Due Date: March 27, 2014. 29 Weeks to go!
Weight Gain: -2.5 lbs
Symptoms: Absolutely in a better place than the last few weeks now that the nausea no longer feels so debilitating. I'm still symptomatic more often than not, but it's not as painfully constant and I can manage to get most day-to-day tasks done. In fact, now that it's not the primary thing taking over my existence I have found myself thinking several times each day, "Why do I feel so nauseous?" before remembering my deal a split-second later. I suppose this is my equivalent to forgetting I'm even pregnant!
What's different this time: I have noticed that I have a lot more dizziness with this pregnancy compared to the others.
I'm thankful for: I was able to get help from my mom one day this week which was great since my MIL is back in Florida and our babysitter was not available this week. My mom made a full dinner at her place and brought it over so there were no cooking smells and I was even able to eat some of it. WIN! Also thankful that my nausea was not too bad during the two morning kid-related commitments I had this week (preschool meeting and gymnastics).
Cravings: It wasn't quite a craving since I didn't really WANT to eat, but I thought a chicken quesadilla (from a restaurant) could be tolerable this week and it was. I should try that again.
Aversions: Still have many, many, many aversions. Food is still generally gross. BUT! Good news - I am able to pin recipes on Pinterest with the sense that someday such a thing might be appealing. So I'm not SO horrified by food.
Sleep: Quite good all week. Hooray!
I miss: Of course, this is still my usual answer of missing food & having an appetite.
I am looking forward to: My second prenatal appointment and hearing the heartbeat on the doppler for confirmation that all is still well. Also looking forward to getting us all back on track in terms of less screen time and healthy meals and regular activity once I'm back to normal.
Best moment this week: We had a nice family movie moment last weekend, which is a brand new things for us. My lazy ways have family benefits :)
I'm stressing about: This isn't a major stressor, but I do imagine I'll feel anxious about how baby is doing until my next prenatal visit.
Milestones: Hmm...nothing comes to mind. Inching closer to the second trimester although I have learned that it doesn't start until 14 weeks these days. Is it just me or does the second trimester start later and later and later every pregnancy? Maddening. But 14 weeks is amazingly just 3 weeks away. Time actually has passed in spite of it feeling so very s-l-o-w.
Movement: Maybe? Maybe not? I didn't have any distinct moments of wondering if I felt movement this past week.
It's a...: Surprise Baby
Exercise: I guess helping Oliver out at his gymnastics class can kind of count since it did a number on my body. I didn't do any modifications and it included things like rolling back and forth on my back while holding Oliver...that was kind of dumb as it turns out and I was left very sore. I noticed a lot of round ligament pain and back soreness. I thought it would be silly and over-the-top to tell the teacher I was PG since I don't look pregnant but it turns out that was a mistake. It's time to be more mindful of certain movements and perhaps I should try to limit hoisting my 35 and 40 pound children around. The other thing is that I get so dizzy easily so I need to exercise more common sense. This is very mind trippy for me - like it's in these moments that the fact that I'm pregnant is very striking.
Diet: Improving the slightest bit, but still far removed from my normal.
Weekly Goal: We are now in the mode of tackling projects as much as we can before baby. This weekend will involve removing the rest of the carpet in the basement and hauling it to the dump. I would also like to pin down what flooring we will be installing and get that on the calendar.
Belly Pic: Bump is starting to peek out but it really just looks like extra weight gain right now. This stage is awkward. I have an urge to tell people that I haven't seen in a while (like preschool mom friends) right away that I am pregnant so they won't think I simply gained weight when my rational mind knows that is silly - (1) they might not even notice, (2) even if they thought I gained a few pounds - who cares? It's just a very self-conscious time. Luckily I'm getting soooo close to the timing where it's "safe" to tell people I'm pregnant.
Bonus psuedo-bump picture! I found this picture on my computer this week and it made me laugh. So a few days before I found out I was pregnant, I was on a walk and I could not believe how crazy insane my bloat was. I thought it was dietary related or perhaps hormonal but it seemed so extreme that I even took a picture.