Carter, Pregnancy PREGNANCY #2: MONTH 4 1 March 2012

 

4 months pregnant

 

Thanks for all your well wishes in my previous pregnancy announcement post. They are much appreciated! And sorry if it seemed a bit cryptic.. credit goes to Chris and my cousin Amanda for thinking it up; I merely executed it πŸ˜‰

So since everyone has been asking, I’m almost 4 months pregnant now.. We discovered the news around Christmas.. which made a nice Christmas surprise for us. It definitely came as a surprise, as we’d actually planned to have a baby next year, and not quite so soon! The downside being this is the Year of the Dragon.. and every Chinese person seems to be rather desperate to have a Dragon baby (dohhhhh) – which translates into a huge spike in births and the follow-on overloading of schools etc may be a bit of a problem. Ugh. But, I guess this was God’s wish, so here we are!

The pregnancy has been really smooth so far, much like it was with Hunter. Very thankful for that! I was hit by late-afternoon tiredness for around 2 weeks early on, but it wasn’t very bad and it soon passed. Apart from that, no puking or cramps or whatever else a pregnant woman can get. Whew! Though, I am breaking out quite a bit since falling pregnant – grrrrr!!! A far cry from being pregnant with Hunter, when my Β skin went super smooth, poreless and blemish-free.

Hunter and our #2 baby will be exactly 18 months apart. It will be lovely to have a baby boy, because they will grow up best buddies (since they are aged so closely), but it’ll also be wonderful to have a baby girl to dress up (and inherit all my handbags/jewellery, haha). Anyhow, we find out the gender next month πŸ™‚

Our utmost concern though was to make sure the pregnancy was progressing as planned and the baby was kickin’ healthy. And CRIPES our baby is active!!! He/she kicked up a storm during both the ultrasounds we’ve had so far, twisting and turning and dancing all over the place, with arms and legs waving everywhere. Our doc even commented that the baby appeared extraordinarily active. It was exactly the same with Hunter (who was so active people across the room would see my stomach wobble repeatedly), and he was born very docile and un-hyperactive, so I hope #2 is similar πŸ˜‰

Our #2 at Week 12

 

On the downside, I am growing ANOTHER big baby.Β What the….?! #2’s head is measuring 1 week ahead, JUST LIKE HUNTER DID. I put on a show-stopping, jaw-dropping 16KG with Hunter… so I guess I should resign myself to the fact that I’ll put on around that amount with #2 too. Post-birth with Hunter, I (fortunately) dropped all 16KG within 2 weeks. Somehow, I don’t feel so lucky with #2… mainly because I am already showing!! With Hunter it was after Week 20 that my belly started pooching out a little. With #2, it was more like Week 8. Gah. I’ve put on a little under 2KG so far at Week 16 – can’t remember if that’s more or less than what I put on when I was pregnant with Hunter at this stage.

So, I am due mid-August this year. Very exciting for us, and for our families πŸ™‚

Hunter’s gonna be a BIG BROTHER!!

 

Wee ‘lil dragon

 

69 Comments

  • Cindy Ng on Facebook posted on March 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Why am I not surprised that Amanda was partially responsible for that brilliant cryptic idea? πŸ™‚

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    • Beverly! posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      hahah you know her very well!!

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  • Amanda Alexander on Facebook posted on March 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Congratulations!
    Is Hunter still big for his age or has it evened out? It wouldn’t be so amusing if you weren’t so tiny.

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    • Beverly! posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      He’s big but not on the very top end, like he used to be… THANKFULLY!!

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  • Joan posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Congratulations on the baby! Such wonderful news!

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Joan!

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  • tiffany posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    read somewhere that #2 usually will show much earlier than the first one. exciting journey again! happy for you guys! πŸ™‚

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Yeah.. it’s depressing but true!!

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  • littlemisskeira posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Don’t worry about the weight gain, you will lose it all juggling with 2 kids!

    Congratulations Beverly! Really happy for you πŸ™‚

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Heh well that is a good point and I hope you’re right! πŸ™‚

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  • Emma posted on March 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Sounds like it may be a girl, apparently they drain all your natural beauty which could explain the breaking out! Anyway, congrats! (:

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Hhaha well I guess there’s a 50% chance it’s right! Btw just saw your blog and it’s fab, love your photography:)

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  • C posted on March 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    she might as well be a girl

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

      haha we’ll see

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  • Petrina posted on March 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Congratulations!

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Thanks sweetie!

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  • Geri posted on March 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    congratulations! very awesome news. I agree the second time round we tend to show so much earlier… because of the loose tissues (argh). but that shouldn’t matter in the grander scheme of things! πŸ™‚

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Yeah.. i’ve heard about the “lax stomach muscles”…. doh.

      CONGRATS TO YOU TOOOOOOOO! How far along are you? You didh’t mention:P

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  • Elise posted on March 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Oh how exciting! Congratulations! πŸ™‚

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Elise:) And…. isn’t it your birthday??

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  • Pink microphone posted on March 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Congratulations!! Sending happy happy wishes your way. =)

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  • Ginger Kan on Facebook posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

    congrats! my two oldest (both boys) are a year and a half apart and are inseparable best friends.

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  • Ginger Kan on Facebook posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:11 am

    congrats! β™₯ my two oldest (both boys) are 1Β½ years apart (dog and boar) and are inseparable best friends.

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Aww that’s so nice to hear. Our kids will both be 1.5 years apart!

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  • elainegan posted on March 2, 2012 at 1:23 am

    oh how lucky to have a smooth no.2 pregnancy πŸ™‚ and you still look hot! looks like we petite mums with caucasian hubs can’t get away with big bubs, I never thought/ wanted my Laura to turn out 4kg! hence the need for c-sec in the end πŸ™ blame his genes as told by my gynae, meh!

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Hah so true! The upside is that they’re pretty strong as newborns so we don’t fear as much as when handling a super-tiny newborn πŸ˜›

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  • Bri posted on March 2, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Congratulations and best of luck with the rest of this pregnancy. πŸ˜€

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Thank you Bri! 5 months to go…….

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  • Karen posted on March 2, 2012 at 2:30 am

    This is such wonderful news to hear! My sister and I are only 14 months apart and we are best of friends. I suspect that will be the same for Hunter and his new sibling! Congratulations!

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Aww that’s so nice to know! I think it’s wonderful to have a close sibling πŸ™‚

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  • Eleni Pitsakis on Facebook posted on March 2, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Congratulations Bev!!!

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Thank you Eleni!! xoxo

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  • mariella posted on March 2, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Omg! we are almost the same, I have 23 weeks, and Im gonna have a baby girl β™₯
    Wish you the best Bev πŸ˜‰

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Awww your’e just ahead of me! CONGRATS – I didn’t realise cos your Facebook is all in espaΓ±ol.. hehehe

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      • mariella posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

        So true!! LOL!

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  • chelleydoo posted on March 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I am so excited to follow your baby #2 pregnancy journey! When I found myself pregnant last September, I read back your pregnancy archives so as to educate myself better. Apart from cramps until week 8 or 9, I am doing great! I heard subsequent pregnancies do show up earlier as the uterus is expanding more easily now, but bev, you are a stunning mummy! No worries manz! Can I ask if you followed through the typical Chinese confinement after you had Hunter? What did you eat? I will be preparing my own meals so wud be great to have some ideas as I hear so many yes and no and consequences of certain foods. Headache.

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Ohhh CONGRATS to you then!! You are about 1-2 months ahead of me I think πŸ™‚ And so good to hear that you’re doing well.

      I didn’t really do the typical confinement because I don’t actually believe in it. But I did do the date-tea drink (loved it!!) and did stay indoors for most of the month.. as it was winter and freezing in Shanghai. I can’t handle ginger so most of the foods were out, but my mum basically just cooked healthy basic food and it was perfect that way πŸ™‚

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  • Rosalie Galluzzo on Facebook posted on March 2, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Congratulations Beverly! Glad to hear all is going well xx

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      thanks Rosalie! You’re definitely one step ahead of us with our 2 gorgeous bubs.. hopefully we can handle 2 kids smoothly too πŸ˜›

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  • Nycarm posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Omg bev that’s wonderful news! I just had our second boy last week so know what you mean by best buddies.

    Congrats and all the best!

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Wow congrats!! Hope you are resting well and take care πŸ™‚

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  • Chic McMuffin posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Congratulations!!! I thought that was the case in your last post, but didn’t want to say anything just in case I didn’t read it correctly! LOL…

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Haahha well you were right!

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  • sarahtan posted on March 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Congrats! You are the second blogger I’ve read in weeks to be pregnant.

    I’m having a June dragon boy myself. Hope my first son will be buddies with this one, but as of now, he doesn’t like the idea very much.

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      haha cool, small world! There are a LOT of babies being born this year.. eeeek
      Hope your lil one will love his younger brother once he’s out πŸ™‚ a buddy to play with!

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  • Jessie posted on March 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Pfft! U hardly look pregnant! I’m at 2mths and showing as much as you already. Is this why you stopped BF too btw? Or were you going to wean Hunter off anyway?

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      I think it’s more obvious in real life! And yeah, it’s the reason why I stopped bf…

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  • Celia posted on March 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Ohhh CONGRATS, Bev! How exciting! A dragon baby! πŸ˜€ All the best!

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    • Beverly! posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you Celia, we’re looking forward to Aug!

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  • xgirl posted on March 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Congratulations! I’m also expecting my second (only 5 weeks to go!) and will also have a tiger and a dragon πŸ™‚ I’ve followed your blog on Livejournal since we swapped on MUA years ago. Looking forward to following your thoughts through this second pregnancy πŸ™‚

    (Oh and I showed really early too second time – it’s normal since all the muscle etc has already stretched out once apparently!)

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    • Beverly! posted on March 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

      WOW congrats and all the best for your delivery! How fun that we both have a tiger and dragon baby πŸ™‚

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  • Lady J posted on March 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Congrats on baby 2 and you look amazing still! πŸ™‚

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    • Beverly! posted on March 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Aww thank you Joanne!

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  • Pris posted on March 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Huge congratulations!!!! I somehow had a feeling that you were preggy even before you announced it!!! πŸ™‚

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    • Beverly! posted on March 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Haha thank you Pris!

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  • Larae M posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    CONGRATS!!! And I love that you have BIG babies…it’s kinda neat for a tiny woman (you look great)! And look how absolutely ADORABLE Hunter turned out! Can’t wait for future baby # 2 posts! =)

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    • Beverly! posted on March 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Hahha I don’t know if that’s a good thing.. a WEE bit smaller would be good!

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  • having a baby at 40 posted on March 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

    This is such wonderful news to hear…

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    • Beverly! posted on March 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Thank you!

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  • Jacinta posted on March 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Oh my, congratulations!!! So happy and excited for y’all! :DDD

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    • Beverly! posted on March 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Jacinta!

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  • Tracey posted on March 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

    OMG! I totally didn’t get that Hidden Dragon photo. LOL.

    Congratulations to you and your gorgeous family, how exciting! xxx

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    • Beverly! posted on March 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you Tracey! πŸ™‚

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  • Pei posted on March 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    congratulations Bev!!! obviously i’m a bit behind on the news…so exciting!!!!

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    • Beverly! posted on March 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Hehe thanks Pei!

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  • victoria posted on March 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    how did you lose 16kg within 2 weeks?! did you not eat ANYTHING??

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    • Beverly! posted on March 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Breastfeeding like craaazy! I ate like a madwoman cos was hungry all the time ‘cos of it

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      • victoria posted on March 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

        oh wow gd on you!! i want to lose weight (i’m not a mother) asap for a wedding but dunno the fastest way

        ps. congratulations on ur 2nd pregnancy!!

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