Pregnancy Throwback and 6 Week Update

So as I was looking through the photos on my phone (which has increased by a million in the last 7 weeks….hmm I wonder why πŸ˜‰ ) I found the pregnancy pictures that I had taken of my growing belly and decided to make a collage of it.

I have to say, I had a pretty easy pregnancy. I know people are going to hate me for this haha but I didn’t throw up once! I had days I felt nauseous, but not enough to call for action. I had a revulsion to meat and for the first couple months, even eggs gagged me. I think it was more a texture thing than anything else. (And just for the record, I have had so much meat and steak in the last 6 weeks, and it has been the best! haha) What’s funny is the fact that I was more busy bodied during my third trimester than I was during my first trimester because I felt so weak haha go figure.

I did get some stretch marks, but nothing I can’t handle. Plus they remind me of the fact that I was able to grow and birth the most beautiful baby girl in the whole world.

6 Weeks Later!

I had my 6 weeks check up and everything is looking good. I still have one stitch that is a little tender, but once that heals (only a few more days or so) then I am good to go to pretty much do whatever I want. Hot tub, exercise, lifting heavy things again, etc. It feels good to not feel as helpless and limited anymore.

My tummy is still a little fluffy, but it is significantly smaller than it was 6 weeks ago haha. I gained a total of 26 pounds during my pregnancy, and I have lost 13 pounds so far. So about half without trying at this point, although I know that it won’t be the case for the rest of it. I am solely breastfeeding, so I know that is helping my metabolism for sure. I love nursing. I love being a walking meal whenever I need to be haha it is pretty cool. It was pretty painful once my milk came in, but hot showers and massaging the different ducts helped wonders, along with lanolin saving my poor sore nipples. Now we have gotten into a rhythm of feeding and it is going smoothly, so I feel really blessed.

Bailey is starting to coo and squeal and smiling on purpose. Her neck is getting stronger and stronger everyday too! I can’t get enough of it! When she cries, it sounds like she is going “Maaa…Maaaa” like she calling for me. She is so adorable! Β She sleeps pretty decent at night. When I put her down for her last feed (after Adam gets home from work so that he can have a little Bailey time πŸ™‚ ) she will usually sleep about 4.5 hours, and then after that she wakes up about every 2.5 hours. And once it hits about 7am, we bring her in bed for morning cuddles before the day starts. It is awesome. She is going through a bit of a phase in the evenings where I pretty much am the only one who can hold her or she gets fussy, but otherwise, during the day she enjoys seeing other people and exploring the world with me πŸ™‚ I have been so lucky to have such an easy baby so far. I have brought her to weddings, restaurants, baseball games, dance recitals, and have gone on lots of walks. As long as she is fed and changed, she won’t fuss or anything. She is my little side kick πŸ™‚

I can’t believe the love I feel for her and the overwhelming joy I have for being able to be her mother. She brings so much happiness. I love knowing her personally and knowing when she is upset and when she is tired. Or recognizing when she needs some daddy time or when she needs some mommy cuddles. She has such a fun personality already, and I cannot wait to keep diving deeper into getting to know her even more. Looking at her perfect little face and reminiscing over this whole pregnancy, birth process, and becoming a family….there is no doubt in my mind that we have a Heavenly Father in heaven.

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These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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