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17 weeks – already?  Seriously.  Time is flying.

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Thanks again for your congratulations on our pregnancy announcement and my first trimester recap!  Many of you requested regular pregnancy updates, so here I am.  I’m impressed that I remembered to sneak in bump shots this weekend!  It’s crazy how fast the weeks are going with Little One (LO) compared to BabyHTP (Henry).  I feel like I’ll be 39 weeks before I know it.

 

Here’s a photo comparison of my pregnancy with Henry v. my pregnancy with LO.  (Actually… I used Henry’s Week 18 shot because the shirt I was wearing in Week 17 really hid my little bump.)

first pregnancy v second pregnancy

There are so many differences between the two pregnancies.   First of all – bump is larger.  And way higher up.  With Henry at this point, I had gained 6.5 pounds.  This time around, I’ve gained double that – I’m clocking in 13 pounds higher than pre-pregnancy. 

 

But some things are the same – Week 17 with Henry, I felt “exceptionally lazy” and that’s pretty much how I feel now, too!  And I can feel LO moving around now… I actually have been able to feel her/him for a while, but now, I’m starting to feel legit little kicks.  I hope the Husband can catch one soon!  But just like Henry, this baby quiets down the moment he puts his hand on my belly.

 

The rest of this post is going to be in random bullet point format.  Cool?

 

  1. Everyone asks me if I have “boy or girl” suspicions.  I have no idea.  Like, none.   I do feel slightly terrified to have a girl, though.  I feel like I have baby boys DOWN.
  2. Henry frequently points at his belly button and tells me that he has a baby inside of him.  Hah.  He’s the best.  <3
  3. I am getting REALLY nervous about labor and delivery.  That ish hurts.  I am honestly more nervous the second time around than I was the first.  Knowledge is a bitch.
  4. I am excited to have a winter baby (Henry was a summer baby).  It’s so hot out right now and remember newborn Henry being so miserable in the heat.  I’m going to love wearing and snuggling a baby in the chilly weather!
  5. I am looking forward to going through all of Henry’s old baby clothes and picking out the ones that I want to keep for LO (I just tossed everything in garbage bags).  Memmmmmories.  And speaking of old clothes, it’s been kind of fun to drag out my old maternity clothes and re-wear them.  But I’m looking forward to donating them to charity after this pregnancy is over… Elastic waistbands lose their luster quickly.
  6. We’re brainstorming ideas for Henry’s Big Boy Room.  I can’t wait to decorate it.  Any theme ideas?  Or do I not want to go with a theme for fear of him outgrowing it in two seconds?
  7. Last week, a stranger said congrats on my pregnancy.  It’s always fun to reach the point where you look pregnant enough that strangers feel confident in complimenting you!
  8. Workouts are going well.  I’m managing to do a mix of running, strength training, and swimming.  I also go for walks a lot. 
  9. Our anatomy scan is in ONE WEEK.  Here’s to hoping that we have a healthy, growing baby and that we do NOT accidentally find out the sex.  I don’t want to ruin the birth surprise!

 

If you’re pregnant, too, I’d love an update on how you’re feeling.  Smile

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  • Katie June 22, 2014, 5:42 pm

    I love that you’re pregnant again! I’ve always been a reader, but I became a superfan when we were pregnant at the same time – your posts were so helpful! I just gave birth to my second (a girl!) 11 days ago, and I had the same fears about labor…..I ended up getting an epidural with my first, and during the entire length of my second pregnancy, I kept saying “we need to get to the hospital ASAP when I go into labor….I canNOT give birth without an epidural!” Needless to say, baby had other plans – my water broke, we drove 5 minutes to the hospital, and FOURTEEN minutes later, she was born. NO epidural! It was unreal. The pain is craaaazy but it did go really fast. The nurses I had said I was “famous” for being the big screamer in the mother baby unit lol. She said they all had tears in their eyes and kept saying “THAT’S how it needs to be done!” My husband said he was sure I scared any potential mothers off lol

    Also – I had all of the same issues you did with breastfeeding – and I’m happy to say that (at least for me) it’s SO much easier this time around! Knowing what to expect is a huge help.

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  • Lindsay June 22, 2014, 5:52 pm

    I’m 34w4d and I am feeling tired. Having a toddler and being pregnant is a whole different experience. I’m feeling a little anxious of the unknown as well – what will a home birth be like? Will we have a boy or a girl? If we have a boy -ummm what do I do with a boy??? How is life as as SAHM of two going to be? How is moving with a newborn going to go? (yeah we have to move by the end of August and I’m due the end of July) I have to say though despite the terrible first 18 weeks (same as my pregnancy with my daughter) things are better this time around when it comes to sleeping, eating and most everything else.

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  • Mrs SPB June 22, 2014, 5:59 pm

    Wow time is flying! I’m 30 weeks with Baby no.2 and it all feels so different this time round! I felt bigger a lot quicker this time but definitely fitter from chasing my 18 mth old around. More scared of labour this time too – was shockingly quick but intense last time. Any advice for having a summer baby?my toddler was a winter baby so was always bundled up! What do summer babies wear?!? Xxx

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    • Caitlin June 22, 2014, 6:11 pm

      Henry pretty much lived in a diaper. I feel like I didn’t own pants for him until he was 3 months old LOL

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      • Mrs SPB June 23, 2014, 9:09 am

        Haha thanks for the advice – I have a feeling that Baby no.2 will only be partly dressed for a few months then! I’ve got a couple of plain vests and fabric paint for his/her older brother to decorate to help him feel involved though. Good luck with the scan! Any reason you waited for this one rather than have a 12 week scan too? x x x

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        • Caitlin June 23, 2014, 9:14 am

          We didn’t have an option to do a 12 week scan – my doctor only has you do a 20 weeker unless something is amiss!

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  • Sagan June 22, 2014, 6:21 pm

    YAY YOU! That’s so exciting. You look fantastic.

    And that’s super interesting about the baby bump being higher this time – I wouldn’t have thought there’d be that much difference between pregnancies! The more you know…

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  • Kasodra June 22, 2014, 7:03 pm

    im just about 19 weeks pregnant and two exciting things happened this weekend. My husband and I got to feel her Kick multiple times laying in bed last night! and i was at a restaurant today (standing up) the waitress said “I like your bump!” I had no idea what she was talking about at first. She said it’s so cute and little. Then i got really excited. Everyone at my table said she was brave to comment though lol
    so fun to follow you pregnant again!! : )

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  • Lauren June 22, 2014, 8:14 pm

    You look fantastic lady! And our baby boy does the same thing with his daddy. He would be kicking away in my belly and as soon as his daddy tried to get a feel, he would immediately stop. Luckily, he’s running out of room now so it’s getting hard to hide. :)

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  • Sarah C June 22, 2014, 8:28 pm

    Well, I’m due Dec 5th, so approaching 17 weeks. I’m feeling very good, so much better than last time. Petrified about labor. Truly, knowing is NOT helping. I’m smaller this time around because I’m not sick and eating as much as last time, plus I’ve been able to go to the gym. We are finding out the gender, so it’s about 3 weeks away! Can’t wait!

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  • Nicole @ Broken Road Creative June 22, 2014, 8:34 pm

    I just hit 30 weeks, so I feel like the countdown is officially on! I love comparing my this-pregnancy pictures with first-pregnancy pictures, so I love seeing yours too. I think I started showing a lot sooner but right now, my bump is smaller looking than last time at this stage. I had an epidural with my first but hope to go natural this time, so I’m nervous too. Although, having an idea of what I’m in for makes me feel more confident; I truly didn’t expect the level of pain my first time!

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  • jen June 22, 2014, 8:52 pm

    Pregnant with my 3rd, although had twins 3 1/2 years ago…so second pregnancy. Such a difference! I am so much more relaxed and much more physically active this time around. Also wanted to introduce (re-introduce?) myself, since we have met before…I am best friends with Lee from Miami. I think you were at my house at one time way back when! Thank you for your blog- enjoy reading it!

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    • Caitlin June 22, 2014, 8:55 pm

      BLAST FROM THE PAST! Hey Jen! How are you? Congrats on your twins (!!) and new baby. How’s life? Do you still live in MIA?

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      • jen June 22, 2014, 9:09 pm

        I know! SO funny. Actually in New York (and saw Lee yesterday!), parents still live in MIA though so we go down to visit 1-2x/year. Life is good. Glad to see you’re doing well too…Henry is adorable and it seems like you are enjoying life with him/ the hubby and your professional life is really impressive!

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        • Caitlin June 22, 2014, 9:45 pm

          Man, everyone lives in NY these days. It’s the cool place to be. :) I only have one friend left in Miami but manage to get back a few times a year. I do not miss the weather though!! Thanks for your kind words and stay in touch. I would love to know how your pregnancy progresses. I bet you’ll think one is a breeze compared to twins!!!

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  • Amelia June 22, 2014, 8:52 pm

    Yay! I will be 17 weeks on Tuesday and even though this is our first, I feel like after 12 weeks hit, the time has sped up. As of week 14, I’ve started to feel like my normal self again in regards to workouts and food. Some days I forget I’m pregnant, then I look down and there’s a bump. :)
    I’m definitely enjoying this journey and can’t wait for baby snuggles and givinh birth between holidays! And pumpkin pie ;)

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    • Stacey June 23, 2014, 3:45 pm

      I feel like you’re a good omen :) First of all, your name is on my baby list! 2nd, I’m 9-weeks with our first and feel absolutely horrible. I can’t function, think, eat (but starving at the same time) or barely work out. Everything makes me winded and/or nauseous. I keep reading it will get better, but when will I experience it!? Also, it seems to be taking for.ev.er. I assume this is because we haven’t spread the news yet.
      Thanks for lifting my spirits as I certainly don’t want to be a pregnant debbie-downer full of complaints!

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  • Jessica June 22, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I am 38 weeks pregnant and am getting freaked out about delivery. I knows it going to hurt but I just don’t know how much. I also plan on going med free so I will be feeling every single thing. I actually can’t get an epidural because of some medication I am on for a blood clot I developed around 30/31 weeks. I didn’t want one in the first place but now I can’t (unless I get induced which I am not doing unless I am way overdue) I am super excited to meet this little girl! I feel like a stuffed sausage today so she can come any time now. :)

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  • Megan Infantino June 22, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I’m pregnant with number two too. I’m 31 weeks now and feeling pretty good. I’m up 28 pounds.. not too bad. This pregnancy was VERY different from my first.. especially in the first trimester. I was sick sick sick with number 2 (I actually threw up a lot and didn’t gain an ounce for the whole trimester).. with my first… I didn’t get an ounce of morning sickness. The second and third trimester are similar to my first baby. This time I’m trying to stick with running.. it’s very difficult however. Cant wait to read your updates!

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  • Amanda @ Living on Grace June 22, 2014, 9:13 pm

    i TOTALLY relate to fears about labor the second time. my first labor (without drugs) was long and hard, and going into it i wasn’t nervous AT ALL. but when i was pregnant with baby #2 i was very nervous (i blogged about it here: http://www.thekriegers.org/2013/03/its-called-labor-for-a-reason-and-so-what-if-im-not-jumping-for-joy/)
    the good news is that my second labor was easier. similar, but easier. and easier enough that i’m willing to do it a third time one day in the future :)

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  • Bonnie June 22, 2014, 9:47 pm

    As far as your fears go, I’d recommend meditation. A good mantra, for example: “I’m strong and capable. My body is designed for this and did an excellent job before.” Pain is simply a sensation. Only your mind and judgement makes it good or bad.

    Now, I haven’t been pregnant (yet) but I sometimes wonder if all of the hype (and positions in hospital births) hasn’t poisoned our minds as women that labor is painful no matter what. Just try to keep in mind to breathe and experience the sensation for what it is, without judgement.

    … Maybe when you focus on how it felt when you gave birth to Henry, you’re thinking I sound crazy (haha), but it’s just a thought!

    Love the updates, btw. :)

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    • Tricia June 23, 2014, 12:42 pm

      Lol. This makes me laugh. Labor even medicated is excruciating.

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  • Katie D. June 22, 2014, 9:52 pm

    I’m 38 weeks pregnant and am getting nervous about labor, but mostly about being a MOM and about the impact on my marriage. I have a great marriage, so I can’t help but feeling like I’m messing with a good thing.

    Also – I am very, very excited too but am just going through the anxious phase right now :)

    And I’m looking forward to finding out the sex!

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  • Ingunn June 22, 2014, 10:07 pm

    28 weeks here, getting more and more excited about the upcoming changes in my life! I’m currently struggling with pubic symphysis dysfunction, not sleeping more than four hours a night (guess I’ll have to get used to that anyway), and just found out I have gestational diabetes, but in spite of everything, I love being pregnant and that I finally get to experience this. I could spend hours just watching my belly move. :)

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  • Rebecca June 22, 2014, 10:30 pm

    39 weeks and 6 days……soooo ready to meet my little one!! Glad you’re doing well so far! This is my first pregnancy, but I think it will be interesting to compare how my next one is similar or different…it’s amazing what our bodies do to grow a baby.

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  • Catherine June 22, 2014, 11:43 pm

    Ahhh how can you handle the “boy or girl” suspense? Even if it doesn’t matter, the control freak in me wants to know everything haha. You are so much stronger than I. Maybe I can do that when we go for #3, but I doubt it. :) But there really is no way to tell the sex. Throw all the myths aside. Your belly looked exactly like mine throughout your pregnancy with Henry (ours were 2 days apart), yet I had a girl. Everything was almost identical with my second pregnancy, and I had a boy.

    But you really look gorgeous. Cut yourself some slack (on that inevitable pregnancy laziness), and enjoy!

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  • Kinnereth June 23, 2014, 12:24 am

    Love your blog and I’m finding it so helpful to look back at the BabyHTP posts! I’m 13 weeks (first baby) tomorrow and can’t wait to have a cute bump! I’m still at the stage where I just feel fat and no one can tell I’m pregnant ;) I end up telling strangers just to make myself feel better — hopefully I pop soon.

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  • Runner Girl Eats June 23, 2014, 5:58 am

    I am not sure if I would be able to contain myself enough to wait to find out the sex. I would be going nuts!

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  • Karlee June 23, 2014, 6:45 am

    I’m pregnant with my first, a week behind you. I can’t wait to feel the baby. I feel good, just a little tired!

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  • Susan June 23, 2014, 7:10 am

    You are carrying high.. the old wives tale says girl! This is my first pregnancy and I am carrying super high. I am now 21 weeks and sure enough in the anatomy scan we found out it was a girl! We are so excited, as this has been a LONG time in the making for us.

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  • Reghan June 23, 2014, 7:39 am

    30 weeks and feeling very uncomfortable and tired but other than that pretty great! My son is 2 months younger than Henry and I’m due at end of August with this one :) We are having a girl and I think you are having a girl too!! Definite girl belly ;)

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  • Alex June 23, 2014, 7:56 am

    I am 12 weeks, and excited / scared to start telling people. It’s been nice for my husband and I to have some privacy while we wrap our heads around the idea of being parents, but we are also itching to share.

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    • Lauren June 23, 2014, 8:57 am

      I’m 15 weeks tomorrow with my first baby… your updates (and your past updates when you were pregnant with Henry) have been so helpful as I navigate each week! So thank you. I’m feeling great, totally normal…trying not to think too much about birth so I don’t freak myself out!

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    • Julie June 23, 2014, 3:35 pm

      We waited until 13 weeks before we told a soul. Man, that was hard! I was bad and wanted to wait even more because I was scared, but I was starting to show already. Even now, we still haven’t had the anatomy scan and my second tri blood results aren’t back yet, but even if those things happened there is always something that can go unexpectedly. Just gotta embrace it, I suppose.

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  • Jillian @ Reshape Your Life June 23, 2014, 9:06 am

    I love pregnancy updates!! Glad you are still feeling pretty good!
    I’m 19 weeks now and feeling great. We had our anatomy scan last week and everything looks perfect, and we are Team Green and managed to not find out! Like you I was super nervous the tech would slip or it would get written down and my midwife would slip. But I don’t think the tech even looked. Good luck with your ultrasound!!

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  • Liza June 23, 2014, 9:06 am

    I’m always curious why people wait to find out the sex. It’s a surprise either way – in the room when you find out or when you deliver the baby. I know you feel like it’s more exciting to know during the delivery, but I would want to be as prepared as possible. Just different!

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  • AlisonJ June 23, 2014, 9:51 am

    34 weeks today & feeling great! Just had our birthday class this past weekend, and it made me excited to meet our little guy (but I also am loving being pregnant, so don’t want him to rush to get here =)

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  • Jackie June 23, 2014, 9:59 am

    I’m 38 weeks right now and starting to feel TERRIFIED about the upcoming labor. My first labor was so wonderful – I mean, really, truly wonderful…it should go in a book about natural labor in a hospital setting, ha – that in my mind, there seems to be NO WAY another one will go as well.

    And the whole pain thing… My doctor actually told me a 2nd labor can be harder (pain-wise) because it typically goes faster. So you might not have the gradual progression of contractions. Yeesh!

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  • Stephanie C June 23, 2014, 10:46 am

    Thanks for sharing again this time around. I’m one of the people who requested it! I’m 9 wks tomorrow with our first and I’m constantly exhausted no matter what I do. Two weeks ago I had a scare w a subchorionic hemorrhage and I’m glad that’s over. Also looking forward to the morning sickness aka all day sickness to be gone. It makes it hard to enjoy this part of pregnancy.

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  • Chelsea June 23, 2014, 10:49 am

    My first is about to turn one, and I TOTALLY get what you mean about being more nervous about natural birth the second time around. I’m so glad I was able to give birth without drugs, but that pain BLEW. MY. MIND. Ignorance is bliss :)

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  • Lauren S June 23, 2014, 10:52 am

    You look great! I’m 30 weeks along, with my 2nd and feel soooo much better than I did in my first pregnancy. I really credit hypnobabies. I’m loving all the positive affirmations, and self-hypnosis.

    With my son, I was very bloated at this point. It hurt to stand up. This time around, I look like me with a BIG BUMP. :)

    Just like you, I was afraid of having a girl, after having a boy. I know how to be a mom to my little guy. We have a ton of boy clothes (thanks, grandma!), etc. Well, lo and behold we are having a girl. We traded clothes with a girlfriend who had a girl and is now pregnant with a boy. It is like pink threw up in my house. I am so greatful for her generosity, but I feel compelled to go buy some non-pink clothing. Or at least tell the grandmas about that preference… Ha.

    Oh, and also much less organized this time around. Need to put the crib together, clear the random stuff out of the “guest room”, etc… Better get busy!

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  • Ashley June 23, 2014, 10:58 am

    I’m 31 weeks and feeling great! I’ve been seeing a chiropractor for 4 weeks now due to lower back/groin pain, and it’s been working wonders. I didn’t have anything like that with my daughter, so that’s been an adjustment. Then again I didn’t have a toddler to chase around back then! Glad you’re feeling great and moving so much – I think the lack of exercise these past 22 months is what had me so out of whack this time around. Getting back into it now!

    You look great!

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  • SaraJoan June 23, 2014, 11:00 am

    Gotta comment on the idea that having another boy would be easier because you have one boy already. I felt the exact same way (opposite sex) when I found out our second was also a girl — been there, done that, I got this. Man was I wrong! Totally different personalities, different needs, different likes and dislikes…

    I hope saying this doesn’t give you another thing to worry about. I’ve had four kids now (plan to be done!); with the second I thought, “Why isn’t this working? It worked with the first kid!” With the third and fourth I thought, “Hm, that didn’t work, let’s try something else…” — a lot less stressful and I wish I’d known not to assume what worked with one child would work just the same with the next (and likewise, what hadn’t worked with the first sometimes worked great with a different child). I guess I’m trying to make that gift to you and your readers. :-)

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  • Morgan June 23, 2014, 11:13 am

    I love pregnancy updates! I had my second almost 10 months ago and I found everything to be so much easier the second time around. I had a terrifying precipitous labor with my first (1hr and 52mins from first contraction to baby). My second labor was a manageable 3 hours and the recovery was SO MUCH BETTER. We literally took baby#2 to a picnic for hubby’s work when she was 3 days old.

    Also you made me laugh thinking about donating maternity clothes. I was so happy to get back in my pants at 4 weeks this time, and everything went immediately to goodwill. I sort of missed being pregnant after the first time. This time I knew I was done and I was so happy to get rid of everything and move on.

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  • Julie June 23, 2014, 11:38 am

    Also 17 weeks here, and the anatomy scan is scheduled for this weekend! We’re going to tell the tech that we don’t want to know the sex and hope that’s enough.

    I think I’ve been feeling the kicks, but I keep thinking it’s other stuff — gas, a throbbing vein, muscle twitches… ha ha.

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  • Kaella (KaellaOnTheRun) June 23, 2014, 11:57 am

    I’m not pregnant but just wanted to say you look GORGEOUS!!! I hope you’re feeling good. I agree, I don’t know what I would do if we have a girl next time haha!

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  • Tricia June 23, 2014, 12:27 pm

    I am 8 weeks with my second and feel 100% different. I gained weight early and rapidly with my first, probably due to gestational diabetes. I never had any nausea. This time, I don’t have much of an appetite. I’m really only craving ice water, but I am exceptionally tired. I’ve been walking when I can but I’m out of work for the summer so that should increase to daily later this week. Come on second tri!

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  • Jessi June 23, 2014, 1:13 pm

    Aw, your bump is so cute! I’ve heard it’s totally common to show more with Baby #2. Donating those maternity clothes … so does that mean you think two kiddos will be it for you guys? Four is definitely a great family size :) Future Husband and I both have one sibling.

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    • Caitlin June 23, 2014, 1:40 pm

      I mean, never say never, but I think we’re done after two.

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      • sarah June 24, 2014, 10:53 am

        Same! We’re done after this one. Husband is determined not to have more than 2 so is getting the snip (brave man). X

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  • Brittany June 23, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Congratulations on your little one! I enjoyed following along during your first pregnancy, and now that I’m expecting, I appreciate all of the advice you blogger mamas share! I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant, and I feel like time is passing by SO quickly now! Feeling good minus being exhausted…I can’t remember what it felt like to NOT be exhausted ;)

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  • Lindsay June 23, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I love your blog. I found it not that long ago via Julie at PBfingers. I have a 3 year old son and I’m pregnant with my second (a girl). Like you, my bump is higher up and more rounded this time. I’m thinking you must be having a girl! Unlike you, I’ve gained less this time around but I am actually active this time, whereas last time I just laid on butt for 9 months. I am a Type 1 Diabetic so it was actually easier not to have to factor in exercise when your body is constantly changing (and thus insulin needs constantly changing) but I ended up with pre-eclampsia so this time I’ve switched things up. I’ve only gained 10 lbs this time but last time I gained 30 lbs total (don’t worry, I still look very pregnant, not sure how that number is so small with my giant belly and boobs!). I didn’t have any aches or pains with my first but with my second I definitely do! I’m almost 29 weeks! My son was a winter baby (February) and my daughter is due September 11th (although my doc doesn’t want me to go past 39 weeks so I tell everyone September 4th. :) so this heat is very new! Love your updates and I love looking at your week by week with Henry. Congrats again!

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  • Lori June 23, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Love your pregnancy posts! I’m almost 32 weeks along with my 2nd. It has gone by SO MUCH FASTER this time, thanks to having a toddler. My pregnancies have been pretty much the same, but it’s just physically harder on me this time, also thanks to the toddler. I should go to a chiropractor. My first pregnancy was a piece of cake and I never felt like “ugh, I just want this to be over”. This time, I kind of look forward to it being over just because I hear it’s easier, physically, to have a toddler and newborn than having a toddler while pregnant.
    I, too, am a little scared of labor the 2nd time around. We did The Bradley Method, and I managed a drug free delivery. My labor progressed like a textbook case and, though excruciating at times, it was manageable. I just wonder what are the chances it will go as well a second time. I just keep repeating my positive mantra in my head and hoping for the best.

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    • Valerie June 23, 2014, 5:20 pm

      I am in my 8th week now and feeling really cruddy. just starting to show now. pretty early for that, but this is my 5th kid. love the updates and love the name Henry… want to suggest that to my husband if it’s a boy. anyway, I also would love to know where you got that black and white shirt… it’s really cute.

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      • Caitlin June 23, 2014, 7:21 pm

        Do you mean my leopard shirt? It’s an old maternity shirt… I got it when I was preggers with Henry.

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  • Jessica Ekstrom June 23, 2014, 4:30 pm

    Oh my goodness! I had no idea. Congratulations! Henry is going to make an incredible big brother :)

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  • Lekki Frazier-Wood June 23, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Crazy ‘big boy’ room idea – fruit and vegetables! You can get so many cool posters and wall stickers along that theme. It’s gender neutral, colorful and educational! IKEA have loads of cute stuff – even broccoli shaped rugs. I want to do that when my son is a little older. But maybe I am crazy :-P

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  • Lisa June 23, 2014, 5:35 pm

    You look great! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I have been a long time reader and have really enjoyed your prego updates in the past. I have gone back and re-read them many times for my own knowledge thru my pregnancy.

    I will be 34 weeks tomorrow and we are team green! I’m feeling pretty good but starting to get very tired and sleeping getting a little challenging. I’m hoping to have a natural birth but baby has been in a breech position and I’m afraid he or she is too comfortable there and isn’t going to move. I know I still have time so I’m trying to prepare myself for that.

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  • Jolene @ Homespun Heritage June 23, 2014, 6:50 pm

    My absolute fave room, out of all the rooms I’ve ever done, and girl, I’ve got 7 children so you know I’ve done a few rooms, is the travel themed room! I antiqued a bunch of old maps with coffee and then glued them to one wall and painted the other walls. Funnest room ever and I get tons of compliments on it!

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    • Caitlin June 23, 2014, 7:20 pm

      That’s so cool!

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  • Jennifer June 23, 2014, 9:27 pm

    For the big boy room I wouldn’t go with a character theme. Take it from someone who has been through Thomas, Cars, Super Heroes, Mario Bros…
    My boys are currently 6 and 8 and I’ve finally realized this is a bad idea! I do like the fruits/veggies and travel theme ideas though. They sound cool!

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  • Alyssa June 23, 2014, 9:51 pm

    I’m 27 weeks tomorrow so I guess we are ten weeks apart! It’s my first baby, and I’m feeling good, and now that I read this I’m feeling especially thankful my husband is on board with me getting an epidural! It was touch and go there for a minute. There’s no way I’m surviving that much pain though, even if I’m residing in ignorant bliss right now.

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  • Amanda June 24, 2014, 12:35 am

    So happy for you. :-)

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  • sarah June 24, 2014, 10:51 am

    Congrats!!! I loved following your first pregnancy and am looking fwd to following this one too.

    I’m 19 weeks with #2. Our son is 16 months old. I’m a little intimidated by having 2 under 2 but it’ll be worth it. So far this pregnancy is the same as my first except I feel ired all the time! This time I’m vegan whereas last time I ate anything. My weight gain is the same and my butt and thighs have expanded already! This time is flying by and I don’t obsess over it like with my first. We’re not finding out the sex either :)

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    • Sarah June 24, 2014, 10:56 am

      PS were you at a lower weight when you got pregnant with this one than with Henry? I was at a lower starting weight with this one than with my son and have gained more at this point that I did first time round so I’m thinking that may have something to do with it? X

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      • Caitlin June 24, 2014, 11:04 am

        Nope same exact starting point!

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  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork June 24, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Wow! So different! Did your midwife/OB say if you’re carrying differently because you’ve been pregnant before or is it just a random thing? Do you attribute it to anything you can think of?

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    • Caitlin June 24, 2014, 1:52 pm

      I think its somehow related to muscle tone? Not sure.

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  • Kathy June 24, 2014, 4:01 pm

    Hi,
    I am also 17 weeks (and 2 days) with my first baby and haven’t felt any movement yet…I am so excited to feel him or her! Congrats again and reading your post makes me think i should feel something any day now!!!

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    • Caitlin June 24, 2014, 4:02 pm

      I think with first time moms it usually takes a bit longer – so maybe soon, but don’t be worry if its not for a few weeks!

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  • Steph June 24, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Hey Caitlin! I’m you due date twin. I turned 17 weeks preg on Sunday! I’ve been feeling really good lately…just get tired and want to hit the hay every night around 9pm. I’ve been keeping up with strength training and some HIIT workouts and think I’ll start hitting the pool soon. My only issue is low BP with this pregnancy and I get out of breath really quickly! This makes running a bit challenging/frustrating! Otherwise, I’m good to go. We aren’t finding out the gender with this one either, by the way! :)

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  • Janine June 25, 2014, 12:00 am

    So, I’m not pregnant (though actively trying- heyo!) and usually not a commenter but I have to say such a big congrats and let you know that I have absolutely LOVED hearing about your journey with Henry and now this new little peanut. Hubs and I have a 17 month old son and your (and Emily’s!) blog has been huge in my own journey. I really connect with your writing and appreciate the humor and honesty! Thanks so much for sharing your life with my son Baker and I.

    Janine

    Janine

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  • Jackie June 25, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Congrats! I just had #2 a few days ago. I was nervous about birth the second time too. It’s hard when you know what to expect! My first birth was rough. Back labor, failed epidural that didn’t block the pain, just made me unable to move, three hours of pushing after being up all night (seriously, can we all get a badge of honor for that??)

    Second labor was unbelievable in how much easier it was. I went into labor after getting some sleep, which made a huge difference, only 7 hours, no epidural (the very end was more painful than with one admittedly), and he was out in a grand total of four pushes. I freaked out right before I started pushing that I wouldn’t be able to do it. But baby boy came out before the doctor was even in the room! (Granted, he was a month premature and 2.5 lbs smaller than my first. But still – it’s a person coming out of you.)

    So I totally get your fears!! What really helped me was evaluating my first labor and making changes. I thought about how I got scared and overwhelmed in my first, and told DH things he could say and do to keep me “on top” of the pain, instead of letting it overwhelm me. It made a world of difference!

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  • carrie June 25, 2014, 2:45 pm

    I think a theme is fun – perhaps keep the paint color something you love enough to have around a long time since painting is kind of a pain. My little guy is 2 in August and I plan on doing a British thing – Union Jack pillow – some fun prints of classic UK things – red phone booth, double decker bus. Might be a fun thing since your husband is British. And likely to not be outgrown anytime soon!

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