July 24, 2016

Bumpin' | 13 Weeks

In the very last hours of Sunday, May 15, those beautiful two pink lines told us we had another little Witt wonder on the way! After a long drive returning from our friends' wedding in Michigan, I decided on a whim to take a pregnancy test. We had just gotten Eloise to bed, unloaded luggage, and Brad was upstairs cleaning the litter boxes and refilling food dishes for hungry felines. Glamorous, I know. 

I had not been experiencing any pregnancy symptoms, so I was hopeful but not expecting big news. My heart raced as I set the first test, immediately and very boldly positive, aside and reached for another. For so many months I had taken test after test that turned up negative. I had spent too many mornings squinting at strips, trying to convince myself there was a faint second line there. When it, too, came up quickly positive, I scooped up both tests and bolted upstairs. 

In our dimly lit storage room as Brad was mid-poop scoop, I ran into his arms, beaming. He seemed initially annoyed I was interrupting the final chore standing between him and sleep, until I showed him what I had in my hand. There were happy tears shed as Oliver and Lola purred at our feet. In hindsight, I have to laugh at how I told him compared to how I told Brad the first time. I suppose it is just the beginning of the first born receiving special treatment because everything was brand new! 

The entire first trimester was a whirlwind of weddings, vacations (more to come on our trips to Disney and Italy), and a lot of nausea and naps. Getting around to starting bump pictures was honestly a dark cloud hovering overhead. By the end of my first pregnancy I absolutely dreaded taking and designing them. But, with that being said, I am beyond thankful I documented my growing bump so thoroughly. It is crazy how quickly you forget what it feels like to carry your little one around for nine months. I know I'll be glad to have these memories, so here we go, starting with 13 weeks. Better late than never, right?

How far along? 13 weeks
How big is baby? Jalepeno pepper, about 3 inches
Milestones? Baby already has tiny fingerprints and fingernails
Maternity clothes? I just brought the box down this week! Best decision ever. I am much more comfortable. 
Sleep? So. Much. Sleep. I'm usually zonked out on the couch by 8 pm every night, and I've been sleeping so hard that my dreams have been crazy and very vivid. 
Symptoms? Awful morning sickness and fatigue
Food cravings? Pickles! Also in earlier weeks, french onion chip dip and watermelon
Food aversions? Nothing specific, but I opened the pantry one morning and the combination of odd smells made me immediately throw up in the kitchen sink. The nausea of this pregnancy has been a totally new experience compared to my first pregnancy. 
Gender? Brad and I both think it's a girl. I have always pictured him with a gaggle of Witt girlies. Because my pregnancies have been so different, nearly everyone else thinks it's a boy, but we are not convinced.
Labor signs? Obviously, no
Belly button in or out? In. My belly button actually never popped out with Eloise. 
What I miss? A nice, big deli meat sandwich
What am I looking forward to? The second trimester energy burst, and finding out the baby's gender at the beginning of August. Also cooler temperatures and all things fall just around the corner.
Best moment this week? We took Eloise to her first big girl movie in the theater. We saw Finding Dory, and she was happy, quiet, and focused through the entire thing (probably partly thanks to the steady stream of popcorn we supplied)! She even laughed at appropriate times and shouted "MO!" ("Nemo" in Eloise language) when Nemo came on screen. We loved every minute of it. 

And just for kicks, the entire series of bump pictures with Eloise! Have a happy week, everyone.

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