Happy Friday—and welcome to the long-anticipated second trimester, or the honeymoon trimester as it’s sometimes called. As usual, I can’t believe it’s already time for another pregnancy update.
Just the other day, I was telling Mark how it still seems surreal that we are actually having a baby. I mean, I’m pretty well aware of the fact that I’m pregnant; my body is certainly changing, and, for the most part, I’m enjoying the stages of pregnancy so far. But when I think about how our lives are about to change drastically and that we’ll be responsible for feeding, clothing, cleaning, teaching, and otherwise keeping alive another human being? I just can’t wrap my head around it quite yet. All in time, I guess.
This past week was a pretty good one. I haven’t had any mood swings, and, overall, I’ve been in a really happy mood. This started before I became pregnant—or knew that I was—but I’ve been more appreciative and aware of the little things in life. Perspective is a beautiful thing, because it shows me daily how amazing my life is. I have the most loving and supportive parents and in-laws in the world, kind neighbors, a steady job, and beautiful surroundings (I’ve found myself taking in the bright azaleas, the canopies of old Spanish-moss covered oak trees, the tranquil bay, etc. more deeply), and, even though my life isn’t necessarily what I’d imagined it would be, it’s mine—and something I wouldn’t change.
I guess we really do become grown-ups at age 30. ;-) Anyway, time for the update.
What’s Baby M up to this week?
- He/she is approximately 3 ½ inches long—the size of a lemon
- He/she can now squint, grown, grimace, pee (um, ok!), and possibly suck his/her thumb
- His/her body is now growing faster than the head
- His/her liver has begun making bile and the spleen is helping in the production of red blood cells
How am I feeling this week?
No clue. At last week’s appointment I’d gained around 4 lbs, so since my pants are feeling a little tighter, I’d estimate around 5 lbs total? I guess I’ll find out next Wednesday (or maybe this Sunday, since my parents have a scale).
Monday and Tuesday evening I did a couple of segments from Suzanne Bowen’s Prenatal Barre DVD. It was intense! The arm toning workout really made me burn—even though I was only using 3-lb weights. I’ve also taken my daily 30-minute lunchtime walks everyday this week.
Not too many. Possibly some minor round ligament pain? Wednesday and Thursday my left side was a little sore, but that may have been due to the barre workout I did the night before. I was extremely sleepy Wednesday afternoon at work, but my fatigue has improved overall. I’m still feeling pretty bloated after dinner—mostly because I have a case of “clear my plate syndrome” and don’t know how to eat smaller meals and space out my eating. At least I can comfortably conceal the food baby + actual baby with pajama pants and leggings.
None, really. Baby Miele is not a picky eater, and I hope it stays that way when he/she is born! ;-)
Nothing unusual. I still love fresh fruit, these flaxseed crackers with hummus, and eggs, although I’ve switched up my breakfasts some this week (oatmeal on Wednesday, cinnamon-raisin Ezekiel toast with Sunbutter yesterday). After reading something about pickles Wednesday evening, I did sort of develop a hankering for them (although I didn’t eat any). Can we say #stereotypicalpregnantlady?
Nothing this week—although I’m sure that will change soon. I have been pinning nursery decorations and baby clothes like crazy, so if you follow my boards and have no interest in baby stuff, I’m sorry!
Next Prenatal Appointment:
April 23rd for our gender ultrasound!!! Almost everybody we know is adamantly saying “girl,” but my mother seems pretty convinced it’s a boy. I honestly don’t have feelings either way. Girls are so fun to buy for with all the bows (which I vow here and now will be smaller than head-sized!), frilly/lacy dresses, and such, but I’m also kind of obsessed with cute little argyle sweater sets for boys. I mean, who could resist something like this?
Looking forward to:
Actually feeling the baby move. As I said above, even though I can tell my body is different, it still doesn’t feel like a human being is growing inside me. I’ve been told that since I’m so thin and small, the kicks and such will probably be extremely noticeable. I’m also excited about (the idea of—not the actual task of) registering; once we know the sex, we’ll probably designate a weekend to scope out the goods at Baby’s R Us, Target, etc.
I’m also looking forward to having a legitimate bump rather than an I-can’t-stop-stuffing-my-face-with-cookies pudge! Then maybe the few maternity pieces I’ve bought will look less sloppy and huge on me (although the jeans, which I wore to dinner Wednesday night, fit delightfully).
Questions for moms & moms-to-be:
- How long into your pregnancy did it take for you to feel truly pregnant?
- What was your strangest pregnancy craving?
- Where did you register for baby items—and are there any online baby sites I should know about?