I am a planner, so if possible we will find out the baby’s gender when we have the 20 week ultrasound, but if I had to guess right now, I would say that it’s a girl for two reasons: nausea and acne. When I was pregnant with my son, I felt like I was starving all the time, but was hardly ever nauseated. I also did not have acne; I actually think that pregnancy made my skin look better. This time around, I do feel at least a little nauseated most of the time, though in all actuality, it is very mild, and I shouldn’t complain. My face has also been breaking out non-stop since that positive pregnancy test, which actually bothers me quite a bit, and I am desperately hoping that it will clear up a bit once the placenta takes over all hormone production. I’m not holding my breath though.

I am also feeling exhausted. I am really not a nap person. Even when my son was a newborn, and everyone was telling me to “sleep when the baby sleeps,” I rarely took naps. However, I took two naps this week, each of which was two hours. I’ve also been trying to go to bed earlier, but it’s hard because my son goes to sleep at eight. Then I want to spend time with my husband, update my family blog, take a shower, maybe do some laundry, and before I know it, it’s 11:00. I think I was pretty tired when I was pregnant with my son as well, so this isn’t really a gender-predicting symptom.

Cravings and Aversions: I have been craving Kool-Aid (which I normally never drink) and Gatorade (which I usually drink only after I have run really far, really fast, or in really hot weather. That nutter butter blizzard still sounds good as well, but I haven’t wanted one bad enough to actually go get one, so I’m not sure it counts. Just over the last couple of days, I have developed an aversion to marinara (or similar) sauce (which I usually love). These hormones can really make a person crazy; food preferences aren’t even safe.

Exercise was harder this week because the nausea and fatigue made me feel blah plus I took two naps during the time I could have been exercising. Oh well. I did do two 30-minute runs and a class at the gym. I almost didn’t even get the second run in because I wasn’t feeling well. I am so glad I did though. The weather was perfect: sunny but cool, and some of the leaves were already starting to change colors and fall. I felt so much better and was in a much better mood afterward. I just need to remember that for the next five or six weeks.

Weight: 117 pounds (no change for the week, up two for the pregnancy). During my first pregnancy, I was quite worried about how much weight I was gaining and how hard it might be to lose. I gained 35 pounds, which is on the high side of recommended, but really, it was not hard to lose. For the first six weeks, all I did was nurse and go for walks, and I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight and clothes by the time I went back to work. So this time, I plan to just enjoy the pregnancy and not think about the weight.

On that note, I should probably go make dinner….

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