It is so hard to believe but I am currently well into my third trimester. I forgot to post my second trimester update earlier, but thought better late than never! I figure I will really want to look back on these some day.
The second trimester flew by to say the least! The second trimester has also been my favorite so far, for many reasons. I started feeling really good, my belly starting showing, we discovered the baby's gender, had a 20 week ultrasound, and I started feeling the baby move and kick constantly. Everything started to feel much more real and I realized that our lives would be forever changed (for the better), very soon.
One of the most exciting times during this trimester was the 20 week ultrasound. The last time we had seen the baby was at 8 weeks to confirm the pregnancy and the baby was so so tiny and looked like a teddy graham! This time around, the baby was so big! We could see him moving all around constantly! I was in awe just watching him- although I did not know his gender at the time. We even to see 3D pictures of him where I could start to see similarities in his face in comparison to my face and Tyler's face. It was magical. We asked the doctor to keep the gender a surprise and had a gender reveal party that weekend with our families and friends. It was the best time ever and so so exciting. We had our dog Oakley, be a big part of the reveal. He ran down the stairs with a blue balloon and bandana on to tell us that we were having a boy! Tyler was overjoyed with excitement because he had convinced himself that the baby would be a girl. I started feeling a strong sense that our baby was a boy, but I was still very pleasantly surprised. We began deciding on names that very night! We already had his first name, but needed to find just the right middle name.
Shortly after, around week 22 I started feeling him! FINALLY! I had been waiting for that moment to happen and was so excited when it did. Tyler was able to feel him move within the same week and it was such an amazing experience for the both of us. Each time I would feel him kick would feel like something new and exciting because it was just so surreal to me. Now, I feel him all the time when I am relaxing and he even responds when we talk to him or I rub my hand over my belly to see where he is. It's truly a miracle and I feel like we can already see a little bit of his personality. Around this same time I started noticing big differences in our dog Oakley as well. He certainly knows something is going on. In fact, he will lay on my lap next to my belly and I am just convinced that he can hear him. Oakley will also now sleep at my feet or up close to me every night and I like to think he is doing this to protect both me and his future brother, but maybe he is just feeling clingy. He is a sweet dog and I cannot wait to see him with his baby brother.
I still can't get over the feeling of happiness this pregnancy and baby has brought me. Yes, there are hard days where I am emotional (I once cried at dinner because they brought me the wrong meal!!), where my back and stomach are so sore, or where I have heartburn and feel so out of breath. But, there is an overwhelming sense of joy when I start to think about our baby and how life is going to be different and just how lucky we are. I have a huge sense of gratefulness towards both of our parents and all of the parents out there for everything they do and have done. As we move through this next trimester I am going to try my best to keep enjoying the pregnancy and get as much done on my pre baby to-do list as possible! If you have made it this far in the post, thank you for reading!!