Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Baby saigh #2 pregnancy: Weeks 20 & 21.

Another couple weeks that have sort of just blended together. Linna and I have been keeping busy in Minnesota, visiting with family and friends, participating in dance, Chinese, swimming, and sports camps/classes, while driving back and forth between Hopkins and Mankato (my parents and my in-laws' homes). Although I love being back in Minnesota, I'm finding it really difficult to live out of a suitcase in houses that aren't my own... especially when I'm pregnant. I've been pretty emotional this past week, find myself missing Papa Saigh, and desperately needing my own space (yes, I feel fortunate to have two loving families that allow us to stay in their homes). It will be tough to leave Minnesota on August 19th, but at this point I'm excited to get back into my own house. Trying to figure out how we're going to get all of our baby gear, etc., back to Singapore will be a job in itself. It stresses me out just thinking about traveling again.

20 weeks pregnant with Baby Saigh #2, wearing a
maxi dress from Stitch Fix.

Baby Saigh #2 has been moving around a lot more lately, and I'm feeling pretty good. I've felt some pretty strong jabs and punches here and there, which makes getting comfortable at night a little tricky. I've been dealing with some acid reflux issues every afternoon, but Ranitidine really helps keep it under control. I'm always wanting to nap around 3pm, but I just bust through the tiredness and go to bed early around 9pm every night. I left my maternity pillow in Singapore, so I have to prop my body in a nest of pillows in order to fall asleep. I've also been waking up randomly in the wee hours of the night, but slowly fall back asleep. I sleep with the 3-year-old at both my parents and my in-laws, which I love, but my growing belly makes this a bit difficult at times.

I had an interesting (worrying) experience this week while hanging out with some friends at the pool. One of my friends has a 14-month-old little boy named Jake, and every time I went to pick him up, or play with him in the pool, Linna was ALL over me. I think we're going to have some issues dealing with a jealous little girl when Baby Saigh #2 makes his or her entrance. She is still so wonderful about telling everyone that she's going to be a big sister, hugging my belly and talking to the baby, but when I give my attention to another kiddo... Woof! I've also noticed some "only child" tendencies in Linna lately. While she is a super sweet girl and has loads of experience sharing and playing with her classmates at school, she's been very territorial about her belongings. It's like we've reverted back to having a 1 1/2-year-old who has no idea how to share. I'm thankful, however, that these behaviors are showcasing NOW instead of when the baby arrives, so we have time to work with Linna on these glorious outbursts. They always keep us on our toes, don't they?!

21 weeks pregnant with Baby Saigh #2, wearing a pair of maternity jeans and
tank top from Stitch Fix. The sweater is from my pregnancy with Linna.

This past month, I've been trying to be a little more active. I try to walk every day, and do some lunges here and there. This past weekend, I did a lot of walking during the Hopkins Raspberry Festival, as well as walking Linna to and from her sports camp. I wouldn't consider my lifestyle to be super active, so all the walking and chasing Linna around caused me to do something to my right leg. It's like I pulled my hip and crotch-bone ligaments, because I've been limping around the last couple days. One day, I literally had to drag my "lame" leg up the stairs. My mom said that the pain could be from the baby sitting on something, but Papa Saigh told me to give it a couple days to see if it started to feel better. Wouldn't ya know, it has (you're so smart, Papa Saigh)! While my old joints are feeling better, I am starting to struggle to bend over and/or squat down to pick things up, as my belly is already so big. Baby Saigh #2 is the size of a carrot and weighs almost a pound now at 21 weeks! I can't believe we'll have a newborn again in about 4 months. So exciting!

21 weeks pregnant with Baby Saigh #2, and not at all interested in doing my hair
and make-up. Another new top from Stitch Fix! Loving the color, fit, style... AND
the fact that I can do my maternity clothes shopping (with help from a stylist) from home.


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