And it's an indeniable fact. I took pictures each week of my growing belly with Staley, and I'm doing the same with Peanut. Comparatively, my Peanut belly now looks like my Staley belly at about 36-38 weeks. The other day, I was telling Zach that I feel like I'm as big now as I was right before I had Staley. My ever-thoughtful, reassuring husband informed me, "You just don't remember correctly. Right before you had Staley, you were HUGE! I mean, you're big now, but you were HUGE!!" Ummmm...thanks?
Me and Peanut...living large at 29 weeks
Along with my big-ness (and maybe related to my big-ness), there are several other differences I am noticing with this pregnancy. I definitely have a few more pregnancy related aches and pains, which I never really had with Staley. I have more difficulty getting comfortable for sleep, more back pain (although part of that might also be due to carrying around a 2 year old), and more numbness (primarily my right foot falling asleep frequently and some numbness in my upper back periodically.) Peanut is also definitely a mover and a kicker. Staley moved around quite a bit, and I never quantified it so I can't really compare, but I feel like Peanut moves around A LOT. And not just dainty kicks and shrugs. I think he/she is having a gymnastics competition in there. I love all the movement, the reassurance all those somersaults and cartwheels provide, but with all that movement, sometimes I wonder...maybe it is twins???
Staley thinks so. Whenever anyone asks her if she thinks she's going to have a brother or a sister, she generally answers, "I will have two babies. One brother and one sister." Of course, if my 2 year old knows more than my OB about the number of babies I'm having, I think I'm going to need to find a new doctor. On the other hand, I may feel more justified about my belly size. Because it's definitely big. Apparently not yet HUGE, but definitely big.