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Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 27 weeks, 1 day Size of baby: size of a cauliflower, weighing about 2lbs now! Total Weight Gain/Loss: + 19lbs. Had a big weight jump around 23-25 weeks, which is when I really felt like my belly finally "popped!" This also coincided with Thanksgiving (no coincidence there I'm sure!) let's just hope I can make it through Christmas okay... ;) Maternity Clothes: Definitely living in maternity pants and leggings. I have to say, I love being pregnant in the winter! (Even though, with a high of 70, Florida is far from what you would consider a normal "winter!") There is so much more diversity with sweaters and loose fitting tops with leggings. Things that I found excruciatingly hot when I was pregnant with Micah last summer, I am loving today! Gender: Based on the multiple ultrasounds we've had... it is pretty certain there is a sweet little girl in there! Movement: She is moving all the time now! She is even moving as I type this right now. :) It is amazing to watch her move on the outside of my belly too! And based on all of the kicks, rolls and punches I feel, she is just getting stronger and stronger! Sleep: I'm having a tad bit of acid reflux if I lay completely flat, so elevating my head a little has helped ease it. Nothing so far like I experienced with Micah though, so for that I am grateful! I also am having very strange pregnancy dreams. Two nights ago I gave birth to a 20lb baby and last night I went into labor and my husband was nowhere to be found and not answering his phone when I tried to call him! Nightmares, I tell ya. Cravings: I definitely have a sweet tooth this pregnancy! I mean, I'm always one to enjoy some candy or pie every now and then, but this is like an insatiable desire for sweets that I can never satisfy. I do limit myself though, and have tried to replace it with sweet things like fruit and smoothies. It's funny, because with Micah it was sour things. I had a HUGE lemon craving. Maybe a gender thing? Symptoms: This question gets weirder as I get farther along... what ISN'T a symptom of pregnancy right now? I'm having some pelvic pressure already, but that's about the only thing I can think of that might be interesting to note. Best Moment this week: Hearing Hannah's strong heartbeat at the doctor's office. 147bpm and active! :)

//previous updates on baby Hannah: 21 weeks 18 weeks 14 weeks

// read what was going on when I was pregnant with Micah around this week.

 

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i got a little inspired with my christmas tree lighting... sorry for the hazy pics! 

This pregnancy has been flying by! It could be that it's my second and most people forewarned me that this would happen. But I think the time of the year also has a little something to do with it. All of the holidays in the fall/winter to look forward to make counting down til March a lot easier! There was Micah's birthday in September, Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November and now we are approaching Christmas NEXT WEEK!

I can't tell you how excited I am for this little girl to join our family. It has been a true gift to have Micah in our lives. We count it a blessing all the time that we are able to have children! I never want to take my role of "mama" for granted, so I am cherishing every moment that I can. Both with Micah and my pregnancy with Hannah.

This may sound weird coming from someone who's having back-to-back, 18 month apart babies - but I still look at pregnancy as a miracle. And I still wonder if this is the last time I will ever be pregnant. Because, you really never know. We would love to have more children, but it's not something that is ever guaranteed. So when I look down and see those faint, but obvious stretch marks or my bulging baby belly that makes me feel more plump than "petite and pregnant," I really have to alter my perspective a little and embrace the goodness of pregnancy. Because it is a beautiful, transforming thing. Transforming in obvious ways by the physical changes that happen on the outside, but even greater are the ways that I have been transformed inwardly. I could spend an entire blog post talking about them, and you may just see me do that here soon!

Thanks for all the love and continued prayers for our family! We appreciate all of you so much. :)

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