21 Weeks Pregnant with Baby #2!

How far along? 21 weeks 1 day!
Total weight gain: 16lbs! Weighed in at 131lbs this morning.
Maternity clothes? All the time. Though the cardigan & top I'm wearing in these photos are not maternity!
Stretch marks? I actually have a funny/embarrassing story about stretch marks. So last week the itchy belly I was experiencing made me quite paranoid about developing new stretch marks and when I went looking for signs of them, I discovered some faint purple/blue-ish coloured ones on both sides of my belly. There seemed to be two on each side and were pretty symmetrical. Of course I was quite upset about it, just because I knew this was how they usually appear - first blue, then red-ish pink and then eventually they fade to white. Anyway, I went on a girls' weekend to a hotel with my two friends and while taking a shower I noticed that these "stretch marks" were actually running all the way up my body - right up my belly and onto my boobs!! I then realised that they were not stretch marks at all...they were veins! I felt so stupid...ha ha ha! Visible blue/purple veins are a pregnancy symptom, I think it's because of the increase in blood volume when you are pregnant however I didn't get that last time so I wasn't expecting it! 
Sleep: I was thinking about this recently...and have realised just how lucky I've been with sleeping comfortably this pregnancy. This is actually surprising given how soon I popped out this time! But I haven't even had to use any pregnancy/extra pillows yet and I know I was definitely using them by now in my first pregnancy. Right now I feel like I can sleep any position I want, even on my belly sometimes (though usually on my side is the most comfortable)!
Best moment this week: Spending a relaxing weekend at a hotel with my two other mommy friends...it was a welcome & long-awaited break!
Miss anything? Not really.
Movement: Yes! I'm still waiting for those big strong kicks but the flutters & little mini flips are definitely there.
Food cravings: No, those seem to have gone away.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope - still off coffee for the most part though!
Gender: BOY!
Labour signs: No.
Symptoms: My symptoms are really the same as last week's...a little heartburn, some hormonal acne, itchy belly, oh and now visible veins!!  
Belly button in or out? In!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Planning the nursery, shopping for boy clothes...lots of exciting things to come :)


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