Although I’m technically 21 weeks pregnant now, I managed to snap these photos of Lyra and I last week when I was still 20 weeks. I’ve had these photos in my mind since I first found out I was pregnant and I’m really happy with how they turned out in the end. My babies. One growing inside of me for the past 20 weeks and one who has been earth side with us for 20 months now. Looking at these photos make me feel so incredibly lucky for all of the love in my life. My children. I can’t wait until I can say that more often.
I’m halfway through this pregnancy already and now time is finally starting to speed by. The first trimester (and a few weeks into the second) I really struggled this time. I constantly felt nauseous and exhausted and to be honest it was just such a surprise to me since I sailed through my pregnancy with Lyra barely even feeling pregnant most of the time. I’m feeling much more like myself now and despite a few other aches and pains that have arisen I’m enjoying this stage. This little one is much more active already than Lyra ever was in there and I’d forgotten how much I loved all of those little kicks and nudges. Especially when they first start and can’t be felt from the outside, they feel like my own little secret.
Our 20 week scan was last week and it was so exciting to see baby on the screen. At the 12 week scan they wouldn’t stay still so we didn’t really get to see much but that just made our 20 week one all the more special. Lyra came in with us as it was at 8am and we didn’t have anyone to watch her but she was so well behaved and actually quite excited when she first saw the baby on the screen. Her interest did wane though understandably and so Matt went out into the waiting room with her for the last five minutes whilst they finished off getting baby’s measurements. Everything is looking good with the little one and as I’ve already talked about we chose not to find out the sex. To be honest, I didn’t even think of asking whilst we were in there, I was too wrapped up in watching baby wiggle around.
Although I am feeling much better these days I have been suffering with arthritis which, despite getting better during my pregnancy with Lyra, flared up at the beginning of the second trimester this time round. I won’t go into it too much here because I think the condition and my feelings surrounding it could fill their own post but basically I’ve suffered with psoriatic arthritis for about ten years although most of the time it’s pretty manageable.
All in all though I can’t really complain. I would go through everything and more to get to experience this pregnancy and I am already so in love with this little baby. My second child. I really do love saying that.