Exhaustion has taken over me this time around. Regardless of my religious morning coffee, I couldn’t seem to find the energy that I needed to handle my life and my active toddler’s life. I tried exercising, sleeping, napping, stretching, relaxing, you name it. I couldn’t shake it off. Then, around my 26th week, I began to feel a little more energetic. I had this really strong urge to organize everything. Julianna’s closet, the pantry, our closet, etc. It was the perfect time to have a burst of energy because we were in the middle of moving to our new house.
For some reason, my belly is smaller this time and my weight gain hasn’t been crazy at all. I think it’s been pretty steady. I remember that with my first pregnancy, my face got fuller, my legs retained a lot of water, my linea nigra was very noticeable, and my belly felt heavy as if I had 15-pound weights attached to my back. Not the case with my second pregnancy at all. The only thing that has been bothering me for some time now are lower back pains, feeling restless at night, and waking up 4-5 times to use the restroom.
My appetite has varied from crazy binges to not being hungry at all. My first trimester was all about eating and how hungry I always was. Now, hunger just comes and goes.
Also, cravings have been consistent. My biggest thing has been sweets: chocolate, donuts, cookies, cupcakes, pancakes, waffles, fruits, etc.
I also have been taking advantage of every sweet moment that I can with Julianna. We have been snuggling up a lot, spending tons of time together, and teaching her that her baby brother is inside my belly. She now says “baby” and her brother’s name perfectly! So adorable and exciting!
Doctor appointments have been fantastic; just a lot of urine tests and belly measurements for routine check-ups – Nothing out of the ordinary.