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Week-by-week photos from my second trimester. See that belly grow!

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Baby’s a she! We found out at our December 26th ultrasound. Yes, it’s been that long since I’ve kept up with blogging!

In China, technicians and doctors aren’t allowed to tell patients the gender of the baby, because in most areas (not ours, actually), parents are only allowed to have one child and many prefer boys. To prevent gender-selective abortions, parents don’t find out until baby is born. The only ultrasound images we were given were of baby’s face, another step to prevent black-market gender interpretation!


It’s been a month so crazy-busy I don’t even have a picture for each week!

This month, baby became VERY active in her movements… I could easily count 10 movements in 2 minutes when lying down. Baby also got the hiccups a LOT! Also this month, we had one last ultrasound in China and found out baby’s gender… she’s a she! (And it only took us 45 minutes of convincing to get the technicians to tell us!) We said our farewells to friends and our home, and boarded flights that eventually got us back to the U.S. On the longest of these (13 hours), we were upgraded to first class! I had no idea how nice it is up there, and was so thankful, but fully expect that to never happen again (babies and kids aren’t generally selected for free upgrades the way pregnant ladies apparently are!).

I am definitely, without-a-doubt, showing, no matter what I’m wearing, how I’m standing/sitting, etc.. It’s kind of fun!

See how I grow!!

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See how I grow!!

Week 16: I’m really showing now! I had to start wearing maternity pants almost every day. I really like wearing maternity capris. We also had our first ultrasound this week!!

Week 17: Took a final trip to the Stone Forest for the year. I’m still loving being pregnant, but the tummy’s getting uncomfy which makes sleeping difficult. We also got some furniture for the baby’s room/nursery this week!

Week 18: Baby’s first kick! October 26th I felt little movements in my belly… and Baba (Paul) felt them too! He hasn’t felt it since that day but I feel baby move every once in awhile if I’m sitting still or lying down.

Week 19: Baby’s first growth spurt, or so it seems! I’m hungry all the time and gained 2 lbs just this week!

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