14 weeks | Baby #4

Friday, March 21, 2014

How far along: 14 weeks. [14w with Miri, 14w with Ezra, 14w with Isaac

How big is baby: Baby is just over 3 1/2 inches and comparable to a lemon. Can we talk about how I want to call this baby Baby Surprise, but all I can think about is the pottying doll? Hah!

Weight gain/loss: At 5'4" I began my pregnancy with Isaac at 137.5lbs and both Ezra and Miri at 141. Unfortunately while I gained my least amount throughout Miri's pregnancy and felt amazing, I only lost 5 lbs after she was born. Five pounds. Meaning I held onto 17 of those bad boys throughout the majority of 2013. The day that I found out I was pregnant was my first day of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. See 2014 was a self proclaimed year that I found myself again, including establishing a healthy balance in my life and finding time to workout again. I continued on with the challenge, because I was already following the nursing or pregnant guidelines and ended up losing 6 pounds, leaving me at 11 lbs higher than my starting point with Ezra and Miri. This is my 5th pregnancy, my 4th baby in 5 years and my 2nd baby pregnancy in two years. I am well aware that my previous expectations will be wildly off base and I have no idea what to expect this time! That said, I'm happy to say that I didn't gain throughout first tri and am still sitting at 0. I am not actively trying to lose weight, but given that I am still holding onto some weight from Miri's pregnancy, both my midwife and I are totally fine with my maintaining for awhile. 

Stretch marks: Miraculously none.

Sleep: Other than having an 11 month old that doesn't sleep through the night and is cutting her first teeth, I can't complain. That's what you get with babies so close!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I'm still trying to eat paleo, but I just haven't been able to get as strict as I have previously. I have no issue eating gluten free, but the cheeeeeese! I just can't seem to give it up anymore, especially because I have deemed goat cheese and aged cheddar "okay," but then, before I know it, I'm branching out to pepper jack and I'm screwed. Aside from that, still have a hummus aversion and I can't get enough meat.

Movement: None. I can't believe I thought I might be feeling flutters at 15w with Miri! Hopefully soon.

What I'm loving: I'm loving how adorable Ezra is towards the "new baby." He constantly asks to say "Hi" to my belly and give kisses. Additionally, I forgot to share in my previous post how around the week of Christmas, when this baby was conceived, Isaac told me that he was praying for a baby sister. I laughingly told him that it would indeed have to be God's plan for that to happen, but didn't want to discourage his praying (it was and still is the only thing he has told us that he has prayed for on his own). When we told him that I was pregnant, the absolute pure joy on his face, is something that I want to bottle up and treasure forever. Of course he is absolutely certain that the baby is a baby sister and has already named her Olivia.

Symptoms: Well, I had a pretty typical first tri: constant nausea, absolute exhaustion, extreme irritability. I'm so glad to put it past me! I have to say that in analyzing my own symptoms, that I am leaning towards another girl. I had a migraine, which I only did with Miri. I had a sweet taste, which I only did with Miri, as I instead had the metallic taste with at least one of the boys. I have an apathy towards hummus, which only happened with Miri. The boy symptoms though are that my face is not clear, at all, and I had the best complexion with Miri (which could be to the fact that I can't seem to cut the dairy out though) and that I still love meat!

What I'm looking forward to: The snow melting. For good.

Best moment of the week: Almost a week ago, but on Sunday, Tony and I painted the rest of the main level! 


Erin said...

So fun and so cute!

A surprise meaning you didn't intend for it or a surprise meaning you won't find out the gender this time?

Excited for you guys!! Four!!! :)

leah @maritalbless said...

Oh Erin, we will definitely be finding out! Surprise as in not our intention. :)

Anonymous said...

Miri looks so big in that last photo! Excited to see another pregnancy documented here. :)

Meredith said...


Also, LOVE your belt.

Lindsay said...

I love your belt too! Oh, & purely out of curiosity...were you still nursing Miri when you got pregnant?

Roksalanna said...

So sweet to read how Isaac was praying for a sister. Just for fun what about Baby Gift as Baby Number 4's "name". I know every child is a gift but just that this little baby is like a gift to your family, a lovely surprise gift!

Gina Horkey said...

You're making me want to have another baby;-) Who did you order your cleanse through? Someone knowledgeable re: the nursing guidelines?

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