16 weeks

Here I am at 16 weeks! Where in the world is time going!? Life with a busy toddler is making the hours of the day fly by at lightning speed and I seriously can't believe we'll be finding out the gender of our baby in a couple weeks. We're getting so excited.

Biggest craving right now:

Hmmm.... that's hard. This week I haven't noticed anything too strong or apparent. There was a day this last week I had told my sister in-law about my favorite cheese from Trader Joe's and I COULDN'T get my mind off of it until I had it in my shopping cart two days later. (If you have never tried the "Unexpected Cheddar" cheese from Trader Joe's... and it's the Trader Joe's brand... you need to get it ASAP! Life changing!!!) But for the most part, I've just been enjoying a little bit of everything and I'm SO excited for fresh peaches to start pouring off the shelves at the grocery store. It's my favorite time of year!

Baby is the size of:

An avocado. 3.5 oz and 4.61 inches. I love that the baby can listen to my voice- its bones are forming in his/her ears... there's something really special when I know they can finally hear me. I may be odd, but singing to my baby and talking to it is something I have already started doing, and it's something I loved doing with Ellie. I feel like it helps in my bonding process. Such a fun stage!

Weight gain:

2 pounds and growing. With how my appetite has been lately, I'm sure there's going to be a big growth phase coming here soon! ;)

Funny pregnancy moments:

I've been waking up once again to pee in the middle of the night, and I swear my bladder is the size of an almond with how many times I seem to be visiting the bathroom each day. I have to be careful, because when I get laughing really hard... well, you can imagine what comes next. Yesterday we were at the store and walked past an aisle where there was a man crouching down who let out the slowest, funniest fart I've heard in a long time. Ellie looked at me, covered her mouth, and started laughing her really loud fake laugh as her eyes were all scrunched up. Pointing at him she squealed, "Mama, he TOOT!" I was belly laughing so hard while trying to keep quiet and not be obvious about it because of how embarrassed I was with this whole situation... but I'm pretty sure I partially peed my pants in the process. When a toddler has something to say, there's nothing you can do to stop it. All I know is we ran away as fast as we could and never looked back. That poor man. 

How I'm feeling now:

I don't know it's just because I know what to expect more this time around, but I feel stronger than ever: physically, mentally, and emotionally. With Ellie, this is when I started to have a lot of mental insecurities... I had no idea what life was going to be like with a baby, I had no idea if my body would get back to how it was before, I had no idea what to expect as my body changed each week... and mentally I started breaking down. It can be hard with the first, because everything is brand new. I can honestly say although there are still difficult things about it, I am embracing and loving each stage right now and feeling as strong as I've ever felt. I know that nutrition and exercise has been a big part of that for me too.

My bump is starting to grow slowly. My belly button has already flipped inside out, and I'm starting to feel more winded when I'm doing cardio etc. But overall, feeling amazing! 


Still predicting a girl. So excited that we'll be finding out the gender in a couple weeks. I can't believe it! It's kind of killing me!

Welcoming 16 weeks with enthusiasm and energy!