Friday, July 1, 2011

16 Weeks (second time around)

16 week belly shot on the balcony. I think I'm showing a teensy bit.

In pregnancy-land, I had my doctor's appointment last Monday and all looks well with Baby #2. This baby is measuring right on track for an EDD of December 16th, which makes me SO happy since Lane was always measuring small (which might be part of the reason I went 17 days past due with her and still had to be induced). I'm really, really hoping that this baby decides to debut on a day other than Christmas, and of course it'd be nice if he/she is early, but really I just don't want a Christmas baby. My birthday is on New Year's and one holiday birthday is enough for this family as far as I'm concerned! Of course God will probably decide to give us a Christmas baby just to teach me something about trusting Him for what's best...

It's fun because here you get an ultrasound/sonogram every time you go to the doctor. So I get to hear the heartbeat and see our little bebek ("baby" in Turkish) every time. It's fun. And it makes me wonder what on earth American doctors charge so much for since you only get 2-3 ultrasound/sonograms in the States. Hmm...

My doctor also advised me to really try to gain some weight over the next month, so I'm enjoying the freedom to do things that I don't usually do, like get whipped cream on my frappucino at Starbucks or eat bigger, more filling snacks. I'm not sure if it's helping me gain any weight, but I can definitely say that I'm trying everything I can short of just sitting down with a pint of Ben & Jerry's, which wouldn't be the healthiest way to gain some weight anyways.

I'm enjoying reading back over my bi-weekly posts from when I was pregnant with Lane and comparing then with now. For example, when I was pregnant with Lane I was still super tired at 18 weeks. (You can read my 16-week post from my first pregnancy here). Granted, I was working 30 hours a week waiting tables, but still, this go-around I have a good bit of energy and have for a week or two. We're usually in bed by 10:00 or 10:30 and I usually wake up on my own after eight hours and can't go back to sleep even if I want to. I guess that's good?

I've also noticed that my emotions have toned down a bit which has been quite refreshing. When I was pregnant with Lane I think I really only had 2-3 times that I could blame the pregnancy for making me super emotional and overreact. This pregnancy...I felt like I cried every day over the silliest things for weeks. I'm so glad to be back to my (fairly) level-headed self.

So there you go. I'm trying not to post too much about pregnancy in my "regular" posts and to save it for my bi-weekly posts, because I know that it gets annoying reading peoples' bemoanings about their pregnancies if they do it too much. I figure if I can keep my bemoanings to once every two weeks, my readers might actually find them interesting and not annoying. Capisce?


  1. You look great! I was so glad I had my son in France the healthcare and attention I got was much more than I would have received in the states!

  2. I love reading pregnancy/baby posts. :) Brings back memories. Rebecca was due March 29ish, and I reeeeally didn't want her born on April Fools Day. And since I had partial previa I had lots of ultrasounds, and even got a 3-D one when they were just beginning. It was cool.
    I'm glad you're doing so well!

  3. You look so great Michelle! Glad to hear things are going well. I enjoy reading your updates!


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