) you know what you are looking for and (2) that part of you isn’t as firm as it used to be. Well, I want to say that with your fourth pregnancy you feel things later because you just don’t get many opportunities to sit down and try to observe early flutters. What I am really excited for is when the girls will get to feel their sibling move. It has been a lot of fun explaining things to the older two. Abigail especially has lots of questions.
And, finally, a belly picture. This is at 17.5 weeks. There is quite a bump going on there, but this is my fourth time around 🙂