Wednesday, December 29, 2010

18 weeks...

I'm almost to the half way point of pregnancy #2. Patrick would tell you it's flying by. I, on the other hand, completely disagree. I do believe it's because I was sick and laying on the couch for so many weeks. Either way, I'm thrilled to be 18 weeks pregnant!

I still have a little bit of morning sickness. The good news is that it's not all day (and all night) any more. It just hits in the morning - and not everyday. I have a terrible phlegm problem and I spit more now than I ever have in my life. The phlegm just cannot be in my throat, or anywhere near know?

I've gained 12 pounds so far, which is better than when I was pregnant with B. I think it sounds a little high, but apparently it's not terrible. As a similarity (to my pregnancy with B) my butt, hips and thighs have all grown, despite my best efforts. My body collects fats in the worst places. I know my bottom is bigger because Patrick kindly told me. And I guess my face is starting to "fill out" a little. My sweet husband is very honest and after an initial "I-can't-believe-you-said-that" moment, I do appreciate it.

One thing I have struggled with a lot this pregnancy (aside from a love of sugar) is fear and worry. This whole pregnancy has been a step of faith and humbling in the most beautiful ways. With Benjamin we had the privilege of seeing his little growing body a lot and hearing his heartbeat a lot. This time there is a lot of waiting and trusting God with Beta - whatever may happen. It wasn't until just yesterday that I'm pretty sure, I think, I felt Beta move around. I want to feel baby kicks and jabs already! I want to know my baby is alive and well! But, I trust. And I wait. And I hope, not in myself or a baby, but in God - the Giver and Creator and Sustainer of all life.

Although we're pretty good at taking weekly pictures, I have not been as good about posting them. I bet it has something to do with the fact that I have a toddler and a house and things to do. Life just isn't as easy as it was last time. But I don't mind.

Here are some pictures from today. Please keep in mind that I'm standing up straight, which I can't say is my normal posture. Although, you can see how much my body is changing.

Side view.
Ugh. My back side.
Belly shot. But I bet that's not very accurate because my butt isn't sticking out as much. Roll with it :)
Frontal view.

So there it is. Beta update. Next time you hear from me about Beta, I bet we'll know the gender! Don't forget to vote on the poll...just five more days!!!

AND don't forget to leave a comment on my giveaway post! You'll be glad you did, well maybe.


mama cindy said...

Girly Girl!!! Had one of those, still do Love her!!!!

Aub said...

Ashley, you look great! :) Glad you're feeling better. Let's get together soon!

Jeannie said...

You get the award for willing to put your back side on your blog. I don't think I would have the chutzpah to pull that off. You are amazing!