I thought it was time to dedicate a post to BB2, who seems to be exerting his/her individuality already. When I was pregnant with BB I felt terrible. I was floored with fatigue and nausea. I took great comfort  from this that it was a sign that all was well, that BB was thriving. It is somewhat unnerving then, that I really don't feel too bad. In fact, apart from being a bit tired, I'd even go as far as saying that I actually feel healthier than before I was pregnant. I keep rubbing my belly as asking "are you still there?"

I keep testing, just to check, but of course the hormones would be in my body for a while anyway, even if something has gone awry. I was comforted tonight when the test line was darker that the control line. It's funny too that a week ago my worries were that there could be two. I tested ahead on the conception calculator at both 2 and 3 weeks.  Mostly I am grateful that we don't have all the testing here in the UK that you have in the US - I see so many people worrying about things that we never need to consider here - but waiting another 6 weeks for my first ultrasound seems ages!  Hopefully all is well in there.

There have been a few suggestions as to why I feel I could feel OK and BB2 could still be thriving.

1 - It's all relative. I do actually feel as bad as last time, but as I haven't had a night's sleep for over a year now I have got used to feeling bloody awful and I can't notice much difference!
2 - the fact that I am still breastfeeding could mean that there are less hormonal changes that have to take place so my body doesn't have do much to deal with.
3 - I will, it's just too early (though I have checked my notes from last time and it had hit me hard by this time).
4 -It's a girl (some people seem to think you don't feel sick with girls - but some say you feel worse).

On the boy/girl thing, I have no idea. Last time I was convinced that BB was a boy right from the moment I found out I was pregnant, this time I don't have that. I would be equally happy either way. A boy would be a great playmate for BB, we have heaps of boy stuff, I love having a little boy and relationship that I see between boys and their mammas throughout life is amazing. I would also love a girl, it would be great to experience parenting a girl too, and to have a daughter to share girly things with, and I am sure BB would be lovely to a little sister. I will find out at the 20 week scan, because I couldn't possibly wait!

Here is the list of boy/girl signs copied from last time. As before I will highlight in bold any symptoms as they occur and keep a tally.

  • It's a boy if:
  • You have nausea in the morning
  • You did not have morning sickness
  • Your baby's heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute
  • You are carrying the extra weight out front
  • Your belly looks like a basketball
  • Your areolas have darkened considerably
  • You are carrying low
  • You are craving salty or sour foods
  • You are craving protein -- meats and cheese
  • Your feet are colder than they were before pregnancy
  • The hair on your legs has grown faster during pregnancy
  • Your hands are very dry
  • Your pillow faces north when you sleep
  • Dad-to-be is gaining weight, right along with you
  • Pregnancy has you looking better than ever
  • Your urine is bright yellow in colour
  • Your nose is spreading
  • Your face gets thinner
  • You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves in circles
  • You are having headaches
  • You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an even number
  • Ovulation occurred between a full moon and the day before a new moon
  • Hang a needle on a thread over your belly and it goes side to side
  • Insemination was close to or on the day of ovulation

  • It's a girl if:
  • You have nausea in the evening
  • You have morning sickness
  • Your baby's heart rate is at least 140 beats per minute
  • You are carrying the weight in your hips and rear
  • Your left breast is larger than your right breast
  • Your hair develops red highlights
  • You are carrying high
  • Your belly looks like a watermelon
  • You are craving sweets
  • You are craving fruit
  • You crave orange juice
  • You don't look quite as good as normal during pregnancy
  • You are moodier than usual during pregnancy
  • Your face breaks out more than usual
  • You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread
  • Your breasts have really blossomed!
  • Your pillow faces south when you sleep
  • Your urine is a dull yellow colour
  • Your face gets fatter 
  • You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves from side to side
  • You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an odd number
  • Ovulation occurred between a new moon and the day before a full moon
  • Hang a needle on a thread over your belly and it goes around in circles
  • Insemination was a few days before ovulation

So, today, at the time of posting, it was 4:1 to the boys team.

If you have any predictions please comment.

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  1. Congrats on baby #2! Everyone thought I was having a girl because I was so sick. Nope! Boy. It is fun to play with symptoms and make predictions, though! I don't know how people wait until the birth to find out.

  2. Update Boys 5 Girls 7

    Though none of this is very scientific, the boys got an extra one as I turned my bed around at the weekend - I don't think that;s going to make a difference to the sex of BB2 though do you. And I wouldn't say I am craving sweets, or juice, but I am eating/drinking them more than normal, same for fruit.

    I don't really have a feeling either way. I often think of the baby as a girl, but when I think of BB and BB2 I think of them as "the boys" so... who knows... ?