26 weeks

Amelia took this photo for me last week

How far along: 26 Weeks - just two more weeks until I'm in my third trimester

Current size: eggplant

Due Date: February 7, 2016    

Symptoms: morning sickness, exhaustion and braxton hicks contractions

Gender: A precious baby girl

Names: Cecilia Kateri

Movement: I continue to be amazed by the amount of movement and how strong baby girl is. I just love to sit and watch her go crazy. I was editing photos the other night and she kicked so hard my computer (which was sitting on the baby bump I use as a desk) slid a little off to the side. 

Clothes: maternity jeans, maternity tops and regular leggings

Sleep: My sleep sucks. I toss and turn all night and wake up just as sleepy as when I went to bed. At least when you're up all night with a newborn you have a cute baby to snuggle... that's a better reason for being tired than just simply being unable to get comfortable. 

Cravings/Aversions: ice water. although that is a craving I have every day even when I'm not pregnant. I just can't get enough water. 

What are you doing to prepare: Not much. We are moving the first part of December so I'm mostly concerned with getting us packed up. I am still on the hunt for the perfect fabric for Cecilia's nursery and once I find that I will go pick out some paint. 

Mood: I've been so tired that I'm sure I'm not always pleasant :) 

Looking forward to: getting settled into our new place and decorating the girls' rooms. I also really just love this time of year. This pregnancy is kind of flying by now that Amelia is in school. I can't believe that we're far enough along to have doctor's appointments every two weeks now. Crazy! I'm just going to enjoy this time as best as I can. Plus I have some fun things lined up for Amelia and I to do before we become a family of four. 

26 week thoughts: I was talking with my aunt last week and she asked what colors we planned to paint inside of the house we are moving into. I said "well I think we will paint the girls' rooms..." and she pointed out how incredibly weird it sounded that I was saying "girls". I get that! It's still a little strange to me that in a little over 3 months we will have kids. Not just one. Amelia will finally have a sibling!!! It's a strange yet completely wonderful feeling. Something I've wanted for so long. 

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