by christine victoria alexander

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


A couple of weeks ago I said goodbye to my first trimester. I am not sad to see it go. My energy is coming back, my nausea is manageable, and I'm no longer sleeping with my eyes open while I take care of the girls. 😴 Things are looking up! 

A little update on baby and me...

BABY: Baby is the size of an orange this week! I haven't felt any kicks yet, but I didn't with the other girls until closer to 20 weeks. My placenta has been anterior with all my babies which means it's on the front of my belly so I don't feel all the wiggles quite as early. Baby had his/her first checkup and is measuring right on track for our guess date at the end of January! Both my ultrasound technician and midwife said the baby is not shy and commented on how easy it was for them to find the heartbeat because baby wasn't moving out of the way or hiding. At our ultrasound baby had his/her feet up, legs crossed, just relaxing and looking so chill. I feel like we are already getting a little glimpse of a personality and it makes my heart flutter. I am so excited to meet this little baby! 

We go in about 3 weeks to find out the gender. I CANNOT WAIT! I was feeling boy at the ultrasound but then my midwife guessed girl based on the heartbeat so now I'm thinking girl?! Eek I just can't wait to know and start envisioning our life with this little one! 

ME: The bump is showing sooner this time around! I've heard people say that but didn't really feel it with my first 3. I guess 4th time's the charm for me. It shows up more or less depending on what I wear and what time of day it is. I haven't pulled out my maternity bin yet (it's all jeans and tights which sound horrible in this heat) but I've started shopping for a few pieces to get me through the rest of the summer. I want to put together a little fall/winter maternity capsule next month! 

I'm in an awkward squishy chubby phase of bump and it's not really my favorite. That said, this squishy chubby bump is a daily reminder to the girls that we have a baby on the way. They see me and say, "Mommy, I am just so excited for our baby to come out!" and "Mommy, I just can't wait to meet our baby!" and I love that so much

I haven't been craving anything consistently. Eating lots of wraps, salads, sandwiches, muesli, and heaps of fruit. 

My creativity always kicks up a notch when I'm pregnant. I have lots of hobbies but something usually just pops out at me and I'll get caught up in it until the baby comes. With Olive I painted for a couple hours every day. With Rosie I got into coloring books, but I don't remember much after that because we moved and unpacking and moving in sort of took up most of my time. With Madeline I got into sewing and then tried my hand at making clay rainbows. With this baby being my first winter baby I've gotten completely caught up in knitting again (I haven't knit in years)! 👵 I'll share some of my projects later!

It's 9:30 and I'm exhausted! Headed to bed! Thanks for all the love you have shown me and this baby already! Big hugs! xx


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