It's already started. The whole firstborn gets more thing. More pictures. More attention. And in this case, more blogs. You may or may not have noticed, but I haven't written a post for the new baby since, um, seven weeks. Oops. Actually, I haven't been blogging much at all. I don't have a lot of time right now!
Anyways, I had an appointment with my midwife last Thursday and I got to hear Baby's heartbeat! It was awesome, thumping away at between 140 and 160. According to old wives tales that would predict girl, but medically I know that early on in pregnancy the heart beats extremely fast like that, and fetal heartrate also varies depending on what they are doing. (Sleeping vs. playing and moving up a storm.) At this point my blood pressure, which I've never had a problem with, is still low, I haven't gained any weight which is fine, and all my blood work was fine. At ten weeks I am starting to have a little more energy--Shane and I even went for a walk a couple of nights last week! Of course, the cooler weather might have something to do with that. I am not feeling particularly nauseous anymore either. Usually if I am it is in the evenings when I am trying to cook supper (um, difficult!) or just from random things I smell or think of. And while the nausea hit earlier this pregnancy (around 5 weeks), neither pregnancy has had terrible morning sickness. I do have to schedule a chiropractor appointment soon, as I can feel things moving far out of whack and I remember how bad it got with my first pregnancy. It was only during this past summer (over a year after Shane's birth) that I finally got enough adjustments to be pain free for a few months and it was heavenly!
I believe that Baby is pretty much fully formed this week and is about the size of a shrimp. The thing I'm most looking forward to would be feeling movement! I can't wait! And then around Christmas time we should be able to find out the gender. Both of our dads think girl, and while we were in San Antonio with my family last weekend my dad would hold up a boy and girl outfit for Shane and he would always pick the girl outfit. Personally, I don't know yet. I do know that this pregnancy so far has been VERY similar to Shane's.
We love you, little one. Just because Mama doesn't write to you as much doesn't mean that I don't think about you and pray for you every day. I tell your big brother about you and he asks about you--he calls you baby and he seems to know that you're in there growing strong. I love you, little one!