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25 Week Update

Today marks pregnancy week 25 with my 3rd biological child, 4th child, and 4th pregnancy.  Clear as mud right?  In a nutshell, I currently have 2 children with my husband, 1 stepdaughter, and 1 on the way.  2+1+1=4.  I’ve been pregnant 3 times before now, with two successful pregnancies and births.  3-1=2.  Get it now?  I will get in to the full story of the unsuccessful pregnancy in another post, but for now, let’s talk about happier things.

25 weeks
As you can see in the picture above, I am currently a giant pregnant lady.  Or, at least I feel like a giant pregnant lady.  When I had my first baby, I feel like I did not show until around 22 weeks.  I was cute and fit and worked out until the day I delivered her (which was 10 days early).  Then, I got pregnant with my second baby 10 months later (there was a miscarriage in between the two).  I noticed that  I started to show a little earlier…probably at about 16 weeks.  The motivation in my head to work out was there, but my body and heart were not in it.  Balancing a child, an infant, a full time job, a husband, a house, etc. was not very conducive to then getting off my ass to workout.  I had lost all of my baby weight from the first baby, so I wasn’t too stressed about it, and as I always say, I’d rather be happy than perfect.

The second baby was different.  I was measuring normal and felt great until about 30 weeks.  That’s when I knew for sure that this baby was going to be early.  My hips hurt, my back hurt, I had these weird shooting pains in my groin.  It felt like things were already moving in the direction of an early delivery, and I was totally fine with that!  Well, I was wrong.  My water broke on my due date (I felt like I was 2 weeks overdue!), and my beautiful baby boy was born 13 hours later at 9.6 lbs and 22 inches.  I am a freaking pregnancy warrior though because I only had to push for 7 minutes and only needed 1 stitch!  ROCK STAR.

Now I am 25 weeks pregnant with baby number 3, child number 4.  I AM HUGE!  I think I started showing the day we conceived.  It’s nuts. Of course all of my friends tell me that I’m so cute and I don’t look that big….and my husband is still trying to have sex with me twice a day (he is successful most of the time because he’s pretty irresistible), but I have proof that I am giant.  At my 24 week appointment, I was measuring 29 centimeters.  My stomach is 5 centimeters bigger than what it should be.  See?  Scientific proof that it’s not all in my head!  Yes, I’ve only gained about (gulp) 12 lbs thus far, and I think it’s all in my belly, but my belly is huge.

I feel like since I started showing earlier (not really the day I conceived, but more like 14 weeks), people are going to think this is the longest pregnancy in the history of all pregnancies!  When people ask me when I’m due, I sometimes want to lie and shave off a month because I’m embarrassed to tell them that i still have three and a half months to go!

Besides measuring big, I am feeling great!  I am feeling lots of baby movement, and my hubby and daughters have been able to feel it, too!  The only annoying things that are starting to happen are a little insomnia and heartburn at night, but I just go with the flow and do what I can.  We’re excited to meet this little guy in a few months!  Adding another boy to the family is going to be fun!  We’ll have two boys and two girls!  I’m slightly worried as I imagine there will be a lot of wrestling matches between the two boys who will be about 21 months apart, but who needs nice things anyway?

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